Paleo, Rheumatoid & Weightloss

Paleo Diet – Weight Loss & Rheumatoid – Success Story

Weightloss - How I lost over 40 LBS in 3 Months!
The bottom jeans were jeans that were tight on me in August 2013, the top jeans (the ones with the crowns on the pockets) are one of two pairs I have that “fit” now however I can take them off without unzipping and unbuttoning them.

I don’t often share many non DIY posts nor do I usually share things this personal on my blog, but have decided to share this with the hopes this will give others encouragement.  I’m sharing my personal story with Rheumatoid Arthritis, the Paleo diet and the weight I’ve lost along the way.

Before I share my story I need to tell you all to talk to your doctor before considering going on the Paleo diet or taking any supplements, everything I have done I have done so with the ok from both my regular MD and my Rheumatologist.   If you chose to do any of these things without your doctor’s consent do so at your own risk.

This post is about eating paleo, how I lost over 40 lbs going from a size 12 to a size 4-6 in three months and Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA).  Skip the RA section if you are only interested in the weight loss!

Rheumatoid:

In August of 2013 I “hurt” my wrist, I thought I moved it the wrong way when I was pulling a garage door down.  I didn’t think much of it, just thought it was odd.  A week or so later I did it again… Again I thought it was odd but blew it off.  The following week I hurt the other wrist pushing the trash down in my trash barrel, that should Not hurt my wrist so I finally went to my doctor and told them I kept spraining my wrists and didn’t know why.  They sent me for blood work and I got a call a few days later that I had Rheumatoid Arthritis.   My reaction: What?  Old people get arthritis I’m not old what the heck…  So began the search to learn everything I could about this disease.  In the meantime my doctor recommended a Rheumatologist.  I was horrified to find out the way this is “treated” is with Chemo Immune Suppressant drugs, not something I was willing to consider so I started looking for alternatives.  You see Rheumatoid is nothing like regular arthritis.  Regular arthritis is from wear and tear of your joints, Rheumatoid is when your immune system attacks your own joints, it can affect anyone at any age.  I tore the ligaments in my knee a few years ago and I would in a heartbeat take that pain any day over Rheumatoid.

I met with a Rheumatologist who was open to treating this as naturally as we could.   With the agreement of my regular doctor I started the Paleo Diet as well as a list of supplements and one prescription anti inflammatory.

I won’t lie feeling better did NOT happen over night, it took 3+ months before I noticed I was having far more good days then bad days.  RA comes on very fast or it did for me at least.  Shortly after being diagnosed I was in so much pain all the time.  The joints that were affected were (are) my feet, ankles, knees, hands, fingers, wrists, elbow and jaw.  I remember early on one day my feet hurt so much it felt like all the bones were fractured I couldn’t even walk down the stairs I had to sit on my bum like a little kid.  My dog waited with me each step I went down on my bum, my dog went down one step, he’s such a lovebug!  Halfway down I just busted into tears wondering how the heck I was going to live like this for the rest of my life…. Some days I couldn’t open my mouth due to the pain from the jaw inflammation, some days I couldn’t open the cap on the toothpaste due to my hands being in too much pain.  I was like this every day for over 2 months.

Treatment:  Autoimmune Paleo Diet and allergy testing.  My regular doctor did an allergy test on me and I found out I was allergic to more food then I ever thought I mean seriously who else do you know that is allergic to onions aside from me?  After meeting with my regular doctor he suggested I read the book The Paleo Diet by Robb Wolf so I got it, read it and was convinced this would be my new way of eating, however I had to take it a step further by avoiding the foods I was allergic to as well as the foods that aren’t allowed on the autoimmune paleo diet.

Short synopsis on what foods you are allowed and not allowed on Paleo.

Allowed: Fresh meat (preferably grass fed or free range) any seafood, veggies (except for night shades which are tomatoes, potatoes, peppers and eggplants and some spices) some fruits, I eat strawberries and blue berries.  Nuts are allowed but I can’t eat them they cause inflammation in my joints.

Not Allowed:  Dairy, Legums, Grains, Gluten, anything that is processed if it’s not fresh food you can’t eat it.  No refined sugar.  Eggs (some say eggs are ok some say no) this means no breads, no pasta, no chips etc.

Not Allowed if you are doing the autoimmune paleo diet: eggs, nuts, seeds, there are probably more that I am missing.

Since I really don’t enjoy cooking and being in pain all the time I wasn’t too thrilled to have to cook every day but I did it anyway.  Up until I started the paleo diet I got take out most nights, pasta, pizza, Mexican, etc.

Supplements:  I take the following at different times of the day (different ones at 4 different times a day).  MSM, Glucosamine, Chondroitin, Omega 3 fish oil and Turmeric for the Rheumatoid.  Ashwagandha root, Pantothenic acid (Vit B5) and Vit C for Adrenal Fatigue (due to other symptoms my doctor had me take a saliva test which showed my Adrenals are in exhausted mode) and Vit D3.  ALL my supplements come from an organic health store, I DO NOT buy supplements at my local pharmacy or big box stores.

Since I changed my diet my constant stuffy nose that I thought was from a deviated septum is Gone!  However if I eat any foods such as dairy or tomatoes etc my nose immediately gets all stuffed up, after eating this way for three months now if I stray from it I can notice the affects immediately.

Weightloss - How I lost over 40 LBS in 3 Months
The jeans I am holding are the same jeans in the first photo!
The jeans I’m wearing are “skinny jeans” however they are too big!

Weight Loss:

From the very start of eating Paleo, I started losing 2 to 3 pounds a week, on three separate weeks I lost 6 lbs in one week.  From the time I started the Paleo Diet in September to a weigh in on December 29th I had lost 44 lbs and started out in a size 12 I am now in between a size 4 & 6.  (see above under “treatment” for more information on the Paleo diet)

My whole adult life at 5’7” I weighed 120 lbs and was a size 2-4 (depending on the clothes).  I went from a size 2 to a size 12 in less then a year and started having all sorts of weird health problems, one of which was very very low Vit D3 levels (it was at a 11 it is now over 70!).  My former doctor couldn’t figure the weight gain out because my thyroid levels were coming up in the low but normal range. However as soon as I went Paleo the weight started to melt right off I did NOT exercise during these three months (there was no way I could exercise with the pain of the RA) the weight loss was 100% from diet alone.

The weight loss averaged at 2 to 3 lbs per week with three different weeks losing 6 lbs at a time in each of those three weeks.  On December 29th I weighed in at 135 lbs with a total, on that date, lost at 44 lbs.

What I typically eat:

I usually only drink filtered water (using a Berkey water filter as it’s the only one I know of that filters out fluoride) or spring water.  If I want something hot I drink boiled water with fresh ginger slices in it or I make hot coco using Coconut Milk, organic unsweetened powdered chocolate and unrefined organic sugar.  I gave up coffee 13 years ago, opting for decaf instead but I no longer even drink decaf because I don’t like it with the coconut milk and I can’t drink almond milk (it’s delicious but I’m allergic to nuts).  I don’t drink alcohol it’s not allowed on Paleo and I just was never a big drinker to begin with.

Breakfast – fruit, piece of left over meat from the dinner the night before or noting.  I DO NOT force myself to eat I only eat when I’m hungry even if that’s at 11pm and I’m usually not hungry in the morning.

Lunch – consists of left-overs from the dinner the night before.

Dinner – dishes I typically eat are, steak and green beans (I coat all my veggies in olive oil with a little sea salt I never use regular salt, and bake them at 350 for 20 to 30 minutes)  Fish (salmon, or scallops, shrimp, lobster) with zucchini and summer squash (cooked the same as the green beans but I add dill to these veggies), Chicken (roast a whole chicken or breasts) with asparagus (again cooked the same way as the green beans), Soups (I make bone broths then add in veggies etc bone broth is so nutritious and trust me you will never again use a canned broth or canned soup after making your own bone broth!) I make chicken, beef and fish broths if you make the chicken one add kale to it in the end it is so delicious with kale, carrots and chicken.  I eat sauerkraut for the live probiotics (I’m not as faithful with this as I should be).  You can have any unprocessed meat and veggies (aside from night shade veggies) on the Paleo diet.   I don’t measure or weigh foods, I don’t count calories, I eat as much as I want when I want it.  If I’m not hungry at dinner time I don’t force myself to eat I wait until I get hungry even if that’s at 11pm at night.  I also cheat and eat ferrero rocher candy whenever I want, as it doesn’t hurt my joints or make me all stuffed up in the head!  Even some healthy foods I can’t eat due to the inflammation it causes such as nuts or honey.

If I cheat and eat foods I know I am allergic to or foods not on Paleo I do feel the affects of it to some degree.  For instance I know I shouldn’t eat nuts (some but not all do cause my throat and tongue to swell) some nuts like cashews make the inflammation in my joints really bad and they usually stay inflamed for days after eating a few handfuls of nuts.  If I eat diary my nose immediately gets all stuffed up and it affects my joints.

Food:  I only buy organic food if I eat food that has pesticides on it my throat swells up and this has gotten worse since being diagnosed with Rheumatoid.  The Paleo diet suggests organic food as well.  I do NOT eat anything processed I Only eat fresh meat, veggies and fruit (aside from the occasional cheat with ferrero rocher candy).  Not even mayo or premade store bought salad dressing if it’s processed you can not eat it on Paleo end of story.

Conclusion:  If you found this post when searching for Rheumatoid and are looking to go the natural route have faith, the ONLY thing that helped me stick with this was reading success stories by others who were dealing with the same thing.  It took me three months to see a significant difference in pain levels and frequency of flare-ups.  In the beginning I felt like I was on a never ending flare-up with no good days between.  Now I have a few bad days and the rest are pretty great.   I actually didn’t notice many good days until the three month mark.   I’m not in remission yet (to be considered in remission you have to be pain free within 15 minutes of waking up) but I am getting there, a month ago it took 3 hours before the pain got less after waking now it’s about an hour unless I am going through a flare which at the writing of this post I am but I know it’s due to eating cashews over the weekend.

If you found this post when searching for weight loss & Paleo I can vouch 1000% it has worked for me, losing over 40 lbs without exercise and going from a size 12 to a size in-between a 4 & 6 in three months says it all.   I find the Paleo diet easy because for me if I stray from it I end up in bad joint pain others who aren’t eating this way for Rheumatoid and only to lose weight sometimes have a hard time sticking with it.  As I said I don’t because I know the consequences for me if I eat processed foods etc unfortunately I pay for it in pain.   I’m used to eating this way, I find most “sweet” things now to be way too sweet, since I don’t eat sugar that frequently anymore and refined white sugar is far more sweet then unrefined.  I also think strawberries are the best dessert going now!  And trust me I used to LOVE candy! Now fruit satisfies the sugar urge which isn’t that often anymore.

 

***UPDATE:  As of May 2014 I am in a size 2 and weighing in at 125lbs.  I stopped losing weight in March and have maintained my weight at 125lbs.  In February I stopped taking the prescription anti-inflammatory per my RA Dr and in March I started taking Minocycline (a low dose antibiotic for the RA) a lot of inflammation and pain went away after starting this antibiotic and i could finally bend my thumb again after months of not being able to after starting the minocycline (google minocycline and rheumatoid for more information) and in May per my RA Dr I started taking LDN I can honestly say I rarely wake up with pain and if I have any pain or inflammation it is very minimal and usually not until late evening but again it’s only occasionally. Google LDN and Rheumatoid for more information on these.  Discuss  both of these with your Dr’s.  I have full flexibility in my joints again, no swelling and little to no pain anymore!  Occasionally I still have a little stiffness from rainy weather but it’s really nothing I can’t deal with.  I see my RA Dr every 6 weeks to see how my progress is going and to have blood work done to be sure none of the supplements or prescriptions I take are affecting me in a negative way.

*They say if you are underweight and go Paleo you will gain weight, if you are over weight and go Paleo you will lose weight.  You will stop losing or gaining when you get to the weight you are naturally supposed to be at.  So if you are already thin and still want to lose weight don’t be mad if you don’t lose anything or surprised if you gain weight if you are under weight to begin with.

Some Paleo people also say it’s ok to do the 80/20 rule which is eat Paleo 80% of the time, I don’t subscribe to that theory, yes I cheat once in a while with three candies etc but  for the most part I am 100% paleo every day.  If you chose to only do Paleo part time don’t be surprised if you don’t lose weight as quick or as much as you want or would if you were Paleo 100% of the time. 

Now that my joints are feeling much better I plan on getting back to working out – The Bar Method, kicks your but for an hour but you feel fantastic after doing it!

Wishing you success on your road with Rheumatoid hang in there it can get better and success to those who just want to lose weight!

For more information on the Paleo Diet I suggest Robb Wolf

For more info on Bone Broth I suggest The Paleo Mom

*This is not a sponsored post I am not receiving anything for linking to these sites.

 

 

 

 

36 comments for “Paleo, Rheumatoid & Weightloss

  1. Heather
    February 4, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    I would like to thank you for posting about something you would not normally.

    At 20 years old I had my daughter and within a few months I started to notice the “normal” pains I was feeling in my arms and hands were not so normal. However with a child and a college degree to finish,I ignored it. I CONTINUALLY got sick, ended up with rash on my hands then face for almost 2-3 years. AFTER giving birth I lost the weight but within that year I ballooned,nothing I tried worked. After college was done I tried to work, but with migraines,and all the pain and consistant being tired,and ill I was not able to keep them long term.
    I started to go back to a neurologist when my meds stopped working,and everything hit me. She ran bloodwork and recomended me to a rhumatologist that I put off for a year. I was not ready to hear more bad news. Fastfoward seeing both Dr’s . My Neurologist is adamit that I have lupus, while the other is not convinced either or RA or Lupus. So my chart says RA/Lupus. I WAS awarded the title of his youngest patient. When the pain kept me in bed regarless of all the medicatilns for almost 2 years. I SWITCHED to organic and natural food whiched helped slightly. One day it really hit ms when an older (about 70-80 years of age) woman came up to me and said it will be ok you are beautiful, same day another woman around the same age at a store saw how I was walking said “no,you are far to young. You have arthritis dont you?” I JUST staired at her thinking am I see through? She told me it will be ok and God Bless. well then i was informed by my Dr that the pain and joint issues will Only get worse and it is time for Disability. I pushed that off for another year I did not want to hear it. They were also fustrated bc the meds were not helping my levels were not changing. Well I finally filled when I was written up at work for not giving 24-48 hour notice that I will be missing work. i had a flare up i couldnt predict when and how long. So that job was done,and the fight with the govt. Started. It has been 3 years and many denials due to my age and education status but I am now waiting for my final decision. However after moving i lost inaurance, and was wothout DRs for about a year and a half. I NOW HAVE a new neurologist,and primary but need to find a new Ruhmatologist I can trust. I have lost hair,and the weight I lost while on the medications has come back with a fury. I dont have as many flair ups but when I do,I do. I just want to feel healthy,be able to play with my daughter, and work.

    I want to try this diet, but i dont really eat meat, no seafood. And we love Dairy and Pastas and Bread,and my Coffee is what helps me stay current in the day. I LOVE that you had an allergy test. THAT IS SOMETHING I long to have. I know I have a wheat allergy of some sort, and some fruits. I Have also learned that I can not have salad (one lf my fav foods)bc it is a trigger to my migraines. I ALSO love how you didnt force yourself to eat. I have a issue with food, more than likely due to the migraine medications. I AM never hungry. And only eat once a day maybe twice if I not to tired. (sleep trumps everything). I HAVE BEEN DEALING WITH THIS For almost 9-10 years now.

    Thank you thank you for opening this up to for everyone.

    • Dria
      February 16, 2015 at 3:11 pm

      Heather, I’m so sorry you are dealing with this 🙁 it’s not easy. If I cheat and eat bread, junk food (aka anything processed), pasta or dairy I feel it in my joints immediately. I used to get migraines all the time, they started at the age of 13, the only time I get them now is if I eat breads/pastas (carbs) etc. I had my one year check up with my RA Dr and all my tests came back normal, all my inflammation levels were within the normal range. Paleo, supplements and a low dose antibiotic is what has worked for me. See if you can find a Dr who is open to alternative treatments, I hope you find a regimen that works for you. I had potatoes a few days ago and ended up in a flare (potatoes aren’t allowed on Paleo but they used to be one of my favorite foods I hadn’t had them in over a year, one day of them def was not worth the flare).

  2. May 25, 2014 at 8:09 am

    Congartulations on your achievement. You have a very inspiring story as well. But true, before you try doing anything, better consult your doctor first, just to be sure.

    • Dria
      May 25, 2014 at 8:15 am

      Thank you so much and I absolutely agree I do not take anything or try any type of diet change without first discussing it with my doctors! No one should attempt to alter their medications or introduce new supplements etc without talking to their doctors first!

      • Katrina
        May 26, 2014 at 8:47 pm

        Hi there! I just wanted to say that your post was truly an inspiration to me beginning in January. I’ve lost about 50 pounds and have a long way to go, but your post got me so interested in this lifestyle. While I don’t have RA, I do have a lot of allergies and I feel tons better like you mentioned. I honestly probably would not have found Paleo without you! Thanks again. -K

        • Dria
          May 26, 2014 at 9:13 pm

          Aww Katrina I’m so happy for you, congratulations on the milestones you’ve already achieved wishing you continued success!

  3. Kara
    February 20, 2014 at 12:47 am

    Thank you so much for sharing! I’ve had RA since I was 29…14 years ago. I now have fibroid myalgia, Reynauds phenomenon, Vitiligo, Melasma, and now possibly Crohns. I feel very old, tired, and hopeless. I too gained a lot of weight in one year, but I haven’t had the energy or been pain free enough to exercise often. The vitamins and amounts per day–was that given to you by the integrated doctor? I am curious about the mg/day of each. Also, do you take calcium to prevent osteoarthritis since you’ve cut out the dairy?

    • Dria
      February 20, 2014 at 8:06 pm

      So sorry you have RA Kara 🙁 I do go to a Integrated Dr. I would suggest seeing a Integrated Dr to have them recommend supplements since I did not start taking any of the supplements I take until I had extensive blood work done.

  4. Kay
    January 7, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    Hi Dria,

    I found you through Debbie’s blog, Confessions of a Plate Addict. Ran across this post by accident scrolling through your blog (which I love!). A resource you may already know about: I love the Detox Diva http://thedetoxdiva.com/blog/ She’s a Certified Clinical and Holistic Nutritionist and Health Coach and writes such useful posts. Lots of information about the WHY of things, which always appeals to me.

    Good luck to you! I’m a new subscriber.

    Kay

    • Dria
      January 7, 2014 at 5:13 pm

      Thank you so much for stopping by and for the tip on Detox Diva I will definitely check her out!!! 🙂 Thanks for the follow too!

  5. Mary ann
    January 7, 2014 at 11:01 am

    Wow, found your blog searching for board and batten ideas! But I too have Rheumatoid and Psoriatic arthritis and other autoimmune issues. I’m 58 now, but the RA symptoms appeared with a vengeance a month after my daughter was born when I was just 24 years old in 1979 with an older 2 year old son. I was totally incapacitated and it took over a year to get any diagnosis and the treatments at that time didn’t help much. I just had to deal with constant pain and inflamed joints. I really relate to the foot pain as well.

    My life was changed forever in what I was used to doing and wanted to do to what I could barely manage to do with small children. Many years later and several rheumatologists I was eventually put on Enbrel injections and found relief, but not without dangerous complications, The Enbrel suppresses your immune system and I developed a mysterious staph infection in my cervical spine and was almost paralyzed. Hospitalization, surgery and a year of antibiotics to get rid of it followed. I was taken off Enbrel and put on methotrexate, the most horrible time of my life. I took myself off and after two years went back on Enbrel to be able to function again. That was in 2007.

    A year ago I was so overweight, exhausted, stressed, depressed and barely surviving life that I decided to change my eating and started on low carb Paleo diet then transitioned to a ketogenic Paleo way of eating. This has changed my life. I lost 75 lbs in a year and feel so much different. I still take the Enbrel injections, but now wonder if I could go off them with my new way of eating. I have mentioned diet to my doctors in the past and they dismissed me quickly always wanting to try new drugs.

    In this day, we are able to investigate more on our own and question our doctors. I’m so glad you have doctors who were willing to listen to you and assist with a mutually agreed in plan of treatment. Thanks for sharing your story! I wish you continued success with your health and your blog.

    • Dria
      January 7, 2014 at 1:54 pm

      Oh I’m so sorry you are dealing with this Mary Ann, it does change our lives doesn’t it? Congratulations on losing the weight and taking your health into your own hands! I did some searching until I found not only a regular MD but also an RA Dr who practice “Integrative Medicine” hence being open to working with natural products before prescriptions see if you can find a Dr in your area that is an Integrative Medicine. I wish you the best of luck, keep in touch I’d love to know how things progress with you!

  6. Louise
    January 5, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    Dria, thank you so much for sharing your story. I have the same problems as you have, only my knees and hands hurt the most. I’ve heard of others being helped by this diet, but didn’t relate. They had different medical conditions. Yours are pretty much the same. Guess I’m going to start. You’ve inspired me! Thank you!

    • Dria
      January 5, 2014 at 12:30 pm

      Aww so sorry you are going through this Louise! Hang in there hopefully we will all be in remission someday 🙂

  7. January 3, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    Dria! How inspiring and I love that you shared your story! Congratulations, I know that is some hard work right there. You look wonderful!

    • Dria
      January 4, 2014 at 11:33 am

      Thank you so much Sharon! It’s been a journey that I’m glad I stuck with!

  8. January 3, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing your story Dria, I love that you have found help, and you can help others. And, look fabulous!!

    • Dria
      January 3, 2014 at 3:54 pm

      Thank you so much Meegan!!!

  9. January 3, 2014 at 10:52 am

    Dria, what an amazing post! I’m so proud of you for taking such great care of yourself and happy to here you’re feeling more like your old 😉 self! Awesome, that is! Wishing you all the best in 2014!
    -T

    • Dria
      January 3, 2014 at 11:59 am

      Thank you so much Therese!!!

  10. January 2, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    I am sitting here – in my bed – un-showered & dreading having to get up and move. I’ve had Rheumatoid Arthritis for over 10 years. When I was first diagnosed and put on the meds – I suffered a full blown seizure. I’ve only taken one med to help with pain & inflammation since. When I did the Eat Right for Your Blood Type diet – I felt & looked my very best. I’ve fallen off the wagon, and been going downhill for the last 3 years. I am fat (I’ve never been fat before – always a 2-6) I’ve been so stuck, and I’m getting worse really fast. I’m spending way too much time in bed & everything you mentioned above.
    I’m going to get the vitamins you mentioned above, start drinking water like I’m supposed to, use my essential oils, and get off the sugar & processed foods. I’ve never been a sugar person, until the last 3 years. Suddenly, I craved it daily. The reason my Eat Right for Your Blood Type diet worked so well for me is because I’m a type O & therefore . . . . Paleo.
    Thank you for sharing your story. I needed the extra boost & confirmation. I’m going to take my life back. After 10+ years of constant pain, it’s not easy, but I just can’t go out this way. I really have too much living to do!!!

    I have a Facebook group – only a handful of women who deal with this kind of thing regularly. Would you like to join? You can mentor, push, encourage & threaten me 😉

    One way or the other, thank you for sharing. It is awesome to hear from someone who really knows what RA is all about. BTW -Mine is in my feet, legs, knees, back & shoulders regularly. I have bouts of it in my arms & wrists but thankfully not so much. Your story reminded me of a few years ago when my 3 year old took off up the stairs where the craft room is located & would not come to me. I literally crawled up them – crying all the way.

    I’m ready to fight again. I have to. Thanks!

    • Dria
      January 2, 2014 at 2:05 pm

      Aww I’m so sorry you are going through this Kelli! I would love to join your group feel free to send me an email contact @ diohomeimprovements.com (delete the spaces between the @). You should get some blood work done by your Dr to see if you are deficient in any additional vitamins and minerals that’s how i found out I was deficient in Vit D3 (I only use D3 from lanolin). I hope you will start feeling better soon!!

  11. January 1, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    I am SO glad you are feeling better. I just cannot imagine the pain. I’m proud of you for being your own advocate and finding a diet that works for you.

    I’ve been very curious about Paleo…I’ll have to look into it a bit more.

    • Dria
      January 2, 2014 at 7:48 am

      Thank you so much Sharon! Def download a copy of that book it really explains why it works for our health far better then I could ever explain it!

  12. January 1, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    I just started the paleo diet this past fall. I was very skeptical at first but I am now a firm believer in it. I am so happy to hear that your RA is getting more manageable and easier to live with. You look fantastic! 🙂

    • Dria
      January 2, 2014 at 7:47 am

      Aww thank you Melissa! And thank you for all the private chats on health stuff, it helps to vent once in a while to a friend 🙂 So happy you are doing the paleo too!!

  13. January 1, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    Dria, thank you for sharing. I think it’s good to get a little personal every once in awhile as it reminds us that we are all real with real struggles and successes. Congrats on your weight loss and controlling the RA issues. Here’s to a happy and healthy 2014!
    Tami @ Curb Alert!

    • Dria
      January 2, 2014 at 7:46 am

      Thank you so much Tami!! I know how much it helped me to read others success with the RA so I wanted to try and encourage others out there. Happy New Year to you too!!

  14. January 1, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    Awesome! Thanks so much for sharing!!! I downloaded the Whole 360 book on Kindle and been reading about Paleo for a couple if weeks. Thanks for the encouragement! I am so happy that you have found a way of life to feel better! XO ~christy

    • Dria
      January 2, 2014 at 7:45 am

      Thank you so much Christy! I really enjoyed that book it was what convinced me it was the right road for me! I think you will enjoy Paleo once you get used to it 🙂

  15. January 1, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    I think it’s good to share something personal on your blog once in a while. 🙂 Congrats to you for losing the weight, and it’s great to hear that you’ve been feeling better too! Happy 2014!

    • Dria
      January 2, 2014 at 7:43 am

      Thank you so much Jen! Happy New Year to you too 🙂

  16. January 1, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    You look fabulous, but more important I’m happy you feel so much better! Thanks for sharing–I really think sharing our “struggles and issues” once in a while can help everyone. Happy New Year Dria

    • Dria
      January 1, 2014 at 3:12 pm

      Thank you so much Karen! Happy New Year to you too 🙂

  17. January 1, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    Wow, so glad you found a way to move on with your RA on your terms. You look fantastic on the outside, but I can only imagine how much healthier your body is on the inside as well with your diet changes! You are awesome to share your struggle as well as your success! XO

    • Dria
      January 1, 2014 at 12:51 pm

      Thank you so much Christy!! I know the only thing that kept me motivated was reading others success stories!

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