My name is Matt and i’m the co-owner/co-founder of EatingPrimal
I guess my 42nd birthday is as good of a day as any to finally post these pictures.
The picture on the left was taken 2 years after starting our business, Eating Primal. It was taken a month or 2 before I stepped on the scale for the first time in a long time. The scale read 220lbs that day and I had a moment of clarity that I will never forget. I was overweight, unhealthy, unhappy, and I was trying to sell healthy food to CrossFitter’s. I had been dealing with terrible heartburn for over a decade that caused permanent damage to my esophagus, I had chronic, debilitating headaches, my joints hurt, and I had to Google “How do fat people tie their shoes.”
Before starting EatingPrimal, I had spent 12 years of my life in a sea of cubicles, staring at a computer screen, sitting in a chair for 10 hours per day, eating the fastest, most convenient food I could find, usually in a drive-thru. I drank Mountain Dew in place of coffee, ate most of my calories in between meals in the form of donuts, candy bars, and chips, and I turned into a person that I barely recognized.
The day I stepped on that scale was the day that I decided that something had to change. I was sick and tired of being sick and tired.
The picture on the right is me now, 60 pounds lighter. Words alone cannot describe what a difference 2 years makes. Yes, I look a lot different now than I did then, but that’s only a fraction of the story. More importantly than how I look, I feel better than I have in 20 years. All of the health problems that I was dealing with that I just attributed to getting older, are completely gone. I don’t have heartburn anymore, I don’t get headaches, my joints don’t hurt, I have more energy, and I don’t have to hold my breathe to tie my shoes. I don’t take any sort of medication anymore, either.
What I learned during this journey is that our overall health is completely determined by the food that we put into our bodies. Eat bad food, the food that we all know that we shouldn’t be eating, and bad health follows. Eat good food and good health follows. It really is that simple. It’s not a secret, there’s no magic pill, and every single one of us already knows what to do and what not to do.
I’m sharing my story in the hopes that even just one of my Facebook friends/family will read it and decide that they too want to change the path of their lives. If I can be motivation for someone else to choose to live a healthier life by making the right food choices, then will I consider my journey to be a success.