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Today’s post is a first for me – a guest post – but my friend Kristin Jekielek, who has a similar story to mine, just started up a new website called Paleo Trail and I think it’s pretty sweet. So I asked Kristin to share her story and how it led to the creation of her new service.

Paleo Trail is a meal-tracking website without the macronutrient and calorie-counting trappings of conventional trackers; instead, users focus on simple parameters they define for themselves. I like this concept because I’m a strong advocate of the idea that a one-size-fits-all approach to diet and health is not optimal, and Paleo Trail lets you define what makes a “healthy” meal on your own terms.

Paleo Just Made Things Better

I started eating Primal in July 2009. That first month was eye-opening (after I got through the carb flu at least). My energy was up, my mood was better and more consistent, I wasn’t bloated anymore, and I even dropped a couple pounds without trying. Pretty cool stuff!

…Until I Did This 1 Thing Wrong

I went all-in on Paleo. I was preparing 90% of the food I ate, cooking only local & grass-fed/pastured animals, local & organic produce, ~50% calories from fats like grass-fed butter and pastured bacon, and even switched from table salt to sea salt. That’s what I’m supposed to do, right? Well, it gave me an iodine deficiency.

I started to supplement iodine and included wild caught ocean fish and seaweed in my diet. I started seeing results immediately – literally the very first day.

A couple months later my recovery came to a halt. I was still very fatigued and foggy-brained. My doctor ordered some blood work, and I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism caused by Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, which is an autoimmune condition. I was prescribed Synthroid and saw some mild improvements.

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