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November 2015

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128 | MAY + JUNE 2015 nshoremag.com 128 nshoremag.com November 2012 I'll Focus on the Details So You Can Focus on the Big Picture aspindler@aligncu.com office: (978) 275-2755 | cell: (978) 770-7740 110 Newbury Street, Danvers Amy Spindler Align Home Financing Consultant NMLS ID 39570 + AMESBURY + DANVERS + FRAMINGHAM + HAVERHILL + LOWELL + Looking to buy a home and stressing out over the paperwork? Come to Align Credit Union. Our Home Financing Consultants will find you the right mortgage with a competitive rate and help you fill out all of the paperwork! Mortgages available for loans up to $1.5 million. 128 Paleo followers come to the lifestyle: long-term poor health. Rodgers's childhood was marked by physical pain and suf- fering. As an infant she was diagnosed with lactose intoler- ance and given soy formula (a big no-no on the Paleolithic diet). As a child, she had no muscle tone, no energy, she couldn't focus, and she was constantly dehydrated. (Interest- ingly, as with so many who opt to go Paleo, she was thought to have IBS.) Eventually, at age 26, she consulted a new doc- tor fresh out of school. "She asked me a lot of questions—no- body had ever spent that much time with me before." Then she ran some tests. Again, like so many now-Paleo followers, Rodgers was an undiagnosed celiac disease sufferer. At the time, she was eating a mostly vegetarian diet. "I had just discovered seitan [wheat gluten protein], which I thought was the most amazing stuff. I was eating it breakfast, lunch, and dinner. But it's the exact thing I am allergic to." A dietician put her on a gluten-free diet, which she loathed. "I was so addicted to processed foods. I had toast for breakfast, a sandwich for lunch, pasta for dinner…" Eventually, she transitioned to eating gluten- free processed foods. "It did help. It was like going from black and white to color. I couldn't believe you could not be in searing pain." By this point, she was a marketing manager at Whole in-depth LIVE HOW TO GET STARTED First, do some research. Then consider a 30-day Paleo Challenge. Most people who complete the challenge adopt an 80/20 lifestyle afterward. (People with health issues tend to be stricter.) "I've never seen anyone go back to a standard American diet afterward," notes Rodgers. FAQ Am I going to be hungry all the time? "No, you aren't going to be hungry." It's not about depriving oneself of calories. It's about giving your body exactly what it needs—nutrient-dense foods that fuel you for hours. Where will fiber come from? "People are concerned about fiber—where will it come from if whole grains are removed, vitamins too. You end up eating a lot more vegetables than a vegetarian." Sweet potatoes, for example, have more fiber, more vitamins, more of everything than the same portion of cooked wheat cereal— that's where fiber comes from. Is it for everyone? Yes, unless there is some kind of rare condition such as an intolerance for iron. "I've seen it work for everyone who has tried it," claims Rodgers.

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