“I am now lean, and eating – or fasting – myself healthy”

Before and after

Before and after

Laila suffered from chronic pain and depressions, but the doctors didn’t find anything wrong. She also always had a hard time controlling her weight. She spent three decades searching for a solution and tried different things.

Finally, it seems like she’s found what works for her:

The E-mail


I want to tell my story. It started in my early teenage years, when I suddenly went from being an active child to a slightly overweight teenager with a lot of chronic pan and depressions, that nobody understood. I had very little energy and was not able to keep up with daily life.

I have spent 30 years searching and trying different things to find out what could make me well. According to the doctors I was well, because nobody found anything wrong, besides the typical trigger points that fibromyalgia people have. When I was young I took a lot of strong painkillers and sometimes I could be bedbound for days.

In my late 20’s I found the blood-type diet. It recommends meat, poultry, fish, egg and vegetables, but not grains. Very little dairy, but berries and nuts were fine. The blood-type diet as I adopted it, became almost low carb. A liberal low-carb diet. I did well and stayed on the diet for a couple of years and felt fairly well. Then I slipped back to a “normal” diet. It took six months to become sick again.

Then I tried low carb, with the blood-type diet no-go foods at the back of my head. Once again I got better, but still something was missing. I was not in pain, but I lacked energy. Then, a year ago I found FODMAP and put it on top of my low-carb diet. My digestive system got better, but not completely. I used lactose-free products and did everything right. Then I got advice from a wise man (Thor Foseid), who said to cut out all dairy products and try intermittent fasting. He also told me about potato starch in cold water and other things. I also take lactic acid bacteria and L-Glutamine every day.

I decided to try fasting and started with a 4-day fast and since then I’ve gone to intermittent fasting, with an eating window of 5–6 hours. Now I quickly noticed a lot more energy, and suddenly I had energy for exercise. I exercise with a PT three times per week, and my pain is practically gone and my mood is great.

My goal when I started was to get well, but a side effect of this is weight loss. I now have a normal BMI for the first time since I was 15–16 years (BMI 22.5). I have lost 31 lbs (14 kg) in 18 months. The first half of my weight loss happened in the first three weeks, and then it stalled for about a year. Regardless of what I did, it did not budge, but with intermittent fasting, I lost the remaining pounds.

I am now lean, and eating – or fasting – myself healthy.?


Congratulations, Laila, to your improved health and energy!

Are you ready?


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  1. Pierre
    "chronic pain and depressions, but the doctors didn’t find anything wrong."

    Classic symptoms of wheat poisoning.

  2. gbl
    I am concerned about young women and their calcium nutrients on low-carb/dairy free. This is when women build their bones that will protect them from osteoporosis post-menopause. How can one obtain enough of this nutrient without through food, when now we are advised not to use Calcium supplements? If this is incorrect Dr. Andreas please say why. I think it's something that must be addressed here.
  3. Pierre
    Seaweed and Calcium

    Asia (low dairy consumption but low rates of osteoporosis) vs. the United States (high dairy consumption but high rates of osteoporosis) is everyone’s favorite demographic comparison when they’re trying to explain how giving up dairy won’t actually make your bones disintegrate on the spot. It is a great illustration that we don’t necessarily need dairy to be healthy, but it doesn’t actually prove that we don’t need calcium, because the traditional Asian diet includes another fantastic source of calcium: seaweed.

    Compared to other green vegetables, seaweed is a clear winner, with the relative amount depending on the color. The most calcium-rich type of seaweed is hijiki (not one of the four most common varieties above), which contains 1,400 milligrams of calcium per 100 grams (3.5 ounces). Compare that to whole milk, at 113mg per 100 grams. For reference, the RDA for an adult is 1,000 mg. Hijiki, raises some health concerns because it often contains small amounts of inorganic arsenic, but this isn’t a major concern unless you eat a lot of it every day.


  4. gbl
    It's not tenable in NA. Outside of the "granolas", I can't think of one other person but myself who regularly eats seaweed, and I don't cook with it. It has to be simmered hours in a broth and the broth used for soup, with the seaweed used in the soup or as a vegetable. Then, most here would find it unpalatable, notwithstanding Pho.

    NA women don't get osteoporosis because they eat too much dairy: they get it because they are lifelong dieting to be appealing to NA men.

  5. Tamarah
    Congrats Laila,, I am so happy you are healing !!!

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