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Paleo Journeys with Joshua Weissman of Slim Palate

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Joshua Weissman is an accomplished real-food advocate and food blogger based in Texas who writes and photographs for the increasingly popular blog Slim Palate. After years of harassment in school for being overweight, he changed his life and lost more than 100 pounds (that’s 45 kilos guys) by eating real food. With this empowering accomplishment behind him he created his food blog and published the amazing cookbook The Slim Palate Paleo Cookbook, which he wrote and photographed himself. Here’s the coolest part – he’s only 18 years old. Inspiring or what?

We are so happy to have Joshua as part of our Paleo Journeys interviews. I hope you find his story inspiring and motivating.

Can you tell us about your own wellness journey, and how you discovered the paleo/primal diet and lifestyle?

All through parts of elementary school, middle school, and a brief part of high school I was constantly ridiculed for being overweight. I was literally afraid to enter the doors of the school because I knew the second that I walked in, I would be physically and mentally harassed from morning until the bell rang to go home. I fought through chronic depression and increasingly worse eating habits with junk food, fast food, and lots of sugar. I sought out at age 13 to do something about it but I tried and failed using things like pre frozen “diet” meals, which were just as awful as the junk food out there. Eventually at age 15 I made the decision that I was just going to eat real food. Once the weight loss began I stumbled upon Paleo along the way and ended up losing the rest of my weight, which totalled to about 120-130 pounds (54-58kg).

(Check out Joshua’s before and after pics here.)

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