Looking back a few years, Simone Van Den Berg joined the paleo movement around 2014 after discovering a website based around the Whole30. After reading a little bit about it, she decided to dive in and complete her first Whole30 — and guess what, she felt amazing. Simone lost over 8kg and never felt better.
In December 2015, however, Simone suffered a major dogsledding accident in Norway and was left with a crushed right ankle, a broken left ankle, and a broken rib. Being bound to a bed for three months and a wheelchair following, walking wasn’t on the top of her to-do list. She was given a likely prognosis of bone disintegration, which would turn her life upside down.
Despite being given a pretty serious outcome, Simone tried to keep a positive outlook and do whatever it took to help her bones heal. She read up on proper nutrition to support healing and to the doctors surprise, her body began to recover.
Due to being bed ridden, Simone gained a few kilograms of weight, which brought her to complete another Whole30. Although she started to lose weight, she learned that changing her food also dissipated the pain in her ankles. For the first time since her accident, she could walk without a limp — significant progress. Since then, Simone has stuck with the paleo diet to not only help manage pain, but improve her health in general.
Being a photographer, she finds it difficult to stick to 100% paleo, but she makes it a priority to get back on track when she falls off.
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