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Some small and quirky differences you have noticed since going Paleo

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Created March 12, 2010 at 7:05 AM

I noticed that I have stopped grinding my teeth at night since switching to the Paleo diet, which I can't really ascribe a medical explanation. I sometimes feel weird hunches about things that I am sure are a result of my lifestyle changes.

Have you noticed any small and quirky differences (health and otherwise) to your body since going Paleo or is there something you have a hunch about, but are not quite 100% sure it can be attributed to a more primal life?

Please feel free to be as quirky as you like.......

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120 · September 07, 2013 at 1:28 AM

Same deal for me.

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383 · April 24, 2012 at 11:39 AM

I had that wrist thing too. I've decided it's an inflammation thing not directly related to the mousework (although I had the splint and the whole bit a few years ago) as it resolved pretty quickly with strict-ish paleo.

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383 · April 24, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Hey, your right - I haven't bitten my nails in ages either, and I used to bite till I bled! Partly it's from having stronger, faster-growing, thus long nails that don't snag and rip thus triggering the biting, but maybe also a nerve thing?

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383 · April 24, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Rosacea may be related to SIBO, so low-carb paleo would help. There's a particular short-course antibiotic that also seems to kick rosacea's butt if diet alone doesn't - check the wiki article for specifics.

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609 · February 22, 2012 at 3:31 PM

haha, I'm sure once the sun's out earlier I'll be waking up earlier. I'm a morning person, by I live in the Netherlands and we don't see much sun from October-April. As for what I'm eating, a typical breakfast would be some makerel and avocado with olive oil in a lettuce wrap, lunch is leftovers (chicken breast and braised kale today) or an omelette, snack is a red pepper and a few almonds, and dinner is, well, meat and veg basically.

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8933 · February 22, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Damn, what do you eat in a day? I'd love to sleep like you. I don't have insomnia, but I do wake up pretty easily.

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8933 · February 22, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Cool, Rene! This is awesome!

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1022 · February 22, 2012 at 7:55 AM

point 8: me exactly!

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274 · February 12, 2012 at 4:53 PM

You should try kettle bells out in the cold, invigorating and builds brown fat. After that, the rest of the day is easy:)

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298 · February 12, 2012 at 4:23 PM

My white dots in my nails (I have had them my whole life as well) are not completely gone but they seem to be diminishing. I am not taking a zinc supplement daily and eating a lot more natural/grass fed meat so it is cool to read that this might be why.

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292 · February 12, 2012 at 3:38 AM

This sleep cycle totally describes me. I had no idea what was going on, good to know it's normal! :)

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1387 · February 11, 2012 at 2:11 PM

I never even get a hint of sunburn anymore, even after spending hours outside without sunscreen.

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78422 · December 18, 2011 at 10:37 PM

Yes, Science fiction, or drugs at the least. It is very simple, isn't it!

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0 · October 20, 2011 at 12:45 AM

I still wake up all the time in the middle of the night (though not with sweats). I'm an insominac but started taking melatonin years ago to cure it, and it worked. Now if I miss taking my regular dose, I can still sleep, which is something, but not quite the cure, as I still wake up regularly (3-4 times a night - though I'm not up the rest of the night like I used to be)

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0 · October 20, 2011 at 12:42 AM

My stool quality went up, but my stool quantity went waaay down. I swear I can go several days at a time without going - and it isn't uncomfortable at all, no constipation here.

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0 · October 20, 2011 at 12:41 AM

My heartburn seems to be gone as well. Can't say I've ever had a big plate of beef which caused heartburn. It was always pasta, too much beer or pizza.

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120 · October 19, 2011 at 3:32 AM

My bruxism stopped after going paleo and doing a few other things, which I wrote about here: http://paleoinmalaysia.tumblr.com/post/11052014008/how-i-cured-bruxism-tmj-grinding-teeth

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3219 · September 01, 2011 at 7:23 PM

Yeah my heartburn is definitely gone too!

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3219 · September 01, 2011 at 7:23 PM

You know, come to think of it I don't grind my teeth or clench my jaw anymore!

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8933 · September 01, 2011 at 4:06 PM

You know, eating paleo and cheating regularly : that's a bad idea. When you go paleo, you're more sensitive to everything. I hope your son gets better!

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8933 · September 01, 2011 at 4:05 PM

My voice improved too on paleo, it's not just you. I still can't sing though.

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659 · August 26, 2011 at 11:20 AM

the white spots are a zinc deficiency. good that your levels have improved as zinc is so important for many different bodily processes.

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0 · March 16, 2011 at 7:19 PM

Me too, re: smelly sweat. Good thing, too, because my water line broke and I can't bathe!

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0 · March 16, 2011 at 7:18 PM

I've always had premonitions, but now they are more accurate. Usually just a sense that something pretty bad is going to happen, and then it does. Or sometimes, that despite a bad diagnosis, a person will be ok. That has happened twice.

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7063 · February 23, 2011 at 4:38 PM

yep, I noticed this esp. with my children.......

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7063 · February 23, 2011 at 4:37 PM

I had this too!

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12174 · January 31, 2011 at 7:22 PM

Congratulations!! :)

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12174 · January 31, 2011 at 7:20 PM

Second this. When I'm blood sugar stabilized I am SO much less moody - and more energized, like I can take on the day (kids and all!). But get a dose of something sugary in me and I get all emo and navel-gazing.

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4984 · December 31, 2010 at 2:44 PM

Same Jenna :) to all the above :D

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4984 · December 31, 2010 at 2:42 PM

I definately have more hair growth, sometimes I pick the mascara from my eyes and eyelashes follow, used to take ages for them to grow back, when I did it again early december they grew back stupidy fast! I couldn't believe it, and I am forever plucking ym eyebrows now :D

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7063 · December 20, 2010 at 9:15 AM

The patience comes with balanced blood sugar levels - I have experienced this too!

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383 · December 19, 2010 at 11:00 PM

That's great! I still have to learn how to enjoy my chores though :-)

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383 · December 19, 2010 at 10:58 PM

Oh and let us know about the open mouth of your dentist tomorrow

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383 · December 19, 2010 at 10:57 PM

Isn't that amazing??? Good for you!

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2319 · December 13, 2010 at 6:54 PM

For me, this is linked to gluten

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30 · December 12, 2010 at 10:41 PM

my cramps (which were always horrible) vanished too!

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2399 · September 13, 2010 at 7:19 PM

+1. Redhead but I can be in the sun in the "danger zone" hours without any harm. Last year ? Buuuuuuuuurrrrrrn, baby, buuuuuuurn.

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24523 · September 13, 2010 at 6:59 PM

Paleo suggestion: use dailies instead of monthly extended wears. My optomotrist much prefers these because of oxygen getting to the eyeball.

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383 · September 13, 2010 at 6:53 PM

Good to know, that's even more motivation to start paleo/primal :-)

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1595 · September 13, 2010 at 3:12 PM

http://paleohacks.com/questions/1943/some-small-and-quirky-differences-you-have-noticed-since-going-paleo/1946#1946

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22913 · September 13, 2010 at 3:25 AM

Circulation improvement as well

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20787 · September 13, 2010 at 3:16 AM

On that first issue, a large weight loss is said to be able to add many inches to the visible end of the stick, so to speak...

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10768 · September 02, 2010 at 7:50 PM

Less inflammation in your gums could lead to your teeth feeling stronger...

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270 · April 25, 2010 at 5:26 AM

Whoa now, isn't THAT interesting?!? Thanks!

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2319 · April 23, 2010 at 3:37 AM

article linking RLS and celiac: http://www.celiac.com/articles/22091/1/Restless-Leg-Syndrome-Common-in-Adults-with-Celiac-Disease/Page1.html

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105 · April 21, 2010 at 6:58 PM

I noticed this last week too. The nights that I'll have something sugary before bed or close to bedtime (for example I was cheating with some ice cream), I had terrible night mares! And I hadn't had nightmares previous when I was strict paleo. I definitely think it's either gluten or casein/lactose, as I've taken dairy out as well.

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105 · April 21, 2010 at 6:52 PM

Same here as well! Vitamin D3 has been my wonder drug. I am always working around sick athletes all year, usually have 5-6 colds a year. This year, nothing! :D

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105 · April 21, 2010 at 6:51 PM

I had a case of consistent heartburn for a few weeks before I started going paleo, and I've never felt it since!

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110 · April 21, 2010 at 3:01 AM

It just dawned on me that I no longer grind my teeth at night after going primal!

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1135 · April 19, 2010 at 11:46 AM

As for the eyes, it's likely thanks to reduced sorbitol buildup in the retina. It's a problem largely for diabetics, but apparently non-diabetics, too.

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1135 · April 19, 2010 at 11:46 AM

As for the eyes, it's likely thanks to reduced sorbitol buildup in the retina. It's very clear in diabetics, but apparently in non-diabetics, too.

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0 · April 08, 2010 at 12:27 AM

I'm with you on all 7. Off the ADD meds and I can finally read a book for more than 10 minutes! Went from acne to only washing my face every 3 days and my skin has never looked better. My knuckles have gone from cracked and bleeding to totally healed. More than one person has told me my hair is darker and my hairline has moved...in the opposite direction as most people!!

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1229 · April 06, 2010 at 5:12 AM

Whoa, my anxiey dreams are gone too! Crazy!

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2269 · April 06, 2010 at 1:27 AM

Amen to #1, after taking expensive PPI meds (Nexium, Aciphex) for years I stopped last week. I had some minor 'burn for a few days but just realized this minute that it didn't bother me at all today.

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0 · April 05, 2010 at 8:06 PM

I've noticed essentially the same thing with my asthma. And what I've found most interesting is that, while I haven't eliminated casein entirely, when I do eat significant amounts of cheese my asthma comes back. (I don't drink milk at all anymore, so that's not a problem.)

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941 · April 05, 2010 at 7:37 PM

I never got heartburn from fat. I just got heartburn. I think eliminating the gluten is what fixed my digestion.

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1595 · March 26, 2010 at 11:43 PM

Sometimes I miss farting. Not that often.

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585 · March 17, 2010 at 9:32 PM

you might want to try one of those deodorant "rocks". I tried it as part of my "minimize soap" regimen, and it's been awesome. I still sweat and get the cooling benefits, but no more stink!

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585 · March 17, 2010 at 9:29 PM

yes! I hadn't even thought about the breath issue. The husband and I both have improved. (and he used to be able to stun a moose at 50 paces!)

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1595 · March 15, 2010 at 11:05 PM

"It's all in the reflexes"

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7063 · March 15, 2010 at 7:04 AM

I have had to mark this one as the accept answer even though I wanted to mark them all......it really made me smile, as I am forever doing things like this and saying - 'Oh its 'cos I am paleo now', lol.

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316 · March 14, 2010 at 10:23 PM

This bimodal sleep pattern is new to me. I thought it was just old guy syndrome. Now I won't let it bother me, I'll just mine my dream patterns for the answers to all life's mysteries and just enjoy the quiet time my new life style presents. Gotta love it!!!

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3268 · March 14, 2010 at 7:33 PM

wow... that is amazing. I've also stopped having "night sweats"!

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796 · March 14, 2010 at 1:26 PM

oh and also, my husband is already noticing more muscle tone (after only about 4 weeks) and the acne on his back has disappeared.

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796 · March 14, 2010 at 1:25 PM

oh yeah, and in the first week I lost like 2 or 3 pounds, alot for my narrow lean build. I think my body was shocked. I haven't lost any more.... I'm not sure if I've gained it back or not. I'm hoping for more muscle tone and (more importantly) to start menstruating again, but not there yet.

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56616 · March 13, 2010 at 3:24 PM

That's such a ridiculous theory and doctors continue to spread it. How many times did I avoid some delicious meat and then end up with heartburn anyway....too many to count!

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1137 · March 13, 2010 at 2:58 PM

F.lux works great.

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7063 · March 13, 2010 at 12:36 PM

Has anyone had any experience with TMJ and paleo?

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7063 · March 13, 2010 at 10:25 AM

Is this a symptom of the Paleo Lifestyle, Anna - we feel a need to climb trees??? ;)

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319 · March 13, 2010 at 8:20 AM

What is F. lux and how does it help?

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56616 · March 13, 2010 at 3:31 AM

I used to have some warts on my hands that went away. Eeew...glad they are gone.

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78422 · March 12, 2010 at 9:34 PM

Lucky where are you? Tell them about Tweeting from trees!

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7063 · March 12, 2010 at 8:25 PM

I that has reminded me, I had this on one foot too, had it for years, it went about two months after I started paleo.

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13983 · March 12, 2010 at 8:13 PM

Ditto on the tooth plaque, stool quality, and flatulence. Thanks for mentioning those!

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1595 · March 12, 2010 at 6:32 PM

I feel like Jack Burton after having drunk Egg Shen's magic potion. Heh.

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1595 · March 12, 2010 at 6:31 PM

I feel like Jack Burton after having drunk tEgg Shen's magic potion. Heh.

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7063 · March 12, 2010 at 5:02 PM

re: the sleep/wake pattern, it is called biomodal sleep and this is the natural pattern of all pre-industrialized people. Turn off electric lights at night and you will fall back into that pattern after a few days. The two periods of sleep are called the dead sleep and the morning sleep. More info here: http://constantstateofflux.com/2010/01/18/i-am-awake-again-my-bimodal-sleep-pattern/ I experience it too. F.lux on the computer helps: http://www.stereopsis.com/flux/

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155 · March 12, 2010 at 5:02 PM

this might be attributed to higher fat content in your diet, creating better myelin sheathing around your nerves making it easier for your nerves to do what you've been telling them to do all along. Or, something...

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6157 · March 12, 2010 at 4:43 PM

I'm with you on the morning breath! I can't say mine is GONE but it is much better, no longer capable of killing small mammals at medium range. If I have a cheat dinner, though, my morning breath is terrible. Ditto on enhanced recovery post-workout.

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4464 · March 12, 2010 at 3:54 PM

My frequent heartburn went away almost immediately upon starting paleo (a little over a month ago). No headaches either.

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11478 · March 12, 2010 at 2:22 PM

A paleo lifestyle may reduce stress and change sleep cycles, both of which may affect bruxism ( http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/bruxism/DS00337/DSECTION=causes ).

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7063 · March 12, 2010 at 10:16 AM

Aha, I knew there must be something to it, but couldn't get to the bottom of it - hooray!

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1912 · March 12, 2010 at 8:20 AM

Teeth grinding can be due to a magnesium deficiency (can cause tense muscles, cramps, etc), which Paleo tends to be pretty good at correcting.

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10502 · March 12, 2010 at 7:28 AM

Hi Louisa, my teeth-grinding has also stopped. I attribute that to avoiding gluten.

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1595 · March 12, 2010 at 11:59 AM

I swear paleo has improved my reflexes and throwing accuracy. For example, when I suffer from butter fingers, I find that I often catch things instead of whatever I've dropped failing to the ground. In addition, while "helping" my kids clean their rooms, I find I can and do tend to throw things into the proper bin from across the room with ease. I don't have data on this, but it feels real to me. shrug

EDIT: Had my eyes checked recently and one of my eyes improved. That's the opposite of the general trend as we age. Myopia is yet another disease of civilization.

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1595 · March 12, 2010 at 6:31 PM

I feel like Jack Burton after having drunk tEgg Shen's magic potion. Heh.

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1595 · March 15, 2010 at 11:05 PM

"It's all in the reflexes"

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155 · March 12, 2010 at 5:02 PM

this might be attributed to higher fat content in your diet, creating better myelin sheathing around your nerves making it easier for your nerves to do what you've been telling them to do all along. Or, something...

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1595 · March 12, 2010 at 6:32 PM

I feel like Jack Burton after having drunk Egg Shen's magic potion. Heh.

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7063 · March 15, 2010 at 7:04 AM

I have had to mark this one as the accept answer even though I wanted to mark them all......it really made me smile, as I am forever doing things like this and saying - 'Oh its 'cos I am paleo now', lol.

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1135 · April 19, 2010 at 11:46 AM

As for the eyes, it's likely thanks to reduced sorbitol buildup in the retina. It's very clear in diabetics, but apparently in non-diabetics, too.

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1135 · April 19, 2010 at 11:46 AM

As for the eyes, it's likely thanks to reduced sorbitol buildup in the retina. It's a problem largely for diabetics, but apparently non-diabetics, too.

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4089 · September 13, 2010 at 4:01 PM

You mean aside from dropping twenty pounds, my blood pressure suddenly tanking from high into the low normal range, my diabetes resolving itself, and my lipid panel making a marked improvement, in the space of three months?

Aside from no longer having constipation issues or flatulence? Aside from being much calmer and able to tolerate stress?

Naw, nothing much to report, really :).

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4533 · September 13, 2010 at 12:06 PM

Also along the lines of tougher skin... I've noticed dramatically increased resistance to sunburn. According to Natural Bias, it's probably the increased saturated fat in my diet.

Saturated fat makes skin cells more resistant to oxidative damage from the sun which can help to prevent SUNBURN, wrinkles, and skin cancer.

I'm naturally pretty pale and sunburn prone, so this is a BIG deal to me!

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2399 · September 13, 2010 at 7:19 PM

+1. Redhead but I can be in the sun in the "danger zone" hours without any harm. Last year ? Buuuuuuuuurrrrrrn, baby, buuuuuuurn.

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7063 · February 23, 2011 at 4:38 PM

yep, I noticed this esp. with my children.......

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120 · September 07, 2013 at 1:28 AM

Same deal for me.

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1387 · February 11, 2012 at 2:11 PM

I never even get a hint of sunburn anymore, even after spending hours outside without sunscreen.

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578 · March 13, 2010 at 1:22 PM

When I see myself in the mirror in the morning and go "Oh yeah!". I can't really say I've ever done that and meant it until now. Improved self-image is a blessing.

That plus the improvement in teeth, stool, recovery, etc.

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2374 · March 12, 2010 at 3:22 PM

No heartburn. Which sort of messes with my lifelong theory that my occasional heartburn was triggered by high-sat-fat meals...

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56616 · March 13, 2010 at 3:24 PM

That's such a ridiculous theory and doctors continue to spread it. How many times did I avoid some delicious meat and then end up with heartburn anyway....too many to count!

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4464 · March 12, 2010 at 3:54 PM

My frequent heartburn went away almost immediately upon starting paleo (a little over a month ago). No headaches either.

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941 · April 05, 2010 at 7:37 PM

I never got heartburn from fat. I just got heartburn. I think eliminating the gluten is what fixed my digestion.

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105 · April 21, 2010 at 6:51 PM

I had a case of consistent heartburn for a few weeks before I started going paleo, and I've never felt it since!

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3219 · September 01, 2011 at 7:23 PM

Yeah my heartburn is definitely gone too!

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0 · October 20, 2011 at 12:41 AM

My heartburn seems to be gone as well. Can't say I've ever had a big plate of beef which caused heartburn. It was always pasta, too much beer or pizza.

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6157 · March 12, 2010 at 4:52 PM

  • A fairly common experience after going grain-free: all tooth plaque has disappeared.

  • Stool quality has improved (let's just say there's not much wiping to do any more), although this can be negated by high fish oil consumption (which I no longer do).

  • Flatulence is diminished and usually odorless.

  • Chronic nighttime sinus congestion is diminished (eliminated, actually, on workout days).

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13983 · March 12, 2010 at 8:13 PM

Ditto on the tooth plaque, stool quality, and flatulence. Thanks for mentioning those!

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7063 · February 23, 2011 at 4:37 PM

I had this too!

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0 · October 20, 2011 at 12:42 AM

My stool quality went up, but my stool quantity went waaay down. I swear I can go several days at a time without going - and it isn't uncomfortable at all, no constipation here.

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13983 · March 12, 2010 at 4:32 PM

Other than the obvious metabolic changes, here's a few random things I've noticed:

  • No more morning breath. I just don't get it now unless I've had wine or something sweet.
  • My eyesight has improved (according to my eye doctor).
  • Quicker recovery after injury or tough workout (noticeable difference).
  • It's easier to wake up in the morning.

And like Biodoc, I too am a cheaper date. ;)

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6157 · March 12, 2010 at 4:43 PM

I'm with you on the morning breath! I can't say mine is GONE but it is much better, no longer capable of killing small mammals at medium range. If I have a cheat dinner, though, my morning breath is terrible. Ditto on enhanced recovery post-workout.

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585 · March 17, 2010 at 9:29 PM

yes! I hadn't even thought about the breath issue. The husband and I both have improved. (and he used to be able to stun a moose at 50 paces!)

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1103 · December 13, 2010 at 8:34 PM

this is so fun! Besides loosing 30lbs, clearer skin, having more energy, no more mood swings, no more picking up every single stomach bug/common cold/flu as it makes the rounds in the office. Also, loving the feeling that I am NOT depriving myself of something!

I have been able to come off my THREE prescriptions to battle my IBS completely and pain free! I feel ALIVE and HAPPY and JOYFUL, something my IBS medicine could never help me with. No more severe bloating, no more awful stomach cramping like someone was stabbing me, no more constipation, no more heartburn keeping me uncomfortable and up at night. No more missing fuctions or parties or gatherings with friends because my stomach is acting up. No more stressing that I have something terribly wrong with me that medical science has never seen before. Wish I hadn't battled IBS for 7 years bouncing from doctor to doctor (and them telling me that "I need more fiber" in my diet and prescribing OTC fiber supplements to put into drinks/food/etc)

something quirky though...I SWEAR I have more hair now. just in general prepaleo I could skip a month or two wiht my waxer, but now there is NOooo way I would skip my eyebrow wax appointment! ha! I'm thinking maybe because there is 30 lbs less of me that maybe it just SEEMS like I have more hair? but maybe I'm getting more vitamins and minerals that encourage hair growth? (anyone have ideas on this?)

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4984 · December 31, 2010 at 2:42 PM

I definately have more hair growth, sometimes I pick the mascara from my eyes and eyelashes follow, used to take ages for them to grow back, when I did it again early december they grew back stupidy fast! I couldn't believe it, and I am forever plucking ym eyebrows now :D

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4533 · March 12, 2010 at 6:09 PM

I used to have miserably painful menstrual cycles. About 24-hours at the beginning of every cycle felt sick enough to call in sick to work (though I rarely did). Ever since going low-carb/paleo about a year ago, I have been magically pain and PMS symptom-free. Even in the unlikely event that I never see another improvement, I will never give up paleo, based on that perk alone.

I have also noticed the breath thing. No more morning breath for me or the hubby!

I've also only been sick 1/2 a time in the last year. I'm fairly certain that a flu bug was trying to get me after we got home from visiting relatives at Thanksgiving. I suddenly felt very body-achy, headachy and spiked a 102 temperature one evening. I loaded up on extra vitamin D3, took a tablespoon of coconut oil and went to bed early. I was 100% myself again the next morning. Thank you, paleo!!

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105 · April 21, 2010 at 6:52 PM

Same here as well! Vitamin D3 has been my wonder drug. I am always working around sick athletes all year, usually have 5-6 colds a year. This year, nothing! :D

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my cramps (which were always horrible) vanished too!

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585 · March 12, 2010 at 4:28 PM

For one, my sleep cycle is different. I get really sleepy around 9-10, sleep hard until 12 or 1, wake up for a bit, and then I'm back down until I wake up (sans alarm) at 6:30 or 7. Seems I've moved to the sleep-wake-sleep pattern and I have no idea why! I feel great, so I'm not complaining, it's just strange.

My alcohol tolerance has gone down. A single glass of wine with dinner now actually gets me tipsy! My husband thinks this is hilarious.

Fewer headaches, even though I have just as many triggers (eyestrain, etc.).

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319 · March 13, 2010 at 8:20 AM

What is F. lux and how does it help?

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This bimodal sleep pattern is new to me. I thought it was just old guy syndrome. Now I won't let it bother me, I'll just mine my dream patterns for the answers to all life's mysteries and just enjoy the quiet time my new life style presents. Gotta love it!!!

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7063 · March 12, 2010 at 5:02 PM

re: the sleep/wake pattern, it is called biomodal sleep and this is the natural pattern of all pre-industrialized people. Turn off electric lights at night and you will fall back into that pattern after a few days. The two periods of sleep are called the dead sleep and the morning sleep. More info here: http://constantstateofflux.com/2010/01/18/i-am-awake-again-my-bimodal-sleep-pattern/ I experience it too. F.lux on the computer helps: http://www.stereopsis.com/flux/

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1137 · March 13, 2010 at 2:58 PM

F.lux works great.

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292 · February 12, 2012 at 3:38 AM

This sleep cycle totally describes me. I had no idea what was going on, good to know it's normal! :)

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1091 · December 19, 2010 at 9:59 PM

I have had a few quirky differences pop up.

The most important one is that I am more patient with my children. Shortly after going paleoish, I found an inner strength that I did not know I had. I am much more willing to carry them, play with them, and run around like a little kid. My stress level has reduced dramatically and i feel much better in general, which is why i think this is happening.

Secondly, I got my sex drive back. I lost that shortly after my daughter was born. It came back STRONG about a week after changing my habits. Hubs is pretty stoked. ;)

Lastly, I have learned to enjoy the housework that used to make me feel oh-so-burdened. Carrying baskets of laundry, cleaning up the same toys three hundred times a day, washing dishes, cleaning, vacuuming, etc. Instead of letting it get me down, I actually enjoy it now! I feel like it's helping me. So odd!

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383 · December 19, 2010 at 11:00 PM

That's great! I still have to learn how to enjoy my chores though :-)

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7063 · December 20, 2010 at 9:15 AM

The patience comes with balanced blood sugar levels - I have experienced this too!

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4984 · December 31, 2010 at 2:44 PM

Same Jenna :) to all the above :D

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12174 · January 31, 2011 at 7:20 PM

Second this. When I'm blood sugar stabilized I am SO much less moody - and more energized, like I can take on the day (kids and all!). But get a dose of something sugary in me and I get all emo and navel-gazing.

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262 · March 26, 2010 at 9:29 PM

this is the weirdest forum ever, but alas i must share my grossest discoveries. my sweat stopped smelling. i stopped sweating entirely when i'm not working out (i used to sweat all day when i weighed 10 more lbs). no more period cramps, they are non-existent. no more painful bloating after a meal. after i stopped eating fruit and grains, i stopped farting. i haven't farted in 3 weeks. and if i do fart again, i'll know why.

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1595 · March 26, 2010 at 11:43 PM

Sometimes I miss farting. Not that often.

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0 · March 16, 2011 at 7:19 PM

Me too, re: smelly sweat. Good thing, too, because my water line broke and I can't bathe!

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2269 · March 13, 2010 at 6:24 PM

Well, let's see... it's only been a few weeks since I went kinda hard-core and knocked out most carbs except those in the full-fat yogurt and kombucha, and those are pretty minimal. I'm about 48 years old, male, was up around 195lbs at 5'7" which is up there, now down to 174lbs or so, still kind of fat but I'll be doing some kettlebell routines outside once the weather gets better.

  1. My skin is clearing up; I've had a lifelong battle with very oily "t-zone" and form lots of blackheads (ugh) and exuded a lot of sebum from my nose when pressed. that's better now, still present but not as bad.
  2. In addition or conjunction to the above, my rosacea is also clearing.
  3. Digestion-wise, impressive but mostly odorless farts. I'm my own tuba/contrabassoon duet. Poops are firm with usually no cleanup needed. No idea why I'm so farty, but hilarity usually ensues. I'm kind of a small boy about that sort of thing.
  4. My teeth feel stronger (I know, weird) and are much less pasty/furry in the morning.
  5. In general, I feel much better, more alert, less easily fatigued.

Sounds all good to me.

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10768 · September 02, 2010 at 7:50 PM

Less inflammation in your gums could lead to your teeth feeling stronger...

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274 · February 12, 2012 at 4:53 PM

You should try kettle bells out in the cold, invigorating and builds brown fat. After that, the rest of the day is easy:)

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383 · April 24, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Rosacea may be related to SIBO, so low-carb paleo would help. There's a particular short-course antibiotic that also seems to kick rosacea's butt if diet alone doesn't - check the wiki article for specifics.

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796 · March 13, 2010 at 7:28 AM

No bloating-- used to have this all the time... probably from trouble digesting grains or maybe sugar. Also, no stomach pains, even after big meals, which I used to have often and attributed to high-fat meals (definitely wrong). Also... like the others said lower alcohol tolerance.

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796 · March 14, 2010 at 1:25 PM

oh yeah, and in the first week I lost like 2 or 3 pounds, alot for my narrow lean build. I think my body was shocked. I haven't lost any more.... I'm not sure if I've gained it back or not. I'm hoping for more muscle tone and (more importantly) to start menstruating again, but not there yet.

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796 · March 14, 2010 at 1:26 PM

oh and also, my husband is already noticing more muscle tone (after only about 4 weeks) and the acne on his back has disappeared.

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7063 · March 13, 2010 at 6:46 AM

I have never been one for running or doing exercise of any kind, but since going Paleo, I want to exercise more and have been inspired to follow a training program. I can feel a build up of energy in my muscles and body that I never witnessed before paleo which I have a strong desire to 'release' by running or jumping or climbing.

For me, the Paleo diet has liberated my body from rigidity and I now want to move much more than I ever did.

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1648 · March 13, 2010 at 12:25 AM

I don't get hot in the middle of the night anymore! Like my father, in the middle of the night, I often wake up really hot, and if I'm wearing pajamas, I'll have to take them off. Immediately after starting Paleo, I've been surprised to wake up in the morning, still wearing my long sleeved pajamas (previously unheard of).

I think this has something to do with being a fast oxidizer, and how my body really burns up those refined carbs. On the two occasions where I have not had a paleo dinner, I have once again woken up burning up.

Interesting!

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3268 · March 14, 2010 at 7:33 PM

wow... that is amazing. I've also stopped having "night sweats"!

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2319 · December 13, 2010 at 6:54 PM

For me, this is linked to gluten

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I still wake up all the time in the middle of the night (though not with sweats). I'm an insominac but started taking melatonin years ago to cure it, and it worked. Now if I miss taking my regular dose, I can still sleep, which is something, but not quite the cure, as I still wake up regularly (3-4 times a night - though I'm not up the rest of the night like I used to be)

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175 · September 13, 2010 at 10:21 AM

My biggest surprise was tougher skin. I attribute this to a much larger percentage of saturated fat in my diet and a significant decrease in polyunsaturated fats. I used to get scrapes and cuts rather easily and the skin on my knuckles would start cracking every winter. The knuckles were by far the most noticeable.

It took about two years of eating Paleo, but it was very gratifying to go an entire winter with no painful cracked knuckles. Subsequently, I would occasionally bang a shin or scrape myself and be surprised to notice no bleeding.

Regards, Dave

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223 · September 13, 2010 at 2:01 AM

Psoriasis (Or what appeared to be is psoriasis is now gone) and my hair is a lot softer w/o conditioner which has allowed me to go "-poo"less. The list of benefits goes on but those were the unexpected ones.

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941 · April 05, 2010 at 2:02 PM

  1. No heartburn. I had been taking zantac at least once a week for almost a year, now I only need it for my 20%.
  2. Skin clearing. I don't know if it's from going Paleo or no soap/poo, but my acne and psoriasis have started clearing. I no longer have dry spots or oily spots.
  3. I don't get sick as easily. A few bugs have gone through the house and I was the only one who did not get sick.
  4. Healing. If I get scratches, bruises or cuts I heal a lot faster and with less infection.
  5. ADD. I have not needed my ADD meds nor my anti-depressants since January.
  6. My wife has severe TMJ. She has had surgery to try to correct it, but still has massive pain and depression from it. Eating paleo, she has less pain and takes fewer meds.
  7. Energy. I have more energy. I also have less trouble falling asleep at night and waking in the morning.

All in all it has been a great thing for me and my family. Thanks to all who post in this forum and those who blog to spread the word. Society can only benefit.

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I'm with you on all 7. Off the ADD meds and I can finally read a book for more than 10 minutes! Went from acne to only washing my face every 3 days and my skin has never looked better. My knuckles have gone from cracked and bleeding to totally healed. More than one person has told me my hair is darker and my hairline has moved...in the opposite direction as most people!!

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2269 · April 06, 2010 at 1:27 AM

Amen to #1, after taking expensive PPI meds (Nexium, Aciphex) for years I stopped last week. I had some minor 'burn for a few days but just realized this minute that it didn't bother me at all today.

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10294 · March 14, 2010 at 8:36 PM

Some small things that could be attributed to paleo lifestyle (maybe not only the diet)

  • Improvement in psoriasis (from mild to very mild, and gone in summer)
  • Haven't had dizziness caused by inner ear inflammation (I had maybe 5 episodes of 2 days in the 4 years). Not sure about this one though...
  • Calmness of mind. Although I am a calm person (really ;-) ), I noticed that when our first son was born (while not being paleo), nightly wake-ups could bring up a kind of anger from deep inside. It was a strange senstation, because I'm almost never angry, and I didn't want to be angry at the person I loved the most, but still, I felt it. Now, after our second son was born, this n??ver happened, never. And I don't think it was because I was more anxious for the unknown of the first birth.
  • Change in behaviour: wanting to persuade everybody about the paleo lifestyle! ;-) Now, this must be something that occurs mainly in the first year. I seem to have calmed down a bit. But still, people see me and the family, and ask questions. Leading by example works fine now. And I people want more information, this site is a great reference (Thanks Patrick!)

Cheers

edit: some more things I've noticed - No more swollen eyes in the morning, but after a grain/carb cheat they are back (luckily only for 1 day) - I haven't been biting my fingernails for a long time. Wonder why? - Less of the white on the back of the tongue.

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383 · April 24, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Hey, your right - I haven't bitten my nails in ages either, and I used to bite till I bled! Partly it's from having stronger, faster-growing, thus long nails that don't snag and rip thus triggering the biting, but maybe also a nerve thing?

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857 · March 14, 2010 at 7:30 PM

I had an undiganosed low-grade asthma that I just sort of lived with. I had done low-carb before, but always supplemented with plenty of "low carb tortillas" and other Frankenfoods.

Once I kicked gluten to the curb, the asthma vanished in less than a week.

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I've noticed essentially the same thing with my asthma. And what I've found most interesting is that, while I haven't eliminated casein entirely, when I do eat significant amounts of cheese my asthma comes back. (I don't drink milk at all anymore, so that's not a problem.)

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623 · March 12, 2010 at 8:19 PM

I have one toenail that had some sort of non-painful white fungus on it for the past few years (not really gross just white and flaky). Ive tried to get rid of it with over the counter anti-fungal topicals but it would only get part of it and it would come back. I noticed yesterday while walking around my yard barefoot that its pretty much gone. Stoked on that one.

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7063 · March 12, 2010 at 8:25 PM

I that has reminded me, I had this on one foot too, had it for years, it went about two months after I started paleo.

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56616 · March 13, 2010 at 3:31 AM

I used to have some warts on my hands that went away. Eeew...glad they are gone.

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2614 · March 12, 2010 at 5:49 PM

My most startling physical change is that my arthritis is VASTLY improved and my Rosacia is GONE. I attribute this to giving up nightshades.

My teeth, also, are much less yucky (unbrushed).

But the best thing is that I am almost never ill. All of my life I've gotten very, very sick as many as 4 times a year with cold/flu/bronchitis/crud. I have asthma, so these were always dibilitating 2-week-long misery fests.

Now, I get the sniffles, maybe, or a small cough, or a stuffy head and it's gone in a few days. Fabulous! :D

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22913 · September 13, 2010 at 1:37 AM

At the risk of coming off inappropriate... Certain attributes are larger...

In addition, my activity desires changed heavily I have urges to leap climb and jump on stuff that I haven't since I was a kid

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22913 · September 13, 2010 at 3:25 AM

Circulation improvement as well

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20787 · September 13, 2010 at 3:16 AM

On that first issue, a large weight loss is said to be able to add many inches to the visible end of the stick, so to speak...

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383 · September 13, 2010 at 6:53 PM

Good to know, that's even more motivation to start paleo/primal :-)

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2319 · April 06, 2010 at 2:55 AM

My spouse and I have noticed that our dreams have changed. I think this is gluten related, because I have had intense and unpleasant dreams after a gluten mistake. It has been over a year and he hasn't had an intense, recurring anxious dream about missing the big exam. I used to have a dream about the brakes failing in my car. I don't miss that at all.

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1229 · April 06, 2010 at 5:12 AM

Whoa, my anxiey dreams are gone too! Crazy!

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105 · April 21, 2010 at 6:58 PM

I noticed this last week too. The nights that I'll have something sugary before bed or close to bedtime (for example I was cheating with some ice cream), I had terrible night mares! And I hadn't had nightmares previous when I was strict paleo. I definitely think it's either gluten or casein/lactose, as I've taken dairy out as well.

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491 · March 14, 2010 at 10:34 PM

  1. I used to wake up with a very slight runny nose; my old 'normal'. No longer! I attribute this almost certainly to cutting gluten.

  2. As mentioned here already; no more furry teeth!

  3. Reduced body odor smell (I still stink though)

  4. No more hunger pangs that used to almost make me feel sick!

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585 · March 17, 2010 at 9:32 PM

you might want to try one of those deodorant "rocks". I tried it as part of my "minimize soap" regimen, and it's been awesome. I still sweat and get the cooling benefits, but no more stink!

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90 · March 12, 2010 at 6:29 PM

My mood swings have lessened considerably, and like gilliebean, I find myself feeling refreshed in the morning whereas before it would take all the mental strength I had to get out of bed in the morning.

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390 · February 22, 2012 at 6:02 AM

I've just started a few weeks ago, and amazed to the point that I even became suspicious of myself...

  1. Having had psoriasis since I was 3, it has calmed down and in some places even gone in remission. I am 42, so some skin I have never seen normal.
  2. My colitis has calmed down. I'm still weary about it, it could be a temporary thing, but I don't need to use the bathroom three times a day anymore since one week into Paleo.
  3. My weight is dropping like nothing I've ever seen.
  4. My hair is baby soft, which is a bit of a nuisance, because trying to style it invariably gets the response "nah, not today, dude" from my scalp.
  5. My mood has become intolerably happy. It annoys people around me. Went for a walk on the beach a few days ago, and happiness came over me in such a way that it made me cry and laugh out loud at the same time.
  6. I go to bed when I feel sleepy, which has funny results. I notice I wake up before the alarm clock.
  7. Breakfast is not an exercise in procrastination anymore. I actually enjoy cooking in the morning, having rediscovered kale. (I loved that as a child, but discovered I hadn't eaten it in more than two years).
  8. The energy. I swear it's gonna kill me one of these days. In weekends I want to go out and do stuff. That from a man who used to have a weekly bathrobe day (lounging around, and forcing guests to wear bathrobes too. Come to think of it, I miss that when female friends are over).
  9. No more sleepless nights! I used to have at least one sleepless night a week, sitting on the couch, reading or watching tv. Those are gone.
  10. Headaches that I had since 13 have left. That in itself has made the whole experience worthwhile. I'm the kind of guy that carries painkillers around everywhere. Yesterday I threw them in the medicine cabinet as I don't need them anymore.

And best of all, I'm not feeling like I am restraining myself eating, or doing anything that I don't want to.

It's too early to tell whether my other little complaints are clearing up or changing, but I have made up my mind to keep on going. I promised myself a one month trial, which is now turning permanent.

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8933 · February 22, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Cool, Rene! This is awesome!

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1022 · February 22, 2012 at 7:55 AM

point 8: me exactly!

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10294 · September 13, 2010 at 5:27 PM

My three year old son's behaviour changed, for the better. He really is a lovely and energetic boy. But since 6 months he had these anger attacks, that were quite heavy. Terrible twos, everybody said. Still, we thought they were strange. He also had some eczema and quite a lot of nightly sweating. At home he ate paleo, but in daycare, he ate some bread and pasta.

We decided to totally avoid all grains (no problem for the daycare centre, thanks to them), and quite immediately, all of the above 'symptoms' went away. No eczema, no nightly sweating (even if it was summer), and no more anger attacks. The latter was not really expected (although I had read about the connection of gluten/behaviour).

Yeah, he infrequently get's a little anger attack, but these I'm willing to call normal terrible two type attacks.

It is still an experiment going on, but whenever he eats grains, we think we feel the difference. But n=1 experiments are hard to interpret, so we keep looking out.

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8933 · September 01, 2011 at 4:06 PM

You know, eating paleo and cheating regularly : that's a bad idea. When you go paleo, you're more sensitive to everything. I hope your son gets better!

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415 · September 13, 2010 at 3:28 PM

Ditto on the vision. 5 years ago I got readers that were at 1.5. I just got my eyes checked and I still need just a 1.5. So it's not gettign worse. My distance vision is 20/15. I'm 50 years old... Cured a blood sugar problem. Before paleo fastings were 120-133. That was 4 years ago. No my fastings are in the 70's. One hour post meal blood sugars are in the 80's. Oral glucose tolerance test dropped 100 points. And they say you can't cure blood sugar problems...

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110 · April 21, 2010 at 4:04 AM

I'm starting to look...buff. For 10-12 years now (I'm 28 and 6'1") I have gone back and forth between 160-205 lbs. I have always been either a bean-pole or carrying extra weight around the middle. I used to be an endurance athlete, and spent time in the military. But I was NEVER able to build a lot of muscle no matter how hard I tried. After about two months of primal eating (roughly 90% of meals), I am starting to notice a lot of muscle definition. I have exercised only a couple of times in the last couple of months, and my work is sedentary. I'm shocked and amazed. I still cheat on a semi-regular basis (had a vending machine cinnamon roll this morning. Yuck!), and I have lost 20 pounds and I feel better than ever. I'm still eating conventional beef, too (due to cost and availability of grass-fed in my area).

The best part of all is that I never feel like I'm "on a diet".

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345 · December 18, 2011 at 7:30 PM

My perimenopause symptoms have completed abated. I am back to a much younger body age- in comparison to the rapid aging that I was experiencing. Also my lifelong battle with obsessive compulsive disorder has COMPLETELY ended. That is almost like science fiction to me. That has been a part of my life for so long that I can not believe that it could really have been that simple all along!

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78422 · December 18, 2011 at 10:37 PM

Yes, Science fiction, or drugs at the least. It is very simple, isn't it!

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972 · August 25, 2011 at 9:09 PM

This is totally strange, and my husband thinks I'm giving paleo too much credit, but I SWEAR that I'm less off-key when singing my children's bedtime songs since I started paleo. And I also believe that it worsens noticeably when I "cheat."

I've also had a lot of the more health-related improvements people have mentioned: less dandruff, no gas, etc.

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8933 · September 01, 2011 at 4:05 PM

My voice improved too on paleo, it's not just you. I still can't sing though.

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1198 · August 25, 2011 at 9:01 PM

-Haven't had to the need to blow my nose in 5 months.

-My lifetime nervous habit of playing with my hair, twirling it constantly around my finger, is completely gone. I didn't even realize this until months into the diet.

-My posture is entirely different. I stand straight when walking, without even thinking about it, rather than crouched over.

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536 · August 25, 2011 at 4:10 PM

The biggest surprise to me is that my eczema is completly gone, and I have battled with it since I was 11 years old, and now I'm 25. My skin looks better, my mom even noticed and asked what I was doing. I dont have to use any more steroid creams, wear jeans when its 108 degrees outside, or explain that "weird stuff is on my arm or leg" and that its not contagious!

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3891 · January 31, 2011 at 9:04 PM

I've become much less tolerant of BS and prefer to get to the point with everything. I prefer people to be direct with me and vice-versa. It's amazing how many people can't read basic body language. He or she says one thing, but his or her body is saying something else entirely. Just say what you mean!

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559 · January 31, 2011 at 7:02 PM

i no longer have a fear of heights!

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392 · January 13, 2011 at 2:15 PM

Before I started Paleo I was dairy-free due to lactose intolerance. Since going Paleo, I've noticed my temperament had changed drastically. I've always been easy to anger, quick to aggression, generally very impatient. I always thought it was hereditary, but up to the day I cut the gluten I was like this. Since a few days after going gluten-free until now, I've noticed that it's significantly more difficult to get me going and angry. (This is a pretty significant feat considering I answer phones and the people on the other end are not the easiest people to deal with) I was always pretty easy going, minus the hot temper, but now I think I would be perceived as even more so. I don't mind my new temperament- I think it's great, but I'm wondering if it has anything to do with the gluten-free, since it was obviously present still when I was dairy-free.

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248 · December 27, 2010 at 10:13 PM

Hi Nick, Stopping dairy cleared sinus congestion for me. Also, I rarely get head colds or headaches anymore. These used to be weekly afflictions, especially in the witner. No dairy equals no bloating and the extra weight in my middle is gone. Plus my skin is much improved. One piece of cheese and a few days later I'd have a zit to show for it.

Cutting out dairy has been the best part of Paleo for me :)

Cara

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1783 · December 19, 2010 at 7:20 PM

This one's quirky but big for me. My teeth don't hurt anymore! My teeth had been sensitive to temperature for years. No ice water or hot tea for me - everything had to be lukewarm or my mouth would ache.

I addressed the issue with my dentist who sold me a $20 tube of toothpaste that was supposed to help. It didn't - nothing changed and I continued to use the "sensitive" brands of toothpaste.

On top of the sensitivity, I had issues with grinding my teeth and receding gums. I wore a mouthguard at night, and was supposed to brush my teeth in a certain way to avoid hurting my gums. Nothing ever made a difference though! Every dentist visit I'll hear that my gums are getting worse, I must not be wearing my mouth guard (I wore it every night!) and I'm going to need some surgery to graft gum tissue on.

Now, without grains in my diet, I don't grind my teeth, they're not sensitive to hot or cold and my gums are looking better than ever. I've been craving ice water and I can chew the ice with no problems. I don't even use toothpaste anymore. I use a locally made "tooth soap" with clove and orange oil about once a day, although some days I'll just floss. My teeth are white, my breath is good and I have less plaque than I ever have. And my teeth just don't hurt anymore!

I'm headed to the dentist tomorrow for my regular check-up, so we'll see what the "official" word is on all this.

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383 · December 19, 2010 at 10:57 PM

Isn't that amazing??? Good for you!

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383 · December 19, 2010 at 10:58 PM

Oh and let us know about the open mouth of your dentist tomorrow

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81 · December 13, 2010 at 6:19 PM

razor burn is a thing of the past as is runny noses. those are some of the unexpected consequences.

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22913 · October 22, 2010 at 4:47 PM

I've had 3 moles that have gotten smaller, flatter and lighter... Neat.

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4059 · October 22, 2010 at 4:24 PM

I feel like I am hunting when I prepare food in the kitchen, I run downtown as much as I can get away with, I wake up at frikkin' 3:45 and stay awake and energized all day, I feel generally more observant and alive, and my state of mind feels more resilient. IN short, I'm a much happier, more highly functioning camper.

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643 · September 13, 2010 at 3:06 PM

Emotional resilience is the most surprising for me. I am much less likely to get upset or irritable.

A new thing that is interesting for me is an improvement in vision. Or at least a decrease in prescription for my contact (I go monovision with only one contact as my close vision is best with no alteration). The highest it has been was -1.75 and now it is down to -1.25. It has become an annoyingly flimsy piece of saran-wrap to get in the eye, lol. Fortunately for me I do the month-long extended wear so I only have to deal with it once a month.

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24523 · September 13, 2010 at 6:59 PM

Paleo suggestion: use dailies instead of monthly extended wears. My optomotrist much prefers these because of oxygen getting to the eyeball.

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270 · April 21, 2010 at 1:39 AM

My itchy toes cleared up for good. (So long, Lamisil!) All the skin tags gone but for one underarm and one under bra strap. All the neck tags are gone, yay! I'm rarely achy. Restless leg syndrome much much milder.
Rosacea gone.

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270 · April 25, 2010 at 5:26 AM

Whoa now, isn't THAT interesting?!? Thanks!

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2319 · April 23, 2010 at 3:37 AM

article linking RLS and celiac: http://www.celiac.com/articles/22091/1/Restless-Leg-Syndrome-Common-in-Adults-with-Celiac-Disease/Page1.html

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1276 · March 12, 2010 at 5:12 PM

Many of the above, plus my arms don't fall asleep at night anymore. I've read that this can happen with celiac's, and since it runs in the family I'm going to try to get tested next week. Try, because I only consume incidental amounts or none at all, so the tests might come back false-negative.

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609 · February 22, 2012 at 11:28 AM

This is the third week of eating paleo for me. I didn't start cautiously, I jumped right in and went from eating a vegetarian/vegan diet to 100% paleo. I don't weigh myself, but almost daily someone I know asks me if I'm losing weight. Also, my dermatitis has gone away completely (no more antibiotic cream necessary). But by far the best thing has been SLEEP. I used to be the lightest sleeper ever, waking up 2-5 times a night. Now, I fall asleep at 10pm and can sleep right through to when my alarm goes off at 8:15am.

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8933 · February 22, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Damn, what do you eat in a day? I'd love to sleep like you. I don't have insomnia, but I do wake up pretty easily.

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609 · February 22, 2012 at 3:31 PM

haha, I'm sure once the sun's out earlier I'll be waking up earlier. I'm a morning person, by I live in the Netherlands and we don't see much sun from October-April. As for what I'm eating, a typical breakfast would be some makerel and avocado with olive oil in a lettuce wrap, lunch is leftovers (chicken breast and braised kale today) or an omelette, snack is a red pepper and a few almonds, and dinner is, well, meat and veg basically.

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40 · February 12, 2012 at 3:59 PM

I am much less fearful of wooly mammoths!

Seriously,

  • lost 10 lbs. in 3 weeks (about 6% of my body weight) without eating less.

  • sleeping longer/sounder

  • more energy and focus

  • enjoying all the foods that have been taboo since the late '70s

  • Most of all... the satisfaction of being able to resist being herded into unhealthy lifestyles by self - interested organizations, scientists, corporations, and government officials.-

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8933 · February 11, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Some small ones :

  • Emotion control : in the past, when something weird happened I immediately freaked out, had a high voice, etc. Now I'm more calm about that.
  • Laziness : if I'm not working, I'm ashamed of myself. It used to be the opposite. While this could just be a change of mindset, I'm old enough to realize that that doesn't happen in 2-3 weeks.
  • Sleep : while my sleep is still far from perfect, when I was on gluten, I had to wait 2-3 hours before my body decided to sleep.
  • Fear : I used to be afraid of tons of things : the dark, heights, ... Now I don't have these panic attacks anymore.
  • Concentration : I'm not sure about this one, but it looks like I'm able to concentrate better which enables me to debate things more easily.
  • Butt : smaller butt. Which is nice cuz I'm a guy.
  • Eyes : they used to look dull last year, but now that I don't have hypoglycemia episodes anymore, they shine, and that boosts my self-confidence like nothing else does.
  • Mouth : the inside of my mouth is pink. It used to be red.
  • Mind : when I read a book, I'm able to remember most of it with not that much trouble. This is awesome.

There are so many other things, and I'm glad I wrote them down. If I ever doubt about my own lifestyle, I'll read this again and slap myself on the head.

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431 · February 11, 2012 at 10:47 AM

My mood is much better- however, this could also be due to having taken up meditation. I'm also much better-looking- I think I developed a slight intolerance to grains and dairy over the last couple of years, that just made my eyes a little puffy, and I had no idea why my eyes had become all small until I gave up grains and dairy!

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554 · October 20, 2011 at 12:02 AM

My tonsils got so large when I was around 4 that I've had problems with sleeping, snoring and tonsil stone since. My mom took me to a doctor because even my voice had changed. The reply was that I was trying to be cute. This morning I checked in the mirror and they have halved in size. Maybe food allergies?

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11682 · October 18, 2011 at 8:45 PM

Way too many things changed for me to list here, I've written a blog post showing the effect Paleo had one me within 6 weeks: http://eugenia.queru.com/2011/10/14/6-weeks-with-scdpaleo/

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8933 · September 01, 2011 at 4:04 PM

  • Way less farting
  • Getting a tan real quick
  • Better voice
  • Ability to concentrate better
  • I sleep better (pre-paleo I sometimes had to wait 3 hours in bed before I started sleeping, now I sleep within 20 minutes)
  • Less facial hair! Woohoo! I can't stand upper lip hair. And I hate shaving.

For me, that's already enough to keep eating like I'm eating, to keep doing what I'm doing. I'm never going back to SAD and I'm damn proud of it :).

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10 · December 26, 2010 at 5:47 AM

Is it okay if I ask if the respondents typically consider themselves strict paleo? I changed my diet considerably several years ago and have experienced many of the changes discussed in the comments, but I eat cheese, raw milk and yogurt on a daily basis, no grains and otherwise whole foods. I'm curious to learn how much stopping dairy (for those who don't have obvious lactose intolerance) took people to even further changes.

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415 · December 19, 2010 at 8:41 PM

These aren't 'small and quirky', but certainly unexpected. (I'm not sure we can attribute all of the changes we see posted here to the Paleo Diet. Perhaps other explanations---overall improved lifestyle/behavior that comes along with Paleo eating? However: I don't care, I'm not going back to eating SAD, ever):

-I used to get terrible hand/wrist numbness from using the mouse/key board while working. Since going paleo (March 2010), hand wrist/numbness = gone, no pain, no numbness...just incredible. No change in work load, work environment, etc. If anything, the work load has increased.

-Huge change: Seasonal fall allergies (and allergic reactions in general) way down. We had a particularly wet Spring, Summer and Fall where I live so I was expecting an absolutely horrendous Fall allergy season (I've had Falls where I was barely functional/held upright by large doses of medications and dealt with sinus and ear infection after sinus and ear infection)...this fall, nothing, clear as a bell on minimal (and reducing) amounts of medications...the allergy problem is something that I've been dealing with since I was 2 or 3 yeears old (I'm now 43).

-My wife, who's allergies are worse than mine and is only 'partially' Paleo (still hanging onto that morning bowl of 'Super Colon Blow'---not sure anyone remembers the old SNL skit?), reports the same thing: allergies (that have caused not just suffering for her, but life threatened visits to the ER) way down.

-Oh ya: I also dropped 38 lbs and added a bunch of muscle without having to kill myself to do it.

43 is the new 23 by living Paleo

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383 · April 24, 2012 at 11:39 AM

I had that wrist thing too. I've decided it's an inflammation thing not directly related to the mousework (although I had the splint and the whole bit a few years ago) as it resolved pretty quickly with strict-ish paleo.

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1276 · December 14, 2010 at 3:48 PM

Besides the "usual" effects, there's:

I no longer wake up with at least one of my limbs asleep every day (disappeared immediately upon going gluten-free)

No seasonal allergies (except for my eyes in certain seasons, unfortunately)

An incredible reduction of smegma accumulation in my lady-parts (at the risk of TMI... I think it would take a week of grunging around in the back country with absolutely no hygienic measures to even come close to what I used to get a few hours after bathing)

I haven't needed my happy lamp to correct a circadian rhythm disorder and minor SAD so far this winter. Black-out curtains plus Vitamin D in my morning cream&coffee is much better than a light-triggered headache from an electric-blue light box glaring in your face for a half hour first thing in the morning

No farting!

An old knee injury went away. If I mess up and ingest a small amount of gluten, it swells so badly that I limp.

A bundle of joy due to arrive in six months!!! Took 8 months of trying after going gluten-free. Makes me wonder if birth control up until then was utterly pointless - and every form of BC I've used has caused severe health problems at one point or another.

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12174 · January 31, 2011 at 7:22 PM

Congratulations!! :)

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1215 · September 13, 2010 at 6:39 PM

I get to randomly shout '...like a cave-man' in a similar way to that internet joke '...like a boss'.

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15976 · September 13, 2010 at 1:33 PM

The little white dots that have always (31 years old) been on my fingernails for as long as i can remember? Theyre completely gone. Havent seen one in months.

Almost no gas (burping, farting). Prolly due to my own inclination to go pretty low-carbohydrate kind of on top of paleo, but i think paleo in general would lead to the same result.

A greater sense of calm and...readiness to do stuff throughout the whole day? Hard to explain, and I feel like its so hard to really judge yourself like this that its almost pointless to mention. But i really do feel that i have no strong, sudden, flashofthemoment impetus to do things (read that as a good thing), but rather a very nice, equal, steady, kind of alertness or readiness for anything from doing a set of pullups, to moving a bunch of kegs, to walking the dog, to reading a book at any time. No spikes - maybe thats the way to put it.

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659 · August 26, 2011 at 11:20 AM

the white spots are a zinc deficiency. good that your levels have improved as zinc is so important for many different bodily processes.

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298 · February 12, 2012 at 4:23 PM

My white dots in my nails (I have had them my whole life as well) are not completely gone but they seem to be diminishing. I am not taking a zinc supplement daily and eating a lot more natural/grass fed meat so it is cool to read that this might be why.

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4896 · September 13, 2010 at 1:45 AM

from the stuff I didn't expect - the way my arms look now. I have serious muscles. my back can serve as anatomy lesson. ok, maybe not exactly... but I do have nicely visible muscles in my upper body (the butt and abs area are still waiting to lose fat, so muscles can be visible).

energy was really beyond what I expected.

and I guess also the joy of eating foods I considered earlier "greasy" or "heavy" :)

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