I have been lacto-paleo for only three weeks, but the things I've noticed have been fairly startling. I am not overweight, but I have seemed to always carry my weight under my navel, and that is shrinking daily. It was fat I thought I was doomed to carry as the "last place I'd ever lose." I am less puffy, bloated, and gassy after eating - no GI distress later, either, symptoms of which I had never been able to pinpoint the cause. It just seemed normal to feel like that after a meal, and seemed to happen randomly. I blamed it on cow's milk at one point, and while I am mildly lactose intolerant, cultured products, hard cheeses, and butter don't bother me. It is important to my question to note that I really wasn't thinking about GI issues at all going into this - sometimes I ate and was bloated and it sucked, sometimes not.
Anyway, this is basically MARVELOUS. I ate a grass-fed ribeye last night and a pile of veg with some pastured, cultured butter - and I felt full, but not bloated. This has all been very novel, and awesome.
I tinkered with rice briefly and found that I was sensitive to it, but that tubers were a-ok, which is grand because I grow heirloom types and love them very much.
I just can't believe I could never pinpoint the problem, decide that there was a problem, and that three weeks could make sure a gigantic difference.
Has anyone else experienced this drastic change, particularly coupled with being totally clueless that you would have any other benefits besides being healthier overall and/or losing a bit of weight?
*Also, my hair has become curlier. I don't know what to make of that, but it makes me happy - it used to be great in high school, and then gradually has seemed to get less and less curly, but now it has sprung back up in a way that is just awesome. This may deserve a separate question.
Yep, yep, yep!
Within 3 weeks, lifelong runny nose and dry cough disappeared. I was able to stop taking GERD medicine I'd needed for over 15 years. Joint pain and tingly limbs resolved and balance improved. Waking several times per night rapidly changed to 6-8 hours of restful sleep straight through. Morning grogginess became wide-awake, alert state that made lying in bed impossible.
There are more, I'm sure, but that was the low-hanging fruit.
Anyhow, at my first splurge after 3 months it became clear that I was strongly intolerant of wheat. That appears to be better now, but it took 10 months and I'm trying to avoid wheat 99.9% of the time.
Recent blood work confirmed that my cholesterol is still a little low at 178 but all other markers are still good or have improved. It's hard to find advice on trying to raise the cholesterol since I'm already enjoying butter, cream and yogurt plus fatty red meats, poultry and fish. At least my TC/HDL is good at 2.4.