What are some things that you previously viewed as "normal" that you now identify as diet problems, nutritional deficiencies, gluten rage, etc?
People who get stomach cramps after they eat. I previously considered this a "normal" thing that happened after you ate, but now I notice it happen to people after they eat bad or gluten filled meals (pizza, pasta, etc)
I went to see some local bands play the other day, and some of them were particularly angry/depressing. Previously I may have liked or related to this type of music, but instead I thought "that guy must eat a lot of bread. I feel bad for him."
Getting sick annually. I hear a lot of people say "yeah I have a really great immune system, I only get sick once or twice a year!" Previously I might have considered this to be a "normal", or even "healthy" immune system but I haven't even had a cold since starting Paleo. I'm starting to realize that everyone's immune system sucks.
Naps. Unless I have dramatically underslept, I don't feel tired during the day or ever have any desire to take a nap. I have noticed that many of the people I know take naps daily. Naps used to be "normal" to me, and now I view them as "there must be something wrong with this person if they need to take a nap" Related to naps, being tired after a meal is something that I also do not experience anymore and find it strange when other people just want to lay down and die after they eat.
Hey don't knock the nap! Our ancestors would of welcomed the opportunity to take a nap I'm sure. We are creatures of necessity and laziness!
But in serious response to your question, I think one of things that I have to remind myself about is that other people are slaves to their hunger. I listen to people get hungry and act like they are going to die, and they get grouchy, and they hate the world, and everything sucks if they don't get food right that moment. I enjoy my hunger now. Its like a quiet beckoning that its time to eat, but it also says "But if you can't right now, its cool, I've got some tasty stored fat to snack upon."
Constant gas, bloating, and loud digestion! I have only felt like this once since switching to paleo (and it was from over-eating fruit). Now I realize the constant digestive issues were from gluten intolerance, probably leaky gut, and overall poor gut flora.
I would say "waking up angry and pissed off" was normal for me...or waking up with a lot of agitation and stress. Even among all my experimenting to see what to eat within the paleo template my moods remain improved. I also don't get into a state of worry much about anything and can take it in stride. This translates over into being a better wife, parent, daughter, friend and in my career too.
A bunch of my "normals" disappeared in my first month off junk. No more GERD medicine, no more Advil Migraine, the bags under my eyes disappeared and I went from buying at least 1 box of facial tissues per week to 1 in the past 6 months.
I used to lie in bed for a while in the morning because I felt so bad; now I have no excuse and my dogs know it because they used to leave me alone and now they start bouncing around as soon as I open my eyes.
I always went to bed with a lower-back-ache and my Boston Terrier would lie against it; now he doesn't because I am pain free.
I think the biggest "normal" that is now gone is that I couldn't MOVE--couldn't cross my legs, couldn't climb steps easily, etc., but now I get second glances because I walk and move like a young'un.
I'm still a worrier though. That must be hard-wired. :-))
Here you go :
And the most important one, since I only realized it after 20 years :
"that guy must eat a lot of bread. I feel bad for him."
Ha! I do that too.
I miss sinusitus, swollen kankles, fatigue, my 4X shirts, stomach aches, and being able to swing open a heavy door just by throwing my shoulder into it!
I used to be a terrible sleeper. I would lay in bed for HOURS and not fall asleep until the wee hours of the morning. I used to think it was just genetics...my mom is a carb queen/bad sleeper too. Everything would wake me up too...everything.
Since I've gone Paleo I sleep like a rock. Nothing can wake me up now. The only time I stay up all night is if Ive worked myself up over something and am thinking about it.
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