I'll complete my 3rd week on paleo tomorrow and I'm seriously wanting to know if anyone my age (55) has ever entered the paleo world after a lifetime of SAD eating. I don't know if it's because I lost my gall bladder in my 20s or what, but there are really some times when I feel like I'm going to die.
Last night I had a nice veggie salad with avocado and ribs with a dry rub and they were delicious! But later that night I felt sooooooooo sick. My abdomen is hard and distended. I felt like I was going to throw up all night long and even today my stomach is upset. I've lived on grains & legumes, lots of carpy junk food and mild to moderate amounts of corn-fed meat for much of my life and in a number of ways I felt much better and had more energy than I do now. I realize that I may be having a lot of die off but WHEN will I start to feel better? Am I asking too much of this old body to EVER get it to turn around?
Has anyone come into paleo at an age close to mine? So many people here seem to be in their 20s and 30s and in possession of a decent fitness history. That is not my world. My world is one with diabetes, apnea, obesity, atrial fibrillation, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue. I spent a lifetime punishing my body and I know it's far from reasonable to expect a quick healing with so many years of maltreatment.
I really don't mean to winge. I truly want to succeed here and I'm willing to do what I need to to get there - but I'd really appreciate it if I could hear from anyone who has a similar history to mine - or from anyone who has a guess as to when I might look forward to starting to feel better. Or what I can do to help the process. Thanks so much.
I don't think 55 is all that old, frankly, and kudos to you for trying to get a leg up on your health for the years to come! :) I would say that, because you are missing your gallbladder, the type of fat you consume would seemingly matter. I recalled reading a transcript of a podcast from my favorite ancestral health guru, Chris Kresser - click on this link -it's the first answered question:
Coconut oil seems to be the preferred fat choice for people without a gallbladder. I would hazard a guess that your ability to metabolize fats will improve with time, but take it easy at first. Also, try to eat a slightly smaller meal without so many fresh veggies all at once - that will help with the stomach distension. And last, but not least, do not drink anything for an hour before or an hour after you eat. It's the worst thing you can do while you're trying to digest protein and fats. You need your stomach acid to be at maximum effectiveness to be able to digest protein an fats. Let me know how you're doing - I'd be interested if any of what I've recommended actually helps. Good luck!
I'm 56 and have been eating this way successfully since 1/10. There is also about 100lbs less of me as a great side benefit.
I don't think you are that old. My parents are in their 70s and going strong. You have. potentially, 20-40 more years left!
I think the problem may have been the raw veggies (salad). You did not say how much you had to eat, but if your stomach is not used to raw veggies, they can be very rough on the digestion.
If you think the raw veggies may be the culprit, or want to find out, I would stick to smaller servings of cooked vegetables for right now and see how you feel.
As for improving your health, just cutting out refined foods will make a huge difference.
On a final note, your post reminds me of a commercial I once heard about smoking. Even if you have been smoking for 40 years, once you quit, within 8 hours your body and lung functions start to improve. Same with diet!
I'm 49 & my husband is 56 and we are doing doing great after almost 2 years eating lacto-Paleo.
Google FODMAPS. You may be FODMAP-intolerant and avocados have the same effect on me that you described.
Hello, I am 63 and this is my third week on Paleo. I feel better than I have in the last five years. I have more energy and no aches and pains.I was a an Atkins follower in the 80s and 90s. I couldn't stay on it the low carb diet due to the artificial sweeteners and fake food substitutes. We needed real food and fats. We also needed the truth about grains. The book Wheatbelly brought me to the Paleo diet and the science behind Loren Cordain's research. As a life-long learner I am always open to new information. The Paleo Diet is great! Don't worry about being older. This is when we (older people) need a diet that will help prevent some of the common health problems like Type 2 Diabetes and heart disease. I look forward to many healthy years ahead. We need to spread the word at the grass roots level.
I'm 55. I've eaten SAD, vegetarian, vegan, USDA "healthy" and raw vegan. (sigh) I started paleo @ 2 years ago, did it kind of on/off, then settled down and got committed. (NOT that way people)
It's great. I feel younger, stronger, my moods are much better, my BG is normal, my weight is coming down. Paleo isn't a miracle, but it's a great foundation for a healthy life. Combine it with sun, proper sleep, weights, being outside and IMO it's the best way to live.
I am 54 years old and started on this diet almost a year ago. I feel so much better now and am probably the healthiest I have been in my life.
I'm wondering if the fat from the avocado caused your problem as you said that you don't have a gall bladder?
I blog about my Paleo experience and have had some of the same "Is this for youth only?" concerns. I promise you, it is not. Everyone has somewhat different reactions to seemingly good foods. Our bodies have their own history and it all comes into play.
You'll hear lots of details and hopefully, get lots of support. For my 65th birthday party, we had a great time and mostly Paleo foods. I always give in to someone and add something I feel less than good about. I never eat those things, I just add them to the menu for others. My husband is a very young 72 and is finally coming around to enjoying the same meals I do.
You are not too old.
My wife and I are 49 and are about six weeks into Paleo. We went in gradually, first cutting out sugar and flour, and later dairy. We are now limiting fruit. We both feel much better & are looking forward to becoming more efficient fat burners. I think of eating Paleo as just a beginning though. It's like finally realizing what is true food. Once you know that, there are endless variations. We are still in the process of personalizing the way we eat for our individual bodies. For example, she likes to eat many small meals with mostly veggies while I prefer fewer large meals with more meat. I always tell people that it's not a religion. You won't go to Hell if you make you find a variation that's not mainstream Paleo, but works for you. Good luck! :-)
Lots of great answers here but I just wanted to throw out there that if you're only 3 weeks in, you're probably still in that transition phase where there will be lots of carb flu effects and your gut telling you to go jump in a lake. STICK WITH IT!! There will be a morning where you wake up and feel FANTASTIC.
I'd also like to add that I'm also missing my gall bladder and sometimes I do have to be careful about what foods I eat together and how much fat I can handle. Unfortunately, that's an n=1 thing so you'll have to find what works (or doesn't work) for you. Good luck and stick with it!
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