I'm curious how many people feel like they have reached an optimal or almost optimal level of mental and physical health because of paleo / primal / ancestral eating. I know that you could always be "healthier" and this is a subjective question, but I wonder how many among us feel like we've finally figured out that perfect combination of food or lifestyle. If so, what was the final tweak that got you into this place? How long have you felt this way? More importantly, how long did it take?
So, how healthy are you?
Just to give it some objective measurement, rate it on a level of 1 - 10
1 = I can't leave my bed, my guts are melting and I hate everyone
5 = Nothing is falling off but I have a while to go before I'm going to climb any mountains
10 = I will live forever, my cavities have healed, my eyesight is perfect, and I emit a pleasant fragrance when I perspire
I'll be bold and give myself a 9!
STARTING: age 23-- vegan, 'incurable' immune deficiency, amenorrhea, no libido, antibiotics every other month, apple-shaped, stringy hair, pale skin w dark circles under my eyes, fuzzy thoughts, depression.
5 years Paleo...
Age 28: symptomless with no antibiotics for 3 years, menstruating regularly, changed body type to pear-shaped, my hair got thick and curly, my skin got rosy and freckly, I've got libido, energy, general joy, and clear thoughts. I can also hear my body clearly-- what it needs and wants (more sleep/less sleep, more run/less run, etc).
I think the keys for me were cutting all carbs and sugars, adding dairy fat, learning thru trial the teas and herbs that boost my immune function and when to use them.
I've also been told I smell like a mix between maple syrup and celery. (hence the 9, not 10 :))
I guess 8 or 9. On the positive side:
On the minus side:
Mental health: 0.000001/10, but that's not because of Paleo and it's too long and depressing to bear whining about here.
Physical health: 9/10. I never get sick. I feel strong and healthy. Since February, I've gained 10 pounds of muscle (bodyfat % went down even as my weight went up). I lift weights; I run sprints; I do MMA training; I bike everywhere and laugh at everyone else sitting on their asses in their cars. My one complaint: persistent constipation issues. Still trying various dietary tweaks to deal with that. But all told it's fairly minor compared to how A+ I feel on a daily basis.
Most important tweak: carbs. I do not do well on VLC. Don't know whether it's just my metabolism, my workouts, or the combination of both, but heaven help the fool who stands between me and my sweet potatoes.
two things keep this from being a 10:
1) I wish I would incorporate more Movnat stuff into my workout regimine. In fact, I wish I never went to a gym and did everything outside in the woods. But I love lifting and olympic weightlifting in particular so I am constantly battling unnecessary injury. I know Movnat would be much better for my overall health and longevity but I really enjoy pushing myself in the gym.
2) Job stress. I have eliminated most of it but it still creeps in on occasion.
7 - my first attempt at the Paleo lifestyle (unweighed and unmeasured, but strict LC) saw me gain 10kgs... I have now dialled in my calories, but now have a total of 20kg to lose. I feel better internally, my IBS has cleared up, I don't get bad acne anymore, my hair/skin/nails are all soft and lush and shiny, and I have definitely built some nice lean muscle.
But my two concerns are: I want to lean out, slim down and lose 20kg and I want to incorporate more primal living in other areas of my life I.e. not working a desk job
About 7.5, I think. I still feel sluggish most of the day, my eyesight is not perfect, and I have a small surgery awaiting for me. But other than that, I'm feeling good. Paleo healed a lot of health problems for me. Up to 9 months ago, before I started Paleo, I think my health was a 2.
8.5 biggest tweak, not being afraid of fat, not eating more than 3 servings of fruit. I feel fantastic so when I have a runny nose like today, I feel like a big baby. Makes me feel humble for the fact that a feel great most of the time.
2 years ago I would have said where I am right now would be an unachievable 10. But being here for more than 18 months I would say I'm more like an 8.5 because I believe I could hit that chiseled cut look pretty easily if I went 100% Paleo, lifted even a little, and put in some sprints. But I'm 80% Paleo with nearly zero exercise. I feel great all the time, but I COULD make a bit further if I put in some more effort.
room for improvement: - more sleep. - less alcohol. - better fitness - better body - find out if I deformed jaw from past malnutrition.
I think I have been in something close to my sweet spot for the past 4 years. A couple big things have been (although I still struggle with these) excepting imperfection and not seeing everything as either black or white- that there is often a comfortable middle ground to be had.
I think that makes me >=7. There's always room for improvement. Who's a 10?