- Going 100% paleo
- Coconut, Butter, Bacon, avocado and EVOO (aka real good quality fats for energy)
- Realizing that conventional wisdom is wrong and I should almost always do the opposite.
Was hard narrowing it down to just 3 until I saw that I can generalize.
I was doing pretty bad right before going paleo, and immediately after. Had acid reflux that wouldn't go away, I was controlling it with an over the counter PPI, but since I had no gall bladder, I'd also get bile reflux if I didn't eat anything, which was worse than the acid reflux.
The breakthrough came from two things: a) cutting out dairy in addition to grains/legumes, and b) taking Now Superenzymes. Turns out I have an issue with cow dairy - even fermented, but not from other critters. Goat, sheep, buffalo dairy work nicely for me, though I rarely consume it, so it's likely an issue with the casein, not the lactose. (It causes a return of acid reflux the same night.)
After that, it was all an easy, fun ride. I lost 29lbs in the 1st year, gained back about 17lbs back - but it was mostly muscle, so I'm happy with it.
Lots of other changes too: Whenever I see a staircase, I don't dread it, it's just a minor annoyance now; where as before it might have been a challenge, I run up it, two steps at a time, and I almost never get winded. I'm even slowly trying to climb up 3 steps at a time.
To the chagrin of the 4-5 jackets and coats in the hall closet, I've developed a resistance to cold. Cold now feels refreshing and welcome, not, well, cold. I can go out in 40'F weather with just a long sleeve shirt.