We all know Paleo is good and all, but sometimes, or at least in my case, it hasn't been the miracle diet.
Things Paleo has helped me with:
-anxiety/panic attacks completely gone -feel smarter -breathing got better, before I would have a difficult time breathing when laying down -it taught me to cook -no more bloating -stomach noises have been reduced -headaches are gone
Things it hasn't fixed:
-dandruff -jock itch -toenail fungus -weird skin disease( don't know whether its seb. derm, KP, rosacea, milia....but it was the main reason I got on the diet) -sometimes I still have difficulty sleeping -constipated....I go to the bathroom once a week -low pulse rate....I have to concentrate hard to hear my heart. -cold hands and feet -mood swings
I have been Paleo 6 months, and just last week introduced starch, but haven't had any fruit or nuts.
What has been your experience with Paleo, and has it solved all your problems?
nothing solves all problems.
im still chronically late, and lazy as hell. i have a quick temper (or as my dear husband calls it, a "mediterranean temperament")! i have a plantar wart that i got 13 years ago teaching SCUBA in a filthy YMCA pool in boston, and its not going anywhere. i still have MS though paleo does a great job keeping it in remission. i still hate the heat. i still have stinky armpits and feet that never smell at all. i still have more gray hair than i would like at my age. i still get irritated with my friends and cant be in the same room with my parents without a really stiff drink. i still hate broccoli. i still love my vegan and macrobiotic and weight watchers friends! i still think my husband is a slob.
maybe if i gave up dairy everything would fall into place.
Being paleo has gotten me to about 90-95% healthy, and that was a LONG way. I still have some lingering back pain on occasion (down from a daily almost debilitating level), my skin is better, my bladder problems rarely flare up and if they do its very minor, and my digestion is leaps and bounds better. My mental state is a bit more even keeled, but some of that is being more aware and not all about food.
I consider any lagging issues less about paleo and more about minor adjustments I need to continue to make to my diet, my lifestyle, and my mental state. As much as I would love for food to be the whole cure, I know my health is multifaceted. I also know I had enough deficiencies that it will take time to fill in all those holes.
Sounds like you have several of the same issues I'm recovering from. Here are some recommendations based on what has helped me.
Your first line of attack should be consistent, high-calorie, high-fat AND high-carbohydrate eating. Sounds like you've been mostly low-carb. If you have trouble gaining weight and have cold hands and feet, I think low-carb is your cause and definitely not your solution. Eating lots of starch (and lots of everything else) at every meal makes me so warm I sometimes have to remove layers of clothing during meals. (I used to have ice cold hands.) And it's the only way I can keep weight on, even when I'm totally sedentary.
The only time I have trouble sleeping is when I eat too much protein at dinner. Protein increases alertness by raising catecholamines. You really don't want too much of these before bedtime. I don't think it's any coincidence that the only time in my life when I would wake up night after night after night was during my four month low-carb experiment. Since switching to high-carb (which does not mean low-fat!) I've been sleeping effortlessly. Emphasize fat and carbs over protein at night and I would expect you'll notice a difference.
I have seen improvements in my constipation and skin issues lately with the recent addition of the following to my high-fat, high-carb diet:
I couldn't say whether all of these help individually, but none should hurt, and together, they seem to be gradually helping me through a plateau I've been stuck in for a long time. I also use a ton of celtic sea salt at every meal, and I've noticed that my bowels seem a lot more sluggish without it.
Hope this gives you some ideas and good luck!
I wasn't really looking to fix anything with Paleo. I just tried it to work on pushing my body fat down a few more %. It worked. I like the way I feel eating this way, but I really did fine without it too.
The number one thing that's still broken is my body's annoying habit of retaining water. I have noticed it is better now that I eat a more moderate amount of carbs. I'd really like to get off the medication though and I don't entirely trust my diet to test it yet.
After reading "Good Calories, Bad Calories", I gave up all wheat based starches (bread, pasta,cakes, cookies), sugar (including anything sweetened w/ honey or agave syrup), potatoes, anything processed (exceptions -Go Raw and Larabar). and most fruits (exceptions being berries, papayas and grapefruit). This was about 2 weeks ago. One unexpected result has been a tremendous boost in energy. For years, I had these extended periods of profound exhaustion. I thought maybe I had Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. or some other auto-immune problem. Now I see this problem as carb crashing. Unexpected result #2: I rarely fart anymore. (I used to be pretty gassy).
I still get gout. A month ago I had one of my biggest flair-ups. My doctor told me to cut back on meat, eggs, and coffee, and to slow down the weight loss. They tested my blood for uric acid, and it came back high. After a month of restricted meat, another test showed a little improvement and the gout cleared up. I'm aware of the notion that gout has a connection to sugar, but the only sugar I eat comes in the form of veggies. I have to be paleo for at least a year and try a few ideas before I figure out what works.
Rob, for your skin/body ailments, have you been through allergy testing? It's possible that something(s) you're eating don't agree with you, could also be environmental (laundry detergent, soaps, etc.).
But if you're looking for a cure-all, paleo doesn't offer that. You might need to do some journaling and other research to determine if you can fix these other ailments, especially if they're bothering you.
I'm still injured and not healing as quickly as I want. Although to be fair, I want to be healed by tomorrow so maybe that's not the best gauge of healing speed. Paleo also hasn't helped my patience. :).
And I'm getting back into shape painfully slowly. I used to run a 5:30 mile but I'm at 8:30 now after knee surgery and being sedentary for 9 months.
I'm coming up on the end of my first 30 days of eating Paleo. I tried Paleo not to lose weight but to address other issues including high blood pressure. I'm going to give it more time but my blood pressure has actually steadily risen since I started eating strict Paleo as opposed to seeing a decrease in bp as touted in most of the popular books.
I still have a few aches and pains if I forget to take my magnesium pills for too many days in a row. Plus paleo has totally failed to cure me of a nagging pain in the butt boss at work! I keep waiting and waiting, but NO! ;-)
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