I thought it would be nice to have a thread for us over-55 ladies to discuss this way of eating and ways to improve its usefulness to our health.
Any other ladies over 55 here?
I'm 52.51 . Grey Hair has been around a fair number of years, I'm perimenopausal, but every time I go beyond 50 days, I figure I could be starting the 1 year countdown! (I was so disappointed when I got to 90, but didn't get to 91 days.) I'm ready for Crone-hood!
That said, I've been doing Primal about 2 months, and I noticed yestday that the knee pain I've had since I was 40ish is gone. Up and down a flight of stairs with no pain. My "IBS" has vanished. That happened within 2 weeks of going Primal. My energy level has soared. I'm not going hungry, and get to 'full' easy. Zero cravings beyond the first couple of weeks. It's been amazing. Regulary in Ketosis, because I'm doing under 50 carbs a day. I check my bs regularly, and fasting ranges from a low of 63 to 80ish. Oh, and I dropped 20 lbs, with probably another 40 to go.
Downside: my hot flashes are worse though. Bummer. Not sure there's a Primal/Paleo fix for that besides giving up and going for bio-identical hormones.
I'm looking to start weight training of some sort, but don't know what, and am looking for recommendations.
Oh, gee - I'm only 54 and a third, can I belong if I wear a pink hat or "paleo" button or something? ;-)
I think I'm feeling better than I did 5 years ago, lots fewer aches and pains, more energy, and doing better every day.
I am 68 years old and started paleo about a month ago and have lost 6 pounds drinking cream, eating butter, eggs and meat. I've been on a statin for about 10 years and quit taking it on April 1st. At first I thought I might be jeopardizing my health, but I have never felt better. I take a yoga class twice a week (one tailored for "women of a certain age" mostly stretching) and do tai-chi (24 moves Yang style) every day and my husband and I do low impact aerobics and a little weight lifting to exercise videos. I've read Gary Taubes' book Good Calories, Bad Calories and it was an eyeopener to me to find out that fat does not make you fat. I think I will pay for a blood test to check my lipids as I'm afraid my Doc will have a stroke if she gives me a blood test because when I stopped statins once before my cholesterol levels shot up. I am interested to hear other women's experience with giving up statins. Thank you for this post.
Me! Me! I'm not 100% paleo, though, but I am working in that direction. However, I am not so sure that I feel any different from your typical under-55 person :-)
I'll be happy to join in, but for a few days my internet access is going to be somewhat limited (on vacation). But I'll check in when I can and see what's up and if there are other "old" ladies like us!
Good Morning, Ladies! How lovely to find others here.
Elfreda, pink hat or no, I'm glad you posted! I, too, feel better than I did five years ago. I eat Lacto-Paleo, and keep track of grams of carbs, proteins and fat, and count calories, too. I could give the same testimony that you did. It's such a relief to feel better each day.
Doris, I've never been on statins, so can't be of any help. Hopefully, some other ladies will see this thread and post. How wonderful that you do Tai Chi. It's so beautiful to watch, and I'm sure it feels grand to do it. I do a bit of yoga, very simple. I walk, do Callanetics and other ballet training, and jump on a rebounder (mini-trampoline), garden, and various stretching routines. I enjoy my privacy and quiet.
Gharkness, I think Paleo has a very broad definition. I follow Dr. Kurt Harris' guidelines at his website, http://www.paleonu.com/
and also Peter Dobromylskyj's ideas at his blog, Hyperlipid:
Betsy, glad you posted!
Deb, I've just noticed that tiny type under my original post. Thanks for posting. I eat Lacto-Paleo and thoroughly enjoy that high butter fat.
Hope you all have a very nice Saturday morning!
I'm in my 60's and paleo-ish. Grow a garden and do real sun not pills for vitamin D, heading to Mexico in the winter.
Don't do ballet but I did wheelbarrow and spread two truckloads of dirt last week!
I'll be 59 next month, and I've been low carb for several years, now leaning more directly into Paleo/Pānu. Can't do starches very often due to blood glucose issues, but I'm on no meds. I have been taking D3 (sunshine isn't much in MA), K2, and krill oil for the past few months and I also find these help me physically and mentally. My aching knees, shortness of breath, swollen feet, gum disease, high blood pressure and GERD are all gone, and sleep apnea is much improved! Now if only I can figure how to trim off this weight! It's a glacially paced process for me, but I persevere.
My mother is 73. She lost some weight, feels great, and no longer has crabby mood swings since going paleo. She also is much more energetic and active. She says she loves the diet as she gets to eat as much as she wants of tasty food and still feel great and lose weight! She says it's the best diet ever. However, although she finds paleo to be easy, she finds internet to be confusing so I hope you will forgive her for not coming here in person. She just wanted me to say that you can start this diet at any age and still get lots of benefits, maybe even more obvious benefits than if one were younger and stronger.
Well, I'll be 55 in September, so I'm counting myself in. I went low-carb/paleo in October of 2009. I promptly lost 50lbs without being hungry or feeling deprived. My body also healed from diabetic neuropathy in my feet that was so painful that I could hardly walk. I recently had to buy a pair of size 8 jeans, down from a tight size 18, so that made me really happy. I have started adding exercise into my life, and I feel better than I have in decades.
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