We had a thread of the biggest negative, so whats the biggest positive to being paleo? I know there are some obvious answers to this, but how has it been a positive thing specifically to you!
I have a couple things.....Of course eliminating my IBS was the biggest positive. It gave me my life back. IBS is a very debilitating condition!!
2nd is that I love eating meat, eggs and fat, so being able to eat as much as I want and not worrying to much about it is great. When I was bodybuilding I had to weigh everything out because I had to factor in the protein and calories I was consuming with the carbohydrates.
my multiple sclerosis is in total and complete remission, and i have had two consecutive clean MRIs. even my symptoms that were supposedly permanent from previous flares of the disease and some intense demylinization in my cervical spine are totally resolved. i have no more MS-related fatigue or heat sensitivity, so i have been able to exercise for the first time in many years, and have been feeling great instead of half-dead. i stopped taking my daily MS injections, which has been risky, but the results have so far been sustainable. of course, i also like not feeling hungry, even blood sugar, the weight loss, the clear skin, the improved mood and the yummy food, but frankly nothing compares to the newly acquired ability to engage with my family and play with my kids, and the looming threat of disability seeming further and further away. im so thankful for that.
Being able to skip meals is a serious upside.. very convenient. I used to get twitchy after a few hours of not eating.
Finally getting over most cravings, or at least having an arsenal of sensible 'cheats' like sweet potato fries, dark chocolate, and a very occasional slice of GF pizza.
Eating really, really good tasting food and not feeling bad or unhealthy about it.
Seeing my weight go down and body shape improve without ever feeling like I'm suffering.
Feeling like I understand better what makes my body tick.
Feeling like I have this awesome secret key to being happy and healthy. Not that I keep it a secret, but it is like stumbling into some kind of promised land...
NOT crashing in mid-afternoons.
Being so energized most of the time that I feel really good about taking breaks and enjoying life, not like I have to make up for a lack of efficiency.
I am now a skeptic in all things. Religion, politics, the economy, etc all make me dig deeper. Just as I did in forming my fitness/nutritional education in regards to "paleo". Oh, also managed to bring a little boy into the world after 17 years!
I think the biggest upside is this awareness that I and only I am responsible for my own health and that I am the only person who really cares about me and doesn't ask for my money.
Did that make any sense? Oh well, it does to me ;)
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