Whenever we talk about eating paleo, the main benefits mentioned are weight loss and autoimmune diseases. I'm wondering what you guys have experienced that may be unique to yourself or something you did not expect.
For me, earlier this morning, as I ran my fingers through my hair I had an epiphany. I don't have dandruff. I've struggled with dandruff for ten years using a whole lot of different shampoos and other methods. Close to 6 months of eating paleo and not a speck. I even rubbed my hand vigorously on my scalp to make sure. Nothing!
I'm pretty amazed at this. Anyone else have something unexpected happen?
I used to have far more grey hairs on my head than a healthy 23 year-old should. 4 months paleo, and every grey hair I picked out was BROWN at the root and halfway up the hair - the colour was literally being reversed back to my natural colour. 7 months paleo now, grey hairs are a rare occurrence. WOOT! I kept one of the reversing grey hairs I picked out and use it as a shrine as I bow down to the paleo gods.
I've gotten lots of physical benefits that surprised me -- I was just looking to lose weight, and along the way "lost" my depression, my joint pain, my asthma, and my constant hunger -- but something else I didn't consciously try for was an evolutionary perspective on my whole life. Thinking in "Paleo" terms, I feel I have a better understanding of why I'm unhappy in an office job, even if I like the work itself (sitting all day away from the sunshine), and why human relationships feel the way they do (tribal), and why I'm drawn to some leisure activities more than others (art, music, even spiritual pursuits, versus, say, selling little objects I don't care about at parties). So I cut myself more slack around those feelings, and even honor them as being natural, and try to make more accommodations for the impulses that nature built into me.
Man, do I sound like Deepak Chopra or what? LOL. Wasn't my intention, but it's all true.
I find that my arches are stronger now. It could be the hiking or the Vibrams, but overall, I don't have jelly-joints as much as I used to. I had hypermobile joints in my fingers, hands, feet and ankles that weren't very strong, and while I'm not as flexible as I used to be, I less prone to injury. I concur about the plaque and breath odor. My fingernails are stronger and don't break as easily. Farting is virtually a thing of the past. I finally became a morning person. Not constantly thirsty anymore. No more dry or chapped lips. Fine lines and milia around my eyes are going away. Facial hair that plagued me with PCOS doesn't grow in as fast or as long as it used to.
I am also very fair skinned and find that I don't sunburn as fast or as often as I used to. On a sunny day in late May, I could have gotten a sunburn on my face on the ten minute walk to work, but no more. While I get freckles too, I noticed that I've actually started tanning now.
The benefits for me are my attitude is better, headaches gone, energy level increased, and body pains gone. However, I feel as if I am regressing, headaches are back, feeling lazy and joint aches. I did not lose a ton of weight either, which was my inital goal. I have been Paleo for 5 months now and plan on staying on it, because a bad day on Paleo is better than a good day on proccessed foods, bad carbs, sugar, and grains.
my main benefit gained from paleo comes from showing a new way to live........seeing patients and watching them change their lives one day at a time. It is quite rewarding to see years of disease and illness vanish over a short period of time.
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