I started eating a very strict Paleo diet for one month. Little fruit, no dairy, just mostly meat and veggies. Cooking with Kerrygold butter or coconut oil only. I really like eating this way and I plan on eating Paleo for a very long time. The one thing I'm pretty concerned about is that I feel no different from my eating habits pre-Paleo and now. And I ate a lot of junk in large amounts, bread, desserts, diet soda, A LOT OF LEGUMES. I would eat meat, fruit, and veggies, but everything was out of proportion and I ate way too much.
Now I am way more conscious about what I'm eating and how much of it. I'm cooking really meals at home and incorporating this diet into my life. So mentally, I'm changing for the better. I just wish my body would see the same change. I'm looking to lose about 50 lbs, but the scale as not changed. (I'm 5'6 and this morning I weighed 182 lbs, I'm defiantly overweight). I'm not so worried about the number, but I want to be in the normal range, and losing 50 lbs I think would be healthy for me. I don't feel like I have any more energy or less energy than I did before. My skin and complexion has stayed the same, I have a bit of acne. I don't feel stronger or weaker. No change in bowel movements. I always get 8-10 hours of sleep every night and I work at an indoor/outdoor restaurant as a busser, lifting heavy objects and always on my feet. Also, no difference in stress.
I'm just worried that I'm doing something wrong, but I don't know what questions to ask myself to make changes. I was wondering if there other people who didn't feel these amazing changes that it seems everyone else experiences when they started Paleo. It just seems that when people do the Whole30 or just end up trying Paleo for about a month, they feeling completely different and afterwards. If you didn't feel different after a month, when did you start feeling different and did you make a change in you diet to achieve this?
And I'm 19, btw. Just so people don't have to ask.
Maybe it's also because you're young. I am too and when I started paleo I definitely did notice some differences, but nothing HUGE and life-changing. I think it's because we don't have, say, 30 years of damage from bad eating to undo. You know how most people can eat whatever they want when they're in their teens and twenties and it only catches up to them later on? Even though I didn't notice miraculous changes from paleo, I do it because i want to avoid that situation and not have to do damage control from a junky diet when I get older. Prevention is much better than cure, right? Also seconding those who say take the evangelical miracle success stories with a grain of salt, remember that if you weren't drastically unhealthy before you probably aren't going to have similar drastic results.
Edit: Since you're young and don't have health problems to deal with, I don't see why you couldn't incorporate more carbs (sweet and white potatoes, even white rice) instead of just meat and veggies. Don't think that just because you have weight to lose you have to go low-carb. A lot of people don't do well with that and lose better when they eat some more carbs.
Firstly don’t let it get to you; whether it's Jesus or Paleo, evangelical voices are always loudest, and echo longest in smaller communities.
To be quite honest, I don't really feel radically different either since starting Paleo, but I'm of the opinion that an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.
On a more practical note, remember it may not be enough to eat a strictly Paleo diet, as this is a holistic lifestyle change, and there are many other factors which can influence your outcome; vitamin D status, omega 3/6 ratio, emotional stress, exposure to natural vs artificial light e.t.c.
EDIT: Finally, remember that you've been eating SAD for your whole life - can you really heal totally in just one month?
For me, I feel better avoiding the sugar. As for grains or legumes go, I don't feel any different with or with out. Sugar and chocolate are the only things that I feel better with out (after the initial withdrawal). As for feeling better, I mean emotionally I am more "even".. not so many highs and lows... guess I'm not bipolar!
I don't eat strict paleo, as my family eats dairy and we aren't super strict anyway. I would classify us as a "primal" a la Mark Sisson and "Weston A Price" family. I was super strict for a few months with myself and didn't have any epiphanies. None of us have any undiagnosed problems, or food sensitivities or illnesses; so for us it's about this being healthy for our bodies as they age and our litte one grows and develops. I have seen some weight loss, but not an extreme amount.
We've settled back into a less extreme version of eating and it suits us just fine. The only difference I really can tell is when I eat a "bad" meal in the evening, sometimes I wake up with heartburn and need to eat breakfast sooner. But sometimes not. I ate Chick Fil A chicken nuggets and waffle fries and a half a carton of Starbucks Caramel Macchiato last night and I feel just fine today.
I am a strong believer in 80/20. Cut out the junk most of the time, treat yourself occasionally, eat real food, get outside and play and don't stress about the small stuff. You'll be way ahead of most folks and you'll probably live longer and healthier to boot.
I don't feel much different from when I was pre-paleo. I felt good before, and I still feel good. But I'm much more informed about what Im eating and how it effects me. So I feel better in that sense.
Paleo isn't some night and day coming to God moment for everyone. That doesn't mean it isn't an awesome way to live though. Just because you haven't had dramatic results, if you feel good now, and you feel better about what you're doing to yourself with your diet, I wouldn't sweat it.
i agree, I think it all does vary with age. I am late 40's, and it was months later, maybe even 6 or 8 that I realized that I now have twice the energy I used to, and I never get sick anymore (for 3+ years now). but the sick part might be from taking "D"? or both?
Honestly, I saw pretty much no difference after my first 30 days except for a few pounds lost UNTIL I had a cheat day. Then I realized how terrible grains made my gastrointestinal tract feel and how much sugar affected my skin. I've struggled with going paleo for several months now (having a binge eating disorder does not make it easy), mainly because I have not seen the dazzling results so many people have posted all over the internet. I don't feel any more awesome, I'm not sleeping better, I don't have more energy, and I've only lost 20 lbs in five months.
Is this because I haven't been "strict" enough? Most likely, but I also think a huge lifestyle change is something that you have to psych yourself up for and really get into it, because there are indeed benefits to be found, even if they're not immediate or transformational. When I eat cleanly, my skin looks better, my stomach and bowels calm down, and I have fewer "bad" days with my chronic depression.
I definitely want to lose 30 more pounds, but I've come to the realization that it's just not going to happen overnight for me and I have to really hunker down and commit to dealing with my disordered eating and my epic sweet tooth head on. Don't be so hard on yourself (I know it's tough, especially at 19), keep a positive attitude, find a Paleo Buddy if you can, and stick with it. Don't focus so much on the weight (I know that's even harder) and you'll start to notice the little changes can make all the difference more than the drastic results we all want from dieting and exercise.
my husband didnt really feel any different. he just stays paleo to humor me because i have had such dramatic improvements. as im typing this he is sitting across from me eating two hot dogs with the buns (and my raw sauerkraut- im going to kill him!) he noticed some minor changes, and gained some muscle but generally no big changes. he responded well, and hes convinced that its the optimal diet for many people, but hes not paleo. since i do all the cooking and shopping, its a non issue.
i dont think that there is one ideal diet for everyone, though i think for long term general health and well being, paleo is the ideal. i dont know how old you are (sorry if i missed that), but im guessing that the results are generally more dramatic for older people, and certainly the longer you stick with it the better the results. not all results are visable, either- maybe you didnt lose much weight, but your cholesterol numbers are better. of course im going to say stick with paleo and things will fall into place, that its not a crash diet, that for some people weight loss can be really slow, that maybe you should hack some of the details of diet and lifestyle, etc. but i certainly think that its possible that maybe this isnt your ideal diet. just my two cents.
i think 30 days is a really short period, really just an introduction, and that you really have to give it 90 at least. but, paleo will always be here for you if youre not ready for it at this point in your life, too!
If you are trying to lose weight on Paleo, many, but not all women have success with very low carb Paleo. For me, this means less than 20 net carbs (carbs minus fiber) per day. I use a ratio of 70/25/5 for fat, protein, carbs. It is possible that you are on the road to health, but because you haven't lost weight you aren't "feeling" it. So try cutting out all of the fruit and go to grass-fed beef, some nuts and some veggies for at least 30 days. Good luck!
its really too early to start wondering if it will work yet.
I would suggest you figure out what your calorie intake should be, cut it by 500 calories to loose weight. Also just as important, use fitday.com to track your food intake and %, its really the only way to be sure of what you are doing. I had the same issue and after 6 wks started logging and that turned out to be my issue, I was so far off from what I thought I was doing right.
I personally have done the 65% fat, no more than 25% protein and less than 50g carb per day and its working, but calories are just as important. You'll need to play around with this for a few weeks, don't rush it, you'll find what works for you.