I've been doing Paleo for a little over a month now I guess, I'm not too good with tracking time, but in that period I've noticed a lot of changes. What is the SINGLE best change you've noticed?
I'll go first: Best bowel movements ever! I always thought I needed more fiber or grains, so I ate more fruit and bread, but nothing really regulated the situation. I no longer have any issues which to me, is priceless. I'd eat dirt sandwiches every day if it meant not feeling bloated, uncomfortable or irregular. Without the bread of course.
Complete, 100% resolution of 30 years of depression and 16 years of anxiety. 75% of my life I was plagued by affect disorders, most of the time extremely severe. Gone. Gone. Gone.
Still have some ADHD or ADHD-like stuff remaining (at a less significant level). Meds and behavioral scaffolding work very well.
It's astounding and is noticed by everyone that has known me over time. All of my relationships have been positively affected. Every last one.
ETA: along with complete, 100% resolution of psoriasis, eczema (extreme, disfiguring at one point all over my face, neck, hands, arms), sjogren's syndrome, symptoms of MS, symptoms of lupus and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.
So yeah, it's tough to pick SINGLE but if I have to, it's the mental health benefits.
ENERGY! I have so much energy now I can exercise like a beast at 5:30 AM.
I helped a friend move over the weekend and there were five ladies there ranging in age from 35-45 (3 of them were obese). I was the only one who could carry heavy boxes downstairs in 100 degree heat and run back up the stairs again. The others just watched me and their 16 year old daughter handle the upstairs boxes---up and down the stairs about 25 times in 2 hours no problem. The next day everyone was complaining how sore they were and needed help getting up off the floor (I went home and ran 2.5 miles). That would have been me two years ago...
After Paleo transformed my life and healed me physically, mentally and (I believe) spiritually, I decided to devote my life's work to helping people heal through diet and lifestyle change.
I have returned to college at age 36. I'm maintaining a 4.0 GPA in a significantly demanding science major (Dietetics). I was hired for summer work with the American Diabetes Association and have logged 100 hours towards my CDE (Certified Diabetes Educator) license. I'm well on my way to doing what I came here to this world to do - promote health in young populations in school communities, write a book series that advances real nutritional science and maybe found a Diabetes + Obestity Care clinic with a focus on integrative medicine.
I am amazed by my energy and focus at school. I can run with my dog in the morning, eat 4 times per day, hit the books for 8-10 hours, lift weights in the gym and talk with friends and family on my phone. I wasn't always so well-put together. It's so extreme that I only vaguely remember what the version of me just two years ago used to feel like.
Gone are the days where I feel like a failure and obsess over time running out on me. Odd jobs. Broken relationships. Firings. Resignations. Rejections. Bad interviews. Roommate nightmares. Failed businesses. A 2 year long misguided book project. Lost friends. Thousands of dollars down the drain. Lies. One too many cheap flings. Self-esteem issues. Hiding from my relatives because of shame.
There is no more confusion about my purpose or meaning in this life and that was missing with me all these years.
I really feel like I found this treasure trove of positive energy that I want to share with the world from this point until the day I die (at age 112). I consider myself happy at last...the kind of happy that only temporarily escapes my grasp but there is nothing even remotely strong enough to pry it from me completely.
So Paleo has given me this gift that I have with me for life. I am taken care of and feel like I always will be...so now it's on to other people, starting with family and friends in my circle...or a stranger in a bar.
*I'm not a fart machine anymore which helps on dates.
Realizing how it feels to truly be alive as a human being: knowing what real hunger feels like and how to satisfy it; knowing what it feels like to be tired from hard work but not mentally exhausted; enjoying the smell and taste of good, healthy food (the smell of a freshly picked, sun warmed strawberry, the heady sensation of it's true sweetness as it is devoured); the indescribable feeling of contentment that comes from knowing in my very soul that this lifestyle is what is best for myself and my son and that he will grow up with the knowledge that is our birth right as human beings.
Blood sugar regulation. I used to have to eat every two hours to avoid sugar crashes. Like a hobbit - breakfast, second breakfast, elevenses...to go to work I had to bring a seemingly huge amount of food with me. Now, I eat 2-3 times a day, rarely snack, can easily go 6 hours between meals, and, if necessary, can skip a meal without getting shaky and lightheaded.
EDIT SORRY, you said SINGLE Best? being able to concentrate and not thinking about food constantly!
__ all the other good things... no to low gas, clear skin, less wrinkles, not always THINKING about food, not always hungry, weigh a few pounds less but I am working on getting more weight off.
My biggest problems are sleeping due to night work schedule, an consistant walking which helps tremendously with not only weight loss but IBS-w/Constipation....my bloating is gone as long as I walk a couple of miles daily but I have been a sloth since it is so hot in Florida. However, I went on Vacation for 9 days in yellowstone/jackson hole and lost weight...ON VACATION!
Elimination of a life-long Excedrin and Tums habit - headaches and heartburn that I had come to think of as normal and just a part of life went away completely.
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