For me I embarked on change many years ago to find out why I got injured.
My unintended consequence was while I thought I was finding out about myself in some new way.....what I really fell into was a lifestyle that allowed me to create myself and improve my former self.
What have you Hackers found?
Paleo=fertile! We now have a 15 month old son!
Thinking of food in an evolutionary way has improved my health so much -- and the sanity of the people around me, lol -- that I began to look at other areas in my life through the same lens. At nearly 50 years old, I've realized the things I've always craved but have downplayed in the name of "being sensible" are really extremely important: Creative expression. Time with friends. Play. And I've realized that some things that I've always felt repulsed by, but put up with anyway because "that's what grownups do" really are toxic, like spending years doing distasteful work in a distasteful environment under constant high-stress, unresolved pressure.
So I'd say I started out intending only to lose weight, and ended up planning to launch my own business and change my entire life from top to bottom. ;D
No more colds. I used to get a cold or sinus infection every 3-4 months and it's been 7 months so far and I haven't been sick once (except the occasional tummy ache from getting glutened.) I'd always been told by my extended family that weak lungs and these sinus issues just ran in the family. I had childhood asthma and never fully recovered. Had walking pneumonia twice as an adult. I've lost about 40 pounds (still have 60 to go) and I'm actually a lot more thrilled with being able to breathe! (and let me tell you, my vanity was the main push in going this route.)
A bit saccharin but one of the better unintended results from generally being into paleo things would be becoming an active part of our little community here on this site.
I'd never been a member of a forum, board, etc. (Well, I dabbled on WAP boards but hardly like this here). I look forward to new questions, checking answers and comments from people I find interesting, getting replies to my questions, etc.
For me, hands-down it is all of the new "friends" I have made, particularly here on PaleoHacks.
I always expected to gain health benefits. I knew given my penchant for science, that I would learn a lot about physiology, biochemistry, etc. And I fully expected that my family would benefit from it.
What I never forecasted, or certainly massively underestimated, was the number of people that I would virtually meet and have now befriended. With only a few exceptions, I am amazed at how collegial and compassionate this community is.
When I saw Jack Kronk's post a few weeks ago about his concern regarding his lipid tests, my first reaction was "my friend needs help". I have never met or talked to Jack yet that was the feeling. I'm not saying this to toot my horn at all and clearly there were many others that responded the same way.
Likewise, when I had my "coming-out" regarding my lacto-ovo implementation of Paleo due to family/ancestral baggage, I was overwhelmed by the number of supportive and thoughtful responses I got from my many new friends. I was very reluctant to write the post I did, but the community really delivered for me. THANK YOU!
So unquestionably, the relationships cultivated with many of you is the biggest surprise. And I certainly am a jokester and bullshitter at times here on PH, but this is straight from the heart. Thanks!
The most pleasant consequence, besides great improvement in overall physical health, has been an increased feeling of mental well being, like a eureka moment, like the discovery of some long lost truth.
Truth cannot be defined, although it can certainly be experienced. But experience is not a definition. Definition is done by the mind, by thoughts, but experience is done by participating. Somewhat like - If somebody asks, "What is a dance?" how can you define it..? But one can dance and one can know the inner feel of it.
I intended to lose weight and improve my blood pressure, etc., so I don't count those. The unintended consequence is that I gave myself the freedom to look at my daily life very differently. In general, I do little things for myself that previously had no personal meaning--hand washing vs. loading the washer and dryer, making homemade coconut milk or sweet potato chips, homemade deodorant vs grabbing things off store shelves and complaining about quality, walking vs driving whenever feasible. In fact, everything I eat is now prepared from scratch as I hardly ever eat out so I find I appreciate the process and the totally customized food (to my taste buds.)
Learning to love the flavors of food again. After vegetarian -> vegan -> fruitarian ->vegetarian -> guilty occasional meat eater, relearning all the wonderful flavors of really good meats and delicious greens with piles of tasty fats has been great, experimenting with flavors I hadn't eaten in years. Plus paleo made me much more serious about finding high quality local responsibly grown produce and meat.
Paleo looks to be improving my (relatively new) marriage.
I've always been gluten free and going in and out of other food prohibitions. Until recently my husband has always made fun of me and claimed that you just need to eat a little of everything to be healthy. We typically had to eat two different dinners and it was obvious that caused him some distress.
On a road trip last week I read to my husband the first 6 chapters of NeanderThin, which go into great detail about how our Paleo ancestors ate and what happened between then and now. He was transfixed and when we got back to the house he wanted to throw away everything that contained any kind of grain. He has now eliminated all grains and we are much more in sync about who, what, when, where, why, we are eating. He has already started feeling better and has noticed positive changes in his body.
My husband now wants to learn more about the Paleo way of life, as do I, so it's now something we're both pursuing together. In a relationship where he's otherwise all about snowboarding and motorcycles, and I'm all about . . . not those things, this new combined "hobby" is turning out to be a very good thing.
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