I'm curious to hear people's reasons for going Paleo? Is it health (If so, what specifically)? To get in shape? To lose weight? To feel better?
Personally, I went Paleo strictly for health reasons: I'm having a daughter in a few months and I want to be around for her.But as I'm reading a lot of comments on posts today, both on my own posts and on others', and I can't help but be discouraged by the onslaught of "Snarky" comments.
Is it just me, or do a lot of people who post here make comments that are similar to what you would expect a Body-Builder to say? Why do so many Paleolites act like they're better than the rest of the world?
So why did you go Paleo? Was it to feel better? To feel better about yourself? Or to make others feel inferior?
i googled a cure for rheumatoid arthritis and my reading said i had an eighty percent chance of cure using this diet. three days latter i was cured after 29 years of utter misery.
I went Paleo after reading Gary Taubes' Good Calories, Bad Calories; went low carb and then found my way to Paleo that way. I did it for health reasons. I got tired of being sick, and after reading GCBC I realized that diet might have something to do with my poor health. Turned out it had just about EVERYTHING to do with my poor health. I'm so grateful and glad I found my way to this way of eating. It's a lifesaver. I don't think it makes me better than anyone else, though. It makes me lucky to have stumbled across the resources to figure it out.
I was diagnosed as a TypeII diabetic. I had no idea about Paleo. Slowly, slowly, after lots of investigation I arrived here. So now my blood sugar is under control.
But the thing is, I would have never found this diet, which I consider healthy based upon my subsequent blood test results with Triglycerides tanking downwards, LDL downwards and HCL moving upwards, if not for my diagnosis, a blessing in disguise.
I would have moved to this diet if only I had been aware of it 40 years ago.
I started low carb to lose weight, which I did with no trouble. Then realised that I no longer seemed to catch colds all the time and my fingers and hips didn't hurt so I researched a bit on the internet and found paleo.
I did it not to lose weight, not for health benefits, but because it made sense. And I wanted to be an awesome human specimin. I consider the other two, just side effects, of an optimal diet.
Heavy migraines made me wonder about the trigger. Found out about food intolerances. Next question: If I react that strong on food, how about the multiple sclerosis I was diagnosed with?
What is it with the food I eat and this autoimmune desaese? google, google, Loren Cordain, Robb Wolf, Paleo Diet! BINGO! It was like winning the lottery ! And it still is a gain (NOT GRAIN) every day.
I ask myself this all the time. Why, why, why did I ever go paleo?
Perhaps it was so I could wander around the grocery store only to realize that nothing in there is edible.
Perhaps it was so that I could annoy my family, friends and co-workers with information like "Why would you order an egg-white omelette? Don't you know that all the nutrition is in the yolk?"
Perhaps it was so I could constantly backslide and chastise myself over not being good enough or paleo enough.
Perhaps it was so I could ignore my work and family responsibilities in order to spend my time reading Kurt Harris, Emily Deans and Denise Minger and hanging out at PaleoHacks.
Maybe it was so that I could go to the farmers market at 6am and buy pastured eggs and grass fed ground beef only to see them used in recipes for cheeseburger macaroni and chocolate chip cookies.
I had a really good spring bear hunt tag in Idaho. I got my ass kicked!!! Found myself riding around on the quad or driving in the truck rather than what I really love to do, going in deep into the wilderness away from roads/people and doing the work.
Last week of the season fueled by cookies, pringles and sour patch kids I was with my daughters and had a terrible migraine while in the woods. I literally considered I may drop dead at anytime leaving them to fend for themselves.
The last day of the season I headed off with a route 44 sonic slush, a burger and large fry. As I sat on the side of a mountain feeling like crap I decided it was stupid to eat so bad in be in such bad shape at 33 years old.
The next day I went 100% primal and have followed more closely to Robb Wolf then Mark Sisson.
It has been 7.5 months. I have had zero gluten/grain/bread since that day. I have had a few sweets but grain is permantely off my list for good. I eat a high fat, low carboydrate diet with a ton of wild fish and wild game and offal. My blood panels are out of this world including an over 100 point drop in triglycerides, major drop in blood pressure, resting heart rate, "good" cholesterol and all that good stuff.
This fall I hiked in 8 miles and shot a bear and a moose. I managed on a 10 day backpack trip to eat paleo without all the typical high carb backpack food and have never felt better.
I had a breastfeeding baby who was sensitive to many many things in my diet (dairy, eggs, turkey, chicken, legumes, possibly wheat, possibly tomatoes, possibly others that I'm forgetting), so I was a large portion of the way there already. We'd been largely gluten-free around the house for a while anyways due to an autistic housemate on a gluten/dairy-free, low-GI diet. My husband wanted to lose weight, and had good results from low-carb diets in the past. I was hesitant about giving up non-gluten grains, since my diet was so limited already, but agreed to give it a try.
Within two weeks, my sugar cravings decreased dramatically (and I wasn't doing particularly low-carb or avoiding sugar entirely), and I started to experience a bunch of health improvements that I hadn't previously realized were anything other than just the way life is. No more intestinal gas or poochy belly (It's always been that way). No more colds or other illnesses. My mood improved. I wouldn't say my energy skyrocketed, but I rarely felt the urge to nap in the afternoon anymore, despite having a baby who still (a year later) doesn't sleep through the night. Prior to paleo, I had some fairly minor aches and pains. If I noticed they were gone, I attributed it to ordinary healing... until they started acting up again when I cheated.
That all convinced me that there was something to this paleo thing, and it was worth sticking with, despite not having any serious weight to lose, known autoimmune issues, or other usual motivations for going paleo.
I got here as an unexpected result of trying to find a cure for my father's failing health (neurodegeneration). I was initially triggered by an anomaly re his simultaneous heart and brain health, wherein his brain was clearly rotting away and conventional wisdom suggested his (statin treated) cardiovascular system was in very good shape (very low LDL). As it didn't seem plausible to me that something that was good for the heart could be bad for the brain, I set out to find answers to reconcile the paradox.
I don't recall the exact path that got me here, but I do know that a key data point came when that both my father and I were APOE4, led me to key insights from Chris Masterjohn and Stephanie Seneff, that fat is actually not bad, and cholesterol is absolutely essential for both cellular and brain health. From there, I fell into the paleo rabbit hole which led to the wonderland of Sisson, Jaminet, Davis, AHS, etc..
I tested the paleo diet/lifestyle on myself and like most here got very quick remarkable results. In terms of the measurable, although I really had no material objective for weight loss (then at 5'11" 190lbs), I quickly cut ~15 lbs unneeded weight in ~60 days and am now seemingly stable at about 170 lbs. But the real benefit has been in the unmeasurable where I just feel absolutely great - more energy, better sleep, never get winded (unless I'm trying to). I no longer drink any form of caffeine (used to be heavy Diet Mt Dew guy) as I just don't need it.
Unfortunately though, I was a bit too late finding paleo for the original objective of healing my father, as not only has the neurodegeneration become quite severe, he can no longer safely eat whole foods as required to benefit. I only wish I had figured this out a few years ago, and hope that future generations don't make the same mistakes.
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