What was your Paleo Aha moment?
I'm not talking about when you lost 60lbs, or it cured such and such disease. I mean, when the logic made sense.
I was out to dinner with my wife the other day, she had been eating paleo for about 5months, myself about a year. Somehow, we started talking about seed defense.
Suddenly, something clicked in her brain, it all of a sudden all made sense, as to WHY we are not supposed to be eating certain things. While she had been moved toward paleo for health benefits, now she finally had a logical explanation for those benefits.
Myself, I was interested in the logic/Sciency part from the getgo. When I "signed up" it wasnt necessarily for the health benefits or weight loss, it was because the evolutionary science made sense. I was reading an article about MovNat. and they mentioned the Paleo diet, I realized that eating what humans are genetically designed to do, is the best way to be an awesome specimin of humanity.
So when did it all come together for you?
I'd like to believe that my Aha! moment came from the very beginning... researching Candida and Paleo, and low carb... it all made sense! I started following blogs like Everyday Paleo, Nom Nom Paleo, Fitbomb, Healthy Indulgences, and many more. I was getting a LOT of information online via google searches and Paleohacks, and more...
But I think my "real" Aha! moment came while reading "Wheat Belly" by Dr. William Davis. I thought I knew so much, and I felt like it all clicked and made sense... but reading "Wheat Belly" REALLY solidified things for me. :)
And I'm just starting Robb Wolf's "The Paleo Solution" today... so I'll probably have yet another epiphany. Lol.
For me it didn't really happen like that. I'm a scientist. I read all the science behind (that's available) before I really committed to the paleo movement. However, you can read and read and read and just because it works for some one else, has all this science behind it, I wasn't going to go blindly following. After all, everyone is different etc.
So my big Aha! moment came after about three months of being paleo (well I'm primal) anyways. I was walking down the street and just thinking to myself, "Man, I feel really good." That was the first time in my life I could ever say I felt good. I'd never felt 'good' in my life until that point. I remembering before paleo wondering if "this" is how everyone felt all the time, because it wasn't good. I was always wondering if maybe I was just a wimp when it came to life. But now... I feel great! It's amazing how feeling good changes everything.
I have a couple of aha moments...the big one being whenever i slip up and cheat (or go to a restaurant and have them tell me theres no gluten/dairy in the meal when there really is) and i feel like absolute crap that night/the next day...i feel puffy, bloated, break out sometimes, etc. i think thats the biggest sign that paleo is working for me.
the other aha moment is coming home for the holidays and not feeling the need to eat all of the cookies, cakes, treats, whatever junk food my family has made. in the years past i felt as if i had to eat all that stuff, and I WANTED to eat all that stuff. but this year, i could care less - i'd rather have plate after plate of meat & veggies and skip the dessert!
I don't know the guy and I'm not sucking up--at least I don't think I am--but my ah-ha moment was when I read Dr Kurt Harris's explanation of the Archevore Diet. I literally said, "Oh, I get this!"
My next thought, "Others wrote entire books trying to explain this and this guy said it all in one page."
When I read the prologue introductory chapter "A Brief History of Banting" in Gay Taube's book Good Calories, Bad Calories, I think that's when it started. Then I saw Youtubes of Mark Sissons which progressed those thoughts a little more before I started reading his and all the other books. Also, as much as the books are convincing, what really helped a lot was reading comments on results from real people on forums and blogs!
And, well, having a migraine for the past few days after eating starches after being free on paleo for some time doesn't hurt (no pun intended). Aha. Duh.
When for the first time after 2 years of meds and and IUD. And post partum depression I actually want to "be" with my hubby again. Haven't really wanted that since I got pregnant with my 2.5 yr old.