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by 0 · about 19 hours ago

I've been reading about paleo stuff for a long time and continually putting off a full commitment to eating that way, but I'm juuust about ready. But before I start, I want to get some data so I can compare before and after fairly objectively.... (more)

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BobK 0 · July 20, 2014 at 6:26 PM

I would suggest photos of your body as well. And blood work if you want to spend the money. I started to 'adjust' my diet late summer 2012....took no photos & did no blood work, now I regret it. :(

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by 23 · about 19 hours ago

Hi everyone, I'm Marianne, I'm from Amsterdam and I will live a very strict paleo life for a year (eating, moving, being outside and more) as an experiment to show what paleo living can do to you. I'd like to do medical tests before and after to... (more)

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VB 0 · August 25, 2013 at 3:08 PM

Hi Marianne, Your video is AWESOME!!! I think just the regular complete blood work panel will do (full works), but I would also do a test on gut flora (with GI effects) just to see the effect that Paleo diet had on your intestinal... (more)

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by 2626 · about 19 hours ago

I never got gas from canned beans. Then I went two months eating only sprouted legumes. One day I ate a can of supermarket beans, and had comically bad gas for the next 12 hours. A few days later I ate a second can of beans, and had no gas... (more)

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Renee_2 0 · June 15, 2013 at 11:29 AM

As I've read, the body adjusts its enzyme production to the diet it's being fed. So a food that you used to be fine with might give you issues after a period of avoiding it. I asked a similar question a while back, here: ... (more)

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by 70 · about 19 hours ago

After following a paleo eating style for the past 3 months, I've lost 35 pounds, regained vitality, skin cleared up, and an overall depression lift. Surely some of you can relate to the 'emotional' side of this strict of diet. I own it a little... (more)

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CelticCaveGirl 0 · March 14, 2013 at 1:29 PM

I was VERY strict on paleo for about 2 years. No dairy, low carb, no cheats. I just didn't get the results I wanted (still had dry skin, still 5lbs heavier than I wanted to be) and eventually being that strict didn't seem worth it, I had a... (more)

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by 188 · about 19 hours ago

I've tried raw and gelatinized (cooked) yellow maca as I live in Peru and the raw maca is no where near as potent as the gelatinized version at least for immediate effects. However I've boiled up black maca in its dried whole food state and it was... (more)

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Lesley_1 0 · December 31, 2012 at 10:42 PM

Maca tastes like old library books. I cannot recommend it for this reason.

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by 26182 · about 19 hours ago

Disclosure: "I am a nerd and I love data" I was wondering about availability of affordable (I know, vague) tools to provide objective, quantifiable data for self experimentation. Specifically I am interested in knowing about the various medical... (more)

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by 6107 · about 19 hours ago

A discussion in another thread (http://paleohacks.com/questions/117823/eating-the-same-things-in-order-to-not-have-to-keep-track) got me to thinking: Supposing a group of us decided to perform an experiment whereby we attempt to concoct a... (more)

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MathGirl72 0 · May 08, 2012 at 1:59 PM

N>=30 for each group for statistical purposes. I like Spindrift's suggestion for the second group and a control group would help provide the best meaningful statistics for the experiment. Other complicating factors are pre-existing medical... (more)

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by 1489 · about 19 hours ago

I think a lot of people might begin the Whole30 or 30 day Paleo challenge only to give up after a couple of days because they dont really know what to expect... http://crossfitforaqueen.wordpress.com/2012/04/04/30-truths-in-30-days/ What was... (more)

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HA 0 · April 05, 2012 at 6:59 AM

I actually felt terrible for almost the whole time, which didn't mean that I couldn't benefit from what paleo had to offer. It turned out that I have a terrible time with a certain class of foods (FODMAPS), and fructose just kills me. By adding... (more)

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by 405 · about 19 hours ago

I recently decided to lower my carbs in order to have a diet which would better fit the 'low-carb' definition: from about 70-100g to 30-60g. I wasn't looking to lose weight--it was pretty much just an experiment to see how I'd feel and possibly... (more)

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julianne 0 · March 18, 2012 at 5:07 AM

Low carb decreases seretonin - hense the anxiety. If you dont need to be low carb - dont do it - too many side effects.

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by 125 · about 19 hours ago

Anyone trying hair like a fox diet? My hair started shedding much more noticeably towards the end of 2 years on paleo diet, so I'm currently experimenting with hair like a fox. I'm trying to keep an open mind regarding health and diet, since I... (more)

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Alex 0 · February 23, 2012 at 4:07 AM

I don't know if this is useful info or not, but here are some physiological characteristics of someone who has spectacularly healthy, thick lustrous hair. I will not likely ever go bald. Heck, at 50, I'm only just beginning to have more than just... (more)

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by 56616 · about 19 hours ago

Just curious if anyone else uses any techie tools for tracking elimination diets and results. I used to use cronometer for it, but it wasn't easy to see results since it's main got tools for tracking weight and the only way to take symptoms is the... (more)

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Wisper 0 · January 08, 2012 at 12:16 PM

I made a spreadsheet in Open Office, with subjective and objective health markers in it, along with what I ate, how and how much I slept, exercise, supplements taken, and keywords (such as broccoli coke). I wouldn't trust Google with such... (more)

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by 1510 · about 19 hours ago

Does anyone have experience with Thyrogold? Or treating hypothyroidism without a doctor's care? Some background to my question: I suspect that I'm hypothyroid because of the diagnosis by a doctor 4 years ago and the continued persistence of the... (more)

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Ann_Wendel 0 · November 14, 2011 at 2:09 PM

Armour Thyroid is available again (at least in my city). I take a combo of Synthroid for the T4 and Armour for the T3. But, I have to say that the change that made the biggest impact on my Hashimoto's symptoms was going 100% Paleo.

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by 705 · about 19 hours ago

Sometimes I'll eat a food and only afterwards realize it has gluten or legumes etc. Later, as I sit on my porcelain throne, I often wonder which episode corresponds to which meal. Is there a food or non-food that can be safely used to mark meals... (more)

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The_Loon 0 · November 12, 2011 at 4:44 PM

Just don't chew well, and everything will be recognizable. Sweet corn works well, if you eat that sort of thing.

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by 3219 · about 20 hours ago

I definitely think this is probably the healthiest form of "dairy" possible. Would you consume human breast milk? Guy Attempts to Survive Solely on His Wife???s Breast... (more)

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Happy_Now 0 · September 22, 2011 at 7:31 PM

While I think it would certainly keep him alive and provide some damn fine nutrition, the macronutrient ratios are designed for the rapid growth of infants (high fat, high carb, low protein). I would expect a bit of spare tire formation if he... (more)

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by 11099 · about 20 hours ago

So, I get migraines, usually one every month, usually on day four five or six of my cycle. Many years ago, when I initially cut out grains, starches and sugars, I went from three or four migraines a month to the one. My migraines began when I was... (more)

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Lisa_15 0 · September 09, 2011 at 1:07 AM

I would take a trace mineral supplement such as Nature Sunshine's herbal trace minerals from kelp and alfalfa or a similar type. Trace minerals are so hard to keep up with, even with the healthiest diet. I feel much better after day 3 or 4,... (more)

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by 2052 · about 20 hours ago

I know there are a bunch of you out there who are up on the starches, but has anyone taken that a step further? Are there any paleos out there doing a high carb, low fat, low protein diet? Interested to hear from people who are eating in the... (more)

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Sunshine 0 · August 29, 2011 at 7:22 PM

I recently transitioned into the high carb/low fat paleo from high fat/ low carb with great success, although, the initial effects were a bit intimidating. Water retention was definitely present and occurred almost immediately. However, the... (more)

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by 16131 · about 20 hours ago

I was reading and pondering this article this morning. There is much talk on Paleo Hacks regarding self-experimentation. There are groups and blogs devoted to this subject. What do you think about the validity of self-experimentation? Do you... (more)

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The_Quilt 0 · June 18, 2011 at 5:16 PM

It is the now and the future for me and my patients.

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by 1623 · about 20 hours ago

I just got back from the first annual Quantified Self Conference up in Mountain View, CA. I was happy to see how many of the attendees were of a Paleo bent. At the conference I saw evidence of some rather impressive results when Quantified Self... (more)

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The_Quilt 0 · June 02, 2011 at 4:56 AM

quarterly labs to include a total of 42 different parameters, quarterly Vo2max, annual dexa to include total body comp, monthly BIA to assess body comp quickly to make adjustments to exercise and supplement plan and to constantly monitor autonomic... (more)

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by 2633 · about 20 hours ago

I had never heard of cleansing one's gall bladder before. Apparently there's a method with some rather pronounced effects on the, um, stool. However, we don't really know the stuff coming out is crud from the gall bladder. It could be some kind of... (more)

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PortlandAllan 0 · December 14, 2010 at 5:03 AM

Not quite the same, but another interesting experiment would be for a regular person to take a 1/2 pint of olive oil without any accompanying lemon juice and note whether any gall stones are expelled. I'm rather convinced a 1/2 pint of oil will... (more)

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by 1793 · about 20 hours ago

Like many of you, I'm sure, I'm a huge fan of Seth Roberts and his pioneering work in self-experimentation (-something Brent Pottenger also writes wonderfully about. As it happens, both of them are involved in the Ancestral Health Symposium). I've... (more)

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Girl_Gone_Primal 0 · September 15, 2010 at 10:29 AM

I could have never dreamed how much better I would feel eating purely meat and fat. I do love veggies for their flavour and variety, but I can't deny that every single aspect of my physiology runs better on pure animal products. Amazing. After a... (more)

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by 5775 · October 24, 2014 at 4:13 AM

I got to thinking about this. Wouldn't it be great if there was a place where people had a template to create, implement, run, record and then share their own N=1 experiences? Obviously their would be limitations and the individuals would have... (more)

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CD 0 · August 22, 2012 at 2:11 AM

There are several services out there to do things of this sort. We have tried to utilize social networking in observational studies... the problem is too many people try to game the system. Without objective, quantifiable results, it is... (more)

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by 4176 · October 24, 2014 at 4:06 AM

I'm curious how many people feel like they have reached an optimal or almost optimal level of mental and physical health because of paleo / primal / ancestral eating. I know that you could always be "healthier" and this is a subjective question,... (more)

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livebigger 0 · June 15, 2012 at 10:35 PM

I'll be bold and give myself a 9! STARTING: age 23-- vegan, 'incurable' immune deficiency, amenorrhea, no libido, antibiotics every other month, apple-shaped, stringy hair, pale skin w dark circles under my eyes, fuzzy thoughts, depression. 5... (more)

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by 363 · October 23, 2014 at 3:38 AM

What is your n=1 methodology? Plenty of logged data, or occasional intuitive insights? I would be really interested! Edited To Add: How do you structure your self experiments? I tend to single out what I want to change/improve/solve clearly... (more)

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Korion 0 · May 13, 2012 at 11:32 AM

I constantly work on a list of things I have yet to try out. These can be a different macro-nutrient ratio, particular foods, supplements or habits, ... I then take the most interesting one and test it out until I understand its effects. This... (more)

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by 2626 · October 22, 2014 at 4:01 AM

I've dropped all wheat and other gluten-containing grains from my diet. Once I've completed my supposed detox period, I'd like to do a rigorous test of whether wheat makes me sick / weak / allergic / addicted. I'm thinking about testing myself... (more)

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Dragonfly 0 · March 27, 2013 at 3:22 PM

I suspect you are over-thinking this. If you are gluten-sensitive, bread or pasta will suffice for a test substance. But if it feels better for you to eliminate all variables, by all means use the seitan. Six weeks is generally recommended... (more)

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by 298 · October 22, 2014 at 3:51 AM

I wonder if it's possible for one to live eating saturated fats only and denying all exogenic MUFAs and PUFAs? For example, following a diet with no olive oil, no vegetable oils, and no fish oil supplements? One can eat meat, eggs, poultry, other... (more)

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John_Sorrentino 0 · October 25, 2012 at 10:58 PM

You need the essential fatty acids, vitamins, and 9 essential amino acids. Those are your obligate nutrients. Your body can synthesize anything else you need. Dietary sources of non obligate nutrients may be helpful but are not required for life. (more)

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