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Self Experimentation Questions

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by 0 · about 12 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 12 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 12 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 2626 · about 12 hours ago

I just did a month-long gluten fast followed by a series of double-blind exposures, and the result seems to be that stopping or starting gluten has no effect on my mood, energy, cognition, or physical health. But lately I've seen some people... (more)

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rht 0 · May 18, 2013 at 3:00 AM

I think testing them separately will work unless you are concerned about the "opiod" type effects of gluten and casein. This is a dose related response rather than a true intolerance. The Failsafe diet suggests 2 weeks for both gluten and casein... (more)

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by 2626 · about 12 hours ago

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 70 · about 12 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 12 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 6107 · about 13 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 13 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 13 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 13 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 1510 · about 13 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 11099 · about 13 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 13 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 13 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 78422 · about 13 hours ago

There was a great discussion started by The Quilt about our general thoughts on Paleo. It got me thinking about my own self-experimentation and how difficult it is to find women-centric forums that cull our N=1 experiments such as CureTogether.... (more)

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paleohacks 0 · June 13, 2011 at 6:57 PM

Looks like I may go with Google using the spreadsheet function coupled with an AJAX API I found a great script here and will see what I can get from the free trial but I prefer open source tech. So all you posters here who are interested in... (more)

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by 2633 · about 14 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 14 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 26182 · October 29, 2014 at 3:41 AM

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 4176 · October 29, 2014 at 3:39 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 29, 2014 at 3:36 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 56616 · October 29, 2014 at 3:27 AM

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 12174 · October 29, 2014 at 3:15 AM

Yes, some of us may have been eating traditional whole foods our entire lives (lucky them!). Is there anybody on here who's been avoiding processed foods and industrially-produced high-O6 oils for a very, very long time? Regale us padawans your... (more)

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Josh_M 0 · June 24, 2011 at 4:30 PM

Been paleo for over 2 years, have seen great improvements in overall health. I have not found it hard to be paleo, it just seems right and natural. I do not get bored of food, it is fuel for the body not a Religion. I am in my mid 40's and I get... (more)

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by 1623 · October 29, 2014 at 3:14 AM

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 5 · October 28, 2014 at 4:00 AM

I have been eating a paleo diet for about a year now, and have not only plateaued in any weight loss, but I am also getting pretty consistent headaches now. I definitely am a little more slack now than I was at the beginning, so I know the... (more)

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ecks 0 · May 10, 2013 at 8:16 PM

Read "It Start's With Food" It's by dallas an melissa hartwig (the people responsable for Whole9 and Whole30). If you want to know where to start that is the spot

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