I noticed that I have stopped grinding my teeth at night since switching to the Paleo diet, which I can't really ascribe a medical explanation. I sometimes feel weird hunches about things that I am sure are a result of my lifestyle changes.
Have you noticed any small and quirky differences (health and otherwise) to your body since going Paleo or is there something you have a hunch about, but are not quite 100% sure it can be attributed to a more primal life?
Please feel free to be as quirky as you like.......
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I swear paleo has improved my reflexes and throwing accuracy. For example, when I suffer from butter fingers, I find that I often catch things instead of whatever I've dropped failing to the ground. In addition, while "helping" my kids clean their rooms, I find I can and do tend to throw things into the proper bin from across the room with ease. I don't have data on this, but it feels real to me. shrug
EDIT: Had my eyes checked recently and one of my eyes improved. That's the opposite of the general trend as we age. Myopia is yet another disease of civilization.
You mean aside from dropping twenty pounds, my blood pressure suddenly tanking from high into the low normal range, my diabetes resolving itself, and my lipid panel making a marked improvement, in the space of three months?
Aside from no longer having constipation issues or flatulence? Aside from being much calmer and able to tolerate stress?
Naw, nothing much to report, really :).
Also along the lines of tougher skin... I've noticed dramatically increased resistance to sunburn. According to Natural Bias, it's probably the increased saturated fat in my diet.
Saturated fat makes skin cells more resistant to oxidative damage from the sun which can help to prevent SUNBURN, wrinkles, and skin cancer.
I'm naturally pretty pale and sunburn prone, so this is a BIG deal to me!
When I see myself in the mirror in the morning and go "Oh yeah!". I can't really say I've ever done that and meant it until now. Improved self-image is a blessing.
That plus the improvement in teeth, stool, recovery, etc.
No heartburn. Which sort of messes with my lifelong theory that my occasional heartburn was triggered by high-sat-fat meals...
A fairly common experience after going grain-free: all tooth plaque has disappeared.
Stool quality has improved (let's just say there's not much wiping to do any more), although this can be negated by high fish oil consumption (which I no longer do).
Flatulence is diminished and usually odorless.
Chronic nighttime sinus congestion is diminished (eliminated, actually, on workout days).
Other than the obvious metabolic changes, here's a few random things I've noticed:
- No more morning breath. I just don't get it now unless I've had wine or something sweet.
- My eyesight has improved (according to my eye doctor).
- Quicker recovery after injury or tough workout (noticeable difference).
- It's easier to wake up in the morning.
And like Biodoc, I too am a cheaper date. ;)
this is so fun! Besides loosing 30lbs, clearer skin, having more energy, no more mood swings, no more picking up every single stomach bug/common cold/flu as it makes the rounds in the office. Also, loving the feeling that I am NOT depriving myself of something!
I have been able to come off my THREE prescriptions to battle my IBS completely and pain free! I feel ALIVE and HAPPY and JOYFUL, something my IBS medicine could never help me with. No more severe bloating, no more awful stomach cramping like someone was stabbing me, no more constipation, no more heartburn keeping me uncomfortable and up at night. No more missing fuctions or parties or gatherings with friends because my stomach is acting up. No more stressing that I have something terribly wrong with me that medical science has never seen before. Wish I hadn't battled IBS for 7 years bouncing from doctor to doctor (and them telling me that "I need more fiber" in my diet and prescribing OTC fiber supplements to put into drinks/food/etc)
something quirky though...I SWEAR I have more hair now. just in general prepaleo I could skip a month or two wiht my waxer, but now there is NOooo way I would skip my eyebrow wax appointment! ha! I'm thinking maybe because there is 30 lbs less of me that maybe it just SEEMS like I have more hair? but maybe I'm getting more vitamins and minerals that encourage hair growth? (anyone have ideas on this?)
I used to have miserably painful menstrual cycles. About 24-hours at the beginning of every cycle felt sick enough to call in sick to work (though I rarely did). Ever since going low-carb/paleo about a year ago, I have been magically pain and PMS symptom-free. Even in the unlikely event that I never see another improvement, I will never give up paleo, based on that perk alone.
I have also noticed the breath thing. No more morning breath for me or the hubby!
I've also only been sick 1/2 a time in the last year. I'm fairly certain that a flu bug was trying to get me after we got home from visiting relatives at Thanksgiving. I suddenly felt very body-achy, headachy and spiked a 102 temperature one evening. I loaded up on extra vitamin D3, took a tablespoon of coconut oil and went to bed early. I was 100% myself again the next morning. Thank you, paleo!!
For one, my sleep cycle is different. I get really sleepy around 9-10, sleep hard until 12 or 1, wake up for a bit, and then I'm back down until I wake up (sans alarm) at 6:30 or 7. Seems I've moved to the sleep-wake-sleep pattern and I have no idea why! I feel great, so I'm not complaining, it's just strange.
My alcohol tolerance has gone down. A single glass of wine with dinner now actually gets me tipsy! My husband thinks this is hilarious.
Fewer headaches, even though I have just as many triggers (eyestrain, etc.).
I have had a few quirky differences pop up.
The most important one is that I am more patient with my children. Shortly after going paleoish, I found an inner strength that I did not know I had. I am much more willing to carry them, play with them, and run around like a little kid. My stress level has reduced dramatically and i feel much better in general, which is why i think this is happening.
Secondly, I got my sex drive back. I lost that shortly after my daughter was born. It came back STRONG about a week after changing my habits. Hubs is pretty stoked. ;)
Lastly, I have learned to enjoy the housework that used to make me feel oh-so-burdened. Carrying baskets of laundry, cleaning up the same toys three hundred times a day, washing dishes, cleaning, vacuuming, etc. Instead of letting it get me down, I actually enjoy it now! I feel like it's helping me. So odd!
this is the weirdest forum ever, but alas i must share my grossest discoveries. my sweat stopped smelling. i stopped sweating entirely when i'm not working out (i used to sweat all day when i weighed 10 more lbs). no more period cramps, they are non-existent. no more painful bloating after a meal. after i stopped eating fruit and grains, i stopped farting. i haven't farted in 3 weeks. and if i do fart again, i'll know why.
Well, let's see... it's only been a few weeks since I went kinda hard-core and knocked out most carbs except those in the full-fat yogurt and kombucha, and those are pretty minimal. I'm about 48 years old, male, was up around 195lbs at 5'7" which is up there, now down to 174lbs or so, still kind of fat but I'll be doing some kettlebell routines outside once the weather gets better.
- My skin is clearing up; I've had a lifelong battle with very oily "t-zone" and form lots of blackheads (ugh) and exuded a lot of sebum from my nose when pressed. that's better now, still present but not as bad.
- In addition or conjunction to the above, my rosacea is also clearing.
- Digestion-wise, impressive but mostly odorless farts. I'm my own tuba/contrabassoon duet. Poops are firm with usually no cleanup needed. No idea why I'm so farty, but hilarity usually ensues. I'm kind of a small boy about that sort of thing.
- My teeth feel stronger (I know, weird) and are much less pasty/furry in the morning.
- In general, I feel much better, more alert, less easily fatigued.
Sounds all good to me.
No bloating-- used to have this all the time... probably from trouble digesting grains or maybe sugar. Also, no stomach pains, even after big meals, which I used to have often and attributed to high-fat meals (definitely wrong). Also... like the others said lower alcohol tolerance.
I have never been one for running or doing exercise of any kind, but since going Paleo, I want to exercise more and have been inspired to follow a training program. I can feel a build up of energy in my muscles and body that I never witnessed before paleo which I have a strong desire to 'release' by running or jumping or climbing.
For me, the Paleo diet has liberated my body from rigidity and I now want to move much more than I ever did.
I don't get hot in the middle of the night anymore! Like my father, in the middle of the night, I often wake up really hot, and if I'm wearing pajamas, I'll have to take them off. Immediately after starting Paleo, I've been surprised to wake up in the morning, still wearing my long sleeved pajamas (previously unheard of).
I think this has something to do with being a fast oxidizer, and how my body really burns up those refined carbs. On the two occasions where I have not had a paleo dinner, I have once again woken up burning up.
My biggest surprise was tougher skin. I attribute this to a much larger percentage of saturated fat in my diet and a significant decrease in polyunsaturated fats. I used to get scrapes and cuts rather easily and the skin on my knuckles would start cracking every winter. The knuckles were by far the most noticeable.
It took about two years of eating Paleo, but it was very gratifying to go an entire winter with no painful cracked knuckles. Subsequently, I would occasionally bang a shin or scrape myself and be surprised to notice no bleeding.
Psoriasis (Or what appeared to be is psoriasis is now gone) and my hair is a lot softer w/o conditioner which has allowed me to go "-poo"less. The list of benefits goes on but those were the unexpected ones.
- No heartburn. I had been taking zantac at least once a week for almost a year, now I only need it for my 20%.
- Skin clearing. I don't know if it's from going Paleo or no soap/poo, but my acne and psoriasis have started clearing. I no longer have dry spots or oily spots.
- I don't get sick as easily. A few bugs have gone through the house and I was the only one who did not get sick.
- Healing. If I get scratches, bruises or cuts I heal a lot faster and with less infection.
- ADD. I have not needed my ADD meds nor my anti-depressants since January.
- My wife has severe TMJ. She has had surgery to try to correct it, but still has massive pain and depression from it. Eating paleo, she has less pain and takes fewer meds.
- Energy. I have more energy. I also have less trouble falling asleep at night and waking in the morning.
All in all it has been a great thing for me and my family. Thanks to all who post in this forum and those who blog to spread the word. Society can only benefit.
Some small things that could be attributed to paleo lifestyle (maybe not only the diet)
- Improvement in psoriasis (from mild to very mild, and gone in summer)
- Haven't had dizziness caused by inner ear inflammation (I had maybe 5 episodes of 2 days in the 4 years). Not sure about this one though...
- Calmness of mind. Although I am a calm person (really ;-) ), I noticed that when our first son was born (while not being paleo), nightly wake-ups could bring up a kind of anger from deep inside. It was a strange senstation, because I'm almost never angry, and I didn't want to be angry at the person I loved the most, but still, I felt it. Now, after our second son was born, this n??ver happened, never. And I don't think it was because I was more anxious for the unknown of the first birth.
- Change in behaviour: wanting to persuade everybody about the paleo lifestyle! ;-) Now, this must be something that occurs mainly in the first year. I seem to have calmed down a bit. But still, people see me and the family, and ask questions. Leading by example works fine now. And I people want more information, this site is a great reference (Thanks Patrick!)
edit: some more things I've noticed - No more swollen eyes in the morning, but after a grain/carb cheat they are back (luckily only for 1 day) - I haven't been biting my fingernails for a long time. Wonder why? - Less of the white on the back of the tongue.
I had an undiganosed low-grade asthma that I just sort of lived with. I had done low-carb before, but always supplemented with plenty of "low carb tortillas" and other Frankenfoods.
Once I kicked gluten to the curb, the asthma vanished in less than a week.
I have one toenail that had some sort of non-painful white fungus on it for the past few years (not really gross just white and flaky). Ive tried to get rid of it with over the counter anti-fungal topicals but it would only get part of it and it would come back. I noticed yesterday while walking around my yard barefoot that its pretty much gone. Stoked on that one.
My most startling physical change is that my arthritis is VASTLY improved and my Rosacia is GONE. I attribute this to giving up nightshades.
My teeth, also, are much less yucky (unbrushed).
But the best thing is that I am almost never ill. All of my life I've gotten very, very sick as many as 4 times a year with cold/flu/bronchitis/crud. I have asthma, so these were always dibilitating 2-week-long misery fests.
Now, I get the sniffles, maybe, or a small cough, or a stuffy head and it's gone in a few days. Fabulous! :D
At the risk of coming off inappropriate... Certain attributes are larger...
In addition, my activity desires changed heavily I have urges to leap climb and jump on stuff that I haven't since I was a kid
My spouse and I have noticed that our dreams have changed. I think this is gluten related, because I have had intense and unpleasant dreams after a gluten mistake. It has been over a year and he hasn't had an intense, recurring anxious dream about missing the big exam. I used to have a dream about the brakes failing in my car. I don't miss that at all.
I used to wake up with a very slight runny nose; my old 'normal'. No longer! I attribute this almost certainly to cutting gluten.
As mentioned here already; no more furry teeth!
Reduced body odor smell (I still stink though)
No more hunger pangs that used to almost make me feel sick!
My mood swings have lessened considerably, and like gilliebean, I find myself feeling refreshed in the morning whereas before it would take all the mental strength I had to get out of bed in the morning.
I've just started a few weeks ago, and amazed to the point that I even became suspicious of myself...
- Having had psoriasis since I was 3, it has calmed down and in some places even gone in remission. I am 42, so some skin I have never seen normal.
- My colitis has calmed down. I'm still weary about it, it could be a temporary thing, but I don't need to use the bathroom three times a day anymore since one week into Paleo.
- My weight is dropping like nothing I've ever seen.
- My hair is baby soft, which is a bit of a nuisance, because trying to style it invariably gets the response "nah, not today, dude" from my scalp.
- My mood has become intolerably happy. It annoys people around me. Went for a walk on the beach a few days ago, and happiness came over me in such a way that it made me cry and laugh out loud at the same time.
- I go to bed when I feel sleepy, which has funny results. I notice I wake up before the alarm clock.
- Breakfast is not an exercise in procrastination anymore. I actually enjoy cooking in the morning, having rediscovered kale. (I loved that as a child, but discovered I hadn't eaten it in more than two years).
- The energy. I swear it's gonna kill me one of these days. In weekends I want to go out and do stuff. That from a man who used to have a weekly bathrobe day (lounging around, and forcing guests to wear bathrobes too. Come to think of it, I miss that when female friends are over).
- No more sleepless nights! I used to have at least one sleepless night a week, sitting on the couch, reading or watching tv. Those are gone.
- Headaches that I had since 13 have left. That in itself has made the whole experience worthwhile. I'm the kind of guy that carries painkillers around everywhere. Yesterday I threw them in the medicine cabinet as I don't need them anymore.
And best of all, I'm not feeling like I am restraining myself eating, or doing anything that I don't want to.
It's too early to tell whether my other little complaints are clearing up or changing, but I have made up my mind to keep on going. I promised myself a one month trial, which is now turning permanent.
My three year old son's behaviour changed, for the better. He really is a lovely and energetic boy. But since 6 months he had these anger attacks, that were quite heavy. Terrible twos, everybody said. Still, we thought they were strange. He also had some eczema and quite a lot of nightly sweating. At home he ate paleo, but in daycare, he ate some bread and pasta.
We decided to totally avoid all grains (no problem for the daycare centre, thanks to them), and quite immediately, all of the above 'symptoms' went away. No eczema, no nightly sweating (even if it was summer), and no more anger attacks. The latter was not really expected (although I had read about the connection of gluten/behaviour).
Yeah, he infrequently get's a little anger attack, but these I'm willing to call normal terrible two type attacks.
It is still an experiment going on, but whenever he eats grains, we think we feel the difference. But n=1 experiments are hard to interpret, so we keep looking out.
Ditto on the vision. 5 years ago I got readers that were at 1.5. I just got my eyes checked and I still need just a 1.5. So it's not gettign worse. My distance vision is 20/15. I'm 50 years old... Cured a blood sugar problem. Before paleo fastings were 120-133. That was 4 years ago. No my fastings are in the 70's. One hour post meal blood sugars are in the 80's. Oral glucose tolerance test dropped 100 points. And they say you can't cure blood sugar problems...
I'm starting to look...buff. For 10-12 years now (I'm 28 and 6'1") I have gone back and forth between 160-205 lbs. I have always been either a bean-pole or carrying extra weight around the middle. I used to be an endurance athlete, and spent time in the military. But I was NEVER able to build a lot of muscle no matter how hard I tried. After about two months of primal eating (roughly 90% of meals), I am starting to notice a lot of muscle definition. I have exercised only a couple of times in the last couple of months, and my work is sedentary. I'm shocked and amazed. I still cheat on a semi-regular basis (had a vending machine cinnamon roll this morning. Yuck!), and I have lost 20 pounds and I feel better than ever. I'm still eating conventional beef, too (due to cost and availability of grass-fed in my area).
The best part of all is that I never feel like I'm "on a diet".
My perimenopause symptoms have completed abated. I am back to a much younger body age- in comparison to the rapid aging that I was experiencing. Also my lifelong battle with obsessive compulsive disorder has COMPLETELY ended. That is almost like science fiction to me. That has been a part of my life for so long that I can not believe that it could really have been that simple all along!
This is totally strange, and my husband thinks I'm giving paleo too much credit, but I SWEAR that I'm less off-key when singing my children's bedtime songs since I started paleo. And I also believe that it worsens noticeably when I "cheat."
I've also had a lot of the more health-related improvements people have mentioned: less dandruff, no gas, etc.
-Haven't had to the need to blow my nose in 5 months.
-My lifetime nervous habit of playing with my hair, twirling it constantly around my finger, is completely gone. I didn't even realize this until months into the diet.
-My posture is entirely different. I stand straight when walking, without even thinking about it, rather than crouched over.
The biggest surprise to me is that my eczema is completly gone, and I have battled with it since I was 11 years old, and now I'm 25. My skin looks better, my mom even noticed and asked what I was doing. I dont have to use any more steroid creams, wear jeans when its 108 degrees outside, or explain that "weird stuff is on my arm or leg" and that its not contagious!
I've become much less tolerant of BS and prefer to get to the point with everything. I prefer people to be direct with me and vice-versa. It's amazing how many people can't read basic body language. He or she says one thing, but his or her body is saying something else entirely. Just say what you mean!
i no longer have a fear of heights!
Before I started Paleo I was dairy-free due to lactose intolerance. Since going Paleo, I've noticed my temperament had changed drastically. I've always been easy to anger, quick to aggression, generally very impatient. I always thought it was hereditary, but up to the day I cut the gluten I was like this. Since a few days after going gluten-free until now, I've noticed that it's significantly more difficult to get me going and angry. (This is a pretty significant feat considering I answer phones and the people on the other end are not the easiest people to deal with) I was always pretty easy going, minus the hot temper, but now I think I would be perceived as even more so. I don't mind my new temperament- I think it's great, but I'm wondering if it has anything to do with the gluten-free, since it was obviously present still when I was dairy-free.
Hi Nick, Stopping dairy cleared sinus congestion for me. Also, I rarely get head colds or headaches anymore. These used to be weekly afflictions, especially in the witner. No dairy equals no bloating and the extra weight in my middle is gone. Plus my skin is much improved. One piece of cheese and a few days later I'd have a zit to show for it.
Cutting out dairy has been the best part of Paleo for me :)
This one's quirky but big for me. My teeth don't hurt anymore! My teeth had been sensitive to temperature for years. No ice water or hot tea for me - everything had to be lukewarm or my mouth would ache.
I addressed the issue with my dentist who sold me a $20 tube of toothpaste that was supposed to help. It didn't - nothing changed and I continued to use the "sensitive" brands of toothpaste.
On top of the sensitivity, I had issues with grinding my teeth and receding gums. I wore a mouthguard at night, and was supposed to brush my teeth in a certain way to avoid hurting my gums. Nothing ever made a difference though! Every dentist visit I'll hear that my gums are getting worse, I must not be wearing my mouth guard (I wore it every night!) and I'm going to need some surgery to graft gum tissue on.
Now, without grains in my diet, I don't grind my teeth, they're not sensitive to hot or cold and my gums are looking better than ever. I've been craving ice water and I can chew the ice with no problems. I don't even use toothpaste anymore. I use a locally made "tooth soap" with clove and orange oil about once a day, although some days I'll just floss. My teeth are white, my breath is good and I have less plaque than I ever have. And my teeth just don't hurt anymore!
I'm headed to the dentist tomorrow for my regular check-up, so we'll see what the "official" word is on all this.
razor burn is a thing of the past as is runny noses. those are some of the unexpected consequences.
I've had 3 moles that have gotten smaller, flatter and lighter... Neat.
I feel like I am hunting when I prepare food in the kitchen, I run downtown as much as I can get away with, I wake up at frikkin' 3:45 and stay awake and energized all day, I feel generally more observant and alive, and my state of mind feels more resilient. IN short, I'm a much happier, more highly functioning camper.
Emotional resilience is the most surprising for me. I am much less likely to get upset or irritable.
A new thing that is interesting for me is an improvement in vision. Or at least a decrease in prescription for my contact (I go monovision with only one contact as my close vision is best with no alteration). The highest it has been was -1.75 and now it is down to -1.25. It has become an annoyingly flimsy piece of saran-wrap to get in the eye, lol. Fortunately for me I do the month-long extended wear so I only have to deal with it once a month.
My itchy toes cleared up for good. (So long, Lamisil!)
All the skin tags gone but for one underarm and one under bra strap. All the neck tags are gone, yay!
I'm rarely achy.
Restless leg syndrome much much milder.
Many of the above, plus my arms don't fall asleep at night anymore. I've read that this can happen with celiac's, and since it runs in the family I'm going to try to get tested next week. Try, because I only consume incidental amounts or none at all, so the tests might come back false-negative.
This is the third week of eating paleo for me. I didn't start cautiously, I jumped right in and went from eating a vegetarian/vegan diet to 100% paleo. I don't weigh myself, but almost daily someone I know asks me if I'm losing weight. Also, my dermatitis has gone away completely (no more antibiotic cream necessary). But by far the best thing has been SLEEP. I used to be the lightest sleeper ever, waking up 2-5 times a night. Now, I fall asleep at 10pm and can sleep right through to when my alarm goes off at 8:15am.
I am much less fearful of wooly mammoths!
lost 10 lbs. in 3 weeks (about 6% of my body weight) without eating less.
more energy and focus
enjoying all the foods that have been taboo since the late '70s
Most of all... the satisfaction of being able to resist being herded into unhealthy lifestyles by self - interested organizations, scientists, corporations, and government officials.-
Some small ones :
- Emotion control : in the past, when something weird happened I immediately freaked out, had a high voice, etc. Now I'm more calm about that.
- Laziness : if I'm not working, I'm ashamed of myself. It used to be the opposite. While this could just be a change of mindset, I'm old enough to realize that that doesn't happen in 2-3 weeks.
- Sleep : while my sleep is still far from perfect, when I was on gluten, I had to wait 2-3 hours before my body decided to sleep.
- Fear : I used to be afraid of tons of things : the dark, heights, ... Now I don't have these panic attacks anymore.
- Concentration : I'm not sure about this one, but it looks like I'm able to concentrate better which enables me to debate things more easily.
- Butt : smaller butt. Which is nice cuz I'm a guy.
- Eyes : they used to look dull last year, but now that I don't have hypoglycemia episodes anymore, they shine, and that boosts my self-confidence like nothing else does.
- Mouth : the inside of my mouth is pink. It used to be red.
- Mind : when I read a book, I'm able to remember most of it with not that much trouble. This is awesome.
There are so many other things, and I'm glad I wrote them down. If I ever doubt about my own lifestyle, I'll read this again and slap myself on the head.
My mood is much better- however, this could also be due to having taken up meditation. I'm also much better-looking- I think I developed a slight intolerance to grains and dairy over the last couple of years, that just made my eyes a little puffy, and I had no idea why my eyes had become all small until I gave up grains and dairy!
My tonsils got so large when I was around 4 that I've had problems with sleeping, snoring and tonsil stone since. My mom took me to a doctor because even my voice had changed. The reply was that I was trying to be cute. This morning I checked in the mirror and they have halved in size. Maybe food allergies?
Way too many things changed for me to list here, I've written a blog post showing the effect Paleo had one me within 6 weeks: http://eugenia.queru.com/2011/10/14/6-weeks-with-scdpaleo/
- Way less farting
- Getting a tan real quick
- Better voice
- Ability to concentrate better
- I sleep better (pre-paleo I sometimes had to wait 3 hours in bed before I started sleeping, now I sleep within 20 minutes)
- Less facial hair! Woohoo! I can't stand upper lip hair. And I hate shaving.
For me, that's already enough to keep eating like I'm eating, to keep doing what I'm doing. I'm never going back to SAD and I'm damn proud of it :).
Is it okay if I ask if the respondents typically consider themselves strict paleo? I changed my diet considerably several years ago and have experienced many of the changes discussed in the comments, but I eat cheese, raw milk and yogurt on a daily basis, no grains and otherwise whole foods. I'm curious to learn how much stopping dairy (for those who don't have obvious lactose intolerance) took people to even further changes.
These aren't 'small and quirky', but certainly unexpected. (I'm not sure we can attribute all of the changes we see posted here to the Paleo Diet. Perhaps other explanations---overall improved lifestyle/behavior that comes along with Paleo eating? However: I don't care, I'm not going back to eating SAD, ever):
-I used to get terrible hand/wrist numbness from using the mouse/key board while working. Since going paleo (March 2010), hand wrist/numbness = gone, no pain, no numbness...just incredible. No change in work load, work environment, etc. If anything, the work load has increased.
-Huge change: Seasonal fall allergies (and allergic reactions in general) way down. We had a particularly wet Spring, Summer and Fall where I live so I was expecting an absolutely horrendous Fall allergy season (I've had Falls where I was barely functional/held upright by large doses of medications and dealt with sinus and ear infection after sinus and ear infection)...this fall, nothing, clear as a bell on minimal (and reducing) amounts of medications...the allergy problem is something that I've been dealing with since I was 2 or 3 yeears old (I'm now 43).
-My wife, who's allergies are worse than mine and is only 'partially' Paleo (still hanging onto that morning bowl of 'Super Colon Blow'---not sure anyone remembers the old SNL skit?), reports the same thing: allergies (that have caused not just suffering for her, but life threatened visits to the ER) way down.
-Oh ya: I also dropped 38 lbs and added a bunch of muscle without having to kill myself to do it.
43 is the new 23 by living Paleo
Besides the "usual" effects, there's:
I no longer wake up with at least one of my limbs asleep every day (disappeared immediately upon going gluten-free)
No seasonal allergies (except for my eyes in certain seasons, unfortunately)
An incredible reduction of smegma accumulation in my lady-parts (at the risk of TMI... I think it would take a week of grunging around in the back country with absolutely no hygienic measures to even come close to what I used to get a few hours after bathing)
I haven't needed my happy lamp to correct a circadian rhythm disorder and minor SAD so far this winter. Black-out curtains plus Vitamin D in my morning cream&coffee is much better than a light-triggered headache from an electric-blue light box glaring in your face for a half hour first thing in the morning
An old knee injury went away. If I mess up and ingest a small amount of gluten, it swells so badly that I limp.
A bundle of joy due to arrive in six months!!! Took 8 months of trying after going gluten-free. Makes me wonder if birth control up until then was utterly pointless - and every form of BC I've used has caused severe health problems at one point or another.
I get to randomly shout '...like a cave-man' in a similar way to that internet joke '...like a boss'.
The little white dots that have always (31 years old) been on my fingernails for as long as i can remember? Theyre completely gone. Havent seen one in months.
Almost no gas (burping, farting). Prolly due to my own inclination to go pretty low-carbohydrate kind of on top of paleo, but i think paleo in general would lead to the same result.
A greater sense of calm and...readiness to do stuff throughout the whole day? Hard to explain, and I feel like its so hard to really judge yourself like this that its almost pointless to mention. But i really do feel that i have no strong, sudden, flashofthemoment impetus to do things (read that as a good thing), but rather a very nice, equal, steady, kind of alertness or readiness for anything from doing a set of pullups, to moving a bunch of kegs, to walking the dog, to reading a book at any time. No spikes - maybe thats the way to put it.
from the stuff I didn't expect - the way my arms look now. I have serious muscles. my back can serve as anatomy lesson. ok, maybe not exactly... but I do have nicely visible muscles in my upper body (the butt and abs area are still waiting to lose fat, so muscles can be visible).
energy was really beyond what I expected.
and I guess also the joy of eating foods I considered earlier "greasy" or "heavy" :)