I started eating a Paleo diet four weeks ago after reading about it online and becoming curious to try.
I am actually very proud of myself for removing refined sugars, refined carbohydrates, gluten, food additives and preservatives from my diet. I am also proud of myself for quitting smoking as of about eight weeks ago. I am a 29yo male, have smoked on and off for most of my twenties.
These are some of the simplest, easiest and most beneficial changes I have ever made, and because I already feel so much better every single day, I can't actually see myself going back to a non-Paleo diet. Ever.
I still drink alcohol. Since starting the Paleo diet I've only drunk vodka, whisky, white and red wine. No beer.
My next goal is to cut down how much alcohol I consume. It should be pointed out that I've struggled with addiction for many years and also suffered from depression and anxiety. I do not take any medication for depression nor do I ever intend to. I take St. John's Wort and fish oil supplements daily. But alcohol has been a crutch for - and cause of - my depression.
I have two questions:
1- Do other people notice a difference in how alcohol affects them, after changing to Paleo? I have noticed that I am more sensitive to alcohol, basically I feel the effects sooner and with more intensity and don't need to drink as much. Conversely, I don't get bad hangovers any more, although I wonder how much that is a byproduct of only drinking vodka, whisky and wine.
2- Do other people notice a difference in how medication affects them? I've had problems with chronic migraines and jaw pain (I grind my teeth in my sleep - a symptom of anxiety). I used to take a lot of codeine to deal with migraines and jaw pain, but haven't found the need for it since I switched to Paleo. But today I had a migraine and took some codeine. As with alcohol, it seemed to hit me with greater intensity this time. It even made me so drowsy I had to take a nap.
I hope that wasn't too long-winded, but I thought some background information would be relevant.
Thanks for reading.
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on February 23, 2013
at 12:35 PM
Yes, mostly because I am lower carb than I used to be. Starchy carbs slow the absorption of alcohol.
Not or me other than I am no longer taking daily medication to treat the symptoms.
on February 24, 2013
at 02:14 PM
Same here. My tolerance has gone down. It's sad. I think it has more to do with not consuming alcohol as frequently as I did before in my pre-Paleo days. It may also have something to do with aging...
I have become more sensitive to wine as well. I never had problems with wine before. Now I get a massive headache and hangover after drinking wine (even after 2-3 glasses)...
on February 24, 2013
at 01:12 PM
I can barely tolerate alcohol! I do get drunk more easily, because I don't eat much starch and hardly drink any more, but the main problem is that it makes me break out in bad eczema :( Still get hangovers if I imbibe a lot, but that's only a few times a year.
Nearly everyone sees reduced alcohol tolerance on paleo.