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Feeling better and what did you do to get there?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 31, 2011 at 7:44 PM

I've fought digestion issues for several years now and couldn't ever pinpoint the source of my problems. Before Paleo, it was massive indigestion. I ate Prilosec, Tagamet and Tums like candy with (not surprisingly now) very little success. After finding Paleo over two years ago (and especially the elimination of grains), I have zero indigestion.

Even after moving in a Paleo direction, I would often experience bloating, constipation, and trouble digesting food. This trouble continued throughout most of this year. I've not been one who eats a lot of dairy but I would have a little Greek yogurt here and there, occasionally some ice cream and a scoop of whey post workout now and then. I've gone completely dairy free this month and feel great. I'm amazed at how much better I feel and rarely feel bloated at all. Was it really just the dairy? I'm not 100% sure yet, but I am sure it contributed to my feeling less optimal than I could. Why am I not 100% sure when it seems so obvious?

Starting this month, I also cut out my reliance on the 2 to 3 ibuprofen I was popping daily for some knee stiffness/pain. I'd read plenty about how bad the stuff is for a person, but like the dairy, I convinced myself that a little here and there wouldn't hurt. After all, I wasn't taking the "allowed" dosage per day any day. If you have digestion troubles and still take the Vitamin I regularly or on occasion, stop it. Stop it even if you don't have digestion issues. The bottom line is: that sh*t is terrible for you.

So what have you changed this year that has you feeling better?

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on January 01, 2012
at 04:24 AM

Totally agree! I will get tempted and taste a bite of sweet stuff in the kitchen at work and am generally unimpressed. I still like some berries and dark chocolate here and there, but sugar just does nothing for me.

072fd69647b0e765bb4b11532569f16d

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on January 01, 2012
at 04:22 AM

Keep at it and keep experimenting. Sounds like you are on your way.

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on January 01, 2012
at 03:21 AM

Yes. Sounds like you are doing great. Hang in there.

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on January 01, 2012
at 12:47 AM

Sounds like you're doing well and learning a lot. I can relate to the "never want to feel that way again" part. :-))

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on December 31, 2011
at 07:55 PM

Some days, I take 2-3 **handfuls** of ibuprofen.

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on January 01, 2012
at 12:38 AM

I started being Paleo around Thanksgiving. It was a process for me. I finally feel like I am truely following a Paleo diet now. It took me to slowly eliminate anything with gluten, dairy, soy, artificial sweeteners etc. Even some fruit gives me bloating, so I eat berries (occasionally) which are better for you.

I now eat Steak, never having red meat in 27 years of my life. I actually love it. I even enjoy eating bacon.

I eat so much more fat, after unsuccessfully following a "fat-free" diet. This has made me shed pounds and feel more energized. My favorite sources of fat are coconut oil, avocados, and some animal fat.

Around Christmas, I ate "non-paleo" and I felt miserable. That was only after less than a month of being paleo. I realized I have some serious food sensitivities and never want to feel that way again.

072fd69647b0e765bb4b11532569f16d

(3717)

on January 01, 2012
at 04:22 AM

Keep at it and keep experimenting. Sounds like you are on your way.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on January 01, 2012
at 12:47 AM

Sounds like you're doing well and learning a lot. I can relate to the "never want to feel that way again" part. :-))

7c9f81d68c78de1a31eab9c91c17b4b8

on January 01, 2012
at 03:21 AM

Yes. Sounds like you are doing great. Hang in there.

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96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on December 31, 2011
at 08:39 PM

My many vague and chronic health issues all boiled down to one thing: wheat. So I guess I was lucky because I am really thriving now with 1-3 migraine attacks per year vs. 2-5 days per week, and no GERD, joint pain, stuffy nose, hacking cough, etc., as long as I avoid that one food. Too bad it's in such a high percentage of modern foods, but it's worth giving them all up to feel this good.

And now that I'm fully acclimated to ancestral/traditional eating, the modern stuff doesn't taste good anyhow.

072fd69647b0e765bb4b11532569f16d

(3717)

on January 01, 2012
at 04:24 AM

Totally agree! I will get tempted and taste a bite of sweet stuff in the kitchen at work and am generally unimpressed. I still like some berries and dark chocolate here and there, but sugar just does nothing for me.

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on December 31, 2011
at 11:02 PM

Getting rid of wheat was the most significant change for me. It helped my IBS and my anxiety- I think one feeds the other. Almost as significant was adding digestive enzymes- I take two or three HCL tablets before each meal and I havent't had a bit of heartburn since, which used to be a problem three or four times a week. Beyond that, I've added many sources of probiotics, including yogurt, sauerkraut, and kombucha, and I feel like my entire digestive system is more robust as a result.

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on December 31, 2011
at 10:45 PM

I've been paleo on/off for 5 years. It's now been 8 months that I've been 100% adherent, and in that time the best tweaks I made were eliminating nuts and dairy, and cutting back on eggs and fruit. No nuts improved inflammation a lot (as observed in improved endometriosis symptoms and decreased dizziness related to the inner ear issues I have), and no dairy improved my bloating and breathing! Cutting back on eggs/fruit helped with digestive symptoms. Things aren't perfect, but these tweaks have had impacts.

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on January 01, 2012
at 01:52 AM

Cutting out wheat has made a huge difference to me - joints, brain fog, anxiety.

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on December 31, 2011
at 08:55 PM

i'm still playing around with it a little bit, i started a more 'perfect health' macro breakdown and AM LOVING IT! i feel way better during the day, can go longer without food, don't get any kind of cravings, and most importantly it suits my active life-style. i even lost a few pounds that haven't budged with lower carb paleo. i'll see how it plays out in the coming weeks and months, but it's becoming clearer and clearer to me that sometimes what's right for 'most' people...is not right for me. bring on the rice and sweet potatoes (and don't you dare hold the butter)!

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on December 31, 2011
at 08:32 PM

Like you I had digestion problems. My Mom is full out GERD/IBS at 74 now and changing her diet to paleo(pointing out since probably heriditary.) Now I'm down to where I can really tell when something sets it off. The biggest thing I was hoping I would heal enough for is cooked tomato. I love them in eggs, quiche, tomato sauce etc. Still cannot do it...although eggplant does not seem to bother me nor does a raw tomato.

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