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how long do you wait when evaluating changes to your diet?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 21, 2011 at 6:13 PM

hey PH

as im learing about paleo and my body, i want to know in better detail how certain foods affect my mind and body.

when making changes whether large or small, how long do you wait to see if anything is happening? a few days, weeks, etc?

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

You can usually group foods together, like nightshades and cruciferous vegetables and dairy, etc. You don't need to try each food out separately. As far as ratios of macronutrients, it shouldn't be too hard to go high protein for 2 weeks, see how you feel, then higher carb, then higher fat, etc. That's 6 weeks. It's a fun experiment as long as you don't have medical problems. Enjoy it.

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on June 21, 2011
at 07:25 PM

simulcast:) synchronicity/serendipity

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on June 21, 2011
at 07:21 PM

Listen to Sherpa. Plus, anything worth doing takes effort. This isn't weight watchers so there isn't an easy points system.

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on June 21, 2011
at 06:24 PM

not that im in a rush, but it seems like such a dauting task to find the right diet. there are so many things to try to see if they work. i feel like by the time i find the "right" foods, ill be old and gray and would have probably eaten a bunch of foods that dont work well with me. i do try to follow the basic standards of low 6, high 3, low carb, high fat, high protein, etc. but is it okay to just follow this basic standard without experimenting?

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on June 21, 2011
at 06:16 PM

Jinx! :) .

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7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

on June 21, 2011
at 06:16 PM

I like to give it at minimum 2 weeks and you are probably better off with a month.

Be careful to only make one change at a time so you are sure what is affecting you.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

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on June 21, 2011
at 07:25 PM

simulcast:) synchronicity/serendipity

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667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

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on June 21, 2011
at 06:16 PM

Firstly only do one change at a time. More variables and you'll never know what works and what doesn't. I wait as long as possible, usually at least one month.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 21, 2011
at 07:21 PM

Listen to Sherpa. Plus, anything worth doing takes effort. This isn't weight watchers so there isn't an easy points system.

06f46afda9ee3ca7f0070a3caa294a91

(305)

on June 21, 2011
at 06:24 PM

not that im in a rush, but it seems like such a dauting task to find the right diet. there are so many things to try to see if they work. i feel like by the time i find the "right" foods, ill be old and gray and would have probably eaten a bunch of foods that dont work well with me. i do try to follow the basic standards of low 6, high 3, low carb, high fat, high protein, etc. but is it okay to just follow this basic standard without experimenting?

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on June 21, 2011
at 06:16 PM

Jinx! :) .

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

You can usually group foods together, like nightshades and cruciferous vegetables and dairy, etc. You don't need to try each food out separately. As far as ratios of macronutrients, it shouldn't be too hard to go high protein for 2 weeks, see how you feel, then higher carb, then higher fat, etc. That's 6 weeks. It's a fun experiment as long as you don't have medical problems. Enjoy it.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on June 21, 2011
at 06:41 PM

You can ask yourself questions to determine if you have a reaction to any new additions.

  1. Did I ever have symptoms when eating or drinking this before?

  2. What were they?

  3. Do I notice any symptoms now. Sneezing, digestive, skin red, pain and are they similar to any you've experienced before?

  4. How do I feel? Energetic, tired, wired, calm.

  5. Beware the placebo effect from information influence. ie. what people say they experience on this food/drink.

  6. Are there other reasons why I might be feeling this way? Lack of sleep, food poisoning...

  7. Did I add only one new thing in or more than one?

  8. Why would this food/drink be the cause of this reaction? Do some research if you have symptoms.

  9. Going forward does it feel better after I stop eating/drinking this item?

10.What do I know about myself that would make this item cause a reaction? Your various histories, lab tests, previous reactions to similar items...

It will be easier to start with a number of foods, eliminated (whole 30) and try to notice any symptoms abating. Then as you add things back in, notice any immediate reactions, then in 24 hours, 3 days, a week, before deciding it's ok to keep the item in. If you have an immediate reaction you won't want to eat that item again. If symptoms don't show up in 3-7 days then you will probably want to eat/drink it again to see if a repeat dose still causes no symptoms. Being methodical will help you see more clearly the effect of your experiments.

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on June 21, 2011
at 08:04 PM

Four weeks for me one variable at a time

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