After reading many stories of people going on paleo-esque diets and feeling better after a day, two days, a week, I started to get ancy. I have already been eating paleo for two weeks and still nothing...no decrease in appetite, no attenuation of mood disorders, no increased energy.... So I was wondering if anyone could help me understand within what time frame would you normally expect to see some significant benefit. I have also come to understand that many people have severe problems that can't be remedied within days, weeks, and instead necessitate months. I understand, but still wondering when I can at least begin to see the beginnings of change. Thanks again for any input =)
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on March 16, 2012
at 03:10 AM
I've been full-on paleo since September and it's hardly been smooth sailing. I lost a few pounds at first but not many, then gave up gluten and had massive improvement in all of my autoimmune conditions (eczema, asthma) as well as my IBS. However, after a brief honeymoon period of feeling good and having good energy, I seem to have tanked. My energy is awful and I feel constantly shaky and anxious. I'm convinced I have some endocrine problems that have popped up and I am waiting on an upcoming endocrinology appointment.
What I'm trying to say is that while I have been chipping away slowly at layers of problems, I'm hardly there. And I am so jealous of all the people who magically lost tons of weight and feel great. But I'm sticking with it because I'm determined to see the other side of all these problems. I just hope I get there someday. And you will too.
on March 15, 2012
at 08:23 PM
See Steven's comment below; if you have celiac, if I understood him correctly it's important to continue your eating changes even if you haven't seen immediate improvement from avoiding grain. I've done some editing so please re-read.
For many people, the more unhappy your body was with your previous food choices--as in gluten sensitive but perhaps not celiac--then the more likely you are to improve. If some or all of your symptoms aren't resolved by your new eating pattern they may not change or may improve only very slowly. Make sense?
For example, I had many symptoms and it turned out they were caused by wheat so many of them went away in the first 3-4 weeks although my gut actually took 10-11 months to heal fully. And my healing was probably accelerated by use of 2 probiotics, water kefir and home-made yogurt.
If you're still fairly young and weren't particularly sick--or your symptoms weren't related to diet--then your response is likely to be less dramatic. That said, I honestly believe eating whole foods and animal products will support optimal health throughout your life.
You didn't explain what you've done so far. If you provide more info, we can get much more specific in our responses.