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What are the breakthroughs you discovered while Paleo?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 04, 2012 at 11:56 PM

I'm interested in learning about what specific discoveries PH'ers have made while hacking in bits of the Paleo lifestyle or even non-Paleo things derived from PH and related research.

Here are things that I discovered, and I suggest anyone with the same problems consider them:

  • Persistent athlete's foot went away after Vitamin K2 supplementation.
  • K2 also has caused a general immune system improvement.
  • Seasonal depression was reduced after supplementing D3 (before Paleo), completely eliminated by Paleo.
  • Random blood sugar crashes stopped when I stopped sweetening my tea and coffee (had already dropped diet soda).
  • Morning bowel urgency is triggered in sensitive people by corn or corn product consumption, even small amounts.
  • Searing pain at random times in the upper digestive system, around the LES, stopped after completely eliminating gluten grains and beer.
  • Folliculitis went away immediately after starting selenium.

What did you discover? Please share.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on March 18, 2012
at 04:31 PM

@College, my sensitivities have always been obvious starting with the fact I was a runny-nosed kid and got sick every time we went to the beach, etc. Junk food became widespread when I was a young adult, along with many chemical-laden cleaning/hygiene products. I couldn't even walk through the soap/perfume area of a dept. store without strong reactions, etc., so it was always a background awareness for me that all those packaged foods couldn't be good for me--but I ate them anyway although I tried to avoid all the other stuff.

97ffbac59e88bdff6495d0a9b6f70ff7

(555)

on March 18, 2012
at 04:03 PM

How did you realize you were sensitive to chemicals/additives?

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on March 07, 2012
at 04:02 PM

I can't claim to have applied willpower at all--the intervals between high protein/fat meals grew longer naturally.

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

(5043)

on March 07, 2012
at 07:18 AM

So there was a weeklong phase of willpower there.. where you didn't give in to the cravings? sounds do-able...

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on March 05, 2012
at 05:20 PM

CLO is cod liver oil.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on March 05, 2012
at 04:47 PM

What is CLO? Thanks.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on March 05, 2012
at 03:56 PM

It seems our stories are very much alike!

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on March 05, 2012
at 03:54 PM

Hi, gydle! It was so natural--I'd eat a huge breakfast and not eat again until I was truly hungry (vs. cravings) and within a week or so I found I was eating once per day and my cravings "went to sleep." They only make an appearance if I am highly emotional and both IF and ADF are so calming for me that it takes a LOT to unsettle me.

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

(5043)

on March 05, 2012
at 06:08 AM

I know you're doing Alternate-day-fasting now, Nance, but at what IF frequency did you notice your control getting better?

C56baa1b4f39839c018180bf63226f7d

(3499)

on March 05, 2012
at 03:06 AM

I hear you on that second one. There are a lot of profiles I've seen on dating sites who look 5-6 years older than me but report as being 2-3 years younger!

C56baa1b4f39839c018180bf63226f7d

(3499)

on March 05, 2012
at 03:03 AM

What Nance said +1. That's an incredible list you've overcome!

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on March 05, 2012
at 02:41 AM

I'm rooting for you! Hope it makes the difference.

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96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on March 05, 2012
at 12:17 AM

My biggest discovery--by far--was that 50 years of binge eating disorder could be sent into deep remission by learning IF (intermittent fasting.) By learning the difference between physical and emotional hunger, and realizing I could feed one but should distract/ignore the other, I was able to regard hunger as nothing more or less than a physical sensation. I was finally able to see that it didn't have to drive or control my daily life. I'm confident I should give the credit to IF because my first 4 months of good nutrition were the same old struggle to avoid a return to binges. I didn't gain control until I tried IF.

Next in importance was confirmation that, yes, I really am THAT sensitive to wheat and chemicals/additives and the only way I can be vibrantly healthy is to eat real whole foods and avoid the use of chemicals around my person and my home. All those years, all those symptoms and I never had any idea I was gluten sensitive. I don't know why so many people can thrive using vast numbers of cleaning products and hygiene products and cosmetics but that stuff is bad news for me.

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

(5043)

on March 05, 2012
at 06:08 AM

I know you're doing Alternate-day-fasting now, Nance, but at what IF frequency did you notice your control getting better?

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on March 05, 2012
at 03:54 PM

Hi, gydle! It was so natural--I'd eat a huge breakfast and not eat again until I was truly hungry (vs. cravings) and within a week or so I found I was eating once per day and my cravings "went to sleep." They only make an appearance if I am highly emotional and both IF and ADF are so calming for me that it takes a LOT to unsettle me.

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

(5043)

on March 07, 2012
at 07:18 AM

So there was a weeklong phase of willpower there.. where you didn't give in to the cravings? sounds do-able...

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on March 07, 2012
at 04:02 PM

I can't claim to have applied willpower at all--the intervals between high protein/fat meals grew longer naturally.

97ffbac59e88bdff6495d0a9b6f70ff7

(555)

on March 18, 2012
at 04:03 PM

How did you realize you were sensitive to chemicals/additives?

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on March 18, 2012
at 04:31 PM

@College, my sensitivities have always been obvious starting with the fact I was a runny-nosed kid and got sick every time we went to the beach, etc. Junk food became widespread when I was a young adult, along with many chemical-laden cleaning/hygiene products. I couldn't even walk through the soap/perfume area of a dept. store without strong reactions, etc., so it was always a background awareness for me that all those packaged foods couldn't be good for me--but I ate them anyway although I tried to avoid all the other stuff.

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Fd627132a760e414f2afbf378c8afd9b

(260)

on March 05, 2012
at 10:27 AM

In general, I've learned:

Food is more than macronutrients.

Calorie in/calorie out is not the end all be all.

Some food is toxic.

How your body reacts to food is highly personal.

Food can heal body ailments.

Food affects mood.

Nutrition conventional wisdom is idiotic.

Specifics I've learned:

My body hates gluten, eggs and nightshades.

D3 is good to take.

Probiotics are good to take.

Coconut anything is good for you.

Fish Oil is good for mood and joints.

Intermittent fasting works really well for me.

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9ffe43c6c5990ed710c7c49b12d6ee7f

on March 05, 2012
at 01:31 PM

  • Skipping meals is fine. Hell, skipping a whole day of eating is fine. No need to be anal about meal schedules, packed lunches, and rushed breakfasts. All that's necessary for me is a large dinner.

  • Probiotics really work for me, but only if I'm consistent with having some every day

  • Getting sunlight really makes a difference

  • Consuming cream will not make me instantly gain 10 pounds

  • My old bingeing habits, food obsession, and anxiety were all results of physiological problems. I wasn't crazy for always having food on my mind, I just wasn't eating enough fat or protein. It was a huge success to see all those things melt away as soon as I started eating more meat and fats.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on March 05, 2012
at 03:56 PM

It seems our stories are very much alike!

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on March 05, 2012
at 10:40 AM

That my life-long Asthma was caused by wheat Gotta love my GP for just giving me an asthma puffer to treat the symptom

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0fb8b3d6dcfb279b0f7e050d2d22510f

(4645)

on March 05, 2012
at 02:40 AM

That I am an old tough SOB compared to others that can't go one hour past meal time set by a watch.

That I got younger while my sugar buring friends look like they are older than their birth number.

My diabetes doen't need meds and I haven't been sick in two years

I had a six pack all the time, just needed to get it out of the bag.

Clear head when not thinking about sex (im 50+)

C56baa1b4f39839c018180bf63226f7d

(3499)

on March 05, 2012
at 03:06 AM

I hear you on that second one. There are a lot of profiles I've seen on dating sites who look 5-6 years older than me but report as being 2-3 years younger!

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3eca93d2e56dfcd768197dc5a50944f2

(11697)

on March 05, 2012
at 02:18 AM

Paleo fixed WAY too many things in me to list here. From hair loss to IBS-D, to ADD and pre-diabetes. I have a list of everything with explanations on my blog:

Right now I'm battling my LAST remaining problems, some benign tumors. I'm taking supplements to specifically target them, and I switched to Paleo-keto 1.5 months ago. I will know in a few months if I'm successful or I will need to have a surgery.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on March 05, 2012
at 02:41 AM

I'm rooting for you! Hope it makes the difference.

C56baa1b4f39839c018180bf63226f7d

(3499)

on March 05, 2012
at 03:03 AM

What Nance said +1. That's an incredible list you've overcome!

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D7cc4049bef85d1979efbd853dc07c8e

(4029)

on March 05, 2012
at 01:29 AM

I discovered that my snoring was caused by my diet. I mean, wtf, right? But changing to adding CLO to Paleo and my snoring stopped! My wife was the one to report this, and boy has she been living with it for 12 years and has enjoyed this the most. :)

A decade-plus-long persistent cough stopped. A cough that when it reared up would last for 4-8 months, pause a while then come back. Went away with Paleo.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on March 05, 2012
at 04:47 PM

What is CLO? Thanks.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on March 05, 2012
at 05:20 PM

CLO is cod liver oil.

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96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on March 05, 2012
at 12:25 AM

My biggest discovery--by far--was that 50 years of binge eating disorder could be sent into deep remission by learning IF (intermittent fasting.) By learning the difference between physical and emotional hunger, and realizing I could feed one but should distract/ignore the other, I was able to regard hunger as nothing more or less than a physical sensation. I was finally able to see that it didn't have to drive or control my daily life. I'm confident I should give the credit to IF because my first 4 months of good nutrition were the same old struggle to avoid a return to binges. I didn't gain control until I tried IF.

Next in importance was confirmation that, yes, I really am THAT sensitive to wheat and chemicals/additives and the only way I can be vibrantly healthy is to eat real whole foods and avoid the use of chemicals around my person and my home. All those years, all those symptoms and I never had any idea I was gluten sensitive. I don't know why so many people can thrive using vast numbers of cleaning products and hygiene products and cosmetics but that stuff is bad news for me.

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