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Have your eyes changed color?

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Created December 09, 2010 at 1:21 AM

My eyes are hazel, or at least it says so on my driver's license. But I've noticed over the last few months, a few people have commented on my 'blue eyes.' When I told them no, they are hazel, those people have given me a weird look (like I was stupid or something). Today I was looking in the rear view mirror when I finally realized, my eyes really are looking rather blue now! THe formerly green edges are now grey blue edges and the amber brown parts in the centers have shrunk down and appear brighter. So my eyes have somewhat changed color now, and I'm not sure what color to even call them. Grey blue brown? Bluish hazel? Anyone else notice their eyes shifting color after going paleo?

Edited to add: And in case anyone might be tempted to assume I'm imagining things, such a result may not really be all that surprising considering scientists actually do not well understand what determines eye color but think it is likely in part related to the density of proteins in the stroma part of the eye: http://www.thetech.org/genetics/ask.php?id=232

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on December 07, 2012
at 02:33 PM

I'm pretty sure that is an urban myth. My eyes got greener when I was on a high carb raw vegan diet.

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on December 07, 2012
at 02:33 PM

I'm pretty sure that is an urban myth. My eyes got greener when I was on a high carb raw vegan diet.

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on August 07, 2012
at 04:34 PM

my eyes haven't changed color but they've definitely changed colour!

100fd85230060e754fc13394eee6d6f1

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on August 07, 2012
at 03:34 PM

I have no idea. Since we don't have photos, I'm not even sure it really happened.

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on August 07, 2012
at 10:45 AM

Your question reminds me of this song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUjUTG3hwyQ :)

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on August 07, 2012
at 09:56 AM

Oh I see Gazelle already linked to it below.

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on August 07, 2012
at 09:55 AM

Didn't Denis Minger say it was the taurine in her food? She attributes it to the 'raw' part too, I think.

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on July 02, 2012
at 08:40 PM

Noticing that the people who said they saw no change either had blue or green eyes ALREADY, and the people who did see a change tended to have hazel eyes or brown striations. Interesting.

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on March 30, 2011
at 06:43 PM

David Bowie has one brown eye, one blue eye, wonder what he ate?

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

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on December 14, 2010
at 07:46 AM

Yeah, if it was D, then you'd expect a seasonal trend in many people.

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on December 13, 2010
at 08:18 PM

I forgot to add that the TYP program is wheat-free, not necessarily grain free. It is lower carb, but they are big on supplements.

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on December 13, 2010
at 03:37 AM

Vitamin d or a reduction in inflammation. Agree that vit d seems unlikely, although eye color does change thru childhood.

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on December 12, 2010
at 07:57 PM

Update: checked in with my husband, and he says they are definitely lighter. I eat exclusively meat (and eggs), and though it is often cooked rare - medium rare, it is just as often well done.

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

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on December 12, 2010
at 04:58 AM

Well I'm not paying just to find out about eye color! Did they think it had to do with vit D? I have been making an effort to get more since paleo. But I used to play a lot in the sun as a kid (even more outdoor time than now) and my eyes were still hazel back then.

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on December 11, 2010
at 04:14 AM

If he follows the pattern of the others, I'd expect his eyes to be more bluish and less greenish.

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on December 11, 2010
at 12:12 AM

Nice! I want my baby blues back. Mine changed a decade ago from pure blue to the same blue but with a ring of teal. Hasn't changed at all with my diet.

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

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on December 09, 2010
at 06:30 PM

Hm, seems like the trend is towards less brown and more green or less green and more blue when eating or living in what a paleo would consider a more healthy state. So far, all the reports I have seen on eye color change seem to fit that trend.

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on December 09, 2010
at 06:18 PM

I eat all my meat cooked, although often on the rare side. I like my veggies all cooked. I eat fruit raw, except apples. I am allergic to raw apples but cooking kills whatever causes the allergy. I definitely eat more fresh food now than at any other time of my life, so that could be it. I don't currently see reason to believe food has to be raw, as long as it's whole healthy food prepared in a reasonable fashion.

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on December 09, 2010
at 06:15 PM

Yeah, I have this one shirt that is blue that always made my eyes look more blue. The difference is now the eyes really are bluer, regardless of what shirt I wear. The first time someone said my eyes were blue recently, I at first attributed it to what I was wearing. It took me a while to notice that they were saying this even when I was wearing black.

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

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on December 09, 2010
at 06:12 PM

My eyes actually do not seem lighter colored though, just bluer. My eyes have always had very dark outlines. Hard to say exactly what causes it though as the experts don't really understand what makes the eye color in the first place.

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

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on December 09, 2010
at 06:09 PM

The damage to his one eye causes the light to reflect differently in that eye, which changes the appearance of the color of that eye vs the other eye, even though the genetic pigment in the eye is probably the same. The point is, how light reflects through the eye, due to a variety of factors like Rayleigh Scattering, effects the outward appearance of the color of the eye. It's not just about the genetic pigment, although apparently, that can change as well.

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on December 09, 2010
at 06:05 PM

Some people feel that part of the prob with weak eyes is the strength of the muscles in the eyes. Maybe these have increase functionality.

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on December 09, 2010
at 03:10 PM

No, she did not offer any reason. Both eyes had changed to the same magnitude. I take it that the curvature of the lens focusing the images on the rods that transmit the images to my brain had bent back toward the pre glasses curvature. My up close reading perscription did not change. I am not sure how that can happen..but it did. Perhaps we have some paleo eye people that can explain.

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on December 09, 2010
at 02:27 PM

Did the optometrist offer a reason for the improvement?

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on December 09, 2010
at 12:57 PM

yep, he has one pupil dilated whilst the other remains functioning as normal and they are both blue. He was in a fight at school and his eye was damaged.

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on December 09, 2010
at 12:17 PM

I thought I heard Bowie say in an interview that they aren't two different colors, but that the damage caused the pupil in the one eye to stay fully dilated so they look two different colors.

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

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on December 09, 2010
at 06:17 AM

They think all that material in the stroma, collagen, protein, etc may effect the exact color of eyes, so could be that anything that effects eyes could effect color. For instance, David Bowie has one eye of a different color than the other due to past trauma to one of his eyes causing it to change color from the other one.

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on December 09, 2010
at 06:11 AM

I think most docs would just think I was a nut. Besides, I've heard rumors that hazel eyes can sometimes change colors, so I'm not super worried about it. I guess I just never really believed it before until I saw it (pardon the pun).

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on December 09, 2010
at 03:59 AM

or perhaps the removal of a disease?

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100fd85230060e754fc13394eee6d6f1

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on December 09, 2010
at 02:20 PM

This is talked about a lot at the Raw Paleo Diet Forum. I think they attribute it to the "raw" part, but maybe it's just the "paleo" part.

I think mine may be somewhat lighter. I haven't studied them in a long time, so I'm not sure. I'll have to get a second opinion.

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

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on December 09, 2010
at 06:18 PM

I eat all my meat cooked, although often on the rare side. I like my veggies all cooked. I eat fruit raw, except apples. I am allergic to raw apples but cooking kills whatever causes the allergy. I definitely eat more fresh food now than at any other time of my life, so that could be it. I don't currently see reason to believe food has to be raw, as long as it's whole healthy food prepared in a reasonable fashion.

100fd85230060e754fc13394eee6d6f1

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on December 12, 2010
at 07:57 PM

Update: checked in with my husband, and he says they are definitely lighter. I eat exclusively meat (and eggs), and though it is often cooked rare - medium rare, it is just as often well done.

100fd85230060e754fc13394eee6d6f1

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on August 07, 2012
at 03:34 PM

I have no idea. Since we don't have photos, I'm not even sure it really happened.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on August 07, 2012
at 09:56 AM

Oh I see Gazelle already linked to it below.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on August 07, 2012
at 09:55 AM

Didn't Denis Minger say it was the taurine in her food? She attributes it to the 'raw' part too, I think.

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on December 09, 2010
at 11:27 AM

My eyes changed from hazel to deep green. I went from vegetarian to paleo over the course of ten years, and noticed the changes very gradually. I was told by an iridologist that I now have a very smooth and unblemished iris texture, which I was told indicates good health generally.

I think that instead of actually changing colour, the reality is that the 'texture' changed, giving the appearance of colour change. Rather than having large central 'striations' of hazel now, my irises are hardly patterned at all and very smooth, as if the highlights of hazel have disappeared giving the appearance of darker eyes.

So this sounds very similar to your situation, yet in reverse: your 'patches' of darker hazel disappearing to give the impression of lighter blue eyes.

So, assuming that areas of the eye equate to parts of the body as iridologists claim, your eye changes could possibly indicate that any health problems you may have been experiencing in the areas where you had the patches have now been resolved.

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

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on December 09, 2010
at 06:12 PM

My eyes actually do not seem lighter colored though, just bluer. My eyes have always had very dark outlines. Hard to say exactly what causes it though as the experts don't really understand what makes the eye color in the first place.

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on December 09, 2010
at 11:04 AM

Denise Minger claims her eye color changed after switching to raw foods (she's not a vegan): http://rawfoodsos.com/about/

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06d21b99c58283ce575e36c4ecd4a458

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on December 09, 2010
at 01:51 AM

My color hasn't changed but the optomistrist says over the last two years, my eyes have gotten much better...meaning my perscription for eyeglasses is less strong than a year ago.

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

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on December 09, 2010
at 06:05 PM

Some people feel that part of the prob with weak eyes is the strength of the muscles in the eyes. Maybe these have increase functionality.

06d21b99c58283ce575e36c4ecd4a458

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on December 09, 2010
at 03:10 PM

No, she did not offer any reason. Both eyes had changed to the same magnitude. I take it that the curvature of the lens focusing the images on the rods that transmit the images to my brain had bent back toward the pre glasses curvature. My up close reading perscription did not change. I am not sure how that can happen..but it did. Perhaps we have some paleo eye people that can explain.

Ef9f83cb4e1826261a44c173f733789e

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on December 09, 2010
at 02:27 PM

Did the optometrist offer a reason for the improvement?

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on December 09, 2010
at 01:32 AM

nope. Still blue grey.

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7cf9f5b08a41ecf2a2d2bc0b31ea6fa0

on August 07, 2012
at 09:29 AM

Genuinely the only real physical change I've noticed on paleo, apart from an improvement in body composition becuase of more protein, is that the colour of my eyes seems richer, kind of a marbly greeny blue with a rusty yellow swirl around the pupil where before I'd swear they were grayer

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on August 07, 2012
at 07:37 AM

hey,

i actually have a question about the raw food diet and eye color change. If a raw food diet really changes eye color, would it be a temporary change or a permanent change. If it's temporary then around how long would it take to change back to it's old color. Speaking for myself, i would like to try the raw food diet but i know i wouldn't be able to do it forever.

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on March 30, 2011
at 06:10 PM

Like a lot of people on this thread with brown/hazel eyes, I've also noticed that mine have been looking greener since starting Paleo, and there is actually a pretty specific reason for the change.

The Paleo diet is not only naturally high in the xanthopylls lutein and zeaxanthin (plant pigments found in leafy green vegetables like spinach, eggs, animal fats e.t.c.), but also promotes very good absorption of these fat soluble nutrients. The yellow shade of the human macula lutea in the retina of the eye is dependent on the lutein and zeaxanthin that it contains, and the concentration of these substances has been shown to affect eye colour (http://www.iovs.org/content/46/2/692.full). A high concentration is believed to be beneficial to eye health, as it protects against blue light/oxidative stress, and thus prevents common sight problems like Age-Related Macular Degeneration.

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on March 30, 2011
at 02:46 PM

If you're like me, your eyes change with whatever you happen to be wearing. I was born with blue eyes, and can go from blue-hazel to blue-green, and everywhere in between. It all depends on what color I wear on top.

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13c5a9f1678d75b93f269cdcf69f14d5

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on December 12, 2010
at 04:16 AM

Track your plaque (fee based forum) has threads on eye color change and vitamin d. Lots of discussion, no concensus

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on December 12, 2010
at 04:58 AM

Well I'm not paying just to find out about eye color! Did they think it had to do with vit D? I have been making an effort to get more since paleo. But I used to play a lot in the sun as a kid (even more outdoor time than now) and my eyes were still hazel back then.

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

(20807)

on December 14, 2010
at 07:46 AM

Yeah, if it was D, then you'd expect a seasonal trend in many people.

13c5a9f1678d75b93f269cdcf69f14d5

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on December 13, 2010
at 03:37 AM

Vitamin d or a reduction in inflammation. Agree that vit d seems unlikely, although eye color does change thru childhood.

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on December 13, 2010
at 08:18 PM

I forgot to add that the TYP program is wheat-free, not necessarily grain free. It is lower carb, but they are big on supplements.

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on December 10, 2010
at 06:25 PM

My eyes used to be green with brown patches near the pupils, and a few brown striations. I just looked at them, and the brown has largely faded to green, though not totally. I saw on the iridology chart that that would correlate with clearing up stomach issues - and the beginning of my paleo journey 8 months ago coincided with finding out that half my relatives have celiac's, and that I'm at least intolerant of gluten, if not full-blown CD. Not that I put a lot of stock in iridology since it appears to be totally unproven, but it's just interesting. I'll have to looke closely at my husband's eyes, his are green with some blue and yellow striations. Maybe he's lost the blue-yellow part.

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

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on December 11, 2010
at 04:14 AM

If he follows the pattern of the others, I'd expect his eyes to be more bluish and less greenish.

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on December 09, 2010
at 05:31 PM

My eyes have bounced back and forth from Green to Hazel to Blue and every shade in-between... my whole life, not just my whole "paleo" life.

Because of the color my eyes are, it really depends on what I am around/wearing as to what color my eyes will "appear" to be. Green shirt = green eyes, blue shirt = blue eyes.

So really, my eyes are "all of the above". Since I wear lots of blue, my license says "Blue Eyes" anyway.

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on December 09, 2010
at 06:15 PM

Yeah, I have this one shirt that is blue that always made my eyes look more blue. The difference is now the eyes really are bluer, regardless of what shirt I wear. The first time someone said my eyes were blue recently, I at first attributed it to what I was wearing. It took me a while to notice that they were saying this even when I was wearing black.

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on December 09, 2010
at 07:01 AM

Nope, no change, still blue. (but you know I had to go look, just in case...)

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on December 09, 2010
at 03:28 AM

It is common for eye color to change (especially lighten) with age.

However, an eye color change (especially if sudden, dramatic, or only in one eye) can be a sign of an eye disease, so consider getting an eye exam by an optometrist or ophthalmologist.

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on December 09, 2010
at 06:11 AM

I think most docs would just think I was a nut. Besides, I've heard rumors that hazel eyes can sometimes change colors, so I'm not super worried about it. I guess I just never really believed it before until I saw it (pardon the pun).

D10ca8d11301c2f4993ac2279ce4b930

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on December 09, 2010
at 03:59 AM

or perhaps the removal of a disease?

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on December 09, 2010
at 03:04 AM

My eyes are blue and I haven't noticed a change in them since going Paleo (but then I've only been Paleo for ten weeks), but I do know that when I have a sinus infection they take on this bizarre tint of green, almost like there's an overlay on them. I'm not talking about goo or anything coming out of them, but the actual color of my eyes. Maybe there's something to that protein idea and perhaps when I am ill there's a difference in the protein ratio(?) This doesn't happen when I'm sick any other way - just sinus infections - so there may be a relation since the infection is in proximity to my eyes. Of course, this is all just guesswork but you've got me wondering now too.

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

(20807)

on December 09, 2010
at 06:17 AM

They think all that material in the stroma, collagen, protein, etc may effect the exact color of eyes, so could be that anything that effects eyes could effect color. For instance, David Bowie has one eye of a different color than the other due to past trauma to one of his eyes causing it to change color from the other one.

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

(20807)

on December 09, 2010
at 06:09 PM

The damage to his one eye causes the light to reflect differently in that eye, which changes the appearance of the color of that eye vs the other eye, even though the genetic pigment in the eye is probably the same. The point is, how light reflects through the eye, due to a variety of factors like Rayleigh Scattering, effects the outward appearance of the color of the eye. It's not just about the genetic pigment, although apparently, that can change as well.

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on December 09, 2010
at 12:17 PM

I thought I heard Bowie say in an interview that they aren't two different colors, but that the damage caused the pupil in the one eye to stay fully dilated so they look two different colors.

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on December 09, 2010
at 12:57 PM

yep, he has one pupil dilated whilst the other remains functioning as normal and they are both blue. He was in a fight at school and his eye was damaged.

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on August 07, 2012
at 10:01 AM

I don't know about their color now, but I remember 2 of my photographs made at school, they were exactly the same kind of photograph, same lighting, same background. One made in 2003, the other one a year later. And my eyes changed from greyish blue to greenish. My face really changed back then though, the color of my hair changed too, and my skin had a tan (I have tremendous difficulties getting a tan on my face, the rest of my body turns brown but my face won't). It was a very, very, very hot summer back then (lots of old people died from the heat).

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on March 30, 2011
at 06:32 PM

I have hazel eyes and I know that mine (my entire life) have trended towards green depending on what I'm wearing. It's a trick of the light. Don't worry :)

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on February 24, 2011
at 12:20 PM

My wife mentioned several times in the months after I started doing Paleo that my eyes were getting bluer.

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on February 24, 2011
at 11:18 AM

Nope. Still blueberry blue with a gray ring around the pupil, just like my dad's.

I feel like my skin color and tone has changed, though. I've always had warm coloring, pale but yellowish. In the past year my skin seems much more golden and a darker shade.. It's not residual tan because I'm the same color all over and last summer I only tanned where my tank-top and shorts didn't cover (no time spent in a bathing suit). Looking at pictures of me next to my white friends this winter, I look tan as hell. Weird.

I don't get much beta carotene - but I practically OD on retinol (all from real food of course), and I've been supplementing D since I stopped getting sun...

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on February 23, 2011
at 11:15 PM

I read somewhere that the "green" in green eyes was merely fatty deposits. Perhaps the increased fat content in a paleo diet...or the switch to a different type of fat (more saturated animal fat vs vegetable oil etc.)...changes the nature of fatty, green eyes.

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on December 07, 2012
at 02:33 PM

I'm pretty sure that is an urban myth. My eyes got greener when I was on a high carb raw vegan diet.

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on February 23, 2011
at 02:43 PM

I went into the bathroom to wash my hands a few months ago and suddenly wow! I noticed that my green eyes were a stronger green. I would forget about the and next time I caught myself in the mirror it would shock me again, until I got used to it. Nice perk!

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on December 07, 2012
at 02:33 PM

I'm pretty sure that is an urban myth. My eyes got greener when I was on a high carb raw vegan diet.

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on February 23, 2011
at 02:27 PM

My eyes were all brown when I was younger (I described them as poop-brown). Over time they have slowly gotten more and more green. About 4 years ago, I noticed they were more green than brown. Right before I noticed this I had LASIK eye surgery. I don't know if the two are related, but I always assumed they were.

Currently my eyes are mostly green.

I don't attribute this to paleo as I've only been eating this way for about 7 months. If my eyes start turning blue, I might start blaming the food I eat. 8)

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on February 23, 2011
at 05:12 AM

my eyes do that. Their usally a bright green, but they change to blue or gray. And On top of that my left eye will be half green and half blue. it really weird(:

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