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How can I look younger on a paleo diet?

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Created March 12, 2011 at 5:02 AM

I'm 38. I look at least 10 years older. I've been Paleo for five years, and am not blaming looking gross on that. My diet is high in green veggies, grass fed beef and fat. Don't do much fruit. Some nuts and seeds. White rice about once a month when traveling. Goat cheese and/or yogurt about once a month. Some fish, but I'm a desert dweller, and it just never seems that fresh.
In the past 15 years, I have dealt with cancer, another illness, and several very, very high stress situations. There hasn't been much time to take a breath, and sleep has averaged about 4 hours a night for a very long time And now, that I can stop for a second, and have a moment of vanity, I realize I look old as s**t! Most of my hair is gray. I've got a big old stress belly. I'm sleeping more in the last month, and have started walking and yoga. I don't have energy, yet, for any more exercise.
Now that I will hopefully be able to stay on the right track, any wonder foods that people can suggest? You know, like the hippies liking goji berries, and wheatgrass shots. I will very happy to lose this big ole gross belly, and maybe not look like my neice's great grandmother!

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

Hey! I liked my title. ;) Some great suggestions. I am fully aware I need more sleep, and it's happening, that's why I wasn't asking for tips on sleeping. Buying some liver today! Suzanne Somer's eh? I will maybe take her a bit seriously now.

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

My stomach and dairy are at serious war. Ghee I can do. I love your suggestions.

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at 08:05 PM

Unfortunately, this is one of the biggest factors, and there's nothing that can be done about it. It looks like, elisabeth, that you may not have won the genetic lottery. Nevertheless, there are things you can do to look the best you possibly can. Getting rid of some of that stress and getting more sleep, as you mention, should get you a good start in that direction!

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at 07:26 PM

Go back in time and choose different parents.

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at 03:22 PM

I buy my cod liver oil at Super Supplements--they are very helpful on their products helping you decide what is best for you.

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at 05:27 AM

Right, because often the discomfort goes away in an hour or so -- after your body realizes that it is not, in fact, meal time.

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on March 14, 2011
at 09:21 AM

... it not for the fact that I've fasted myself, while not having "everything else in line," to good effect, so I suspect Mark Sisson et al may be being overly cautious. At the point where fasting does become uncomfortable, one can just stop, and I'm not even sure that it's necessarily harmful even at this point.

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on March 14, 2011
at 09:15 AM

@Andrew, I know it involves a rise in cortisol (temporarily), I just wonder whether this would be bad even for some-one with elevated cortisol problems or whether (like with exercise) you'd see a spike in cortisol but then a decline and whether this acute increase in cortisol would actually make one more able to deal with generally elevated cortisol. (Incidentally I don't know if elisabeth does have chronically elevated cortisol, in a physiological sense, so much as just having undergone a lot of stress repeatedly). I'd be less willing to offer these hypothetical musings, in any case, were...

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on March 14, 2011
at 03:15 AM

It does give rise to cortisol which isn't necessarily bad, which is actually good ... unless you have chronically elevated cortisol. Then it's a problem.

1dca72035afbe99328711a40f833e616

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on March 13, 2011
at 10:18 PM

Perfect info. I wills start off with IFing and see how it goes. Thanks for the links.

E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

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on March 13, 2011
at 10:06 PM

Also this is a good summary: http://inhumanexperiment.blogspot.com/2009/07/slowing-down-aging-with-intermittent.html My own opinion is that you might well be completely comfortable with fasting and if you are, there's no reason not to do this. Even if fasting did involve a rise in cortisol (Andrew's worry) I'm not sure this would be bad, rather than a possibly beneficial acute stressor potentially. If you do fast and then feel awful, though, then you could try just fasting from protein protein, while having fat and a few carbs.

E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

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on March 13, 2011
at 09:57 PM

There's a question about it here (http://paleohacks.com/questions/16898/protein-cycling#axzz1GWDeoNfk) though not masses of information. The basic idea is that protein deprivation has many of the benefits of fasting, even if you're consuming fat/carb calories, because it will force the body to conduct autophagy anyway and because the presence of protein (and arguably a specific amino acid- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Methionine#Methionine_restriction) signal satiety, rather than starvation/repair to the body. The PHD mentions protein restriction http://perfecthealthdiet.com/?p=134

1dca72035afbe99328711a40f833e616

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on March 13, 2011
at 09:16 PM

Any more info on protein cycling?

1dca72035afbe99328711a40f833e616

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on March 13, 2011
at 09:15 PM

Unless it's goat stuff all dairy sends my into basically IBS mode. SOmetimes the goat stuff does too. I live in SW ARizona.

1dca72035afbe99328711a40f833e616

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on March 13, 2011
at 09:14 PM

There's not any fat that gives me a energy boost. But, very intersting article that does make a lot of sense to me. No, I wasn't including liver or anything before, but plan too now. I've been reading about fermented cod liver oil - where do you get it?

1dca72035afbe99328711a40f833e616

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on March 13, 2011
at 09:11 PM

Thank You. I've really wanted to try Tai Chi as I think that's about where my energy level is now.

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on March 13, 2011
at 12:40 PM

RE Suzanne Sommers, it must have been the Thigh Master (tm)

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on March 13, 2011
at 05:52 AM

If you want most of the benefits of IFing without the cortisol trouble, try protein cycling.

D10ca8d11301c2f4993ac2279ce4b930

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on March 13, 2011
at 05:50 AM

If you want most of the benefits of IFing with the cortisol trouble, you could try protein cycling.

D10ca8d11301c2f4993ac2279ce4b930

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on March 13, 2011
at 05:14 AM

I'd be careful with the fasting in your scenario. Robb Wolf and Sisson both are very adamant that fasting should be attempted only when everything else is in line. Since you have cortisol issues already, fasting will almost definitely exacerbate them. Test for deficiencies. test your cortisol levels. test your c-reactive protein levels. Remove caffeine (or at least coffee) for a while if possible. Add some adaptogens into your life. Take a walk an hour before bed. Meditate. Do yoga. Avoid chronic cardio.

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on March 13, 2011
at 12:06 AM

I am using coconut oil as my main moisturizer, both for face and body. It's amazing and skin feels great!

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on March 12, 2011
at 11:57 PM

have you tried goat milk kefir? If that also causes tummy upsets then go for making coconut kefir at home.

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on March 12, 2011
at 11:56 PM

go for the ghee then, no need to cause duress, ever. :)

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on March 12, 2011
at 10:11 PM

Also, what part of the desert do you live in?

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on March 12, 2011
at 10:09 PM

All dairy? Have you tried fermented? I guess just take a probiotic if you can't have it.

1dca72035afbe99328711a40f833e616

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on March 12, 2011
at 09:45 PM

Well my title was not really serious. I mean, I love myself and all that stuff! There is absolutley no money for a spa, but I'm trying things like getting a bath in, you know once a month or so. Dairy makes me fart like a cow!

1dca72035afbe99328711a40f833e616

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on March 12, 2011
at 09:42 PM

Oh, Melatonin gives me seriously HORRENDOUS nightmares.

1dca72035afbe99328711a40f833e616

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on March 12, 2011
at 09:41 PM

Like I said, it's getting better. But you try to not get out of bed for 8 hours with some serious PTSD issues, and some children that are gravely ill. I fully understand what you are saying though. Thank You.

1dca72035afbe99328711a40f833e616

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on March 12, 2011
at 09:39 PM

Thank you! This was more the type of info I was looking for. I sometimes fast just out of sheer busy-ness, but now I think I will actually put my mind to it. Liver, which I am not a fan of, I will learn to like!

1dca72035afbe99328711a40f833e616

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on March 12, 2011
at 09:38 PM

You're very sweet! I love eating coconut oil, so perhaps I will just start shmearing it all over me. Ha! With adequate drying time of course. I loooove coffee. Only since being Paleo though. Love green tea too though. I am (very) slowly weaning myself from coffee and have got it down to 2/3 decaf, 1/3 reg.

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on March 12, 2011
at 09:05 PM

I am also a very big believer when you mix paleo dieting with optimizing hormonal levels the highest levels of human perfomance and anti aging occur. But it requires a lot of work from the patient and the doctor. Suzanne Sommers is living proof of it. She was train wreckish at 50 and has completely remade herself in 12 yrs. Her story is well chronicled in her books. She is more paleo than people know.

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on March 12, 2011
at 07:51 PM

I second the gelatin. Find stuff like pig feet and chicken feet and make a stock out of them, enough to at least have a cup several times per week. You can also order powdered beef gelatin and add in some extra. My skin issues drove me to paleo and pretty much took care of them, now I just deal with the residue (red marks, damaged skin). I have found that making sure I am taking enough Vit. C, gelatin, dropping soap, eating safe starches, and stress reduction has the best effect on the skin. Fermented cod liver oil is great too. Also, thinking positive!

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on March 12, 2011
at 06:26 PM

Some posters may have tips to add if you tell us what supplements you are currently on, if any.

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on March 12, 2011
at 05:01 PM

cereal grains would've been a better term. I only consume white rice, tapioca, and on occasion buckwheat that is "properly prepared". If getting skinnier was the goal, they probably shouldn't be allowed. Since weight gain is part of my current goal, I consume a pretty hefty amount of them but usually under 30% of calories.

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on March 12, 2011
at 04:44 PM

"Why not treat yourself to a day at a spa sometime?" <- This. I think my biweekly massages (on the cheap from my local beauty school) are hands-down my greatest beauty secret. That and adequate sleep.

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on March 12, 2011
at 03:46 PM

Andrew, just curious as to whether you include other gluten-containing grains on the list of toxins.

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at 01:12 PM

When you make taking care of yourself the number one priority things will change. As a doc I can tell you the best patients put themselves at the top of the list. That change comes from within and from how you change your thinking. You cannot tailor make the situations in life, but you can tailor make the attitudes to fit those situations before they arise. Good Luck

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on March 12, 2011
at 11:24 AM

It can take a while to recover from severe sleep deficiency. My best guess, based on what you've written is also - sleep! Maybe some relaxation techniques to reduce stress/cortisol also. At least based on what you've written, this isn't a diet issue, and there aren't miracle foods, despite the health food store marketing.

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at 06:59 AM

And if there is good dietary advice to be followed it isn't to include any certain food. It's to avoid toxins -- wheat, legumes, PUFAs, and fructose. Getting some blood work done to insure there aren't any unknown deficiencies may be wise.

1dca72035afbe99328711a40f833e616

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at 06:39 AM

I do those things. No computer in the house anyway - on a friends right now. Blackout curtains, and so forth. There were inescapable issues, that like I said, are improving. So, I really want to rev up my diet too.

1dca72035afbe99328711a40f833e616

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at 05:41 AM

P.S. I'm really not looking for a magic bullet, cause I know there ain't one. I'm just wondering now that my stress is less and sleep more if there are any wonderful things I can add to my diet.

1dca72035afbe99328711a40f833e616

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at 05:27 AM

Sorry. Pretty good about water since I live in the desert. Always can drink more though. Thanks for the positive reply. I'm not trying to be hard on myself, it just took me by surprise. Part of the reason I was getting so little sleep is I am raising someone else's several children - and there are health problems happening there. There was no option to get any more.

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on March 12, 2011
at 07:13 AM

I'm sorry that your life is so stressful right now. I hope that you're able to find peace and calm very soon.

You mention the desert -- do you moisturize? Heck, I live on the very humid Pacific coast, and my face gets dry and leathery, and I'm only 26. A little bit of coconut (or olive) oil smeared on my face in the a.m. before I leave the house does a LOT for my complexion and my self-esteem.

I agree with the others about sleep, but it sounds like you're working on it. Do you drink coffee? I ask because I find that coffee bloats me and dehydrates me, making me look puffy and swollen all over. I drink green tea in the morning, and for the most part, my tummy is reasonably flat. It's also a very soothing morning ritual for me to brew my tea while I cook my breakfast, so maybe setting aside a small window for yourself in the morning would help alleviate some of that stress?

I'm sending warm thoughts your way. Good luck with everything, Elisabeth! :)

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on March 13, 2011
at 12:06 AM

I am using coconut oil as my main moisturizer, both for face and body. It's amazing and skin feels great!

1dca72035afbe99328711a40f833e616

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on March 12, 2011
at 09:38 PM

You're very sweet! I love eating coconut oil, so perhaps I will just start shmearing it all over me. Ha! With adequate drying time of course. I loooove coffee. Only since being Paleo though. Love green tea too though. I am (very) slowly weaning myself from coffee and have got it down to 2/3 decaf, 1/3 reg.

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on March 12, 2011
at 09:27 AM

Taking the magic bullet comment at face value, all I can suggest is fasting. I can't think of anything better for getting rid of old and damaged cells via autophagy, possibly preserve youthfulness as per calorie restriction, reduce acute stress and also (in my experience) is good for sleep. If I'm not digesting food during my sleep and am already entering a fasting state before going to bed, then I tend to sleep easier and find it more restorative (I seem to recall that meal-timing, by influencing leptin also heavily regulates our sleep-wake cycle).

Oh and on the diet front, I would suggest some liver. The high levels of vitamin A (and possibly the vitamin K2, especially from chicken liver) should (and seem to, almost instantly, in my case) make quite a difference. Stephen also writes about k2 making an almost instant difference in his skin quality.

E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

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on March 13, 2011
at 09:57 PM

There's a question about it here (http://paleohacks.com/questions/16898/protein-cycling#axzz1GWDeoNfk) though not masses of information. The basic idea is that protein deprivation has many of the benefits of fasting, even if you're consuming fat/carb calories, because it will force the body to conduct autophagy anyway and because the presence of protein (and arguably a specific amino acid- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Methionine#Methionine_restriction) signal satiety, rather than starvation/repair to the body. The PHD mentions protein restriction http://perfecthealthdiet.com/?p=134

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on March 12, 2011
at 09:39 PM

Thank you! This was more the type of info I was looking for. I sometimes fast just out of sheer busy-ness, but now I think I will actually put my mind to it. Liver, which I am not a fan of, I will learn to like!

D10ca8d11301c2f4993ac2279ce4b930

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on March 14, 2011
at 03:15 AM

It does give rise to cortisol which isn't necessarily bad, which is actually good ... unless you have chronically elevated cortisol. Then it's a problem.

1dca72035afbe99328711a40f833e616

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on March 13, 2011
at 09:16 PM

Any more info on protein cycling?

E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

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on March 14, 2011
at 09:15 AM

@Andrew, I know it involves a rise in cortisol (temporarily), I just wonder whether this would be bad even for some-one with elevated cortisol problems or whether (like with exercise) you'd see a spike in cortisol but then a decline and whether this acute increase in cortisol would actually make one more able to deal with generally elevated cortisol. (Incidentally I don't know if elisabeth does have chronically elevated cortisol, in a physiological sense, so much as just having undergone a lot of stress repeatedly). I'd be less willing to offer these hypothetical musings, in any case, were...

D10ca8d11301c2f4993ac2279ce4b930

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on March 13, 2011
at 05:50 AM

If you want most of the benefits of IFing with the cortisol trouble, you could try protein cycling.

E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

(15613)

on March 13, 2011
at 10:06 PM

Also this is a good summary: http://inhumanexperiment.blogspot.com/2009/07/slowing-down-aging-with-intermittent.html My own opinion is that you might well be completely comfortable with fasting and if you are, there's no reason not to do this. Even if fasting did involve a rise in cortisol (Andrew's worry) I'm not sure this would be bad, rather than a possibly beneficial acute stressor potentially. If you do fast and then feel awful, though, then you could try just fasting from protein protein, while having fat and a few carbs.

D10ca8d11301c2f4993ac2279ce4b930

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on March 13, 2011
at 05:52 AM

If you want most of the benefits of IFing without the cortisol trouble, try protein cycling.

D10ca8d11301c2f4993ac2279ce4b930

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on March 13, 2011
at 05:14 AM

I'd be careful with the fasting in your scenario. Robb Wolf and Sisson both are very adamant that fasting should be attempted only when everything else is in line. Since you have cortisol issues already, fasting will almost definitely exacerbate them. Test for deficiencies. test your cortisol levels. test your c-reactive protein levels. Remove caffeine (or at least coffee) for a while if possible. Add some adaptogens into your life. Take a walk an hour before bed. Meditate. Do yoga. Avoid chronic cardio.

E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

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on March 14, 2011
at 09:21 AM

... it not for the fact that I've fasted myself, while not having "everything else in line," to good effect, so I suspect Mark Sisson et al may be being overly cautious. At the point where fasting does become uncomfortable, one can just stop, and I'm not even sure that it's necessarily harmful even at this point.

1dca72035afbe99328711a40f833e616

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at 10:18 PM

Perfect info. I wills start off with IFing and see how it goes. Thanks for the links.

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on March 18, 2011
at 05:27 AM

Right, because often the discomfort goes away in an hour or so -- after your body realizes that it is not, in fact, meal time.

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on March 12, 2011
at 04:03 PM

First you need to stop thinking of yourself as fat, ugly, and old. I changed the header of the question because it's just not nice to yourself and also isn't a question.

Why don't you try HRT (TS Wiley is a big fan), hair coloring, or makeup? Lots of the women in my family have also tried something else...plastic surgery. Everyone says how young they look and thinks it's all in the genes.

Lots of good tips here like actually sleeping and eating liver. But why not eat dairy? I've found it really improves the tone of my skin and it's been used as a beauty aid for centuries.

The women I know that look really really good when older, mostly Asians, also drink tons of tea all the time. Mostly green tea. Also saunas are quite popular with this population.

Some hippy women I know recommended this book by Susan Weed to each other http://www.amazon.com/New-Menopausal-Years-Alternative-Approaches/dp/1888123036

It sounds like your life is stressful. WHy not treat yourself to a day at a spa sometime?

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on March 12, 2011
at 10:11 PM

Also, what part of the desert do you live in?

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on March 13, 2011
at 09:15 PM

Unless it's goat stuff all dairy sends my into basically IBS mode. SOmetimes the goat stuff does too. I live in SW ARizona.

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on March 12, 2011
at 09:45 PM

Well my title was not really serious. I mean, I love myself and all that stuff! There is absolutley no money for a spa, but I'm trying things like getting a bath in, you know once a month or so. Dairy makes me fart like a cow!

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on March 12, 2011
at 04:44 PM

"Why not treat yourself to a day at a spa sometime?" <- This. I think my biweekly massages (on the cheap from my local beauty school) are hands-down my greatest beauty secret. That and adequate sleep.

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on March 12, 2011
at 10:09 PM

All dairy? Have you tried fermented? I guess just take a probiotic if you can't have it.

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on March 12, 2011
at 05:20 AM

You haven't mentioned water intake. I'm 40 and I got carded at a liquor store a couple of days ago, which was not the first time. I recently went back to university and was able to blend in with students who didn't think I was much older than them. I drink lots of water, and I make sure my skin get daily hydration, if no more than several splashes twice a day or even just patting wet hands around my eyes. And too much sun will turn anyone more leather-looking than if sheltered, especially with little hydration. I know some will disagree, but I also eat plenty of veggies and have for years, which make me feel great and I would guess contribute to my young looking skin. I eat a lot of meat, but a salad almost every day. I don't believe that there are any "wonder foods" so for me, it's balance and about eating a broad variety of what is minimally processed. I still have my weaknesses for sauces and dressings which contain HFCS, but it's such a small part of my diet, and I look really young, so at least in small doses, it can't be completely horrible. Again, I go back to hydration, both in what you intake and what you apply externally.

I also generally get 8-9 hours of sleep which can't hurt - addressing the reasons why you're only getting four is probably really hard on your body. I also am living under high stress situations, but I've learned to not drive myself crazy over those things that I can't change. I've forced myself to lightened up about the things I can't change by accepting that I can't change them and I try to move on or find an alternate route. A lot of stress is self-induced when we're not willing to let go of the stuff we can't do anything about. Not saying that's what you're doing, but I'm in some tough times right now, but trying to separate the stress by looking at what I can address and what I can't, and putting my energy into the former.

Also, whatever cancer treatments you've endured have probably also taken their toll on your outward appearance, so don't be hard on yourself. Surviving cancer is no small feat, and most treatments tend to kill off lots of healthy cells along with the rogue cells. Don't let yourself lose sight of how lucky you are to still be living long enough to have those vanity moments :) It wasn't that long ago (in our lifetimes) that cancer, regardless of type, was a death sentence. You made it this far!!

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on March 12, 2011
at 05:27 AM

Sorry. Pretty good about water since I live in the desert. Always can drink more though. Thanks for the positive reply. I'm not trying to be hard on myself, it just took me by surprise. Part of the reason I was getting so little sleep is I am raising someone else's several children - and there are health problems happening there. There was no option to get any more.

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on March 12, 2011
at 05:47 PM

I thinks it worth repeating that your sleep issue (lack of) along with stress does need correcting. I think you realize this, but now, "How to get it?" (I am ALWAYS looking for ways to help my sleep) I just read an article: "Gelatin, Stress, Longevity," and to quote:

"When we eat animal proteins in the traditional ways (for example, eating fish head soup, as well as the muscles, or ???head-cheese??? as well as pork chops, and chicken-foot soup as well as drumsticks), we assimilate a large amount of glycine and gelatin. This whole-animal balance of amino acids supports all sorts of biological process, including a balanced growth of children's tissues and organs.

When only the muscle meats are eaten, the amino acid balance entering our blood stream is the same as that produced by extreme stress, when cortisol excess causes our muscles to be broken down to provide energy and material for repair.

A generous supply of glycine/gelatin, against a balanced background of amino acids, has a great variety of antistress actions. Glycine is recognized as an ???inhibitory??? neurotransmitter, and promotes natural sleep.

http://raypeat.com/articles/articles/gelatin.shtml

So, basically I am wondering if you make homemade bone broth? Do you eat liver?

1) I think drinking that everyday would have tremendous benefits. I think the article is saying drinking it before bedtime is especially helpful to promote sleep.

2) As mentioned above, the book, "Lights Out: Sleep, Sugar and Survival," by T.S. Wiley http://www.amazon.com/Lights-Out-Sleep-Sugar-Survival/dp/0671038680 does a pretty good job at explaining the importance of sleep for all of bodies processes.

Fats that I include: cream, ghee, and coconut oil (bursting with energy after I consume) and I think it has helped me easily maintain the perfect weight. I am so happy to hear you are cancer survivor! I think the answer's given here on this thread are great. You might want to take digestive enzymes supplement to make sure the foods you eat are being properly absorbed.

3) Another book suggestion, "Primal Body-Primal Mind," by Nora T. Geggaudas---Empower your total health the way evolution intended (and didn't) Good info on Leptin--author say's this is the the single most important hormone in the body. Hormones regulate together--and they dysregulate together- (Janet Lang, D.C.)

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on March 13, 2011
at 09:14 PM

There's not any fat that gives me a energy boost. But, very intersting article that does make a lot of sense to me. No, I wasn't including liver or anything before, but plan too now. I've been reading about fermented cod liver oil - where do you get it?

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on March 12, 2011
at 07:51 PM

I second the gelatin. Find stuff like pig feet and chicken feet and make a stock out of them, enough to at least have a cup several times per week. You can also order powdered beef gelatin and add in some extra. My skin issues drove me to paleo and pretty much took care of them, now I just deal with the residue (red marks, damaged skin). I have found that making sure I am taking enough Vit. C, gelatin, dropping soap, eating safe starches, and stress reduction has the best effect on the skin. Fermented cod liver oil is great too. Also, thinking positive!

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on March 22, 2011
at 03:22 PM

I buy my cod liver oil at Super Supplements--they are very helpful on their products helping you decide what is best for you.

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on March 13, 2011
at 12:15 AM

I am only 34, but I am one of these who are thought to be ten years younger. Sometimes, though, I think that we should first embrace who we are, and what we are, and signs on our bodies tell us our story. I have scars, stretch marks, crooked teeth... it's all part of where I am from, i just take it in and move on. Looking back, what I think helped my skin look young, was first of all sleep. I've always been sleeping at least 7h a day, often more. Second, very few chemicals on my face. I started doing make up pretty late, and hardly anything more than color, I still don't use foundation, just moisturizer with a tint of color (I am VERY pale). I always moisturize my body, never forget (or it itches). I drink a lot, eat whatever I want... I know that my year of paleo cannot be really given all the credit. I also have time to relax. Saturdays I spend doing "nothing" - read, nap, walk, eat, read, etc. It really helps to face another week.

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on March 12, 2011
at 04:50 PM

Well how paleo do you want to go? Are you willing to do dairy in the diet?

I have to recommend several things:

  1. probiotics being one
  2. a whole food supplement called Ashwaganda (an adaptogen) because of your stress levels.
  3. In addition to that, I'll say water rich chlorophyll sources. Ever try juicing vegetables? Celery, cilantro, cucumber, raspberry, 1/4-apple, lemon. Add in Coconut water with chlorophyll = "saavy blood transfusion".
  4. Warm oil full self-body massages called abhyanga. Very easy to do at home, takes 10 minutes. If you're in the desert I would recommend using Coconut Oil or Sesame Oil.
  5. If you're willing to eat it -- Ghee is great; it has been said to increase digestive power, efficiency, causes secretions and liquification in the bodily tissues that dissolve wastes allowing the functional intelligences of the body (called doshas in ayurveda) to carry away old toxins. Internally it increases the overall strength, luster and beauty of the body tissues. If used on the skin, Ghee softens and strengthens, protects and nourishes.

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(942)

on March 12, 2011
at 11:57 PM

have you tried goat milk kefir? If that also causes tummy upsets then go for making coconut kefir at home.

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

My stomach and dairy are at serious war. Ghee I can do. I love your suggestions.

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on March 12, 2011
at 11:56 PM

go for the ghee then, no need to cause duress, ever. :)

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on March 12, 2011
at 06:44 AM

It's the sleep. You need to dial in the sleep. Mark Sisson said during the great health debate that controlling your cortisol, to him, is more important than dialing in your diet. Without adequate sleep, cortisol levels go nuts. 4 hours of sleep? Seriously. SLEEP. Your body can't repair itself in that window. That's your foundation and you're falling apart because it was neglected. If you don't dial in your sleep you will continue down hill no matter how clean you eat, no matter how expertly you exercise. If you consumed calories only through soda we'd say you should be trending toward sickness no matter what amount of sleep you got, no matter how much exercise you did. It's the same thing with sleep. Set yourself a bed time. Make sure your room is dark. Don't get out of bed unless 8 hours have passed. Take melatonin every few nights. Supplement with some magnesium. And just close your eyes. Your body has likely forgotten what to do during sleep. It'll take some time for true rest to come.

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on March 12, 2011
at 03:46 PM

Andrew, just curious as to whether you include other gluten-containing grains on the list of toxins.

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on March 12, 2011
at 09:41 PM

Like I said, it's getting better. But you try to not get out of bed for 8 hours with some serious PTSD issues, and some children that are gravely ill. I fully understand what you are saying though. Thank You.

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on March 12, 2011
at 05:01 PM

cereal grains would've been a better term. I only consume white rice, tapioca, and on occasion buckwheat that is "properly prepared". If getting skinnier was the goal, they probably shouldn't be allowed. Since weight gain is part of my current goal, I consume a pretty hefty amount of them but usually under 30% of calories.

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on March 12, 2011
at 09:42 PM

Oh, Melatonin gives me seriously HORRENDOUS nightmares.

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on March 12, 2011
at 06:59 AM

And if there is good dietary advice to be followed it isn't to include any certain food. It's to avoid toxins -- wheat, legumes, PUFAs, and fructose. Getting some blood work done to insure there aren't any unknown deficiencies may be wise.

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on March 12, 2011
at 06:34 AM

Sleep seems to be your problem. Look for a T.S Wiley podcast on either the Jimmy Moore livin la lowcarb show or underground wellness podcast. She explains everything you are describing about aging and weightloss...etc. The also has a book called Lights Out. I dodn't have the book, but Robb Wolfe is a fan of it also. What she says makes a lot of sense.

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on March 12, 2011
at 11:24 AM

It can take a while to recover from severe sleep deficiency. My best guess, based on what you've written is also - sleep! Maybe some relaxation techniques to reduce stress/cortisol also. At least based on what you've written, this isn't a diet issue, and there aren't miracle foods, despite the health food store marketing.

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on March 12, 2011
at 06:39 AM

I do those things. No computer in the house anyway - on a friends right now. Blackout curtains, and so forth. There were inescapable issues, that like I said, are improving. So, I really want to rev up my diet too.

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on January 16, 2012
at 04:24 PM

please google "Tanaka facial massage". it really improves the face shape if you do it aprox 5 times a week (i do 5-7 strokes instead of recommended 3). i use coconut oil for massage and apply it on a wet skin. at first, my skin used to break out, but when i stopped using soap, the break outs are almost gone. i just wash my face before the massage with a very warm water. do not remove the oil after the massage, although you can pad the face gently with a tissue. You will start seeing the difference in a month.

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on March 12, 2011
at 03:13 PM

I'm in your boat with the sleep issue.

I think you're doing just about everything possible. The only suggestion I have is that listening and moving to music (that you enjoy) might help. Whether you walk, dance, exercise or do chores while it's playing, music often helps to sync your natural rhythms and may energize you to allow more relaxation and sleep to occur.

Dancing, tai chi, yoga and other movement type activities allow you to focus on your body and move it to feel better. There is research that supports this as having cortisol regulating benefit, and that might lead to a reduction in abdominal fat deposition.

Thanks for asking this question. Best to you-

aek

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on March 13, 2011
at 09:11 PM

Thank You. I've really wanted to try Tai Chi as I think that's about where my energy level is now.

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