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How's your Paleo progress as of Oct 2013

Answered on October 30, 2013
Created October 30, 2013 at 5:25 AM

I'm curious to hear how long you've been Paleo and how your progress is moving toward your goals at this point. (It might be beneficial to describe your personal 'paleo diet' as we all have different opinions of what that means.) What do you need to work on?

I think it would be fun to check in on the usuals around here every so often and see how we're all doing.

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on October 30, 2013
at 06:33 PM

Why don't you stop the diet and try something else? There are alternatives, i.e. the Ray Peat approach (High-carb, High-sugar, low-starch).

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on October 30, 2013
at 06:11 PM

Electric coffee/spice grinder, the one I linked is fabulous because the bowl comes out and can go in the dishwasher. Otherwise cleaning ground nibs can be an ordeal as they stick to the parts of the grinder. Toss in some coconut flakes and a few almonds and you have a great snack.

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on October 30, 2013
at 05:56 PM

Oh cocoa nibs ground? Good idea. In a food processor or a coffee mill? Oh wow, coffee and cocoa nibs ground together. Now that's an idea. I too have been able to avoid sinus issues, but up here in the north I have noticed some allergy stuffiness from the leaf mold probably. I have my netti pot on stand by (sorry for the mind movie lol) I also use kali sulfa tincture when I get any sign of infection, which hasn't been since last fall in Houston.

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on October 30, 2013
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thanks, shelly. I am actually a pretty positive and calm person. I had been a yoga teacher prior to diagnosis and still practice every day. It helps my sore body because of all the steroids I take. I like taking walks outside, too- that's my favorite way to center myself.

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on October 30, 2013
at 03:02 PM

Damn. So sorry to hear that. Joanna, may I ask about your mental/emotional health practices.?..like meditation or other things to calm the system. It may help with future issues. Just a thought <3

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on October 30, 2013
at 08:57 PM

I overcame anorexia-nervosa and orthorexia-nervosa. I am currently battling celiac's disease and lactose intolerance using Paleo. It has changed me. I no longer see food as the enemy or as an unfortunate necessity but as nourishment that I truly enjoy. I am a happier, healthier, and more fit individual. I reached my goal and just kept going.

You can read about my story here: http://bit.ly/HuHxWK Everyone has a story. What's yours? I want to hear it.

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on October 30, 2013
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I've been at it for almost 2 years. My goals are 90% fulfilled at this point. Dropped a lot of weight, added substantial muscle, especially upper body. Rid myself of sinus infections and most allergy related problems. I'm pretty strict in my approach and try to use non processed foods. For example I usually grind cocoa nibs and eat them instead of dark chocolate bars. Mustard is about the most processed of foods that I use regularly.

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on October 30, 2013
at 05:56 PM

Oh cocoa nibs ground? Good idea. In a food processor or a coffee mill? Oh wow, coffee and cocoa nibs ground together. Now that's an idea. I too have been able to avoid sinus issues, but up here in the north I have noticed some allergy stuffiness from the leaf mold probably. I have my netti pot on stand by (sorry for the mind movie lol) I also use kali sulfa tincture when I get any sign of infection, which hasn't been since last fall in Houston.

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on October 30, 2013
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the diet is cake to follow but my health is still in the toilet. have had no gains in my ulcerative colitis and will most likely need an ileostomy soon. it's been about 14 months since I started paleo.

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on October 30, 2013
at 06:33 PM

Why don't you stop the diet and try something else? There are alternatives, i.e. the Ray Peat approach (High-carb, High-sugar, low-starch).

Medium avatar

on October 30, 2013
at 03:02 PM

Damn. So sorry to hear that. Joanna, may I ask about your mental/emotional health practices.?..like meditation or other things to calm the system. It may help with future issues. Just a thought <3

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on October 30, 2013
at 01:56 PM

Hey, I'm fairly new to this lifestyle too, about 18-months as well, but I am not into cross fit.Any suggestions for this cave mama? I am a young looking and energetic "54" year old woman who loves Pilates, walking/hiking (especially hills), weight training, etc. I got my cardio at the gym...when I could afford to go... on the stationary bike. It was easier on the knees (not butt though). I have a kettle bell kit for use at home, and a hot salsa workout (LOL) for home (try to picture that one) but I just can't handle the 'ole cross fit routine that seems to be what cave people must have done back in the day.

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on October 30, 2013
at 09:04 AM

I've been Paleo for about 18 months. It has been great and I really don't ever see changing "diets" again, it sounds cliche but I think I found the diet is should have always been on (now age 44).

I started out dropping all grains and sugars and going very low carb. This was fantastic to start with and seems to have rebooted my metabolism / digestion. However the low carb was impossible to stick to after a few months, I think due to my exercise (Crossfit 3-4x per week), I absolutely need carbs to refuel and really suffer if I don't have them. I used to try to stick to low carb but constantly had cravings for starchy foods. I finally adjusted my diet and eat a fair amount of plantains, sweet potato, yucca, roasted squash, root vegetables, and moderate fruit. Breakfast is still usually low carb but I have carbs with other meals. Somewhat to my surprise (because I have always associated carbs with fat/weight gain), i have actually gotten a little leaner with the carbs, though definitely think this would only work with a lot of exercise.

I still have dairy regularly which I've never had a problem with. When I do occasionally have sugars I am fine though most sugary foods taste unpleasantly sweet. Even a small amount of wheat (i.e. crackers or a small piece of cake) will give me digestive problems for 2-3 days, and the worst is vegetable or canola oil, which totally destroys my digestion. My primary dessert is very dark chocolate and/or nuts.

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