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Is Paleo Worth It If Junk Food Is All You Really Enjoy In Life?

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Created August 15, 2013 at 1:30 AM

I'm debating whether to go fully paleo. I already base meals on organic meat/produce and take quality supplements/probiotics. However, I also eat a lot of grains and dairy. I have no allergies, am rarely sick, and have maybe 5lbs of extra weight.

Paleo is nutritionally superior, but I don't want to give up junk food because its my main source of pleasure in life. I'm self-employed and spend long hours doing technical work from home. Other than work, I have no life. I grew up small and ugly so girls never wanted me. Then I had to get a colostomy 2 yrs ago for a non diet-related medical problem. Now the colostomy makes life manageable but I have even less chance of getting a girlfriend. The thing pokes out of the front of my shirt, makes strange noises, and limits activity. So having friends is also impossible. I don't drink, smoke, use drugs, or gamble. The only pleasure I get from life besides work is junk food. Every single day I work for 8 hrs, then eat bowls of ice cream or several chocolate bars or a loaf of bread. Its a great way to relax at the end of the day and it feels great. If I don't eat junk food in the evening I get bored and restless. As much as I enjoy work, I still need a reward every day. All work and no play, you know?

Paleo can eliminate major physical problems, but given that my health and weight are fine, and that I need junk food to be happy, do you think its worth the switch?

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on August 22, 2013
at 01:48 PM

Hey, I didn't mean to make it sounds like I've got my whole life under control and everything is flawless. I have my own struggles, that's for sure. Sometimes I eat ice cream when I'm sad, sometimes I even smoke a cigarette. I guess I was trying to emphasize the mood benefits of eating right,the energy levels and reduced brain-fog-- not just the obvious health problems solved, as mentioned in your question. I don't know what it's like to have a colostomy bag. It sounds shitty, yet interesting for digestive experiments.

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on August 17, 2013
at 01:01 AM

I'd rather you eat junk food then mess around with opiates. But yes, seeing a psychologist would help. Some people think it is a stigma or that you're crazy but that's not the case at all. A psychologist is someone you can talk to about anything and not feel judged.

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at 11:54 PM

Haha, guess you're aren't vitamin deficient. I do a lot of escapist reading too. Right now I'm reading Heart of Darkness and watching movies about the Congo. It's about as far as I can get from the suburban United States!

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I'll definitely shoot you an email sometime. I've been mainlining Game of Thrones books (while ignoring a bunch of work I have to do...whoops) lately to distract myself from the depression and loneliness because the plot is strong enough to suck me in. You may not be a big reader, but if you are maybe it would help you to find a similarly addictive brand of escape literature?

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on August 16, 2013
at 04:02 PM

I plug everything into cronometer and usually end up at 150+% of Paul Jaminet's daily recommendations for everything (which I use instead of the official RDA). The other day I actually hit 4,700% of B12 (lamb liver)! So I doubt it's a deficiency issue. And I eat moderate-carb, usually around 150g/day. I eat a potato or sweet potato at least once a day, often twice. I am definitely not a carbophobe!

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at 04:43 AM

No junk food for the last 3 days and here I am lonely and bored too...Nothing to do but sleep and work.

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at 04:39 AM

Btw, I can relate to your outlook on life and I'm not bored to hear about your situation. I'd be interested to hear why you can't make friends. If you want to talk sometime send me an email at jhop9898@yahoo.com.

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at 04:39 AM

You sound like you're eating very well, but I wonder if there is a nutritional issue aggravating your depression. Are you getting enough micronutrients? Have you tried supplements? What about cautiously increasing your carb intake? One woman lost a lot of weight on paleo but suffered from fatigue and depression until she started eating a small sweet potato every day. Since you were already lonely this probably won't cure your depression, but it might ease the symptoms.

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on August 16, 2013
at 03:23 AM

(2/2) Basically, Paleo did magic for my gut but took my mental health from bad to worse. As for hobbies, I do some volunteer work online (also alone), and I have workouts/weightlifting which I guess count as a hobby, but that's also alone. For long and complicated reasons that I won't bore you with, basically no, I can't make friends. More or less, my outlook on life can be summarized in the "To be or not to be" speech from Hamlet: life is meaningless and painful, but death is even more terrifying, so here I am, still breathing.

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at 03:16 AM

(1/2)PsychandStag: I did talk to someone. It just made me crazier. Until I started seeing a brain doctor, I didn't know panic attacks could get that bad. I think I'm non-helpable. Johnny: I feel depressed all the time except when I give up and binge on junk (happens maybe once a month); then I feel physically totally shit but mentally very happy, creative, overflowing with energy, etc. I also feel non-depressed when I OD on caffeine, but I have to take so much it makes me shaky and jittery so I don't like to do it much.

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on August 16, 2013
at 01:33 AM

Thanks Eugenia. The surgery sounds extreme but my health is actually very good. Definitely important to get enough sunlight to get your required Vitamin D. Sisson recommends 5-6K IU in the summer and 2-3K IU in winter. You store it in your fat tissues so the excess in summer helps sustain you during winter.

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on August 16, 2013
at 01:19 AM

Glad you lost weight and are feeling better also.

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on August 16, 2013
at 01:14 AM

I don't have family, but I could go see a psychologist. If opiates were legal I'd probably eat paleo and use them, but junk food was the best alternative I could come up with. People will laugh at this but Mark Sisson pointed out that chocolate contains a chemical called phenylethylamine, which simulates feelings of love in the brain. Opiates do the same. So in a pinch its a way to get by without people.

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on August 16, 2013
at 01:12 AM

That's true. Walking is the foundation of paleo exercise and its a great way to get enough sun exposure to meet your daily vitamin-d requirement. Mark Sisson recommends 5-6K IUs in the summer and 2-3K IUs in the winter. I take a 30 min walk every day to relax after work. Its much better than running in place on the treadmill.

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on August 16, 2013
at 01:08 AM

You're right, I do use food as a numbing agent. With the colostomy I just don't get the same kick out of life you do, other than through work. Its great that you're taking control of your life so well. Personally I'd prefer to sleep through mine.

Fa4b934bc224b17784fe0ee36d153dcd

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on August 16, 2013
at 01:06 AM

Thanks Rea. You're absolutely right that if you're going to eat junk food, it should be the best quality possible. I make ice cream with organic dairy & fresh fruit, eat organic chocolate, and bake white bread. White bread is preferable to whole grain because the plant structures that damage the small intestine are ground down. Here's some good info if you want to make paleo ice cream. You'd probably love it if you're used to the commercial stuff. http://deliciouslyorganic.net/apricot-ice-cream-paleo/

Fa4b934bc224b17784fe0ee36d153dcd

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on August 16, 2013
at 12:58 AM

Hiking sounds like fun. Could always do that alone. I appreciate you listing example hobbies. It might be a good idea to look through a list and pick some out.

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on August 16, 2013
at 12:56 AM

Thanks for sharing your perspective Maria. It makes sense that you're choosing paleo, since by improving your gut issue it directly increases your quality of life. For many people the pain of GI problems can certainly exceed the pleasure of junk food. Do you feel depressed all the time? Do you have any hobbies outside of your work? Do you live in a place where you could make friends?

Fa4b934bc224b17784fe0ee36d153dcd

(168)

on August 16, 2013
at 12:56 AM

Hi Mini, this colostomy is a little different than other disabilities. It has a stigma associated with it that makes people react negatively. It sticks out of the shirt front and makes noises. People respond with contempt.

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on August 16, 2013
at 12:54 AM

I don't have family, but I could go see a psychologist. If opiates were legal I'd probably eat paleo and use them, but junk food was the best alternative I could come up with. People with laugh at this but Mark Sisson pointed out that chocolate contains a chemical called phenylethylamine, which simulates feelings of love in the brain. Opiates do the same. So in a pinch its a way to get by without people.

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on August 15, 2013
at 11:20 PM

You should talk to someone too. It would help :)

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on August 15, 2013
at 03:28 PM

Paleo can help with mental health too (especially if you cut most carbs). Your problem is also mental health it seems, not just your physical health (you had a surgery already). So cut the junk food and carbs, go out in the sun and walk, and start doing some meditation (read "The Power of Now"). You will soon find joy in other things.

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on August 15, 2013
at 03:02 AM

Have you checked the inside of your blood vessels, or the lining of your stomach lately? What about your HDL, LDL and triglyceride levels? C reactive proteins? All of these things will improve with a paleo diet, but you might not necessarily "feel" better now, but in 20 or 30 yrs.

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on August 15, 2013
at 02:25 AM

I got the colostomy due to a neuromuscular disorder that runs in my family. Before the surgery I eliminated grains & dairy for 3 months with no improvement in the condition. Hence, it wasn't affected by diet. Other than that I haven't had so much as a flu in 5 yrs. Reason I'm asking this question is to find out whether there are any benefits to paleo if you're already healthy, besides 6-pack abs, which wouldn't do me any good. Do you see any benefits besides better fitness?

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Fd7b128cf714044a86d8bd822c7a8992

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on August 15, 2013
at 12:49 PM

I can't make that judgement call for you. But I think my perspective might be interesting to you, so I'll just put it out there and you can take/leave as you like.

I also have almost no pleasure in my life. I also work from home, have no friends, no boyfriend, no nearby family (closest family members are a full day of driving away), and no purpose or meaning in my life. Needless to say, I'm extremely depressed.

Junk food would be one of the only pleasures around, if I allowed myself to eat it. And I think making the choice to eat Paleo has made junk food even MORE compelling as a pleasure, since now it also has that "forbidden fruit" attraction. But I have personally decided to prioritize health (fixing my gut issues, which improve with Paleo) over pleasure, and find it not impossible. At least, it hasn't actually driven me over the edge yet.

That said, the constant strain of resisting one of the few pleasures available to me does have a lot of negative consequences as well. I've developed a lot of binge/restrict eating patterns that are very unhealthy. My panic attacks are worse. My depression is worse. And a lot of the time I fail to see why I'm forcing myself to do this when there seems to be no point (why does it matter to fix my gut when my whole life is meaningless?)

I had a major problem to fix (gut issues); if you don't, YMMV. But I thought I'd give you a perspective from someone who has tried this.

PS. Anyone who doesn't want to be friends with you because you had a colostmy is an asshole of the first magnitude. THEY are the problem, not you.

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on August 15, 2013
at 11:20 PM

You should talk to someone too. It would help :)

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on August 16, 2013
at 03:16 AM

(1/2)PsychandStag: I did talk to someone. It just made me crazier. Until I started seeing a brain doctor, I didn't know panic attacks could get that bad. I think I'm non-helpable. Johnny: I feel depressed all the time except when I give up and binge on junk (happens maybe once a month); then I feel physically totally shit but mentally very happy, creative, overflowing with energy, etc. I also feel non-depressed when I OD on caffeine, but I have to take so much it makes me shaky and jittery so I don't like to do it much.

Fa4b934bc224b17784fe0ee36d153dcd

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on August 16, 2013
at 04:39 AM

Btw, I can relate to your outlook on life and I'm not bored to hear about your situation. I'd be interested to hear why you can't make friends. If you want to talk sometime send me an email at jhop9898@yahoo.com.

Fd7b128cf714044a86d8bd822c7a8992

(4292)

on August 16, 2013
at 03:23 AM

(2/2) Basically, Paleo did magic for my gut but took my mental health from bad to worse. As for hobbies, I do some volunteer work online (also alone), and I have workouts/weightlifting which I guess count as a hobby, but that's also alone. For long and complicated reasons that I won't bore you with, basically no, I can't make friends. More or less, my outlook on life can be summarized in the "To be or not to be" speech from Hamlet: life is meaningless and painful, but death is even more terrifying, so here I am, still breathing.

Fa4b934bc224b17784fe0ee36d153dcd

(168)

on August 16, 2013
at 04:39 AM

You sound like you're eating very well, but I wonder if there is a nutritional issue aggravating your depression. Are you getting enough micronutrients? Have you tried supplements? What about cautiously increasing your carb intake? One woman lost a lot of weight on paleo but suffered from fatigue and depression until she started eating a small sweet potato every day. Since you were already lonely this probably won't cure your depression, but it might ease the symptoms.

Fa4b934bc224b17784fe0ee36d153dcd

(168)

on August 16, 2013
at 04:43 AM

No junk food for the last 3 days and here I am lonely and bored too...Nothing to do but sleep and work.

Fa4b934bc224b17784fe0ee36d153dcd

(168)

on August 16, 2013
at 12:56 AM

Thanks for sharing your perspective Maria. It makes sense that you're choosing paleo, since by improving your gut issue it directly increases your quality of life. For many people the pain of GI problems can certainly exceed the pleasure of junk food. Do you feel depressed all the time? Do you have any hobbies outside of your work? Do you live in a place where you could make friends?

Fd7b128cf714044a86d8bd822c7a8992

(4292)

on August 16, 2013
at 04:04 PM

I'll definitely shoot you an email sometime. I've been mainlining Game of Thrones books (while ignoring a bunch of work I have to do...whoops) lately to distract myself from the depression and loneliness because the plot is strong enough to suck me in. You may not be a big reader, but if you are maybe it would help you to find a similarly addictive brand of escape literature?

Fd7b128cf714044a86d8bd822c7a8992

(4292)

on August 16, 2013
at 04:02 PM

I plug everything into cronometer and usually end up at 150+% of Paul Jaminet's daily recommendations for everything (which I use instead of the official RDA). The other day I actually hit 4,700% of B12 (lamb liver)! So I doubt it's a deficiency issue. And I eat moderate-carb, usually around 150g/day. I eat a potato or sweet potato at least once a day, often twice. I am definitely not a carbophobe!

Fa4b934bc224b17784fe0ee36d153dcd

(168)

on August 16, 2013
at 11:54 PM

Haha, guess you're aren't vitamin deficient. I do a lot of escapist reading too. Right now I'm reading Heart of Darkness and watching movies about the Congo. It's about as far as I can get from the suburban United States!

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on August 15, 2013
at 03:35 AM

Johnny..I think you need more than just the advice on this forum. You already said yourself, you eat the junk food because it makes you happy. Maybe you can make some friends on this forum. As for the girlfriend thing, don't dash your hopes just yet. Paleo is a for physical health, what you're talking about is mental health. I would recommend that you talk to someone, whether it is family or a psychologist. You're using the junk food as a coping mechanism.

Fa4b934bc224b17784fe0ee36d153dcd

(168)

on August 16, 2013
at 12:54 AM

I don't have family, but I could go see a psychologist. If opiates were legal I'd probably eat paleo and use them, but junk food was the best alternative I could come up with. People with laugh at this but Mark Sisson pointed out that chocolate contains a chemical called phenylethylamine, which simulates feelings of love in the brain. Opiates do the same. So in a pinch its a way to get by without people.

Fa4b934bc224b17784fe0ee36d153dcd

(168)

on August 16, 2013
at 01:14 AM

I don't have family, but I could go see a psychologist. If opiates were legal I'd probably eat paleo and use them, but junk food was the best alternative I could come up with. People will laugh at this but Mark Sisson pointed out that chocolate contains a chemical called phenylethylamine, which simulates feelings of love in the brain. Opiates do the same. So in a pinch its a way to get by without people.

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on August 17, 2013
at 01:01 AM

I'd rather you eat junk food then mess around with opiates. But yes, seeing a psychologist would help. Some people think it is a stigma or that you're crazy but that's not the case at all. A psychologist is someone you can talk to about anything and not feel judged.

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on August 15, 2013
at 01:34 AM

If you had to have a colostomy, your health can not be perfectly fine. With that, it would stand to reason that doing anything that would maximize your health would be beneficial, but in the end, you have to choose what is most important to you. If you value junk food over optimum health, then that is your choice. Food choices today might not reveal their long term damage for years.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on August 15, 2013
at 03:02 AM

Have you checked the inside of your blood vessels, or the lining of your stomach lately? What about your HDL, LDL and triglyceride levels? C reactive proteins? All of these things will improve with a paleo diet, but you might not necessarily "feel" better now, but in 20 or 30 yrs.

Fa4b934bc224b17784fe0ee36d153dcd

(168)

on August 15, 2013
at 02:25 AM

I got the colostomy due to a neuromuscular disorder that runs in my family. Before the surgery I eliminated grains & dairy for 3 months with no improvement in the condition. Hence, it wasn't affected by diet. Other than that I haven't had so much as a flu in 5 yrs. Reason I'm asking this question is to find out whether there are any benefits to paleo if you're already healthy, besides 6-pack abs, which wouldn't do me any good. Do you see any benefits besides better fitness?

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on August 15, 2013
at 03:20 PM

In terms of how others see you, you might be surprised. I spent most of my life obese (at times morbidly obese), and have an unfortunate fat distribution for a guy (all in belly and breasts). I dropped a bunch of weight and some folks didn't notice, other noticed but thought I'd lost 25 pounds (vs. the 110). At first I was irritated, then realized that most adults aren't as hung up about other people's bodies as we are about our own (kids can be vicious though). People spend a lot of money for plastic surgery that other people barely see as an improvement (http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/08/plastic-surgery-may-not-actually-make-you-prettier/278404/). A small build and a colostomy bag? Doesn't sound awful to me.

I suspect there are a lot of people here who don't drink, smoke, or do drugs. What about hiking? Collecting? Dance?

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on August 16, 2013
at 01:19 AM

Glad you lost weight and are feeling better also.

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on August 16, 2013
at 12:58 AM

Hiking sounds like fun. Could always do that alone. I appreciate you listing example hobbies. It might be a good idea to look through a list and pick some out.

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on August 15, 2013
at 12:49 PM

Johnny, I agree with what the others said, and I hope that if you are going to enjoy a loaf of bread and ice cream and chocolate, that you at least choose the really good stuff. Not Wonderbread bullshit, but bakery artisanal (or homemade) bread. Quality icecream. Nice chocolates-- not Mars bars. You can be paleo or primal and enjoy many of those things anyway, apart from the bread. Even Paleo has its 'versions' of many treats. I cheat and eat regular old ice cream or gelato sometimes. Good food is a world of pleasure and one need not give it up to be paleo, to be healthy, in fact, I personally have been freed of that nagging sense of guilt I used to have from eating butter and fatty meats (mmm duck and lamb and bacon). Bread is just tasteless fluff! I used to love it, I used to love baking it... and honestly do not miss it one iota.

Savour and enjoy food and life in general. It's your life! Don't numb yourself, love yourself. Feeling healthy, happy, and fulfilled is its own reward and has nothing to do with having a girlfriend, right? Eating right and being well-noursished is not just about eliminating obvious health problems, it's about feeling great and having energy, and waking up clear-headed and ready to take on the day. Changing my diet has done that for me, having a boyfriend or not never did that for me. :)

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on August 16, 2013
at 01:08 AM

You're right, I do use food as a numbing agent. With the colostomy I just don't get the same kick out of life you do, other than through work. Its great that you're taking control of your life so well. Personally I'd prefer to sleep through mine.

Fa4b934bc224b17784fe0ee36d153dcd

(168)

on August 16, 2013
at 01:06 AM

Thanks Rea. You're absolutely right that if you're going to eat junk food, it should be the best quality possible. I make ice cream with organic dairy & fresh fruit, eat organic chocolate, and bake white bread. White bread is preferable to whole grain because the plant structures that damage the small intestine are ground down. Here's some good info if you want to make paleo ice cream. You'd probably love it if you're used to the commercial stuff. http://deliciouslyorganic.net/apricot-ice-cream-paleo/

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on August 22, 2013
at 01:48 PM

Hey, I didn't mean to make it sounds like I've got my whole life under control and everything is flawless. I have my own struggles, that's for sure. Sometimes I eat ice cream when I'm sad, sometimes I even smoke a cigarette. I guess I was trying to emphasize the mood benefits of eating right,the energy levels and reduced brain-fog-- not just the obvious health problems solved, as mentioned in your question. I don't know what it's like to have a colostomy bag. It sounds shitty, yet interesting for digestive experiments.

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on August 15, 2013
at 10:45 AM

Hi Johnny, I second what PsychandStand said. You need to find other things, interests to get your pleasure from. Not a very fulfilling live if all you look forward to is a loaf of bread or a container of ice cream. Also think you need to stop thinking your medical condition means you can't have friends. Your not the only one in the world with physical challenges. Get over it and start making relationships.

Fa4b934bc224b17784fe0ee36d153dcd

(168)

on August 16, 2013
at 12:56 AM

Hi Mini, this colostomy is a little different than other disabilities. It has a stigma associated with it that makes people react negatively. It sticks out of the shirt front and makes noises. People respond with contempt.

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on August 22, 2013
at 04:16 AM

I'm sorry...D: I understand completely that food is comforting, but if you make the switch to paleo, maybe you could find some paleo-approved comfort foods? maybe the over-all feeling of well-being will help you feel better about life? Maybe I'm not helping much, but since paleos tend to hang together, maybe you'll be able to meet a paleo girl out there who will accept you for who you are and that you have a colostomy? Still, the choice is yours. *hugs * good luck.

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on August 24, 2013
at 06:51 AM

Thanks PHK. Glad your family member is doing well. If he has any digestive questions, feel free to pass them along. There are several tricks to keep things running smoothly. Its generally good to eat soft, low-residue foods like avocados and white fish. Sometimes things back up and you have to clear them out with high-fiber plant foods. Other times it runs too often and you want to use thickeners like Greek yogurt and bananas.

The NZ video was interesting. But the Dr recommends not irrigating due to elevated risk of hernia.

As for women, there's always Craigslist. At least I'm thin...

Heavy cream & berries is a great combo. You can also use it as topping for paleo pancakes, etc:

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/almond-banana-pancakes/

Could certainly switch from non-paleo deserts to paleo deserts.

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on August 24, 2013
at 05:46 AM

@Johnny,

thanks. my family is doing fine. but he still struggles indigestion here (has been 3+ years).

another thing i forgot to to mention. are you wearing a bag?

there is a youtube clip of a gentleman in NZ who irrigates every morning like 30-45 min. it's a bit tedious. but then he only needs a cap for the rest of the day. so it's much less awkward in social occasion or for sports (no leakage or odor).

i also bumped into another person's blog. he looks very fit. i think he wears a waterproof belt around his waist for water sport. he is married & apparently has a healthy sex life.

maybe you can just get high quality "junk food" (e.g., real butter, dark chocolate)? or you can just make them yourself.

i sometimes just whip some heavy cream + a little sugar + vanilla extract & dump it on strawberries or other fruits as our "ice cream" (super easy).

best,

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on August 24, 2013
at 05:06 AM

Mr Snowman, I've read the Primal Blueprint & Paleo Solution. I'll check out PHD and DN from the library for supplemental info. Thanks.

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on August 24, 2013
at 01:48 AM

Hi Johnny!

I have a straightforward solution for you:

Increase your understanding of health in regards to diet and lifestyle, then you'll be able to answer your own question of whether or not you should go paleo.

The best/quickest way to do this is to read a few books. I recommend Perfect Health Diet and Deep Nutrition.

Good luck!

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on August 24, 2013
at 12:20 AM

Thanks Pilates. It's true that there are many paleo-approved desserts similar to the non-paleo ones. I've been completely paleo for 10 days, no intense cravings or anything like that, just miss the junk-food high. I've been thinking about making paleo pancakes with bananas, almond butter, and eggs. Might be a good substitute for the grain-based pancakes.

Thanks PHK. I could go to a group, see what happens. How's your family member doing?

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on August 22, 2013
at 05:00 AM

Hi, Johnny,

i completely understand the "stigma" part, having a family who went thru a colostomy albeit, temporary. it was very difficult.

please don't sell yourself too short about not being able to find friends esp girl friends.

perhaps you can find a shrink or support group.

best

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on August 15, 2013
at 08:12 PM

Food is a comforter in lots of situations in life, I think everyone I know has turned to it in all sorts of times, especially me. Now I choose a different option, a nice walk down the beach, a hillwalk with a view always helps with a bit of soul searching. Fresh air and the sun on your face can make a difference....

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on August 16, 2013
at 01:12 AM

That's true. Walking is the foundation of paleo exercise and its a great way to get enough sun exposure to meet your daily vitamin-d requirement. Mark Sisson recommends 5-6K IUs in the summer and 2-3K IUs in the winter. I take a 30 min walk every day to relax after work. Its much better than running in place on the treadmill.

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