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What has surprised you the most about the Paleo lifestyle?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 17, 2013 at 1:05 AM

So, quick explanation:

Yesterday, I was asked to run in a charity event to cover for someone who was sick. The event was a 5km run (flat) relay race. Honestly, I'm not much of a runner...at all. I hadn't been training to run this thing - in fact, after reading Mark Sisson's book, I've cut down on all my cardio. I lift weights...but lately because the weather has been too nice to stay inside, I've just been swimming and hiking/walking.

So, I ran it. I ran the 5km in 19 mins.

I am absolutely blown away by this. The last 5km I ran (when I was eating a SAD "health" diet - tofu, loads of healthy grains, blahblahblah. You know the deal), I ran in 30mins and I felt like I was dying. I was also training for the damn thing by spending hours on the treadmill and elliptical.

Of course, I've had a few other crazy surprises. Being able to go a long time between meals without getting light-headed, the pigment in my skin evening out, zits disappearing, strength and boundless energy. If you had told me a year ago I would be at this place with my health, I would have laughed in your face. If you had told me I could run a 5km in 19 mins, I would have told you you were crazy.

So Paleohacks, what crazy things have surprised you about Paleo? What has just made you stop in your tracks and be like, "This is why this lifestyle is right for me!"?

Brag away! :)

089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

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on June 20, 2013
at 03:39 PM

Yeah same here. Ive gained so much weight since i started it so thats why im sticking to it. Still go for regular iron and blood transfusions which i hoped i wouldnt need anymore.

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on June 17, 2013
at 04:08 PM

Amen to that !

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on June 17, 2013
at 03:40 PM

My seasonal allergies completely disappeared after 3 months as well!

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on June 17, 2013
at 10:56 AM

Yeah, echo that. My biggest surprise is how little effect it's had on my digestive issues. I am not giving up on Paleo, but I'm now incorporating other treatment modalities.

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on June 17, 2013
at 10:55 AM

According to Paleo, saturated fats are not bad for you. Also, it's "caricature", if that's the word you were trying to spell.

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on June 17, 2013
at 06:54 AM

I'm about two months in, and my biggest surprises are:

  • My skin tone is much more even (didn't realize that would be affected)
  • Level of energy (now that I have a handle on my electrolytes) is up significantly
  • I wake up much more easily
  • I often have a hard time eating all of the food I need to be eating
  • How challenging it is to go out to eat
  • The major mood/emotional boost--this after living for years with serious, chronic depression and anxiety (much of this is related to the electrolytes, which is fascinating to me)
  • The challenge of eating at the same time daily
  • How fabulous fat can taste.

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on June 17, 2013
at 04:58 AM

I used to like cooking. Now I LOVE cooking. It is a true pleasure coaxing out the natural flavors from all of the meats and vegetables and spices and fats and ultimately making a meal that makes my family's jaws hit the floor. No more "cranberry in a can" or "broth in a box", mine is better. No more eating out for occasions; just give me a grill and a wok and we can enjoy a delicious night in.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on June 17, 2013
at 04:08 PM

Amen to that !

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on June 17, 2013
at 04:16 AM

The most pleasant surprise for me was the reduction in seasonal allergy symptoms. I used to be stuck inside 3 months of the year. Now I only really suffer a couple of weeks a year, and the symptoms are much more manageable than they used to be. I even drive around with my windows open in Springtime, which would have been unthinkable pre-Paleo!

197651282ddd8d675b974ee811d2269e

(1836)

on June 17, 2013
at 03:40 PM

My seasonal allergies completely disappeared after 3 months as well!

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197651282ddd8d675b974ee811d2269e

on June 17, 2013
at 03:53 AM

I started with Paleo about nine months ago, primarily for health reasons because I was not actually overweight. Of course, I now realize that I was skinny fat, which I attributed to being middle aged. Meanwhile, my friend who was slightly overweight also started on a low fat/low red meat diet at the same time. Six months in, she actually lost more weight than I did and looked really good. However, I just saw her a few days ago and she's gained back a lot if not all of the weight and has some serious flab around the belly. Says she's basically vegetarian now.

I'm still losing about a pound a month and wearing size 4 jeans comfortably (down from size 10). My health has never been better. My whole family is on it and everyone is looking really good. The hardest part is to live and let live when I see my teens kids' boyfriends and girlfriends eating vegetarian or vegan diets and being overweight, looking bloated, taking ADHD drugs, etc. But they eat according to their parent's beliefs, so gotta be tolerant. When my kids eat over at their friends houses, they come home complaining about all the bread and look in the fridge for meat.

I guess my biggest surprise was how great the diet would be for my entire family, how fantastic my kids look, and how hard it would be for them to live among average folks.

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on June 17, 2013
at 06:49 PM

The fact that I eat, and don't worry any more about gaining weight. No crash diets, not being hungry, not eating continuously. Not being starving upon awakening in the morning. Being able to (just naturally) wait to eat something until 11 am or so. I wake at 6:30 -7:00 am.

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089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

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on June 17, 2013
at 04:49 AM

My biggest surprise is that it has not cured my digestive disease or put me in remission. I just assumed that it would since i was eating a strict autoimmune diet, but im still in the hospital on a regular basis and need medication for my disease.

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

(11698)

on June 17, 2013
at 10:56 AM

Yeah, echo that. My biggest surprise is how little effect it's had on my digestive issues. I am not giving up on Paleo, but I'm now incorporating other treatment modalities.

089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

(5635)

on June 20, 2013
at 03:39 PM

Yeah same here. Ive gained so much weight since i started it so thats why im sticking to it. Still go for regular iron and blood transfusions which i hoped i wouldnt need anymore.

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on July 12, 2013
at 09:22 PM

I have noticed a increase in my running ability too! I was more of a runner pre-paleo but have since turned into more of a walker/hiker/biker/yogi BUT my mom makes me do runs with her sometimes. I did a 10k run in 1 hour 9 minutes with only 1 stop (to go to bathroom only). I hadn't trained at all previously and was very shocked that I ran the whole thing, and the only thing I had for breakfast was coconut milk and blueberries!! That isn't as impressive as your 5k in 19 minutes but I was still pretty proud of myself. Even now when i go running I feel like I could go for a while even though I hardly ever run. When I first started running before paleo I couldn't even run for 30 seconds.

Another thing I have noticed is my skin! I have got so many complements about my skin. I am off all pharmaceuticals for the first time in my life and I only have a few zits on my face (I previously would have been covered in acne if i tried to go off birth control)

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on June 17, 2013
at 03:58 PM

How I can go almost 24 hours without food and not feel faint or sick, as I always used to while eating SAD. I could barely make it from breakfast to lunch, actually.

How I really don't crave all of the baked goods and breads and candy like I figured I would. When I think of things I crave, they're pretty much all paleo foods. Mostly meat. I think this is because I've completely changed my gut flora.

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on June 17, 2013
at 04:44 PM

The day I realized my hands were smaller. The shock of seeing myself in the mirror. It is less of a shock now, but it still makes me smile, especially on days when I feel bad.
When I do something that reminds me I am much more physically capable.

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on June 17, 2013
at 01:23 AM

How full of idiots and people who don't like to take responsibility for their problems it is.

For instance, blaming their fatness on a characacher of what "CW" is. Every single bit mainstream wisdom recommends moderate consumption of "healthy fats" (olive oil, nuts, avocado, cold water fish, eggs etc) in place of saturated and processed fats and refined carbohydrates. What, have you been stuck in a time capsule that won't leave year 1983?

As if a low fat diet made you fat. Please. Eating too much shitty food and not exercising made you fat.

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

(11698)

on June 17, 2013
at 10:55 AM

According to Paleo, saturated fats are not bad for you. Also, it's "caricature", if that's the word you were trying to spell.

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