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Why change to a paleo diet?

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Created May 10, 2012 at 9:55 PM

Why paleo? Why not grains and dairy? And, what is the payoff for giving them up? What is on the other side of the discomfort (pain) and effort of giving up foods I am addicted to to begin changing to this way of eating?

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on May 12, 2012
at 09:51 PM

I guess I just have never known different! I've gotten a taste of what its like to feel better through eating right, but I have never sustained it. Three weeks is my lifetime record for not eating sugar. And now, at this late hour, it is finally occurring to me that maybe grains, even whole grains, may not be the ticket for me. Today at breakfast, I got up my courage and skipped my oatmeal. And for once, had no urge to sleep! I am taking that as a hint...

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That is amazing how you went from one extreme to the other--and stuck with it! I am on my first day with no grains today, and so far I am enjoying everything. I like how you describe the pleasure of eating a donut as ephemeral, lol. Yeah, that it is. Food has come to = pain for me, even. I pray I can adapt and follow through and that this will solve some of my health problems. Thanks!

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on May 11, 2012
at 03:15 PM

Excellent read! Well worth the time especially for beginners. Thank you!

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on May 11, 2012
at 03:10 PM

http://www.whole9life.com is pretty accessible too.

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at 11:38 AM

Oh yes, more energy, please, more energy! I had a paleo meal last ni ght and the night before. I am going to do this.

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at 11:36 AM

Thanks! Will check that out!

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at 11:36 AM

That is what I would like to hear about, specifics. "Better health" is good, but, "my allergies went away" or "my mind cleared up" is great!

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at 11:27 AM

Ok, I am starting to read it now...

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at 02:17 AM

I agree wholeheartedly with this! I was reluctant at first (no ww toast and PB? WTF?), but within 30 days I saw changes in issues that I had been living with for years and thought were inevitable results of genetics/aging. I'm at 5 months and I have had one major health change that has made it completely worth it. You might not have my same results, but it's definitely worth a shot.

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at 10:37 PM

You answered it yourself. Anything you are addicted to should be overcome.

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on May 11, 2012
at 12:47 AM

I'd suggest reading the books the others have suggested - but ultimately try it for 30 days. Only you can judge how it works for you and how different you feel. And, after the 30 days, if it wasn't for you, what've you lost?!

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on May 11, 2012
at 11:36 AM

That is what I would like to hear about, specifics. "Better health" is good, but, "my allergies went away" or "my mind cleared up" is great!

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on May 11, 2012
at 02:17 AM

I agree wholeheartedly with this! I was reluctant at first (no ww toast and PB? WTF?), but within 30 days I saw changes in issues that I had been living with for years and thought were inevitable results of genetics/aging. I'm at 5 months and I have had one major health change that has made it completely worth it. You might not have my same results, but it's definitely worth a shot.

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on May 10, 2012
at 10:21 PM

I'd recommend reading Richard Nikoley's book, Free the Animal. It's short, readable, a pretty good overview of paleo, and it's cheap ($3.99). It's electronic, so if you buy it now, you can read it now.

Basically my answer is "go read a book". Your question is incredibly broad.

A very quick answer is that paleo will make you healthier, and you will most probably lose weight if you are overweight.

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on May 11, 2012
at 11:27 AM

Ok, I am starting to read it now...

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on May 11, 2012
at 01:07 AM

You've tried it your way for years...why not Paleo for 1 month...if you see results whether they be better energy, weight loss the urge to widdle your own CLub...give it an honest month and really do it, no half assing...you'll be surprised what can happen in a month. Truth.

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on May 11, 2012
at 11:38 AM

Oh yes, more energy, please, more energy! I had a paleo meal last ni ght and the night before. I am going to do this.

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on May 11, 2012
at 12:51 AM

Here's an article by Nerd Fitness that helped convince me to go paleo:

The Beginner???s Guide to the Paleo Diet

It's quite a long read but it's simple enough to understand. It also answers the most common paleo-related questions.

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on May 11, 2012
at 03:15 PM

Excellent read! Well worth the time especially for beginners. Thank you!

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on May 11, 2012
at 11:36 AM

Thanks! Will check that out!

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on May 11, 2012
at 12:09 AM

Mark Sisson is your best bet for an introduction to this lifestyle

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/definitive-guide-to-the-primal-eating-plan/#axzz1uVzySCO7

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on May 11, 2012
at 03:10 PM

http://www.whole9life.com is pretty accessible too.

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on May 11, 2012
at 03:43 PM

I can't speak for anyone but myself, but I went from eating utter crap on a daily basis???donuts, frozen pizza, frozen burritos, and Cheetos, washed down with copious amounts of diet soda???to a strict paleo diet, and I would never go back.

Someone told me you can do anything for a month, so I committed to a month. I'd say for the first 30 days I was 95-99% paleo (I ate out a few times where what I ate may have had small amounts of dairy or foods cooked in non-paleo fats, but even when I ate out I was very adamant about no grains, legumes, or apparent added sugar or dairy). The change I went through was really almost immediate. Within a week I felt like I had more energy than I'd had in over ten years, my digestive system was like "OMG THANK YOU!" and I started losing weight. I tell you all of this to say that this felt so much better than the ephemeral pleasure I got from eating a donut, and after a month of feeling good, I really didn't want to give that up. Feeling really good for maybe the first time in my life (rather than just okay) was the best medicine for my food addictions.

Furthermore, I've found my tastes have changed. A while ago, my BF (who also eats paleo) and I decided to indulge and split a gluten-free cupcake from a local bakery we used to adore, and despite scraping off all the frosting, just one bite of that cupcake was so sickeningly sweet to my palate I couldn't finish it. I eat a more relaxed 85-90% paleo diet now (I enjoy alcoholic beverages about once a week, occasionally eat small amounts of certain dairy - raw milk cheese, pasture butter, etc - and sometimes indulge in a half-order of fries with my grass-fed lettuce-wrapped burger), but honestly, I don't miss most of the foods I eliminated, in some cases because I don't like how they make me feel, and in other cases because I simply don't like the taste of them anymore. Diet soda is disgusting to me. Foods sweeter than a piece of fruit (and even some actual fruits, like pineapple) are "too sweet" for my palate. I can honestly say if someone handed me a donut today, the idea of eating it would make me feel a little nauseous.

So I think the best approach is to tell yourself, "you know, it's only a month. I can always go back to eating those foods if I don't feel like it's worth it after a month." I'm willing to bet if you stick with it, though, that you'll never look back.

I still love cheese, though.

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on May 12, 2012
at 09:45 PM

That is amazing how you went from one extreme to the other--and stuck with it! I am on my first day with no grains today, and so far I am enjoying everything. I like how you describe the pleasure of eating a donut as ephemeral, lol. Yeah, that it is. Food has come to = pain for me, even. I pray I can adapt and follow through and that this will solve some of my health problems. Thanks!

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on May 11, 2012
at 03:09 PM

You see the pain and discomfort of giving up those foods. I see the pain and the discomfort of eating them.

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on May 12, 2012
at 09:51 PM

I guess I just have never known different! I've gotten a taste of what its like to feel better through eating right, but I have never sustained it. Three weeks is my lifetime record for not eating sugar. And now, at this late hour, it is finally occurring to me that maybe grains, even whole grains, may not be the ticket for me. Today at breakfast, I got up my courage and skipped my oatmeal. And for once, had no urge to sleep! I am taking that as a hint...

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