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What to expect for paleo newcomers?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 14, 2013 at 11:25 AM

I'm an Osteopath & Naturopath working in London (and have been paleo for the last 7 months) and want to design a little handout for my patients of what to expect if going paleo, in the form of pros and cons. Here's my list so far, please feel free to comment and add any points that I may have missed out!

The hardest factors in going paleo:

  • Sceptical friends/family/conventional healthcare providers
  • Breaking the habit of a lifetime; no more bread/pasta for every meal.
  • sugar cravings/withdrawal symptoms. (ie. dizziness, weakness, mood swings) Sugar is a drug, and the body therefore reacts like it would from withdrawal from any other drug.
  • Designing a new shopping list/being economical
  • Breakfast. No more cereal/toast.
  • eating out/at friends'
  • planning meals (ie. Lunch for work).

    Best factors:

  • weight loss!

  • a new positivity and lust for health
  • new found energy levels
  • manageable hunger
  • improved sleep/ reduced snoring
  • reduced aches & pains
  • reduced GI symptoms (heartburn, cramps, flatulence, diarrhoea)

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on January 30, 2013
at 04:42 AM

I second joanna; I also gained weight on Paleo after an eating disorder. I'd also add to the "best factors" list: clearer skin (i.e. less acne)!

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on January 16, 2013
at 02:32 AM

Good point Ruby....maybe OP can include that with the negatives so that the patients use them in that manner rather than as excuses.

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on January 16, 2013
at 02:15 AM

I think having the negatives listed allows them to develop action plans. Knowing what you're going to do when you encounter stuff like that makes it much easier for them to not derail you.

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on January 16, 2013
at 01:59 AM

i would put weight management/getting to natural weight. i started paleo to gain weight so i'm sure others have as well.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on January 14, 2013
at 06:51 PM

Nothing against what your trying to do...I think its great actually! But I might just keep to the positives. People are bound to come up with enough negatives on their own without you giving them ideas they haven't even thought of yet. No use putting more obstacles in the way than what need be.

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on January 14, 2013
at 04:45 PM

thanks, point taken. the points aren't necessarily in order, they were simply jotted down as they came to me.

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on January 16, 2013
at 01:43 AM

balanced blood sugar, stronger immune system,
faster recovery times

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on February 13, 2013
at 10:45 PM

I would add bacon

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on February 13, 2013
at 07:22 PM

Pre going paleo my wife and I hardly ever cooked, now we are really enjoying it and it added a new dimension to our life as a family.

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on January 30, 2013
at 05:12 PM

You may wish to add that an unknown percentage of people eating high-fat versions of pale have experienced increases in LDL cholesterol ranging from small to dramatic (I have seen reports of LDL as high as 463 on this forum.) I don't know about the legal situation vis a vis your profession in the U.K. But I would think that failure to do so could entail some legal issues.

Just a caution.

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on January 16, 2013
at 01:48 AM

Not sure how to bulletize it, but a big benefit I've gotten is the ability to stop eating once I'm satiated. Before paleo, I always struggled with overeating (to the point of stomach aches) and eating/snacking when not hungry. When eating paleo, I can sense when I'm full and push my plate away (even if there is still delicious food on it).

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3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on January 14, 2013
at 02:37 PM

As a marketing device putting weight loss at the top of the list is what sells the diet. As a health practitioner I would consider not leading off with it though.

B163f3c3cef3e46c82a4cd9a288b6a2a

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on January 14, 2013
at 04:45 PM

thanks, point taken. the points aren't necessarily in order, they were simply jotted down as they came to me.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

(18635)

on January 14, 2013
at 06:51 PM

Nothing against what your trying to do...I think its great actually! But I might just keep to the positives. People are bound to come up with enough negatives on their own without you giving them ideas they haven't even thought of yet. No use putting more obstacles in the way than what need be.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

(18635)

on January 16, 2013
at 02:32 AM

Good point Ruby....maybe OP can include that with the negatives so that the patients use them in that manner rather than as excuses.

7efe820ea2b10a1d2a78977ce7a4f215

(348)

on January 16, 2013
at 02:15 AM

I think having the negatives listed allows them to develop action plans. Knowing what you're going to do when you encounter stuff like that makes it much easier for them to not derail you.

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