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If you had to start all over, what would you do differently?

Answered on November 18, 2013
Created November 17, 2013 at 10:00 PM

Hello everybody,

First I'll start with an explanation. I was paleo for about a year in 2011 and 2012. I was feeling great. In 2012, I started grad school and started eating like crap once again. I have had multiple weeks where I eat clean for a couple of days but then relapse into crappy food. So, I have made an effort to stick to it this time, but wanted to ask the community, if you had to start all over again, what would you do differently? What have you learned or gained that you wish you knew in the beginning?

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on November 18, 2013
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+1 for the paleo-evangelism.

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on November 18, 2013
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I would have either eaten more carbs, more consistently, OR made a concerted effort to go ketogenic / fat-adapted from the beginning. I ended up spending several months in a cruddy no-man's-land of frequent hypoglycemic crashes, which made me unpleasant to be around and ended up costing me about 10 pounds of muscle (and I was already skinny).

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on November 18, 2013
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I would have dropped the dairy sooner. It seemed to be too big a step but actually when I did I found it wasn't such a big deal. Oh yes, I wouldn't have gone so low carb to start with, adding in safe starches helped a lot, but ultimately I needed to go with the probiotics as well to really get the results I wanted.

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on November 17, 2013
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I wish I started at age four.

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on November 17, 2013
at 11:32 PM

I wish I would've realized the importance of sleep. I didn't sleep enough before going paleo (about three years ago), and now that I have a two-year-old, I definitely don't get enough sleep. I wish I would've understood how important it was so I could make it a point to rest more before I had my little one (for the sake of hormones).

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on November 17, 2013
at 11:03 PM

I would have:

taken "before" photos & progress photos,

kept a food journal / diary,

recorded my weight & key measurements as I progressed

written down more consistently the food / meal and blood sugar responses,

had a more planned / relaxation transition from SAD to paleo

not shared the "joys of paleo eating" so fervently :)

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on November 18, 2013
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+1 for the paleo-evangelism.

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on November 17, 2013
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Not directly edible diet or "restarting paleo" but overall I wish I never started smoking cigarettes when I was in HS. I started in a weird way, the restaurant I worked at would give breaks to smokers so if you smoked you could get a few 15 minute breaks per shift. I never though I would become addicted but I started smoking at parties, when I was drinking and next thing I knew I was a daily smoker.

I don't smoke now but it really messed up a lot of my physical health for a very long time!

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on November 17, 2013
at 10:10 PM

If I could start over again I would tell myself a lot of things:

Don't deprive yourself or try to fit into someone else's 'paleo" mold. There is no 'one' paleo.

Be kind to yourself -- don't stress out about macronutrients, percentages, calories or weight.

Don't beat yourself up if you have a slip up -- you're human. Accept it and move on.

Don't exercise in excess -- move a lot at a slow pace.

Don't forget to eat your carbs -- fruits and tubers are not your enemy.

Accept that you will be looked at as different from your friends/co workers/family when it comes to gatherings that involve food -- and don't let their remarks or crtisitsms influence how you chose to live your life. The results WILL speak for themselves.

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