To start, I am a senior in university and never had a very healthy diet. I recently just got out of an unhealthy relationship (in more ways than one) and I think it's time to redo myself.
My biggest concern is to be honest, the whining. No offense to anyone in particular, but I've read about 20 posts here, and just heard other dieters talk. Anyways, As a cheap student, I ate taco bell, mcdonalds etc I mean I ate the right stuff too and cooked from home, but my only semi consistent rule was no soda (that is very consistent right now).
The thing is I just watched fat head, which introduced me to the idea and it makes sense, but he seemed like a healthy happy guy even during the eat at fast food places all day phase. Same goes for me, I'm a little overweight and trying to change that, but no food makes me feel anything except maybe not hungry. I just don't get how this diets claim is how much better we'll feel in the long run coming back to nature. Then every question is riddled with people talking about all these "sensitivities" to other foods. I have no allergies, or issues, and I kind of question when people say they are a cup of corn, or sipped a beer and suddenly felt out of whack for hours or days... is that just people being overly sensitive, with preexisting issues, over dramatic or will this diet really cause me to feel faint the day I without thinking eat a slice of white bread? I don't mean to be insensitive, and so far think the paleo lifestyle makes more sense than anything (it's common sense). I just I guess coming from a standpoint of I'll never be the strict 100% grizzly adams cave dude, have a hard time relating to it when people talk in such extremes.
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on April 19, 2013
at 06:48 PM
Your goal should be to improve your diet.
Best thing you can do is to try and cook most of your own meals and avoid processed foods and fast foods as best you can. If you can eliminate refined sugar, flour, and vegetable oil from your diet you will be doing your health a big favor.
It's okay to take small steps.
A paleo diet doesn't have to be all or nothing.
on April 19, 2013
at 08:16 PM
If you read The Primal Blueprint you will see that 80% compliance is a good goal to shoot for. There are certainly "orthodox" paleo people who will be happy to preach to you with their holier than thou attitude, but very few of us are 100% in reality. However, I think it is useful to AIM for 100% and be happy if you reach 80%, rather than aiming for 80% and falling below that. For me, that means I'm mostly paleo, but if I'm in a restaurant that I know will cook my food in a PUFA oil, I don't get my knickers in a snit.
As for feeling better, you are young enough that you may not feel a dramatic change. It's lucky you don't feel bad, and may make it a little harder to see the benefit, but I suspect you WILL see the benefit over time. My personal experience was that I didn't know how bad I felt all the time, until I started to feel better. And then--WOW!
on April 19, 2013
at 07:34 PM
My husband and I have been doing paleo for over three months, the third and fourth week were really bad for detox symptoms, I felt like my brain was processing really slowly and my doctor confirmed he thought the same when I went to see him. By the 5th week I was feeling great. I suffer from moderate scoliosis, severe hay fever, hypothyroid and hearing impairment. But I feel really GREAT. My back pain which used to be almost debilitating is minimal. My energy and mental awareness is healthy better than prior to paleo. My hearing impairment seems a bit better, I wear aids most of the time but not today. My seasonal allergies which lasted from mid-February to mid-June since my twenties, I am now 42, were only bad during March, it's now mid April I have no sign of them. I've lost 10lbs too. Paleo is great BUT it is a lot of work and discipline but the pay off is worth it.
on April 19, 2013
at 07:09 PM
Askrere: I'm a relatively young guy who after graduating, ate like crap. Total crap. I gained a ton of weight, and before i started paleo, I gorged myself on all of the things I read you couldn't eat.
I'm now on my tenth week, and I can tell you, I feel different. Not a little different, but a ton! I'm not lethargic anymore. I can sleep deeply, and I'm a chronic light sleeper. I don't get heartburn anymore, and generally, I don't feel "bad" usually. With that said, your body is adjusted to eating a certain way, and has the enzymes and gut flora needed to process what your normally eat. When you go paleo, you go through a bit of an adjustment period. After you adjust, your body is now able to process this new way of eating. When you introduce the old stuff, it MAY effect you negatively. That doesn't mean it will. My wife has all sorts of crap as cheats, and she's fine. If I have something I don't usually eat now, I'm sick all night.
I don't think being 100% forever and ever is a realistic goal. You're going to want to indulge now and then. I think you should approach it as willing to do x, y, and z and go from there. If you feel good, then keep doing it. My approach was to go as strict as possible and then start adding things back in. That's my approach. You are only going to enjoy doing this lifestyle if you are comfortable in the approach you choose, and don't let anyone tell you anything else. If you are still having something, and you still have this symptom, then stop eating that thing. Otherwise, don't listen to the negativity and explore the lifestyle to your comfort zone.
(I can tell you, there is no way in hell I go to sleep when the sun goes down and wake up when the sun rises. There are lots of folks who do that, but come on! :D)