Im a 29yo female
well ive been lurking this site for months after being referred to paleo by my naturopath. After deciding to take the leap and transition to paleo I just have so much hope, but also so many worries.
My hopes are with the use of paleo, excercise and various allied health professionals such as remedial massage, naturopathy, psychology,:
-heal gut -improve PCOS symptoms such as facial and back hair (know women needs back hair!!!!) -improve thyroid function / slow down deterioration of thyroid at least -improve depression -significant weight loss (currentley classed morbidly obese) - shake sugar addiction - develop new ways of living, rather than feeling I just exist
My worries - the above things cannot be improved with Paleo and other assistance - ive become so unwell because I believe ive been emotionally eating myself directley to illness - im isolated and therefore find it difficult to adopt a new lifestyle
So a) im wondering whether anyone has had improvements with any of the above, to give me hope, and b) I guess me being involved in this website is my way of starting to reduce isolation from fellow Paleo-lians, in order to acheive long term change! and c) Im engaging in psychotherapy in order to change my thought and address the reasons Ive developed such reliance and relationship with food, as I have lost weight before, but its never stayed that way!!!
Thanks all for reading and contributing
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on August 26, 2012
at 01:07 PM
I was never obese but definitely heavy, and began to have the worst symptoms around high school graduation. Paleo diet and lifestyle changes have definitely helped everything, in conjunction with acupuncture and some nutritional therapies.
I have gone from 150 pounds to 110 pounds (small 5' frame) in about 4 years. Basically I avoid anything with gluten (basically anything that comes out of a package, as well as bread and pastry) as well as high sugar items such as rice. For starches and carb energy I mainly derive from quinoa and sweet potatoes. They are filling, and I find sweet potatoes are soothing to my digestion which has always been bad since I was a kid. Another thing to avoid is soy, for its plant estrogens and anti-nutrients and high incidence of being GMO in the states. Fermentation for products like soy sauce, tempeh, and natto breaks down the anti-nutrients but plant estrogens remain.
Despite marked improvement in my condition on Paleo and with gentle exercise (literally biking everywhere I go, and gentle exercise program that I enjoy: zumba, ballet, yoga, etc...) a few problems still remain and I notice they are worse when I eat soy. I'm living in Asia and so many dishes and sauces center around soy but occasionally I experience cyst pain throughout my monthly cycle which is still long (around 60 days, but at my worst condition I went 90 days before having a drug-induced cycle). Now I don't take any medications, just follow the nutritional principles listed above.
By all means, go Paleo with confidence but study, study, study. This health condition has led me to be very interested in alternative and nutritional health remedies. It is fascinating and there are always differing opinions and new information.
Pschotherapy might help, but internet forums and a good solid paleo trial program (commit to at least a month is ideal) and ALSO mild exercise program, even if you don't feel like it. It will jump start endorphins and make you feel great. Bike bikable distances in your routine, walk the walkable, or start an active activity outside. It really makes a difference in how I feel. Knowing how eating better will improve how you feel will speak for itself and your relationship with food will change all by itself when you realize your current diet is making you feel terrible. There are many foods I miss the taste of, but I don't miss how they made me feel so I often find them easy to avoid. Your body will be in essence, reset.
Best wishes on your Paleo Journey.
on August 26, 2012
at 05:04 PM
i am 4 months in and paleo has transformed my life, i'd already lost 8 and half stone myself but within 6 weeks i'd lost another stone and a half.
within about 5 days the awful anxiety and feeling of being lost that i have carried with all my life just went (i think it was the gluten poisoning me)
AS for the PCOS mine had been fine but then in month 3 everything kicked off after 15 years of nothing.. but i was eating like 100g of nuts a day, i have cut it back down to about 25g and i am fine again this month so maybe just watch the nuts (although everyone is different)
it has also put my HS (hidradentiits suppuritva) into remission, my eyesight has improved 2 strengths in each eye..
cravings have generally jsut gone, mood is stable..
it's amazing.. try it :)
on August 26, 2012
at 01:22 PM
While my family & friends who've gone Paleo have had varied success in specific health issues, we all share a much improved physical & mental feeling of well being in general. I started eating Paleo near the end of June, to lose weight. I lost several pounds of water weight & then seemed to plateau. Some people suggested that I cut out fruits, sweet potatoes & occasional dark chocolate to lose weight faster. I didn't because I just felt SO GOOD that I was scared to change anything (I was under alot of pressure at work) I decided I would just stop weighing myself until I was ready to make further restrictions. After a few more weeks I noticed that my clothes were fitting loose & when I weighed myself I was down in weight. Now, after about 8 weeks I am down over 17lbs. without further restrictions. Even without the weight loss I would never go back because of the tremendous mental & physical feeling of well being.
It's something that you really have to try yourself to fully understand. When I tried diets in the past, it seemed like their was a built in time limit in the back of my mind - like a stretching rubber band that I knew was going to eventually snap me back to a SAD way of eating - not with Paleo eating.
I'm sorry that I can't address your questions on specific medical issues but hope that others on here can. Good luck!