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What's the experiences with long term Paleos?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created August 08, 2011 at 3:49 AM

How has this diet been for those who have it done it a minimum of a year? What do you like about it, result wise, and what results haven't you liked?

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on October 12, 2011
at 11:57 PM

My experiences have been very similar.

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on October 12, 2011
at 11:35 PM

Low Carb and Very Low Carb.

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on September 10, 2011
at 11:57 AM

Good to hear Ben!

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on August 10, 2011
at 04:48 AM

How cool that you've inspired your kids to eat well! I'm hoping someday that my teenagers will want to eat less gluten & dairy on their own.

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on August 08, 2011
at 08:11 PM

Took me about a year of eating LC to VLC then when I did eat high carb and tested my blood sugar it was in the normal range. I don't eat a lot of carb normally now anyway.

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on August 08, 2011
at 01:35 PM

yeah. my dad has lost more than me in six months than i have in a year. he's lost 80+ but he had a lot more to lose. my mom's dropped a good 50lbs also.

C4134ed417dbc0a6b79ab2cee32632d3

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on August 08, 2011
at 01:14 PM

I can relate to your body wanting to be more physical. I've found that this is happening to me too.

C4134ed417dbc0a6b79ab2cee32632d3

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on August 08, 2011
at 01:12 PM

You're caucasion, you're supposed to have sticky/wet earwax :-)

C4134ed417dbc0a6b79ab2cee32632d3

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on August 08, 2011
at 01:11 PM

Tell me more about your T2 reversal. I think I've reversed mine... Can you eat high carb without levels going up?

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on August 08, 2011
at 12:38 PM

yo 70 ell bees is no joke. I never tire of hearing this kinda stuff. Two weeks ago my mother devoured Wolf's book and she's solid into two weeks of paleo. She's raving about it - loves it. I hope in a year or two she sounds like you.

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on August 08, 2011
at 05:48 AM

Same, going on nine months and loving it. :)

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on August 08, 2011
at 05:45 AM

@Eric mostly seasonal ones esp spring & fall

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on August 08, 2011
at 05:34 AM

Which allergies did you have?

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on August 08, 2011
at 05:07 AM

Good questions! I am on month 8 and so far so good!

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on August 08, 2011
at 04:46 AM

1] Awesome 2] Everything 3] Nothing. 2 years in September.

Not exaggerating. I did do VLC for a while there and that is not for me. However, 2 years ago I came into the 'paleo' community after about a year of eating a high-calorie mostly-vegetarian grain-based weight gain diet. I had successfully gotten my weight up, but I had a recent diagnosis of IBS, frequent reflux, was on my 10th year of acne, had eczema, reoccurring mysterious dermatitis, frequent headaches and migraines, many symptoms of hypothyroid (low body temp, always cold, icy hands and feet, no stamina, sleeping 10+ hours per day and not feeling rested), chronic diffuse hairloss, painful periods with suspected endometriosis, hormonal disturbances indicative of impending PCOS - god there's probably more I just am not thinking of. 24 years old and I was a wreck.

Now I'm maintaining my highest weight ever effortlessly without stuffing myself to busting bloatedness, my skin is clear with no effort or potions, I am stronger and more flexible than ever in my life, my body temp is a degree higher and I'm always warm, and ALL of those other health problems are gone or improved 95%. I do still get some headaches and migraines, which has been true since I was 4. My hair seems to be thickening but that is a slow process. And I get rashy when I 'cheat'.

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667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

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on August 08, 2011
at 12:36 PM

I have been strict paleo for about two years.

In that time I???ve done everything from LC to eating-only-animals to VLC to high-starch to lots of dairy, no-dairy, IFing with an 16/8 window, eating every 3 hours, etc. In other words, all while being paleo, I???ve experimented with tons of foods.

I have purposefully lost weight, gained weight, and maintained weight all while being paleo as well.

What I like about it:

  • eating is simply simpler
  • eating whole foods, almost no matter what they are, results in general well-being
  • I have no desire to eat processed foods that used to admittedly have some allure
  • I look forward to cooking all my meals (granted I'm generally only cooking for one;)
  • my skin has greatly improved
  • I have pretty much constant good energy
  • I sleep better than any other point in my 31 years of life
  • I don't really have any mood fluctuations. I'm generally pretty happygolucky
  • My digestion is strong like bull
  • My body seems to want physical exertion. There seems to be an innate drive to keep moving, be physical, use my body, etc. Nothing too crazy like I wanna leap tall buildings, but rather a good, basic drive to tackle any obstacle in my way? Sounds a bit goofy I know. But I think this is a gradual result of eating well all the time; I believe that my body is in a pretty solid healthy state and so there is just this drive to use my power. Wow, I'm starting to sound silly.

What I don't like:

  • nothing. Eating whole foods makes me happy and healthy.

C4134ed417dbc0a6b79ab2cee32632d3

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on August 08, 2011
at 01:14 PM

I can relate to your body wanting to be more physical. I've found that this is happening to me too.

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(20378)

on September 10, 2011
at 11:57 AM

Good to hear Ben!

B3e7d1ab5aeb329fe24cca1de1a0b09c

(5242)

on October 12, 2011
at 11:57 PM

My experiences have been very similar.

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on August 08, 2011
at 01:41 PM

About 4 years eating Paleo & Paleo-ish.

No longer get intermittent migraines. At least not unintentionally, now when I do it is a result of me intentionally gluten-izing myself (i.e. New York pizza).

Solved my insomnia. No more teeth grinding when I sleep. Can actually fall asleep when I lay down.

Visible facial inflammation reduced to zero.

Lost a bunch of weight I had put on post-college. Excellent Muscle growth.

Much better mental sharpness/more productivity.

Haven't been sunburned for a long time.

Summa summarum: My life is better on an order of 1,000x. Happier and healthier.


Right now: Still tinkering around the edges with regards to fitness (modified CF) and managing stress levels/cortisol/leptin - but path is clear and getting clearer every day.

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on August 08, 2011
at 05:24 AM

3+ years LC to VLC paleo - love the lifestyle. Lost weight, got rid of asthma & allergies, sleep way better, no more bloating/gas after a meal, normal bowel movements now, stronger, great skin, don't use my glasses as much anymore, reversed T2 diabetes, no more cavities, no negatives for me at all.

C4134ed417dbc0a6b79ab2cee32632d3

(1811)

on August 08, 2011
at 01:11 PM

Tell me more about your T2 reversal. I think I've reversed mine... Can you eat high carb without levels going up?

1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

(20378)

on August 08, 2011
at 05:34 AM

Which allergies did you have?

66974b2cb291799dcd661b7dec99a9e2

(11121)

on August 08, 2011
at 05:45 AM

@Eric mostly seasonal ones esp spring & fall

66974b2cb291799dcd661b7dec99a9e2

(11121)

on August 08, 2011
at 08:11 PM

Took me about a year of eating LC to VLC then when I did eat high carb and tested my blood sugar it was in the normal range. I don't eat a lot of carb normally now anyway.

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on August 08, 2011
at 10:51 AM

Our entire family has been Paleo 15 months and it still keeps getting better. 200lbs lost, asthma, allergies, depression, GI issues, eczema, sleep disorder, heartburn all resolved. In general, tons more energy and joy.

It honestly gets easier and friends and family are more understanding and accommodating too. The kids have embraced it and consider themselves Paleo now too.

My ear wax is more wet, maybe from sweat and working out too - only negative, and not even sure it's related.

C4134ed417dbc0a6b79ab2cee32632d3

(1811)

on August 08, 2011
at 01:12 PM

You're caucasion, you're supposed to have sticky/wet earwax :-)

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on August 10, 2011
at 04:48 AM

How cool that you've inspired your kids to eat well! I'm hoping someday that my teenagers will want to eat less gluten & dairy on their own.

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66e6b190e62fb3bcf42d4c60801c7bf6

on August 08, 2011
at 11:40 AM

a little over a year. 70lbs gone with little effort outside of integrating the diet into my lifestyle. fixed metabolism. significantly reduced mental fog. increased tolerance for starch in my diet. improved atheletic performance. overall great feeling.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on August 08, 2011
at 12:38 PM

yo 70 ell bees is no joke. I never tire of hearing this kinda stuff. Two weeks ago my mother devoured Wolf's book and she's solid into two weeks of paleo. She's raving about it - loves it. I hope in a year or two she sounds like you.

66e6b190e62fb3bcf42d4c60801c7bf6

(12407)

on August 08, 2011
at 01:35 PM

yeah. my dad has lost more than me in six months than i have in a year. he's lost 80+ but he had a lot more to lose. my mom's dropped a good 50lbs also.

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on August 08, 2011
at 07:27 PM

I've been on the diet for maybe 7 years... about the time Cordain published the first Paleo Diet book or maybe a little bit before that.

I was a teenager and a bodybuilder then. I've noticed my allergies and acne decrease. I had been on acne medication and used to get several new comodones each day--I get zero now when I'm strict with the diet. Honestly I've lost some muscle because it is expensive and inconvenient to get the protein one needs without dairy and grains, but I obviously think going without them is better. I probably also lost muscle because bodybuilding is less of a priority to me these days.

Didn't have many problems beforehand because I was an athletic teenager. I wish I had started a decade earlier and then I wouldn't have needed to get my wisdom teeth taken out, laser eye surgery, braces, had a wider jaw, acne scars, etc.

Since I've been on the diet so long, it's hard to tell what things are "results" from the diet or not. I can't handle hot sauce at all anymore and that came more recently (but my whole family has a history of stomach problems).

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on October 12, 2011
at 11:24 PM

What's LC and VLC Paleo?

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on October 12, 2011
at 11:35 PM

Low Carb and Very Low Carb.

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on August 08, 2011
at 05:50 AM

I have been Paleo for two years but autoimmune Paleo for about 14 months.

Positive:

More stable mental and physical energy

Better mood stability

Better concentration

Can skip meals (before would get light headed/couldnt think)

Leaner and stronger with less effort

Skin glows/get comments from people that my skin looks "healthy"

Better resistance to the sun

Better bowel movements. Dont need much tp :-)

Less allergies

Pimple proof

Negative:

?? (maybe having to bite my tongue when I see obese people or people with acne complain that they cant change)

Areas I still need improvement:

Controlling mind/energy. I am working on ways to do this past Paleo but this Paleo makes a great base to start with.

Will I ever stop Paleo?

No. I will never eat anything but a whole foods diet again. I dont do well on high carbs and I am allergic to eggs, dairy and soy so I will never just supplement my protein needs with shakes. Meat and offal make me feel great.

The one Paleo area I dont mind breaking:

I think that certain herbs or a juicer can be good for you. Our bodies and minds are under much more stress then our ancestors. My understanding is that as long you you are lean supplementing with some liquid food isnt really frowned upon anyway so I guess Im still pretty much 100% paleo :-)

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