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Do healthy people choose paleo?

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Created March 19, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Having been reading PH and paleo blogoshere for nearly a year now. I can help but notice most paleo folks didn't come to paleo from a healthy place. They come to paleo with deranged metabolisms, chronic disease, and a multitude of health problems. Think about many of the paleo gurus: Robb Wolf, Mark Sisson, etc... They adopted paleo out of necessity, not choice.

Is paleo just a sick persons diet? Does it offer anything substantial to normal, healthy folks?

571e631577f6d001c79049ab79280ef2

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on March 22, 2012
at 08:07 PM

'the standards for "healthy" in our society aren't particularly high.' I think you've hit the nail on the head there. For most people (and I don't necessarily include people on this site, who may perhaps have always been interested in health and getting the most from their body) they kind of expect to have minor ailments and lots of colds cos they are 'going around'. Its the new norm. Not something our ancestors could have tolerated too much cos it would have put them at a disadvantage survival wise, but not too much of a drawback if you only need to drive from supermarket to office desk! :D

571e631577f6d001c79049ab79280ef2

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on March 21, 2012
at 05:43 PM

lol. I was also inspired by the diet of my pets! When we got our cats, I researched the best diet, thinking it was achoice between wet and dry, etc..only to discover it was raw meat. Their poo has never smelt bad and was kinda dry and crumbley (when they used the litter tray..I never see it any more, cos they go outside somewhere). People don't belive that when you tell 'em.. :P They do praise the health of my cats though! :)

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on March 21, 2012
at 02:43 AM

i was overweight all my life; i weighed nearly 30lbs on my first birthday. i lost weight as an adult, but even at 120lbs i felt "fat". that turned out to be a gluten/soy oil intolerence. i weigh 140lbs today and i feel great!

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on March 20, 2012
at 03:38 PM

I know it's not, but reading PH at times you get the idea that only sick people ever consider paleo.

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at 03:35 PM

Very interesting intro to paleo. Miss having a dog personally and would be really interested in a more natural way of eating for my future canine companions.

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at 03:34 PM

That's more or less the typical introduction to paleo right there. And I'll admit: I do have a man-crush on Robb Wolf.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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at 03:33 PM

I definitely mean, not sick when I say healthy. Seems like there's no shortage of folks trying to cure major health issues with paleo, as opposed to the apparent lack of folks who this for possibly better longevity and minor short term effects (i.e. just feeling better).

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on March 20, 2012
at 03:31 PM

Curious then, was this slight better feeling the only reason you choose to go paleo?

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on March 20, 2012
at 03:31 PM

Very interesting that so many problems might be tied to such a small set of nutrient deficiencies.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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at 03:28 PM

Agreed. I've done the strict paleo thing and there's no difference between strict and loose paleo for me. Both are only a modicum better than SAD, at least in immediate and short term effects.

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at 03:27 PM

That's more or less my take as well. Felt good then, feel perhaps even better now.

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on March 20, 2012
at 03:26 PM

Interesting how so many healthy people came out of the woodwork to speak up. Usually have a bajillion and one dysfunctional folks chiming in! :)

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on March 19, 2012
at 07:58 PM

Yeah, the gluten thing is a black box for me, so I dunno. I have no idea if eating gluten results in villous atrophy etc. since I have absolutely no perceptible reaction. I tend to not eat it simply because it doesn't satiate and is relatively poor nutrient-wise, but aside from that, I don't know if it has any effect on my health.

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on March 19, 2012
at 07:31 PM

Agreed, AND going gluten-free made a huge difference for me. I suspect it depends on whether one's gut health is compromised or not.

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on March 19, 2012
at 07:22 PM

Lol...plus one for pantsless devotion. :)

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on March 19, 2012
at 05:34 PM

I had the same experience--I decided to experiment with paleo as part of a continuing process of health optimization, and I've stuck with it because I like the results.

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on March 19, 2012
at 05:31 PM

+1 for Pollan. He's not a paleo advocate, per se, but his books had a huge impact on my way of thinking about food, nutrition, and my relationship with both.

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on March 19, 2012
at 04:25 PM

Naps are worth a try. I sleep 6 hours in the night, and a 90-minute nap in the evenings.

9f54852ea376e8e416356f547611e052

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on March 19, 2012
at 04:23 PM

Taht's pretty much my experience and reasoning as well, been on paleo from last July. Certainly my digestion is better.

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on March 19, 2012
at 04:22 PM

I was and am healthy. It improved my digestion and eliminated/reduced brain fog, that's about it.

83e08b3e7029521d4ae290a239b82d57

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on March 19, 2012
at 02:49 PM

I'll concur as well. I was pretty healthy, active as an athlete, sporting a body fat % less than 10 but felt I could do better. Since going paleo, I've gained muscle and am no longer constantly fatigued. I also feel that my moods are much more even and I think more clearly.

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on March 19, 2012
at 02:44 PM

@Korion - "healthy people don't think about food." IMO, NOT true. I'm healthy, and I often think about my body as a gift, one that is working well and that is my responsibility to maintain. If you have a really great car, aren't you going to make sure you keep it tuned and clean and in general in good condition? Just because something works doesn't mean it's ok to neglect it.

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on March 19, 2012
at 02:26 PM

I've never been seriously ill, overweight, or suffered from any metabolic problems. I came to paleo just through reading mercola's blog years ago. He has been talking about avoiding grains for ages. In the beginning most paleo folk I bumped in to were athletic folks looking for increased performance, not sick people.

7d3a7b532811b6cfa2de09acdf52d145

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on March 19, 2012
at 02:14 PM

Same here. :) I was a bit tired usually, that has gone mostly since I went Paleo. But I was doing sports at a high level, the doctor said after some medical tests everything was superfine, I wasn't sick or overweight. Just had the feelin I could do better with my potential. And yes, Paleo did do a very neat trick there, I recover much faster from sports, I am less sick, tiredness is way less, I can handle stress better.. and also the 'insurance policy' for the future seems very nice. :)

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on March 19, 2012
at 01:39 PM

Stop wearing pants? Would have thought that depends on where you live - in equatorial regions maybe but I don't recall seeing many permanently pantless souls in cooler climes (UK!, Scandinavia etc.) Yes I know there are naturists but there are always exceptions :)

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on March 19, 2012
at 12:08 PM

Every diet is a sick persons diet, really. Healthy people don't think about food. Unfortunately a lot of unhealthy people don't think about it either... Nice question btw. I really wonder if there are some people who do this just because they feel it's right or because they wanna have a long life.

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21b36b3de8ff31b0d41e7f0f4b5c1e03

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on March 19, 2012
at 12:19 PM

I am one of those normal, healthy folks who adopted the paleo diet. And six months in, I really don't notice many differences to before. I was feeling good before, and I continue to feel well. The reason I am sticking with it is that I see it as an insurance policy for a healthy older age. I've got a feeling that in twenty or thirty year's time I'll be really glad that I switched. Time will tell.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on March 20, 2012
at 03:27 PM

That's more or less my take as well. Felt good then, feel perhaps even better now.

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on March 19, 2012
at 04:23 PM

Taht's pretty much my experience and reasoning as well, been on paleo from last July. Certainly my digestion is better.

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on March 19, 2012
at 01:37 PM

Yes, but it's a bit rare. Having a chronic condition can be a powerful motivator. And being paleo ain't that easy in modeern society.

Dr. Kurt Harris was in fine health (as far as we know). Of course, he says he kinda always ate this way. I think a lot of xfitters eat paleo without being unhealthy first.

But these days doesn't everyone seem to have at least a minor health condition? Allergies, dandruff, acne, heartburn, ADHD are pretty rampant. I think as we converge on 100% screen time, stress, sedentism and lack of socialization will have immense negative repurcussions of the health of society as a whole.

I think we are already seeing this. My wife teaches kindergarten and over 20 years she has seen a steady decline in both parenting skills and the ability of kids to pay attention and get along. And every year there are more kids (as a percentage) that have socialization issues, food allergies and weird chronic conditions that I had never even heard of until recently. It's not just the food, but of course good nutrition could go a long way toward helping all of these issues. And don't even get me started on the crap that gets packed as a "lunch".

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on March 19, 2012
at 06:57 PM

I think the greatest benefit that paleo has to offer to anyone is actually that D3/K2/Mg supplementation happen to be attached to it. I kinda suspect that our observations regarding various traditionally healthy cultures and their avoidance of cancer/heart disease/infection has little to do with the food itself beyond the fact that it prevents these deficiencies specifically.

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on March 19, 2012
at 07:58 PM

Yeah, the gluten thing is a black box for me, so I dunno. I have no idea if eating gluten results in villous atrophy etc. since I have absolutely no perceptible reaction. I tend to not eat it simply because it doesn't satiate and is relatively poor nutrient-wise, but aside from that, I don't know if it has any effect on my health.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on March 20, 2012
at 03:31 PM

Very interesting that so many problems might be tied to such a small set of nutrient deficiencies.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on March 19, 2012
at 07:31 PM

Agreed, AND going gluten-free made a huge difference for me. I suspect it depends on whether one's gut health is compromised or not.

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on March 19, 2012
at 12:21 PM

Yes, they do. I know because I did :) I have to say that my diet is very relaxed, though, so maybe you wouldn't call it "paleo". I just don't eat industrial foods, sugar or wheat.

Why I am on this diet? Because I am very interested in nutrition, in health, and I want to give my body and those of my family the best possible diet :)

What has it given me so far (I have eaten quite healthily all my life, but more so in the last few months) is a small weight loss, more energy, better skin and hair.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on March 20, 2012
at 03:28 PM

Agreed. I've done the strict paleo thing and there's no difference between strict and loose paleo for me. Both are only a modicum better than SAD, at least in immediate and short term effects.

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on March 19, 2012
at 05:34 PM

I had the same experience--I decided to experiment with paleo as part of a continuing process of health optimization, and I've stuck with it because I like the results.

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on March 19, 2012
at 12:05 PM

when i found paleo i was considered to be very healthy. i was whole-grain-low-fat-1-servngs-of-red-meat-a-week-raw-fruits-and-veg-at-the-gym-5-days-a-week healthy. but i didn't feel healthy. i am actually considered to be less heathy now by my doctor, but i feel more well; funny how that works.

B4e1fa6a8cf43d2b69d97a99dfca262c

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on March 21, 2012
at 02:43 AM

i was overweight all my life; i weighed nearly 30lbs on my first birthday. i lost weight as an adult, but even at 120lbs i felt "fat". that turned out to be a gluten/soy oil intolerence. i weigh 140lbs today and i feel great!

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on March 20, 2012
at 03:31 PM

Curious then, was this slight better feeling the only reason you choose to go paleo?

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on March 19, 2012
at 02:08 PM

I would consider myself a "healthy" person.

I actually started researching healthy diets/lifestyles after I got my first dog, the first creature other than myself I actually had to take care of and be 100% responsible for as an adult. I found out different dog foods were vastly different in quality, and eventually I switched from the holistic/natural kibbles to a raw prey-model diet for my dogs.

During all my research, and finding out how non-species-appropriate the dog food formulas are and how in-bed the vets were with the dog food companies, I started looking at my own diet and wondering if that was wrong too.

I first read books by Michael Pollan and Nina Planck, and was blown away and angered by how misled the American people have been on what constitutes a "healthy diet". I started moving towards the WAPF way of eating. Then I came across the idea of paleo and primal lifestyles, I'm not a big bread person anyway, and it just makes sense and seems like the healthiest option.

I'm not super-strict with my diet, since I'm not trying to "fix" anything about myself (I'm not overweight, I don't have any chronic health problems), I just want to have a healthy diet and lifestyle. I follow the rules about 70% of the time.

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on March 19, 2012
at 05:31 PM

+1 for Pollan. He's not a paleo advocate, per se, but his books had a huge impact on my way of thinking about food, nutrition, and my relationship with both.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on March 20, 2012
at 03:35 PM

Very interesting intro to paleo. Miss having a dog personally and would be really interested in a more natural way of eating for my future canine companions.

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on March 19, 2012
at 01:17 PM

I came upon paleo when i was searching for cures to my horrific GI problems and distress. After biomedicine failed (which it so often seems to do...) I decided to search for things myself. It wasn't long before I came upon stories similar to mine who were saved by GAPS, Paleo, etc. I think so many sick people are on paleo because they stumble upon it when they are looking for cures--as for other people--i guess it can be a way of not getting sick in the first place! We all have different tolerance levels--that 'healthy' person might not be so healthy were they to continue eating industrial foods.

I am also mildly infatuated with Sir Robert Wolf and would likely stop wearing pants if he advised. Blind follower? Maybe. But who needs pants anyway.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on March 20, 2012
at 03:34 PM

That's more or less the typical introduction to paleo right there. And I'll admit: I do have a man-crush on Robb Wolf.

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on March 19, 2012
at 07:22 PM

Lol...plus one for pantsless devotion. :)

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on March 19, 2012
at 01:39 PM

Stop wearing pants? Would have thought that depends on where you live - in equatorial regions maybe but I don't recall seeing many permanently pantless souls in cooler climes (UK!, Scandinavia etc.) Yes I know there are naturists but there are always exceptions :)

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on March 21, 2012
at 08:17 PM

I'm a 29 year young healthy lady who started to remove grains from her diet after reading about cyclists achieving greater success off of them. I'm not experiencing some of the yucky side effects from gluten and the like because I'm young and have been moderate in my consumption of them. So last year I started to wean myself off of most grains.

I started to eat even more 'paleo' after acquiring back yard chickens. Out of curiosity, I began reading more and more research on the value of whole eggs, and the reality of cholesterol and saturated fats. All of the research is out there and suddenly everything regarding heart disease and diabetes began to come together for me.

Now it's stunning how stable my blood sugar is throughout the day. I was healthy before, but I'd still get sleepy and ravenous throughout the day. All fixed now. I am loving it!

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571e631577f6d001c79049ab79280ef2

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on March 21, 2012
at 05:32 PM

I hear what you're saying, and I think its a good question - is it just people with specific problems who find their way to / need this diet? As a person who has come to the diet due to an accumulation of ailments, I have several observations:

(1) a large percentage of the population seem to suffer from minor ailments. They don't always mention these until someone else does, so if I mention for instance that I'm not too good with wheat, suddenly a whole bunch of people say 'oh yeah, I get really bloated when I eat pasta'. People don't necessarily like to admit they have problems, but its very common, as you can see from looking at any pharmacy/chemist's shelf!

(2) I am noticing this more and more as I, and the the others around me get older. So although I think some of my problems are genetic (my dad has suffered from similar problems such as ibs), some of it is just a matter of time. I got away with treating my body quite badly when I was younger, but as time went on, this was no longer the case, so I had to change! Having recently worked in an elderly nursing home I saw the kinds of things that people were suffering from..lots of diabetes, obesity and other lifestyle related diseases, that are not found in hunter-gatherer societies. Some foods, such as refined sugar say, are just not good for anyone I think!

(3) Some healthy people like Mark Sisson say that they though they were fine with grains, when giving up found that what they took to be 'normal signs of aging' disappeared. I think its an interesting experiment for any individual interested in health and fitness to cut out grains and monitor their body for changes.

I have to say that I'm fairly new to all this, only two months into the diet, and I don't think I've found the perfect diet for me yet, but I've already got way more from it than I ever expected! My ailments have gone pretty much, but I have also found relief from stuff that I thought was 'normal' (like pmt..cos that's just what happens to us girl's right?) plus have found a great deal more energy, colds lasting less long, and so on. (Hope this post is not too long..I tend to ramble!) :)

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on March 19, 2012
at 12:53 PM

I don't think I would have been considered unhealthy when I started. I just knew I could improve. Healthy is kinda a faulty concept anyway, at least the way the average person defines it- generally they mean a lack of serious illness. I didn't want to just not be sick- I wanted to be as close to my potential as I could be.

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on March 19, 2012
at 02:49 PM

I'll concur as well. I was pretty healthy, active as an athlete, sporting a body fat % less than 10 but felt I could do better. Since going paleo, I've gained muscle and am no longer constantly fatigued. I also feel that my moods are much more even and I think more clearly.

7d3a7b532811b6cfa2de09acdf52d145

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on March 19, 2012
at 02:14 PM

Same here. :) I was a bit tired usually, that has gone mostly since I went Paleo. But I was doing sports at a high level, the doctor said after some medical tests everything was superfine, I wasn't sick or overweight. Just had the feelin I could do better with my potential. And yes, Paleo did do a very neat trick there, I recover much faster from sports, I am less sick, tiredness is way less, I can handle stress better.. and also the 'insurance policy' for the future seems very nice. :)

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on March 20, 2012
at 03:33 PM

I definitely mean, not sick when I say healthy. Seems like there's no shortage of folks trying to cure major health issues with paleo, as opposed to the apparent lack of folks who this for possibly better longevity and minor short term effects (i.e. just feeling better).

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on March 21, 2012
at 02:48 PM

I started with paleo primarily to support my husband. I was pretty healthy - there was nothing I would have mentioned if asked about health complaints. However, paleo cleared up a number of minor issues that I wouldn't have even thought of as health issues - minor joint pain, heartburn, gas, occasional colds, and that sort of thing. And I quickly went from slightly overweight (but not enough to stress me, especially being just a few months postpartum) to maintaining effortlessly at the lower end of my ideal weight range - I had not been that low since reaching my full adult height, even when I was in getting lots of exercise, and had assumed that my natural weight was higher.

So yes, I think there is plenty of benefit in paleo for healthy people, because the standards for "healthy" in our society aren't particularly high.

571e631577f6d001c79049ab79280ef2

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on March 22, 2012
at 08:07 PM

'the standards for "healthy" in our society aren't particularly high.' I think you've hit the nail on the head there. For most people (and I don't necessarily include people on this site, who may perhaps have always been interested in health and getting the most from their body) they kind of expect to have minor ailments and lots of colds cos they are 'going around'. Its the new norm. Not something our ancestors could have tolerated too much cos it would have put them at a disadvantage survival wise, but not too much of a drawback if you only need to drive from supermarket to office desk! :D

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on March 19, 2012
at 06:05 PM

I'm the average fat, sick, inflammed paleoer. But my husband is crazy fit and healthy. And it's been on his insistence that we do paleo. Although yes I did find out about it. He wants to be even healthier.

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on March 19, 2012
at 05:57 PM

I was already what one would consider "healthy" and "fit". My blood work was great, my workouts were solid, etc. I found paleo because I noticed bagels were giving me cotton mouth and grains always made me sleepy, and I was looking for a way to keep my energy up when cutting weight for competitions.

My husband, on the other hand, is big on his "routine" and wasn't easily persuaded. He was already extremely athletic and performing well. He also was a firm believer in "a calorie is a calorie". However, he saw the improvements in our dog when I switched him from a high quality kibble (Call of the Wild, Bison) to a biologically appropriate diet (raw meat, bones, etc). And when I say "the improvements" I mean the dog shit got a lot less disgusting. Less quantity, better texture, better odor, etc. Apparently when you are the one who has to pick it up that can be a very persuasive visual ;)

571e631577f6d001c79049ab79280ef2

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on March 21, 2012
at 05:43 PM

lol. I was also inspired by the diet of my pets! When we got our cats, I researched the best diet, thinking it was achoice between wet and dry, etc..only to discover it was raw meat. Their poo has never smelt bad and was kinda dry and crumbley (when they used the litter tray..I never see it any more, cos they go outside somewhere). People don't belive that when you tell 'em.. :P They do praise the health of my cats though! :)

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on March 19, 2012
at 05:54 PM

My husband and I were not super healthy, but have great metabolism, so we weren't destitute. I ate vegetarian/fishatarian, and we'd eat crap sometimes, but I'd say we ate reasonably well.

We wanted to get into backpacking, and he had recently hurt his back (a week before turning 30!) and that got him working with a personal trainer and nutritionist (who is a good friend of ours and touts the paleo).

For us, it's an easy way to eat healthy and avoid things that we know lead to diabetes, which is a risk for both of us even though we're thin people. Plus, we get more energy and feel better. We're not going to die if we don't change our eating habits, but we prefer this way.

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on March 19, 2012
at 05:37 PM

Paleo isn't just for "sick" people! I began doing Paleo in conjunction with CrossFit (just want to lose some weight and look awesome!) and I feel big differences. My complexion has gotten clearer, my skin softer, I'm happier, more energetic, etc and I thought I had all of that pre-Paleo. I don't think it's possible to go from an average lifestlye to Paleo without noticing any differences . . . even if you already think you are healthy! :)

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on March 20, 2012
at 03:38 PM

I know it's not, but reading PH at times you get the idea that only sick people ever consider paleo.

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on March 19, 2012
at 05:30 PM

My son chose paleo because he saw my success on it. He's a healthy, strong, and fit 18 year old man, on active duty in the military. He mentioned today, on a phone call, that he's seen some unexpected improvement in his body composition with the change, even though he was already a consistent participant in a wide range of activities including P90X (his unit uses this as PT), hiking, weight training, swimming, etc. He said he's doing it because he wants to optimize his life, and his body is one place that he wants to keep in peak form.

So yes, healthy people -do- make these changes.

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on March 19, 2012
at 05:24 PM

I didn't start Paleo because of a specific health problem. I've never been overweight, have always been considered healthy by doctors, etc. I did have acid reflux, but didn't realize it would get better on a Paleo diet, so that wasn't one of the reasons I started it. Instead, I was interested in the diet after reading books like Pollan's In Defense of Food, which provided me basic information to fuel a curiosity in how people generate and consume food.

The bonus is that I feel even healthier on Paleo, but I was healtheir than the average American before.

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on March 19, 2012
at 01:52 PM

I came to it as a relatively healthy individual... overweight yes, but otherwise healthy (BP was 120/80, rarely visited a doctor, cholesterol was 'normal' hahaha!). I really tried it out of interest to see if it would help me shift a few pounds after trying a few other diets over the years without much success. It helped that I love meat and never really fancied going 'veggie' so it was on to a winner straight away.

One year on I'm 45 pounds lighter, 6-8" smaller round the waist (depending on the cut of the trousers) and feeling great. Now, if I could just get more than 6 hours sleep per night it might help to shift the remaining 25 pounds :)

I'm not strict, and don't seem unduly affected on the odd occasion that I lapse and indulge in a piece of cake (I know some here will say that if I'm not affected by the gluten then there is obviously something wrong with my gut but hey-ho!). No bread or pasta but I do have some dairy.

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on March 19, 2012
at 04:25 PM

Naps are worth a try. I sleep 6 hours in the night, and a 90-minute nap in the evenings.

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on March 19, 2012
at 01:49 PM

I think I was in the very healthy category when I found Paleo. I was actually introduced to it by a doctor. One of my symptoms was that I was just feeling kind of lethargic and unmotivated but my blood work was normal and my body composition was not too bad. I worked out probably 4 to 5 times a week and feel like I was in the top 10% in terms of fitness.

What Paleo did was: 1) get my energy levels stabilized and consistent 2) help me to gain muscle and lose fat 3) help me to stop "dieting", I get to eat as much as I need but I rarely over eat 4) really connect with my food. I am cooking more and loving food more than ever 5) help me relax

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