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Defining moment on Paleo

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created June 27, 2011 at 11:15 AM

Hey Paleo Playmates

Anyone have a great single defining moment on your Paleo lifestyle

ie.. A moment when you knew Paleo changed your life

Happy Monday

Answer for me: My body finally started to lean out completely, head to toe

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on August 29, 2011
at 09:31 PM

Hey @Mashanshell! Hmm.. where did you get the chips from? I would be curious as to what they did to them as some places will dust the potato with flour, corn starch, etc. for absorbing liquid before frying. Did you dip them in anything? I think for me, it was gluten. Except for occasional tasty beers I'm gluten free. How long have you had the changed diet? I definitely would do some experimentation to see what the trigger might be. NO tubers for 3 weeks, then introduce them for a couple of days and see what happens.

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on August 29, 2011
at 08:47 PM

@jesuisjuba.... I have just found this post and have a quick question: Do you know of any foods in particular which do or used to aggravate your rosacea? I suffer from rosacea, less so now that I eat Paleo but I ate chips today (French fries) and noticed a flare up in my left cheek afterwards and both of my cheeks have been really flushed this evening. I've just done some research and found that potatoes are a potential trigger. I'm completely grain free and don't eat any dairy at all. I'd love to get rid of the rosacea for good but I guess I need to give it more time.... :)

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on July 03, 2011
at 10:06 PM

I think I'm going to have to agree with you @Futureboy. Turns out at the party, aka my homebrew meeting, everyone brought Paleo friendly eats. I couldn't believe it! 7 girls all in different shapes, sizes, and eating habits, were so interested that they wanted it all to be something new to them. And the best part? While we were eating and talking about the dishes, what possible changes could be made to make them different or better, *not one* used the word "diet" or weight loss. Just the positives, negatives, my thoughts, etc. Made some converts last night. Kind of awesome :)

B3c62d89cd47b7d7209b6a99243d0ded

(10778)

on July 02, 2011
at 08:26 PM

I love it, there is no good reason not to continue to have defining experiences every day. May many more great moments be coming your way!

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(5639)

on July 02, 2011
at 07:02 PM

the people that tease are just weaker and are afraid of the positive change you made shining a light on their negative lifestyle.

8be7a492e2844e2ad5595a6c73974f99

(891)

on July 02, 2011
at 04:15 PM

beautiful! Love it!

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(2169)

on July 02, 2011
at 02:25 PM

agreed. I had a weird craving and bought a Mounds bar, which used to be my favorite. Couldn't even eat half of it.

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(572)

on July 02, 2011
at 11:56 AM

Oh gosh, I totally know that moment. I have a girlfriend that always calls it "skrawny on the inside." Fabulous.

6a4fd73b4ae4761eefec8e0d38e6f224

(1008)

on June 29, 2011
at 02:47 AM

Here comes the real test of wills: One of those self-serve yogurt places is opening a half block from my office. This could spell trouble.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on June 29, 2011
at 12:14 AM

Oooh, Kaz, my daughter hates the frosting, so I always get DOUBLE. It's awesome.

D1c02d4fc5125a670cf419dbb3e18ba7

on June 28, 2011
at 10:07 PM

Thanks guys. Feeling the love. Right back @ ya! Next I am working on her saying "Excess PUFA consumption and the resulting Omega 3 vs 6 ratio which is outside of our evolutionary metabolic milieu is bad for you"...ok, maybe when she is four!

306aa57660d911781231f8090c2a5619

(3808)

on June 28, 2011
at 09:01 PM

Similar here. Realizing that I don't have to have gas frequently is such a little thing, but so enlightening. Feeling like I have self-control around sugar and baked goods is HUGE for me. I still eat it occasionally, but choose to pass it up more often than not. Six months ago you couldn't have told me that would every be possible for me.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 28, 2011
at 05:08 PM

Paul was the dude with the conversion experience on the road to Damascus, so, yeah, him.

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on June 28, 2011
at 03:28 PM

ive always been the type to turn to "alternative" treatments when im sick, so i was open to to the idea of it. the idea of only having to commit to 30 days was very helpful. if i starting thinking that this had to be a permanent change, it would have been harder psychologically. of course, a couple of weeks in i knew i would never go back, and after my last MRI i was convinced. but, even if i have a relapse, ill still stick to paleo. maybe just ask your friend to try it for the 30 days. if it works for him/her, it will do it in that time. if not, then thats fine, too.

Fe29f6658ce67c1ecc4a22e960be7498

(2997)

on June 28, 2011
at 02:47 PM

I had a couple pair of jeans from 'the old days' that I just couldn't bring myself to toss, even though I'd accepted my inevitable fate and moved on in so many other ways. I'm wearing them now. :-)

Fe29f6658ce67c1ecc4a22e960be7498

(2997)

on June 28, 2011
at 02:45 PM

I can do that. In ounces...

Fe29f6658ce67c1ecc4a22e960be7498

(2997)

on June 28, 2011
at 02:44 PM

And I hope she knows to thank YOU some day - good job, Aravind!

Fe29f6658ce67c1ecc4a22e960be7498

(2997)

on June 28, 2011
at 02:42 PM

I wasn't a huge 'gasser' but frequent enough - that's almost entirely gone now. The irony is that my wife - who for the past ten years needed to make some snide comment at *every* single little 'pfff' - is now the 'gassy' one in our family, and the difference between her and me is, well, 'noticeable'. My daughter thinks this is all very funny. Me, I keep a straight face.

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(0)

on June 28, 2011
at 02:36 PM

18 months ago when a friend intro'd me to Mark's Daily Apple. It just made sense.

E7a462d6e99fec7e8f0ddda11b34a770

(1638)

on June 28, 2011
at 01:26 PM

Now THIS is truly awesome - I am so happy for you. Wish I could get a friend w/newly diagnosed MS to pay more attention to his diet.

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

(2682)

on June 28, 2011
at 12:31 PM

She's AWESOME!!

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

(2682)

on June 28, 2011
at 12:30 PM

True! I used to LOVE going out to eat all the time. Now there are only a few restaurants I like to go to...otherwise, I'd prefer to eat my own food.

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

(2682)

on June 28, 2011
at 12:21 PM

Agreed...microwave meals smell, and they look horrible! I used to eat them, but now I don't understand how people can do that. I'd rather skip lunch, lol.

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(746)

on June 28, 2011
at 07:24 AM

July 5th, 2010. The day I quit the guidelines as we know them.

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(5227)

on June 28, 2011
at 07:02 AM

I'm a frosting addict; the cake can go to rot, for all I care. I admire your strength for staring that frosting down and emerging victorious. :D

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(5639)

on June 28, 2011
at 06:04 AM

your 3 year old RULES.

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(5639)

on June 28, 2011
at 06:03 AM

were you Jesus or Paul?

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(5639)

on June 28, 2011
at 06:00 AM

I had the same thing happen to me this spring here in NYC. Last year I was all but crippled by chronic itchy red eyes, runny/stuffy nose and ears and partial deafness, headaches, the whole mess. This year I had one day of heavy sneezing, and I think my body sorted itself out. No other allergy symptoms to report.

66974b2cb291799dcd661b7dec99a9e2

(11121)

on June 28, 2011
at 05:16 AM

Thanks to everyone for the kind words. @Patrik - may have been gluten related but my instincts tell me it was more gut health related. Found out he was allergic to most formulas when he was a baby, have tried different foods and natural remedies over the years (both Native American and Asian).

922038b6c0ca6a051cc4858218931456

(392)

on June 28, 2011
at 03:18 AM

Ryan- so true. One particular microwave meal we all (SAD coworkers included) call "armpit sticks" because that's what they smell like. Strangely enough though, my SAD coworkers LOVE them. They all think I'm the strange one with my real food.

93f44e8673d3ea2294cce085ebc96e13

(10502)

on June 28, 2011
at 02:01 AM

@Josh M -- do you think it was a specific food allergy (i.e gluten) or gut health thing or ?

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on June 28, 2011
at 12:48 AM

That's wonderful! There's nothing like a child's recovery from awful symptoms to drive home the effects of a well-executed paleo lifestyle.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on June 27, 2011
at 09:27 PM

TMI prolly but yknow potatoes don't do it for me at all. I can eat a lot of them and have no issues with gas. onions though forget it, i don't eat them anymore. And what is fruit?

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on June 27, 2011
at 09:26 PM

hey THAT is really kick ass. My father who has had hay fever his entire 65 years of life pretty much, after starting paleo about 3 months ago is reporting much less seasonal shittiness right now:)

C1c86f42410cd4788bd9c5cf801dcd8f

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on June 27, 2011
at 09:22 PM

A lot of food that people eat I can't even stand the smell of any more. When I am at work and someone sits down with one of those microwave meals it almost makes me gag when I catch the smell. I honestly don't know how they stomach it anymore.

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

(2682)

on June 27, 2011
at 09:01 PM

Even though cake doesn't really taste good, the idea of cake is still wonderful to me...I have to fight a little to avoid cake, lol...

696079a860ef54810406ae25e4650863

(1623)

on June 27, 2011
at 07:53 PM

Agreed-especially to "wondering why everyone else isn't totally in love with their food". :) +1

696079a860ef54810406ae25e4650863

(1623)

on June 27, 2011
at 07:50 PM

Awesome! Your story makes me smile!

8634d4988ced45a68e2a79e69cc01835

(1617)

on June 27, 2011
at 07:15 PM

I've noticed that too. I started Paleo as a 15 year vegetarian with a host of digestive issues. Talk about GAS!! It was insane! Now that I've changed my diet and started a prescription probiotic, I'm much less bloated and gas has decreased 90%! Unless I eat too much fresh fruit, onions, or potatoes. :p

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

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on June 27, 2011
at 07:07 PM

Agree, this is awesome. I took my husband and some of his friends deep sea fishing for my hubby's bday. We packed a cooler with sandwich stuff (no bread for me) and grapes b/c it was a long trip. We woke up ~4:30am and were out until ~2pm. I munched a few grapes, but was not hungry enough to worry about "lunch!" We waited until we got back home to eat, where we could fry up our freshly-caught fish ~3!

8634d4988ced45a68e2a79e69cc01835

(1617)

on June 27, 2011
at 07:02 PM

How long did it take to start noticing you were leaning out?

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

(2682)

on June 27, 2011
at 05:30 PM

I have yet to make bone broth, but it sounds wonderful!

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on June 27, 2011
at 05:03 PM

The day I found my bicep.

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

(2435)

on June 27, 2011
at 03:56 PM

I could go for that. Though, in 8th grade, I still wore a size 13 Juniors... I'd still take that for right now!

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

(24286)

on June 27, 2011
at 03:43 PM

Holy hell is right! That's impressive.

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

(24286)

on June 27, 2011
at 03:42 PM

Great story Josh. I agree with MKS. You sound like a fantastic father. Job well done!

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(333)

on June 27, 2011
at 03:18 PM

this made me just realize that I fart way less too! I hadn't missed it lol

8be7a492e2844e2ad5595a6c73974f99

(891)

on June 27, 2011
at 02:09 PM

Great story Josh! I am so glad your son found healing. You sound like a great dad!

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on June 27, 2011
at 02:00 PM

Hey my dog is totally raw meat and bones too! Neverfarts! Seriously, never. @Ali, yeah me too: if perhaps I do have gas I'm right away like, OK what did I eat or how much of something did I eat that is making this happen. Perfect system our bodies have when treated correctly no?

7e36094a0f7a2fbad24290225405220b

(2064)

on June 27, 2011
at 01:49 PM

Realising that, faced with a cream cake, I would rather eat the cream than the cake!

3aea514b680d01bfd7573d74517946a7

(11996)

on June 27, 2011
at 01:49 PM

I just love reading about your son's improvement, Josh. Some days I get so sad about what we're doing to ourselves, and it makes me feel better when I read stories like yours. Big kudos to you for having the smarts and the guts to do the right thing.

922038b6c0ca6a051cc4858218931456

(392)

on June 27, 2011
at 01:15 PM

I tested this out last week. So true.

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

(2682)

on June 27, 2011
at 01:13 PM

Yes, great answer. I have very little gas, usually only if I cheat. When I do let one rip, I am completely embarrassed and a little worried ("What did I eat? Why am I gassy??" etc.). Before Paleo, I used to be so much gassier. I love being practically gas free. 8)

3aea514b680d01bfd7573d74517946a7

(11996)

on June 27, 2011
at 01:07 PM

Ba ha ha ha! Absolutely. People act as if it's totally natural to generate clouds of methane all day long, like we're cows. (My dog is raw-fed and rarely farts -- now I understand why it surprises him when he does, lol.)

Fbc742a58321a94a5ff1a9d723375855

(382)

on June 27, 2011
at 12:03 PM

Leigh, I loved your blog, you seem like a great ambassador for Paleo, would love to chat some time. Sincerely, Tony

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on June 27, 2011
at 11:47 AM

holy hell, now that is some good shit. jealous.

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66974b2cb291799dcd661b7dec99a9e2

(11121)

on June 27, 2011
at 01:34 PM

I am speaking for my son, his asthma and eczema have all but vanished, he was born with them (he is 14 now), he was in the hospital constantly when he was younger, always on various drugs. There is no putting into words how he feels now, he says he is 'normal' for the first time in his life and the worry I have always had has lifted, so less stress for the both of us. I am a single father so I have always shouldered the responsibility and stress.

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

(24286)

on June 27, 2011
at 03:42 PM

Great story Josh. I agree with MKS. You sound like a fantastic father. Job well done!

696079a860ef54810406ae25e4650863

(1623)

on June 27, 2011
at 07:50 PM

Awesome! Your story makes me smile!

3aea514b680d01bfd7573d74517946a7

(11996)

on June 27, 2011
at 01:49 PM

I just love reading about your son's improvement, Josh. Some days I get so sad about what we're doing to ourselves, and it makes me feel better when I read stories like yours. Big kudos to you for having the smarts and the guts to do the right thing.

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on June 28, 2011
at 12:48 AM

That's wonderful! There's nothing like a child's recovery from awful symptoms to drive home the effects of a well-executed paleo lifestyle.

93f44e8673d3ea2294cce085ebc96e13

(10502)

on June 28, 2011
at 02:01 AM

@Josh M -- do you think it was a specific food allergy (i.e gluten) or gut health thing or ?

8be7a492e2844e2ad5595a6c73974f99

(891)

on June 27, 2011
at 02:09 PM

Great story Josh! I am so glad your son found healing. You sound like a great dad!

66974b2cb291799dcd661b7dec99a9e2

(11121)

on June 28, 2011
at 05:16 AM

Thanks to everyone for the kind words. @Patrik - may have been gluten related but my instincts tell me it was more gut health related. Found out he was allergic to most formulas when he was a baby, have tried different foods and natural remedies over the years (both Native American and Asian).

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Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on June 28, 2011
at 01:07 PM

when my neurologist told me that not only was there no more disease progress (i have multiple sclerosis) in my most recent MRI, but that one of my lesions had actually disappeared. around the same time i noticed that i could take a hot shower without losing the feeling in my hands. talk about finding the key to the universe....

E7a462d6e99fec7e8f0ddda11b34a770

(1638)

on June 28, 2011
at 01:26 PM

Now THIS is truly awesome - I am so happy for you. Wish I could get a friend w/newly diagnosed MS to pay more attention to his diet.

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on June 28, 2011
at 03:28 PM

ive always been the type to turn to "alternative" treatments when im sick, so i was open to to the idea of it. the idea of only having to commit to 30 days was very helpful. if i starting thinking that this had to be a permanent change, it would have been harder psychologically. of course, a couple of weeks in i knew i would never go back, and after my last MRI i was convinced. but, even if i have a relapse, ill still stick to paleo. maybe just ask your friend to try it for the 30 days. if it works for him/her, it will do it in that time. if not, then thats fine, too.

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D1c02d4fc5125a670cf419dbb3e18ba7

on June 28, 2011
at 01:44 AM

When my 3 year old daughter was at a pool party this summer, someone offered her a juice box and she said "sugar is bad for you".

It almost brought me to tears knowing that she has does not have to wake up at age 42 to undo 41 years of abuse. I am so thankful!

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(5639)

on June 28, 2011
at 06:04 AM

your 3 year old RULES.

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

(2682)

on June 28, 2011
at 12:31 PM

She's AWESOME!!

Fe29f6658ce67c1ecc4a22e960be7498

(2997)

on June 28, 2011
at 02:44 PM

And I hope she knows to thank YOU some day - good job, Aravind!

D1c02d4fc5125a670cf419dbb3e18ba7

on June 28, 2011
at 10:07 PM

Thanks guys. Feeling the love. Right back @ ya! Next I am working on her saying "Excess PUFA consumption and the resulting Omega 3 vs 6 ratio which is outside of our evolutionary metabolic milieu is bad for you"...ok, maybe when she is four!

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8be7a492e2844e2ad5595a6c73974f99

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on June 27, 2011
at 04:34 PM

Besides all the amazing physical benefits...

My defining moments include:

Cooking and eating liver with enjoyment.

Buying bones, boiling them and calling it my multi-vitamin.

Ground beef feels really good in my hands.

Not bathing in the last week, going for a swim or a quick cold shower and smelling great anyway.

Loving my food, taking pictures of it and putting them on Facebook and wondering why everyone else isn't totally in love with their food and then remembering that I had little regard for it when I was eating anti-nutrients and the like.

Watching a dinner party in a pufa and sugar feeding frenzy and seeing the power of unconscious eating, the addiction to junk and realizing I had found a way of eating that brought balance, satiety and healing.

Yeah, leaning out effortlessly and feeling like I found the key to the universe.

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

(2682)

on June 27, 2011
at 05:30 PM

I have yet to make bone broth, but it sounds wonderful!

696079a860ef54810406ae25e4650863

(1623)

on June 27, 2011
at 07:53 PM

Agreed-especially to "wondering why everyone else isn't totally in love with their food". :) +1

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on June 27, 2011
at 02:03 PM

When it took less than 5 minutes to fall asleep due to a calm brain and body. I have never, ever been able to fall asleep in less than an hour and without music or some sort of distraction before paleo. I cannot begin to explain what this has done for my stress levels and peace of mind.

Great question by the way. +1

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61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

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on June 27, 2011
at 01:14 PM

Cake no longer tastes good.

C1c86f42410cd4788bd9c5cf801dcd8f

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on June 27, 2011
at 09:22 PM

A lot of food that people eat I can't even stand the smell of any more. When I am at work and someone sits down with one of those microwave meals it almost makes me gag when I catch the smell. I honestly don't know how they stomach it anymore.

7e36094a0f7a2fbad24290225405220b

(2064)

on June 27, 2011
at 01:49 PM

Realising that, faced with a cream cake, I would rather eat the cream than the cake!

922038b6c0ca6a051cc4858218931456

(392)

on June 27, 2011
at 01:15 PM

I tested this out last week. So true.

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

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on June 28, 2011
at 12:21 PM

Agreed...microwave meals smell, and they look horrible! I used to eat them, but now I don't understand how people can do that. I'd rather skip lunch, lol.

922038b6c0ca6a051cc4858218931456

(392)

on June 28, 2011
at 03:18 AM

Ryan- so true. One particular microwave meal we all (SAD coworkers included) call "armpit sticks" because that's what they smell like. Strangely enough though, my SAD coworkers LOVE them. They all think I'm the strange one with my real food.

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on July 02, 2011
at 02:25 PM

agreed. I had a weird craving and bought a Mounds bar, which used to be my favorite. Couldn't even eat half of it.

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on June 27, 2011
at 11:49 AM

not really one moment i guess. I had been eating relatively well (WAP, strict) for years beforehand.

Perhaps the total lack of gas now? Was never that bad but its like, never now. Which is one of the not-really-mentioned but extremely important for day to day living that is key.

I can't fathom how people live their daily lives eating shit and just farting all day. It really grosses me out now.

3aea514b680d01bfd7573d74517946a7

(11996)

on June 27, 2011
at 01:07 PM

Ba ha ha ha! Absolutely. People act as if it's totally natural to generate clouds of methane all day long, like we're cows. (My dog is raw-fed and rarely farts -- now I understand why it surprises him when he does, lol.)

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

(2682)

on June 27, 2011
at 01:13 PM

Yes, great answer. I have very little gas, usually only if I cheat. When I do let one rip, I am completely embarrassed and a little worried ("What did I eat? Why am I gassy??" etc.). Before Paleo, I used to be so much gassier. I love being practically gas free. 8)

6235e0b7e3c4c4b9df3d926829bc32f6

(333)

on June 27, 2011
at 03:18 PM

this made me just realize that I fart way less too! I hadn't missed it lol

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on June 27, 2011
at 02:00 PM

Hey my dog is totally raw meat and bones too! Neverfarts! Seriously, never. @Ali, yeah me too: if perhaps I do have gas I'm right away like, OK what did I eat or how much of something did I eat that is making this happen. Perfect system our bodies have when treated correctly no?

8634d4988ced45a68e2a79e69cc01835

(1617)

on June 27, 2011
at 07:15 PM

I've noticed that too. I started Paleo as a 15 year vegetarian with a host of digestive issues. Talk about GAS!! It was insane! Now that I've changed my diet and started a prescription probiotic, I'm much less bloated and gas has decreased 90%! Unless I eat too much fresh fruit, onions, or potatoes. :p

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on June 27, 2011
at 09:27 PM

TMI prolly but yknow potatoes don't do it for me at all. I can eat a lot of them and have no issues with gas. onions though forget it, i don't eat them anymore. And what is fruit?

Fe29f6658ce67c1ecc4a22e960be7498

(2997)

on June 28, 2011
at 02:42 PM

I wasn't a huge 'gasser' but frequent enough - that's almost entirely gone now. The irony is that my wife - who for the past ten years needed to make some snide comment at *every* single little 'pfff' - is now the 'gassy' one in our family, and the difference between her and me is, well, 'noticeable'. My daughter thinks this is all very funny. Me, I keep a straight face.

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on June 27, 2011
at 08:07 PM

-I woke up one morning 2 months in with the realization that the horrible headaches, constant diarrhea, bloating and pain were finally GONE- gone for good! I wasn't fooling myself with a panacea- it really was working!

-The moment when my father looked at me and thanked me for introducing him, my brother and my mom to a Gluten free/paleo lifestyle... My mother can finally move around without constant pain in her bones and is finally growing back some of her hair and my father isn't fighting to think through the haze of antibodies to his own nervous system...

It's such a relief that they listened to me, got tested even though their doc dismissed it and now will never go back to the SAD lifestyle they had. My family means a lot to me and it was horribly painful to watch them suffer- life is MUCH better now...

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on July 02, 2011
at 03:47 AM

This morning I woke up on an uninhabited island after having lead a group of sea kayakers there the day before. I forgot to pack my bowl, so I used a shell for my caveman crunch with coconut milk breakfast.
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(891)

on July 02, 2011
at 04:15 PM

beautiful! Love it!

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on July 02, 2011
at 08:26 PM

I love it, there is no good reason not to continue to have defining experiences every day. May many more great moments be coming your way!

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on June 27, 2011
at 08:45 PM

Four things:

Gas: It used to be chronic, and foul, and I thought I'd just have to live with the pain and tension (can't ever relax in the company of others) for the rest of my life. Now it's rare, and even when I do get a little windy (because I've cheated), there is no smell.

Dairy: I do eat it now, despite it being sort of a no-no, because after avoiding cheese and yogurt for 15 years because I thought I was lactose intolerant, I suddenly realized that I could process it all just fine without grains and sugar in my life. I am making up for lost time!

Hair: I've had the same hairdresser for more than a decade, and at my last appointment, when I mentioned I'd been eating a lot more fat lately, she said, "I can tell - your hair has never been healthier."

Cake: At a friend's baby shower, a big sugary confection was passed right under my nose and I was able to hold it, look it straight in the frosting and say, "I'm just not attracted to you anymore." I mean, I sort of still am, but I had control in that moment, and that was major.

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on June 27, 2011
at 09:01 PM

Even though cake doesn't really taste good, the idea of cake is still wonderful to me...I have to fight a little to avoid cake, lol...

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on June 28, 2011
at 09:01 PM

Similar here. Realizing that I don't have to have gas frequently is such a little thing, but so enlightening. Feeling like I have self-control around sugar and baked goods is HUGE for me. I still eat it occasionally, but choose to pass it up more often than not. Six months ago you couldn't have told me that would every be possible for me.

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(5227)

on June 28, 2011
at 07:02 AM

I'm a frosting addict; the cake can go to rot, for all I care. I admire your strength for staring that frosting down and emerging victorious. :D

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on June 29, 2011
at 12:14 AM

Oooh, Kaz, my daughter hates the frosting, so I always get DOUBLE. It's awesome.

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(1008)

on June 29, 2011
at 02:47 AM

Here comes the real test of wills: One of those self-serve yogurt places is opening a half block from my office. This could spell trouble.

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on June 27, 2011
at 05:37 PM

No bloating. No gas. No depression. No anxiety. No headaches.

I don't necessarily look better but I have a lot more confidence. That's huge. Big!

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on June 27, 2011
at 02:32 PM

I was evaluating myself after a few weeks and realized the following:

  1. My crippling heartburn was gone. Not just diminished but GONE. I hadn't had a tums in over a week.
  2. My blood sugars were normal about 80% of the time. Non-diabetic normal most of the time, and even when out of range, it was only by 20-40 points (instead of 100-300 points!)

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on June 27, 2011
at 11:37 AM

My deadlift went from 465 to 505 within a month.

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(15976)

on June 27, 2011
at 11:47 AM

holy hell, now that is some good shit. jealous.

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(24286)

on June 27, 2011
at 03:43 PM

Holy hell is right! That's impressive.

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on June 28, 2011
at 02:45 PM

I can do that. In ounces...

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on June 27, 2011
at 08:50 PM

3 months after going cold turkey on gluten/grains, etc., when I went thru what everyone said was an unusually bad Florida spring allergy season with NO Sudafed!

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on June 27, 2011
at 09:26 PM

hey THAT is really kick ass. My father who has had hay fever his entire 65 years of life pretty much, after starting paleo about 3 months ago is reporting much less seasonal shittiness right now:)

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(5639)

on June 28, 2011
at 06:00 AM

I had the same thing happen to me this spring here in NYC. Last year I was all but crippled by chronic itchy red eyes, runny/stuffy nose and ears and partial deafness, headaches, the whole mess. This year I had one day of heavy sneezing, and I think my body sorted itself out. No other allergy symptoms to report.

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on June 27, 2011
at 05:26 PM

-No more post-meal bloating. Chronic low-level stomach upsets and discomfort (which I always thought were norma) just vanished.

-Eating liver or oxtail stew or something and feeling like I was doing something good for my body, instead of feeling guilty that I should have been eating even more vegetables in place of the meat.

-Realising how much better my hair and skin looked. I'm a swimmer and the chlorine really does a number on your hair, but now that I'm not eating super low-fat it still looks much better.

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on June 27, 2011
at 11:52 AM

I was a freshman in college and fit into a dress I wore in 8th grade.

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on June 27, 2011
at 03:56 PM

I could go for that. Though, in 8th grade, I still wore a size 13 Juniors... I'd still take that for right now!

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on June 28, 2011
at 02:47 PM

I had a couple pair of jeans from 'the old days' that I just couldn't bring myself to toss, even though I'd accepted my inevitable fate and moved on in so many other ways. I'm wearing them now. :-)

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on June 27, 2011
at 12:03 PM

Leigh, I loved your blog, you seem like a great ambassador for Paleo, would love to chat some time. Sincerely, Tony

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on June 28, 2011
at 12:36 AM

Going from craving restaurant food to craving my food. THAT is a defining moment.

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(2682)

on June 28, 2011
at 12:30 PM

True! I used to LOVE going out to eat all the time. Now there are only a few restaurants I like to go to...otherwise, I'd prefer to eat my own food.

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on June 27, 2011
at 10:13 PM

My defining moment was when I Felt leaner on the inside for the first time ever. Not the muscles showing, but feeling actually leaner on the inside.

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(572)

on July 02, 2011
at 11:56 AM

Oh gosh, I totally know that moment. I have a girlfriend that always calls it "skrawny on the inside." Fabulous.

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on June 27, 2011
at 06:31 PM

Paleo & IF means I no longer need to snack and I am no longer thinking about food ALL the time. I can't believe how liberating this is! Truely. If you had told me 6 months ago I could happily skip breakfast and not eat till lunch then a dinner. I would have FREAKED out. Gone are those days of 6 meals and trying to keep my calorie count low.

Saturday was amazing I went for a big long hike and didn't eat till lunch. There was a part of my mind hanging on to the idea I might collapse in a heap unable to move without breakfast but no I was just pleasantly hungry at our lunch stop. Amazing. Fat burning rocks!

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on June 27, 2011
at 07:07 PM

Agree, this is awesome. I took my husband and some of his friends deep sea fishing for my hubby's bday. We packed a cooler with sandwich stuff (no bread for me) and grapes b/c it was a long trip. We woke up ~4:30am and were out until ~2pm. I munched a few grapes, but was not hungry enough to worry about "lunch!" We waited until we got back home to eat, where we could fry up our freshly-caught fish ~3!

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on June 28, 2011
at 02:12 AM

Was trying to eat along the lines of vegetarianism but did not completely eschew meat, then did raw vegetable for a week, felt weak, was doing manual labor so I had no choice, I started eating raw eggs to my instant increase in energy. Raw milk cheese then back into meat with a vengeance...no more naps needed in the afternoon. Stomach feels better. Skin breaks out like clockwork every time I eat wheat, which usually involves some extra sugar. Don't eat them, my skin has not broken out yet during a period of slim to nil sugar or grain consumption.

I'm a wild beast, definitely feeling crippled by the society around me in a lot of ways. My response is simply to become ever the wilder for it, and in it, stronger, more disciplined, focused, intuitive...I realized paleo-informed eating was essential to my goals of becoming ripped (I was inspired by martial artists like Bruce Lee and I would even venture to call Erwan LeCorre a sort of martial artist - inspirational in philosophy and psychology as well as practical experiments with obvious results) and feeling good after a meal and not tired every afternoon. Not having to eat every three hours to function like a decent human being.

I sabotaged my own training before by not eating smart and in my experience what you eat is really about 90% of it at first but then it enables you to do more with your body so then you are putting in more than 10% on top of that in your discipline and efforts of mind and body and with that increases one's attention on feeding and you move to a better level of strength, wildness, and perhaps with it, sadly in a way, a clearer perception of the craziness of the civilized world.

I was never able to stick with my fitness goals or even actually believe them realistic before I started training and eating in a primal, paleo, low carb sort of way. grain-less at least. Because I didn't have the energy. But when I saw what I could do with certain foods and without certain ones, I was suddenly exceeding way, way beyond my previous thoughts as to what was possible for me to do.

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on June 27, 2011
at 10:16 PM

For me it was about five years ago and I had a 26 year old female come in with acute spinal cord compression with paralysis due to an Osteopenic burst fracture of C6. I took care of her for close to two years and diagnosed her with many Neolithic diseases. That is when I knew I had to do something drastic

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on June 27, 2011
at 04:06 PM

When I first discovered Mark's Daily Apple, I ate strict "Primal" for about 4 days without cheating. During those 4 days I got more housework done than I normally did in a month, because my depression fog lifted and I had tons of energy. I didn't notice it until a few days later, though, when I felt crappy again.

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(1472)

on July 02, 2011
at 06:11 PM

Going from 324lbs to 218lbs. That will really get your attention...LOL

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(78467)

on June 27, 2011
at 11:37 PM

I was on the road to Damascus...

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(5639)

on June 28, 2011
at 06:03 AM

were you Jesus or Paul?

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(78467)

on June 28, 2011
at 05:08 PM

Paul was the dude with the conversion experience on the road to Damascus, so, yeah, him.

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on June 27, 2011
at 09:52 PM

Realizing that my knee joints didnt have to hurt. Instead of dull pain when walking up and down stairs they feel like warm pudding of nothingness. So good!

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on June 27, 2011
at 06:35 PM

bittersweet moment when cheesecake and also ice cream (premium) lost their mesmerizing hold over my 'in-the-store' habits. as opposed to the 'before-store' plans.

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on July 02, 2011
at 04:00 PM

Two things for me: My rosacea is gone and I've stopped with the medication I was using! YAY! The other? The other? You may think it's dumb but it actually made me get a little teary from happiness. I've been given such grief and teasing from friends over these transitional months that receiving an email from a girlfriend saying she would like to bring something to a party that I could enjoy with everyone else, and again what could I eat and not eat? This is something that I have always been aware of with my friends, allergies, likes/dislikes, and would cook accordingly for them. But for someone to take a minute to think of me and my lifestyle? Meant the world. Sometimes the smallest things have the biggest impact :)

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(5639)

on July 02, 2011
at 07:02 PM

the people that tease are just weaker and are afraid of the positive change you made shining a light on their negative lifestyle.

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on July 03, 2011
at 10:06 PM

I think I'm going to have to agree with you @Futureboy. Turns out at the party, aka my homebrew meeting, everyone brought Paleo friendly eats. I couldn't believe it! 7 girls all in different shapes, sizes, and eating habits, were so interested that they wanted it all to be something new to them. And the best part? While we were eating and talking about the dishes, what possible changes could be made to make them different or better, *not one* used the word "diet" or weight loss. Just the positives, negatives, my thoughts, etc. Made some converts last night. Kind of awesome :)

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on August 29, 2011
at 08:47 PM

@jesuisjuba.... I have just found this post and have a quick question: Do you know of any foods in particular which do or used to aggravate your rosacea? I suffer from rosacea, less so now that I eat Paleo but I ate chips today (French fries) and noticed a flare up in my left cheek afterwards and both of my cheeks have been really flushed this evening. I've just done some research and found that potatoes are a potential trigger. I'm completely grain free and don't eat any dairy at all. I'd love to get rid of the rosacea for good but I guess I need to give it more time.... :)

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on August 29, 2011
at 09:31 PM

Hey @Mashanshell! Hmm.. where did you get the chips from? I would be curious as to what they did to them as some places will dust the potato with flour, corn starch, etc. for absorbing liquid before frying. Did you dip them in anything? I think for me, it was gluten. Except for occasional tasty beers I'm gluten free. How long have you had the changed diet? I definitely would do some experimentation to see what the trigger might be. NO tubers for 3 weeks, then introduce them for a couple of days and see what happens.

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