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How did you come across Paleo and Why are you doing it?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created September 01, 2011 at 10:39 PM

I started doing Paleo this past March and it's the best lifestyle change I could have done.

At first, I never thought I could eliminate all those bad food items that are not allowed! Eventually, i learned to love the good food.

I'm happier than ever, more energized, and feel so blessed a friend of mine introduced me to Paleo and Crossfit- and am happy to be doing both today.

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on September 02, 2011
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Neanderthin feels like a long time ago now...

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Neanderthin is very retro now :)

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on September 01, 2011
at 11:47 PM

I was allergic to almost everything I ate. I was working out 6 days a week and gaining a pound a month..eating 6 small meals and following a strict Body for life diet. I was doing 500 pound leg presses. 140 pound bench presses.. I am a 56 year old grandma. I woke up every morning at 3 am with a very bad headache in the back of my neck. I was on Blood pressure meds, inhaler, allergy meds, had candida, chronic sinus infections.I have sleep apnea. I had (HAD!)Reflex sympathetic dystrophy in my right leg after I broke it 10 years ago.. doctors said there is no cure and we don't know how you get it. I had sever pain in my hips and knees. I was 50 pounds over weight. I quit the gym because it was not helping. I was a strong fat person.

Memorial day of this summer I went 100% Paleo. I had begun to eat low carb a couple months before...and switched to Paleo. Two months later I had lost 20 pounds. Pain gone. RSD has no symptoms what so ever.- I can breathe.I take no meds. NONE> I just rejoined the gym last week.. I need to find out what cross fit is. I walk 5 miles a day. 2.5 to work and 2.5 home. As of today I have lost 25 pounds. Hopefully the next 25pound loss will see me off my CPAP.

yeah..I would say it's working for me. I would recommend it to anyone. In fact..I have been giving my doctor books on the subject.

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on September 01, 2011
at 10:58 PM

My fitness/nutrition journey started about 5 months ago with P90X. After about a month I noticed a solid increase in muscle, but I wasn't toning down the way I wanted to. I did some research and found Mark Sisson's Primal Blueprint (small world because he helped with the nutrition side of P90X.)

I'm a total nerd in the sense that I enjoy processing information, crunching numbers and seeing the outcome. Sounds really dumb, but it's like playing a really slow video game. I've been hooked ever since!

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on September 02, 2011
at 04:14 PM

I have been Paleo for 15+ years. I read an article about Ray Audette and hunted his book Neanderthin down the next day. I read it in one night and hit the library at UTA next for further research. Then, I arranged a meeting with Ray and picked his brain. I have been practicing a Paleo diet ever since (sometimes better than not). Oh and practice does not make perfect.

I read Aajonus's books and added raw chicken into my diet. I ate raw beef and some seafood already. I am currently 100% Paleo and my husband and sons are Paleo with raw dairy. I might add some raw dairy back in as long as I continue to tolerate it but I wanted to see if I really tolerate it or was just fooling myself because I like it ; )

My sons have never seen a doctor for an illness (or anything else). My youngest tried a vegetarian diet for 8 months and it destroyed his teeth. It took time for him to accept that grass-fed humanely treated animals are better for the environment than eating vegetarian (he did not eat soy and corn, and only sprouted wheat bread. The rest vegetables, nuts and fruits). He is now thriving and we reversed the decay through Paleo/WAPF way of eating.

Dubbed Neandertwin by Ray Audette

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on September 02, 2011
at 04:47 PM

Neanderthin feels like a long time ago now...

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(19245)

on September 02, 2011
at 04:45 PM

Neanderthin is very retro now :)

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on September 02, 2011
at 04:23 PM

Seeing John Durant on The Colbert Report. I was experimenting with being vegan at the time, and hearing this cool caveman-looking guy talk about eating omelettes and bacon for breakfast was all I needed to completely change my diet. I continue to eat this way because it makes me look, feel, and perform the best.

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on September 02, 2011
at 12:52 PM

My trainer at the time had been doing Paleo and loving it. He kept trying to talk me into it. I finally did, just to make him shut up about it! After the first 30 days, I was hooked and now I know more about it than he does.

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on September 02, 2011
at 02:54 AM

I'm still in my first month and it's going well so far. I had stumbled across Emily Deans' evolutionary psych blog on a website I frequent and her posts on diet, acne, and depression caught my attention. I've had issues with acne since my teens. I had already been losing weight eating healthier, but my acne wasn't getting any better. She commented that one of her patients had their acne clear up by eating paleo, so I decided I needed to look into it. I'm at the point in my life where I try not to get my hopes up about an acne cure anymore, but I am still always open to trying something. I had already cut dairy and gluten from my diet because of allergies, so switching to paleo actually didn't make me feel too deprived. Though, I'm not sure how I would have done if I'd tried this a year ago when I was still eating cheese and eating wheat. So far, everything is going pretty well. I've already lost almost 10 pounds this first month. Although, I am still going through the pains of missing my daily flavored soy latte, which has been going on since I was in college. That was a BIG change.

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on September 02, 2011
at 02:21 AM

I came across it through Dan Benjamin, who runs his own podcast network (http://5by5.tv/). I listen to 7 of his podcasts, so I honestly don???t remember which one, but he mentioned on some show that Paleo had fixed his eczema. I???ve been dealing with horrible eczema for the past 4 years, so I started researching the diet and have been 80% on it ever since. Actually it would be pretty close to 100% if it were???t for the fact that I love craft beer too much. =/ Still, I totally owe my improved quality of life to him: I used to be on all kinds of steroids and living in constant pain, and now I???m as near ???normal??? as I???ve ever been.

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on September 02, 2011
at 01:09 AM

I was not eating healthy, getting out of shape, and knew I needed to change. Needed something results oriented. I had remembered reading about crossfit and hearing about p90x (while I was into running, up to 10 miles a day before injury). I started researching and knew diet was the hard part. I came across this post http://www.catalystgym.com/2009/02/crossfit-vs-p90x.html and then joined the crossfit forums. I followed the Whole 30 page and then read The Paleo Diet. Now I follow Marks Daily Apple, Whole 9, Robb Wolf, Chris Kresser, and Kurt Harris. I still do not exercise as much as I should, but I try to keep a good diet.

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on September 02, 2011
at 12:39 AM

Paleo came into our lives after I was diagnosed with Celiacs disease. I had gained 30 pounds on a "healthy" diet prescribed by doctors while they tried to figure out what was wrong with me. I had always had a lot of problems with food and normally didn't eat much, yet had been overweight for most of my life. After diagnosis I was still getting sick all the time because there's wheat hidden in fuck-all here in the states. My BF has been doing crossfit for years and suggested we try this and see if it helped. We've been paleo for six months and I feel amazing. I'm well enough now to be crossfitting myself and hopefully will begin losing weight more steadily once my digestive system has healed. I can't imagine doing anything else. I've never felt this healthy. It's definitely a long-term lifestyle choice for us.

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on September 02, 2011
at 12:06 AM

I was researching overtraining and ended up on Mark's Daily Apple. A few days later I decided to experiment with not eating grains and it went well.

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on September 01, 2011
at 11:15 PM

I started doin paleo about 3 months ago. My boyfriend was doin some research cuz he's an mma fighter. it was hard @ first for me to give up baking and my sweets but I'm doin good so far and I'm doing this for weight loss and I get compliments all the time and it makes me want to stick to it more. I haven't read anyone's book so I don't follow a certain person I just eat meat, veggies, some fruit and nuts.

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on September 01, 2011
at 11:05 PM

I accidentally became Paleo. I've been doing Atkins on and off for years for weightloss, and finally attempted it one more time... and stuck with it, and realized my way of eating was actually more like the "caveman diet" than Atkins. Then my dad sent me Cordain's book about a year after I started and was like, "This is how you eat!"

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on September 02, 2011
at 08:35 PM

I came across paleo through MDA's primal outlook. It made sense to me from a health perspective to cut out all the crap "food." I've lost ~35 lbs and have had other more subtle changes.

My research into a paleo-type lifestyle as well as my personal experiences have led me to believe this is what I need to do if I want to be the best and healthiest version of me possible.

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on September 02, 2011
at 07:34 PM

Xmas 2010, I had xmas dinner at friends, ice cream, mince pies and so much chocolate. I remember staring at the box of sweets as the lid was put back on. I was stuffed but on the way home I stopped to buy 5 chocolate bars and ate them while lying in bed. Hmmm, close to rock bottom with my sugar cravings jacked I started searching the web and stumbled on the whole 9 blog, mda and robb wolf. Started reading and got going. Now here I am 9 months later and yeah I have had some binges, diversions and blips BUT I have really overhauled my nutrition and my eating disorder (sugar!) is in check. Of course I can never say never but I have come a long long way and I am proud of myself. Sometimes you need to step back and reflect that each little step all adds up.

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on September 02, 2011
at 07:06 PM

I had a bad yeast overgrowth problem years ago and went on the anti-yeast diet which is very similar to paleo. I felt awesome but eventually crept back into eating SAD. I'd begun to feel very bad and my skin was a mess, etc. so started surfing around and eventually came across Mark's Daily Apple. I sent the link to a friend of mine and he did further research and we were both convinced this is the way to go. We're supporting each other and it definitely makes it easier when you have someone to talk about this stuff with. And this site is awesome as well.

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on September 02, 2011
at 12:25 AM

I was exposed to Paleo while researching low carb and came across Jimmy Moore's podcast 10 months ago. He has a paleo week on there. Rob Wolff's podcast got me hooked and then it dawned on me maybe I did not have to take 10 tums a day if I tried it. Lost weight, look and feel better...like the sciency bio-chemist side of it so I'm never bored with the study of it. It is soooooooooo GREAT!!! Yahoooo!!! Whooooo hooooo!!! Yeeeeeee!!!!!

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