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What is the biggest upside to eating paleo?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 23, 2010 at 7:47 PM

We had a thread of the biggest negative, so whats the biggest positive to being paleo? I know there are some obvious answers to this, but how has it been a positive thing specifically to you!

I have a couple things.....Of course eliminating my IBS was the biggest positive. It gave me my life back. IBS is a very debilitating condition!!

2nd is that I love eating meat, eggs and fat, so being able to eat as much as I want and not worrying to much about it is great. When I was bodybuilding I had to weigh everything out because I had to factor in the protein and calories I was consuming with the carbohydrates.

6f0480b27b737cca708af8af709d77b1

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on January 12, 2011
at 03:02 PM

Absofrigginlutely! Once I am able to really get my sleep and diet totally dialed in and get into a better groove with my training (I've been experimenting a bit) I'm going to try some IF. As per Robb Wolf, you only want to start peppering that in once you get all your other ducks in a row, so that's how I'm going to roll with that. I couldn't even IMAGINE trying I.F. if I was still on the carb roller coaster. It'd be next to impossible, I would think.

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on December 29, 2010
at 06:03 PM

i should also say that from the MS message boards and others that i have met with the disease, diet changes are VERY popular and a lot of people do a sort of general "anti-inflammatory" diet that is similar to paleo principles and have great results. another friend with lupus has had good results from going just GF.

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

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on December 29, 2010
at 06:01 PM

i actually learned of this diet from someone who has MS. it wors well for her, but i dont think she is in total complete remission. MS is such a weird disease, and its WAY too soon for me to say im cured. part of me thinks that maybe i dont have MS, but something that looks like it. but, my spinal fluid is VERY textbook for MS, so i dont know. like i said, its really early on- i may end up having a flare and needing to go back on medication, and im OK with that. all i know is i feel better now than i have since being diagnosed.

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on December 25, 2010
at 11:38 PM

Have you heard of others with MS trying a paleo diet, or other similar diets (celiac, specific carbohydrate, etc.)? What are their results, if so? This is amazing, though not entirely surprising.

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on December 25, 2010
at 12:39 AM

I went to a water park in Wisconsin this week (Kalahari), and they had just opened a new restaurant that day which offered gluten-free versions of anything on the menu for just $1 extra. I was so impressed!

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on December 24, 2010
at 04:50 PM

Indeed, Aaron. And I've really learned to NOT get in debates (in person, over the web etc) that can't be "won" on any topic. I like discussions, I like to learn other viewpoints, but I don't like slamming my head against a wall. Not very "Paleo" to get worked up.

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

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on December 24, 2010
at 04:49 PM

thank, melissa! i sure think so, too.

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on December 24, 2010
at 03:42 PM

THAT IS AMAZING AND COMPLETELY AWESOME AKD! \o/

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on December 24, 2010
at 11:56 AM

Sometimes i wish it would be socially acceptable to literally smack those that refuse to think for themselves and follow orders from someone who doesn't give a crap about their health...

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on December 24, 2010
at 04:37 AM

I am also! I believe it is up to each individual to research and not blindly follow mainstream media who are, for the most part, the ones telling the majority of the lies.

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on December 24, 2010
at 12:04 AM

I instantly thought, "Bacon!" when I saw this question, too. :)

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on December 23, 2010
at 11:56 PM

I second this! The appetite control with Paleo is AMAZING! I pity my poor cubemates who run to the breakroom for carby-crunchables every hour!

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

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on December 23, 2010
at 11:55 PM

totally with you on the not-feeling-hungry thing. I can go many hours if needed without anything like the hardcore pangs for food that i used to get, even on a WAP style of eating.

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on December 23, 2010
at 10:16 PM

+1 for clear skin.

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on December 23, 2010
at 09:32 PM

I baked my own bread, muffins, cakes, made noodles from spelt flour ground in my own mill, cooked various kinds of jam... Now it's just steak and salads, fish and veggies...

5c14d1ca9a7f98d0be7c5a828410d146

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on December 23, 2010
at 09:09 PM

"Seeing my weight go down and body shape improve without ever feeling like I'm suffering." Bam! I've never once felt deprived eating this way. And I also love what you said about having an awesome secret. I feel exactly the same way!

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on December 23, 2010
at 08:05 PM

for me its more time cooking!!

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Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on December 24, 2010
at 03:09 PM

my multiple sclerosis is in total and complete remission, and i have had two consecutive clean MRIs. even my symptoms that were supposedly permanent from previous flares of the disease and some intense demylinization in my cervical spine are totally resolved. i have no more MS-related fatigue or heat sensitivity, so i have been able to exercise for the first time in many years, and have been feeling great instead of half-dead. i stopped taking my daily MS injections, which has been risky, but the results have so far been sustainable. of course, i also like not feeling hungry, even blood sugar, the weight loss, the clear skin, the improved mood and the yummy food, but frankly nothing compares to the newly acquired ability to engage with my family and play with my kids, and the looming threat of disability seeming further and further away. im so thankful for that.

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on December 24, 2010
at 04:49 PM

thank, melissa! i sure think so, too.

531db50c958cf4d5605ee0c5ae8a57be

(8878)

on December 25, 2010
at 11:38 PM

Have you heard of others with MS trying a paleo diet, or other similar diets (celiac, specific carbohydrate, etc.)? What are their results, if so? This is amazing, though not entirely surprising.

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on December 29, 2010
at 06:03 PM

i should also say that from the MS message boards and others that i have met with the disease, diet changes are VERY popular and a lot of people do a sort of general "anti-inflammatory" diet that is similar to paleo principles and have great results. another friend with lupus has had good results from going just GF.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on December 24, 2010
at 03:42 PM

THAT IS AMAZING AND COMPLETELY AWESOME AKD! \o/

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on December 29, 2010
at 06:01 PM

i actually learned of this diet from someone who has MS. it wors well for her, but i dont think she is in total complete remission. MS is such a weird disease, and its WAY too soon for me to say im cured. part of me thinks that maybe i dont have MS, but something that looks like it. but, my spinal fluid is VERY textbook for MS, so i dont know. like i said, its really early on- i may end up having a flare and needing to go back on medication, and im OK with that. all i know is i feel better now than i have since being diagnosed.

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518464630b1876e6c41418185dad0912

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on December 23, 2010
at 08:34 PM

Finally, I don't have to apologize for all the bacon I eat.

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on December 24, 2010
at 12:04 AM

I instantly thought, "Bacon!" when I saw this question, too. :)

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03f5a69fde4012b827ebdb6d93b71e7a

on December 23, 2010
at 09:05 PM

Being able to skip meals is a serious upside.. very convenient. I used to get twitchy after a few hours of not eating.

Finally getting over most cravings, or at least having an arsenal of sensible 'cheats' like sweet potato fries, dark chocolate, and a very occasional slice of GF pizza.

Eating really, really good tasting food and not feeling bad or unhealthy about it.

Seeing my weight go down and body shape improve without ever feeling like I'm suffering.

Feeling like I understand better what makes my body tick.

Feeling like I have this awesome secret key to being happy and healthy. Not that I keep it a secret, but it is like stumbling into some kind of promised land...

NOT crashing in mid-afternoons.

Being so energized most of the time that I feel really good about taking breaks and enjoying life, not like I have to make up for a lack of efficiency.

5c14d1ca9a7f98d0be7c5a828410d146

(307)

on December 23, 2010
at 09:09 PM

"Seeing my weight go down and body shape improve without ever feeling like I'm suffering." Bam! I've never once felt deprived eating this way. And I also love what you said about having an awesome secret. I feel exactly the same way!

6
81eea89722d351d9ed1b763dd8bc73d6

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on December 23, 2010
at 08:14 PM

Meat + No grains = No hippies!!

5
630c94db61d822a0855533fafbeb11bc

on December 23, 2010
at 08:52 PM

Scientifically smacking down those who call gluten-free a "fad".

F910318b9aa27b91bcf7881f39b9eabe

(1164)

on December 24, 2010
at 11:56 AM

Sometimes i wish it would be socially acceptable to literally smack those that refuse to think for themselves and follow orders from someone who doesn't give a crap about their health...

65125edd5aafad39b3d5b3a8b4a36bb7

(6082)

on December 25, 2010
at 12:39 AM

I went to a water park in Wisconsin this week (Kalahari), and they had just opened a new restaurant that day which offered gluten-free versions of anything on the menu for just $1 extra. I was so impressed!

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F910318b9aa27b91bcf7881f39b9eabe

on December 24, 2010
at 11:47 AM

I think the biggest upside is this awareness that I and only I am responsible for my own health and that I am the only person who really cares about me and doesn't ask for my money.

Did that make any sense? Oh well, it does to me ;)

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0d2dec01a5ed9363a9915e111ae13f7e

on December 23, 2010
at 10:24 PM

I am now a skeptic in all things. Religion, politics, the economy, etc all make me dig deeper. Just as I did in forming my fitness/nutritional education in regards to "paleo". Oh, also managed to bring a little boy into the world after 17 years!

0d2dec01a5ed9363a9915e111ae13f7e

(4583)

on December 24, 2010
at 04:50 PM

Indeed, Aaron. And I've really learned to NOT get in debates (in person, over the web etc) that can't be "won" on any topic. I like discussions, I like to learn other viewpoints, but I don't like slamming my head against a wall. Not very "Paleo" to get worked up.

1cbb6b2a813475d6c0b17fd5e898dc50

(1248)

on December 24, 2010
at 04:37 AM

I am also! I believe it is up to each individual to research and not blindly follow mainstream media who are, for the most part, the ones telling the majority of the lies.

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6f0480b27b737cca708af8af709d77b1

(136)

on December 23, 2010
at 09:47 PM

Not feeling hungry every two hours and regaining my high school track and football weight. All while eating the tastiest food in the world. Pretty damn sweet.

Efc949694a31043bfce9ec86e8235cd7

(970)

on December 23, 2010
at 11:56 PM

I second this! The appetite control with Paleo is AMAZING! I pity my poor cubemates who run to the breakroom for carby-crunchables every hour!

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on December 23, 2010
at 11:55 PM

totally with you on the not-feeling-hungry thing. I can go many hours if needed without anything like the hardcore pangs for food that i used to get, even on a WAP style of eating.

6f0480b27b737cca708af8af709d77b1

(136)

on January 12, 2011
at 03:02 PM

Absofrigginlutely! Once I am able to really get my sleep and diet totally dialed in and get into a better groove with my training (I've been experimenting a bit) I'm going to try some IF. As per Robb Wolf, you only want to start peppering that in once you get all your other ducks in a row, so that's how I'm going to roll with that. I couldn't even IMAGINE trying I.F. if I was still on the carb roller coaster. It'd be next to impossible, I would think.

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5e36f73c3f95eb4ea13a009f4936449f

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on December 24, 2010
at 04:12 AM

For me, not starving a couple hours after my last meal. Also, my poop is more manageable. Got pretty messy on high carbs.

1
C181b533f1fdb423262eb0341cdedcaa

on December 24, 2010
at 02:35 AM

Fitting into my skinny jeans, and not having to munch snacks all day because my stomach is growling.

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on December 24, 2010
at 01:52 AM

Fewer mood swings associated with blood sugar swings. Ability to go for long periods between meals without serious hunger and irritability. Lower fatigue.

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A8d95f3744a7a0885894ee0731c9744c

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on December 23, 2010
at 08:47 PM

Looking better than ever!

Being stronger than ever!

Feeling better than ever!

And meat tastes so good...

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D6fb0306dae1763f4c18c7314fb786cc

on December 23, 2010
at 08:30 PM

Keeping your weight under control nearly effortlessly is a big plus.

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on December 23, 2010
at 08:03 PM

Being healthy.

But whipped cream with berries and being able to skip meals are pretty nice things too. And being able to eat butter.

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on December 23, 2010
at 08:02 PM

less time spent with cooking

less items in my pantry

less need for sleep = more time for fun

less meals = more time for my work

10034c23f65addc5735eb02a32448223

(361)

on December 23, 2010
at 08:05 PM

for me its more time cooking!!

0e4e5882872d6a7c472ea51aec457e66

(1994)

on December 23, 2010
at 09:32 PM

I baked my own bread, muffins, cakes, made noodles from spelt flour ground in my own mill, cooked various kinds of jam... Now it's just steak and salads, fish and veggies...

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on December 26, 2010
at 05:06 AM

I love eating paleo. The edema I was plagued with all summer long? Gone. (I'm talking 10 pound fluctuations here, where my thighs would retain so much water I was sure they were going to rupture. Yikes.)

Plus, this is going to sound weird, but I can eat apples again. Apples are arguably my favorite fruit, but on my CW diet (vegetarian) I couldn't eat anything without thinking I was starving to death ten minutes later. Apples were particularly bad. Now, I can eat an apple for dessert (after a high fat/protein delicious meal, of course) and not want to eat again for hours. Paleo has been such a gift to me! =)

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on December 23, 2010
at 10:42 PM

These are great.....A lot of this stuff I take for granted now, but reading them helps me remember all the progress I have made!

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on December 23, 2010
at 10:00 PM

clear skin and the road to optimal health illuminated :)

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on December 23, 2010
at 10:16 PM

+1 for clear skin.

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on December 23, 2010
at 09:02 PM

It's really hard to pick just one thing. But if I had to, I'd say the fact that eating paleo feels so natural and effortless. Maybe it's because we humans have been doing it for millions of years, until just lately? And the sheer pleasure that everything about eating holds for me now is such a bonus. From the preparation to the consumption, to the way the food makes me feel and all the positive effects on my health I've enjoyed since going paleo. IBS, migraines, excess weight issues are steadily being resolved the longer I eat this way, and my energy, strength, endurance, focus, positive outlook, libido (holla!) and self esteem continually improve.

Life is just more enjoyable now!

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