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when you got your diet right, was it like flipping a switch?

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Created July 13, 2012 at 3:01 PM

I've been Paleo since January and feel that I am still fine tuning things---there are weeks when I feel great and others when I don't. I've had to play with my carb levels a bit and get my thryoid meds back on track (I'm hypothyroid and was on too low of a dose). I was also on hormonal b/c pills and have recently stopped taking them. I'm pretty sure that I still need to work on Leptin sensitivity and that I've prevented myself from becoming truly fat adapted as about once a week I'd have too much sugar whether it was from a gluten free treat or too much dried fruit. Now that I've gotten off the meds or been able to have my dosages adjusted, I feel I'm on the edge of what I've been waiting for. I'm doing a Whole 30 right now and am determined to give it my all. I am having a much better experience this time around (I did it in April too) and I woke up this morning with the sense that I haven't truly felt the goodness that Paleo has to offer. And, that that goodness is on the horizon. Here is my question---- When you went Paleo, did you experience something kind of drastic in terms of feeling a change in yourself? I hear a lot of people say that it was like a "switch had been flipped". I know I can't compare my experience to that of others but there's an intuitive feeling in my gut that I might finally be getting this thing....seven months later. I've had some fat loss (29%-25%) but I'd like to get to that place where people feel it melting off them effortlessly. I want to be around 18-20%.
For those who feel they've got it right, what was your experience like?

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on July 13, 2012
at 10:39 PM

Yes, that IS amazing and beautiful to hear. I get it too. When you finally don't loathe your body, you realize how much freaking time you spent doing so. Good for you and thank you for sharing.

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on July 13, 2012
at 05:08 PM

Yes, it gets easy. It is second nature for me now, but I did do a lot of self experimentation and research to get it figured out.

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on July 13, 2012
at 04:25 PM

Thanks Sonya-I'm right there with you. Going off the pill has really helped me with the sweet cravings I think. GL with your next 30 day Challenge, I'm really enjoying the one I'm five days into right now.

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on July 13, 2012
at 04:07 PM

I hear you Dave---that's where I've been but I think I might just be starting to get it right! Woo Hoo! Kelly-that's so cool! I think I'm on the brink of that. Or hope I am. Guess I just have to keep tinkering until I find the sweet spot and then adjust as I go. :)

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I didn't mean to imply an instantaneous thing so much as after doing all the self-experimentation that once you get it right it's sort of unmistakeable. As you express, I'm sure it's different for everyone, sometimes more subtle.

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on July 13, 2012
at 03:26 PM

yes, for me it was more like a 'light bulb' once I nailed it, I kept it there and tinkered a bit (more like testing limits), I could feel, see the fat melting off.....its a nice feeling to finally figure it out!!

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on July 13, 2012
at 03:09 PM

I wish I could get it right. I seem to always be tweaking. It is getting better lately, though.

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on July 13, 2012
at 03:08 PM

It is much more about self experimentation and figuring out what works for you personally. For me it was a gradual process, and for most of my clients the same thing. Congrats on the progress you have made, and I think you will find Whole30 a great learning experiment, but I doubt that many just immediately felt all the benefits. Some of the benefits of Paleo aren't realized until much later in life, or get overlooked, such as diseases you don't get, or sicknesses you don't get, or that you get sick less often, or that you can do more. Some of the intangibles get missed.

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on July 13, 2012
at 04:06 PM

I didn't mean to imply an instantaneous thing so much as after doing all the self-experimentation that once you get it right it's sort of unmistakeable. As you express, I'm sure it's different for everyone, sometimes more subtle.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 13, 2012
at 05:08 PM

Yes, it gets easy. It is second nature for me now, but I did do a lot of self experimentation and research to get it figured out.

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on July 13, 2012
at 09:05 PM

It's been more like a dimmer switch. And even now, I'm not quite up to full "brightness," but whenever I eat something I know I shouldn't I get a reminder of just how much brighter everything is because I'm eating the way I do now.

I expect I'll be tweaking my diet forever, as my body and lifestyle changes. I suspect that chasing after "perfection" is folly and bound to disappoint. But I've got the basics pretty much nailed down, I feel really good, and for the first time in my life I'm not struggling with food. I'm free of any serious cravings for junk.

I'm still much heavier than I'd like to be, but that's resolving itself. Maybe not on my ideal schedule, but it's definitely happening, and with mnimal effort or worry on my part. And I do feel a genuine sense of well-being that isn't just physical--I feel like I'm doing exactly what I need to do, and everything is going as it should, and that there's nothing else I have to do right now but show up for my life and enjoy it.

There's always room for things to get better, but they're pretty damned good right now. I don't ever recall being this free of anxiety, sadness, and self-loathing surrounding food or my body. It's pretty amazing, when I think about it.

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on July 13, 2012
at 10:39 PM

Yes, that IS amazing and beautiful to hear. I get it too. When you finally don't loathe your body, you realize how much freaking time you spent doing so. Good for you and thank you for sharing.

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on July 13, 2012
at 04:08 PM

This is a lifestyle change. Fine tuning is necessary. It's taken me almost a year to figure out where to get groceries, how to cook, how much to spend, what I should have in the house to prevent me from going out to eat, what to avoid and what questions to ask when going out to eat, etc. In that year, yes, I've gone off the wagon a few times, but only to get back on knowing what went wrong and how to prevent it for next time. I just went off BC, too, so I have the feeling more confusion is to come, but hopefully my cravings won't be as bad and I'll be able to handle it better than in the past.

Just stay persistent, learn from your mistakes, keep yourself motivated any way you can. Everyone has their own way of getting to their optimal diet and if it wasn't a switch for you, I'm sure you've learned things about yourself that they have yet to learn ;)

GL with it! I'm going on another 30 Day Challenge today!

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on July 13, 2012
at 04:25 PM

Thanks Sonya-I'm right there with you. Going off the pill has really helped me with the sweet cravings I think. GL with your next 30 day Challenge, I'm really enjoying the one I'm five days into right now.

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