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Why did you go Paleo?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created December 23, 2011 at 7:59 AM

Hello.

I'm curious to hear people's reasons for going Paleo? Is it health (If so, what specifically)? To get in shape? To lose weight? To feel better?

Personally, I went Paleo strictly for health reasons: I'm having a daughter in a few months and I want to be around for her.But as I'm reading a lot of comments on posts today, both on my own posts and on others', and I can't help but be discouraged by the onslaught of "Snarky" comments.

Is it just me, or do a lot of people who post here make comments that are similar to what you would expect a Body-Builder to say? Why do so many Paleolites act like they're better than the rest of the world?

So why did you go Paleo? Was it to feel better? To feel better about yourself? Or to make others feel inferior?

C0fcb48d7da4f76fac17318efd2cd6b8

(4069)

on December 25, 2011
at 01:10 AM

This is great!!

Cf4576cbcc44fc7f2294135609bce9e5

(3125)

on December 24, 2011
at 11:55 PM

i have to give you thumbs up. if i had read about this diet while at my peak health and youth i think i would have given it a big yes just for the quality of food that paleo eaters consume.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on December 23, 2011
at 07:40 PM

@Erik, I too am feeling effects. I don't think I lost sight of my goal, but next year I will have to re-evaluate the goal of celebrating my improved health by having a few neolithic treats. I'm pretty sure I'll opt for ancestral treats only then.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on December 23, 2011
at 07:38 PM

I have that; it isn't why I made the change, but I sure was delighted when it stopped. I still need to eat my last meal by about 4 pm though.

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on December 23, 2011
at 06:51 PM

Thank you for asking this question. My diet has not been as clean as it should be lately, and I have been feeling the effects. Answering this question has made me realize that I had lost sight of my original goal.

7cab5a1f1fd48c3cc4938ab824fdb52e

on December 23, 2011
at 06:50 PM

Just realized, my comment may sound a little snarky. But it is not intended to be. It is just the simple truth.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on December 23, 2011
at 01:20 PM

Me too, GCBC. I was searching for the answer to the question of how can I be hungry when I'm full? And I wanted to avoid my father's fate of pancreatic cancer.

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on December 23, 2011
at 08:14 AM

I try not to let the snarks get me down, though. There's so much good information here, and so many genuinely kind and helpful people. I hope you stay. :)

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on December 23, 2011
at 08:08 AM

Snarkyness gets me down, too. It's not as bad here as out in the wild, I think; but it's here. The internet is the internet. At least it doesn't go thermonuclear full-on flame war here, generally.

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on December 23, 2011
at 08:08 AM

Snarkyness gets me down, too. It's not as bad here as out in the wild, I think; but it's here.

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on December 23, 2011
at 08:07 AM

I have learned to not say a word about not being able to eat something when out with friends -- SAD'ers take it as implied criticism, even though I would just be making conversation. They feel attacked and judged. :/

1321554fbe74ad09e97c6e8c354021cc

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on December 23, 2011
at 08:03 AM

I went to the movies yesterday with a SAD friend, and while waiting for him to come out of the restroom, I looked around at the concessions, noticing that there is not one thing there that I would eat. That being said, I mentioned it to him casually. I didn't try to make him feel bad, or make it seem like I think I'm better than those who do eat that nonsense. I just noted it. I guess what I'm saying is: Extremism is annoying in all its forms. Whether its Religious Extremism, Political Extremism, or Paleo Extremism. Don't be the Paleo FOX News.

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Cf4576cbcc44fc7f2294135609bce9e5

on December 23, 2011
at 08:17 AM

i googled a cure for rheumatoid arthritis and my reading said i had an eighty percent chance of cure using this diet. three days latter i was cured after 29 years of utter misery.

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Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on December 23, 2011
at 08:11 AM

I went Paleo after reading Gary Taubes' Good Calories, Bad Calories; went low carb and then found my way to Paleo that way. I did it for health reasons. I got tired of being sick, and after reading GCBC I realized that diet might have something to do with my poor health. Turned out it had just about EVERYTHING to do with my poor health. I'm so grateful and glad I found my way to this way of eating. It's a lifesaver. I don't think it makes me better than anyone else, though. It makes me lucky to have stumbled across the resources to figure it out.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on December 23, 2011
at 01:20 PM

Me too, GCBC. I was searching for the answer to the question of how can I be hungry when I'm full? And I wanted to avoid my father's fate of pancreatic cancer.

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on December 23, 2011
at 09:35 AM

I started low carb to lose weight, which I did with no trouble. Then realised that I no longer seemed to catch colds all the time and my fingers and hips didn't hurt so I researched a bit on the internet and found paleo.

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on December 23, 2011
at 07:57 PM

I ask myself this all the time. Why, why, why did I ever go paleo?

Perhaps it was so I could wander around the grocery store only to realize that nothing in there is edible.

Perhaps it was so that I could annoy my family, friends and co-workers with information like "Why would you order an egg-white omelette? Don't you know that all the nutrition is in the yolk?"

Perhaps it was so I could constantly backslide and chastise myself over not being good enough or paleo enough.

Perhaps it was so I could ignore my work and family responsibilities in order to spend my time reading Kurt Harris, Emily Deans and Denise Minger and hanging out at PaleoHacks.

Maybe it was so that I could go to the farmers market at 6am and buy pastured eggs and grass fed ground beef only to see them used in recipes for cheeseburger macaroni and chocolate chip cookies.

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7cab5a1f1fd48c3cc4938ab824fdb52e

on December 23, 2011
at 12:45 PM

I did it not to lose weight, not for health benefits, but because it made sense. And I wanted to be an awesome human specimin. I consider the other two, just side effects, of an optimal diet.

Cf4576cbcc44fc7f2294135609bce9e5

(3125)

on December 24, 2011
at 11:55 PM

i have to give you thumbs up. if i had read about this diet while at my peak health and youth i think i would have given it a big yes just for the quality of food that paleo eaters consume.

7cab5a1f1fd48c3cc4938ab824fdb52e

on December 23, 2011
at 06:50 PM

Just realized, my comment may sound a little snarky. But it is not intended to be. It is just the simple truth.

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Cbda678b2a6bf0537d8c4ea0ce8aa9ad

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on December 23, 2011
at 10:26 AM

I was diagnosed as a TypeII diabetic. I had no idea about Paleo. Slowly, slowly, after lots of investigation I arrived here. So now my blood sugar is under control.

But the thing is, I would have never found this diet, which I consider healthy based upon my subsequent blood test results with Triglycerides tanking downwards, LDL downwards and HCL moving upwards, if not for my diagnosis, a blessing in disguise.

I would have moved to this diet if only I had been aware of it 40 years ago.

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on December 24, 2011
at 06:06 PM

I had a really good spring bear hunt tag in Idaho. I got my ass kicked!!! Found myself riding around on the quad or driving in the truck rather than what I really love to do, going in deep into the wilderness away from roads/people and doing the work.

Last week of the season fueled by cookies, pringles and sour patch kids I was with my daughters and had a terrible migraine while in the woods. I literally considered I may drop dead at anytime leaving them to fend for themselves.

The last day of the season I headed off with a route 44 sonic slush, a burger and large fry. As I sat on the side of a mountain feeling like crap I decided it was stupid to eat so bad in be in such bad shape at 33 years old.

The next day I went 100% primal and have followed more closely to Robb Wolf then Mark Sisson.

It has been 7.5 months. I have had zero gluten/grain/bread since that day. I have had a few sweets but grain is permantely off my list for good. I eat a high fat, low carboydrate diet with a ton of wild fish and wild game and offal. My blood panels are out of this world including an over 100 point drop in triglycerides, major drop in blood pressure, resting heart rate, "good" cholesterol and all that good stuff.

This fall I hiked in 8 miles and shot a bear and a moose. I managed on a 10 day backpack trip to eat paleo without all the typical high carb backpack food and have never felt better.

C0fcb48d7da4f76fac17318efd2cd6b8

(4069)

on December 25, 2011
at 01:10 AM

This is great!!

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on December 23, 2011
at 09:08 AM

Heavy migraines made me wonder about the trigger. Found out about food intolerances. Next question: If I react that strong on food, how about the multiple sclerosis I was diagnosed with?

What is it with the food I eat and this autoimmune desaese? google, google, Loren Cordain, Robb Wolf, Paleo Diet! BINGO! It was like winning the lottery ! And it still is a gain (NOT GRAIN) every day.

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306aa57660d911781231f8090c2a5619

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on December 24, 2011
at 01:04 AM

I had a breastfeeding baby who was sensitive to many many things in my diet (dairy, eggs, turkey, chicken, legumes, possibly wheat, possibly tomatoes, possibly others that I'm forgetting), so I was a large portion of the way there already. We'd been largely gluten-free around the house for a while anyways due to an autistic housemate on a gluten/dairy-free, low-GI diet. My husband wanted to lose weight, and had good results from low-carb diets in the past. I was hesitant about giving up non-gluten grains, since my diet was so limited already, but agreed to give it a try.

Within two weeks, my sugar cravings decreased dramatically (and I wasn't doing particularly low-carb or avoiding sugar entirely), and I started to experience a bunch of health improvements that I hadn't previously realized were anything other than just the way life is. No more intestinal gas or poochy belly (It's always been that way). No more colds or other illnesses. My mood improved. I wouldn't say my energy skyrocketed, but I rarely felt the urge to nap in the afternoon anymore, despite having a baby who still (a year later) doesn't sleep through the night. Prior to paleo, I had some fairly minor aches and pains. If I noticed they were gone, I attributed it to ordinary healing... until they started acting up again when I cheated.

That all convinced me that there was something to this paleo thing, and it was worth sticking with, despite not having any serious weight to lose, known autoimmune issues, or other usual motivations for going paleo.

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on December 24, 2011
at 03:15 PM

I got here as an unexpected result of trying to find a cure for my father's failing health (neurodegeneration). I was initially triggered by an anomaly re his simultaneous heart and brain health, wherein his brain was clearly rotting away and conventional wisdom suggested his (statin treated) cardiovascular system was in very good shape (very low LDL). As it didn't seem plausible to me that something that was good for the heart could be bad for the brain, I set out to find answers to reconcile the paradox.

I don't recall the exact path that got me here, but I do know that a key data point came when that both my father and I were APOE4, led me to key insights from Chris Masterjohn and Stephanie Seneff, that fat is actually not bad, and cholesterol is absolutely essential for both cellular and brain health. From there, I fell into the paleo rabbit hole which led to the wonderland of Sisson, Jaminet, Davis, AHS, etc..

I tested the paleo diet/lifestyle on myself and like most here got very quick remarkable results. In terms of the measurable, although I really had no material objective for weight loss (then at 5'11" 190lbs), I quickly cut ~15 lbs unneeded weight in ~60 days and am now seemingly stable at about 170 lbs. But the real benefit has been in the unmeasurable where I just feel absolutely great - more energy, better sleep, never get winded (unless I'm trying to). I no longer drink any form of caffeine (used to be heavy Diet Mt Dew guy) as I just don't need it.

Unfortunately though, I was a bit too late finding paleo for the original objective of healing my father, as not only has the neurodegeneration become quite severe, he can no longer safely eat whole foods as required to benefit. I only wish I had figured this out a few years ago, and hope that future generations don't make the same mistakes.

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on December 23, 2011
at 07:33 PM

I have LPR, its seems to help eating this way. BTW LPR is when acid reflux goes up to your throat and burns it.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on December 23, 2011
at 07:38 PM

I have that; it isn't why I made the change, but I sure was delighted when it stopped. I still need to eat my last meal by about 4 pm though.

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