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your paleo 'duh' moment

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 17, 2010 at 8:44 PM

What was the moment when you realized what your paleo 'duh' or pareto-effect was? I.e. what was simple thing you stumbled on within paleo that made a huge, disproportionate difference in your wellbeing?

For me it was sleep. I'd read about how important sleep was (for me the order of importance is nutrition-->sleep-->training). I'd been staying up late a bunch, not getting good quality sleep and it was really starting to mess with, well, everything--including, gulp, sexual function/general feelings of strength/virility/testosteroniness*.

Anyway, literally just two nights of good 7-9 hour sleep in a totally dark room without exposure to artificial light for a half hour before and I felt WORLDS different.

So for me it was: DUH, everyone was right, sleep really is important.

what was your DUH moment?

*yes that is the scientific term.

9beda76f4e91faedc8fa70ecdc01251e

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on April 18, 2012
at 06:12 PM

Oh GOD NO, NOT the chocolate! [cries] Now I know I should try it. Next week.

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on April 18, 2012
at 07:53 AM

Box of cereal = one sitting, still hungry.

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on April 18, 2012
at 01:49 AM

Well said. :) .

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on April 18, 2012
at 12:52 AM

pretty much tying any aspect of health to evolution really

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on April 17, 2012
at 11:48 PM

Yeah, I took my friend's toddler this weekend and my arms feel like they're going to fall off. When picking her up, we were talking about exercising and my friend said "I never do weights! I really need to get to the gym!". Not weights that you NOTICE but man, between groceries, toddlers, and household/workplace tasks mom's are freaking tanks.

0841e74f5f393fa77a8c5df5ec3a9a74

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on April 06, 2011
at 08:35 PM

+1 for the "Case Against Cardio." Hopefully this means I won't ever end up in physical therapy again for an over-use injury.

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on April 06, 2011
at 05:32 PM

How do you do that Dr. K?

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on April 06, 2011
at 04:58 PM

I've always worn "big" shoes - and I hate women's shoes. My feet are big and wide. I wear boots to work for maximum comfiness!

9aa2a816c61170cc0183a68be0386ba5

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on April 06, 2011
at 04:57 PM

Me too, I was stoked and I still haven't quite got the hang of "not being hungry AT ALL." It's weird.

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

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on April 06, 2011
at 03:25 PM

I agree. I haven't cut the chocolate...might give that a go.

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

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on April 06, 2011
at 03:25 PM

Ditto. Cut the processed foods and WOW what a difference

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

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on April 06, 2011
at 03:24 PM

This might just become my "duh" moment as I am finding myself snacking even though I'm not hungry. Perhaps I need to eat more during meal times.

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

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on April 06, 2011
at 03:23 PM

Curly hair can be quite a benefit for blokes. I know I find it attractive. 8)

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

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on April 06, 2011
at 03:21 PM

I love this change of perspective. 8)

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

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on April 06, 2011
at 03:20 PM

I haven't switched to minimal footwear yet, but I'm leaving my heels at home and wearing flats. That's a start! 8)

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on April 06, 2011
at 10:20 AM

This is the kind of sweet we can all enjoy.

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on April 06, 2011
at 05:08 AM

How to use oxytocin to my advantage.

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on April 06, 2011
at 04:06 AM

Yes, I agree. Now that my kids are too big to be carried around, I say to myself while doing "yard work...or whatever" this is my primal exercise. Especially like lifting the wood pellets 40#.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

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on December 18, 2010
at 02:44 PM

But shoes are so CUTE! ;) I do workout barefoot and go barefoot around the house.

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on December 18, 2010
at 12:50 PM

Thanks, guys ;) You should have seen the look on my face while I was reading that chapter. Heavy things? I have those! And they are always willing to be lifted! *big smile*

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on December 18, 2010
at 09:11 AM

My hair is a lot curlier now than it was too (of course I'm a bloke, so this is perhaps less of a benefit)- clearly whoever said crusts make your hair curl got it wrong!

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

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on December 18, 2010
at 03:41 AM

If your food isn't tasty, you're doing it wrong.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

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on December 18, 2010
at 03:40 AM

Love it! Change of mentality = reduce stress and better health.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

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on December 18, 2010
at 03:36 AM

Shoes inhibit our foots ability to do it's job. Evolutionarily just like diet. Minimal footwear is best.

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on December 18, 2010
at 02:14 AM

whats with the minimal footwear??

A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

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on December 18, 2010
at 02:05 AM

I love this!! I look forward to being a mother some day. This is encouraging. :)

Bc2110309df459e4fd6c8dab58e364ab

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on December 18, 2010
at 12:47 AM

it can be mutually exclusive with tastiness. it really can!

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on December 18, 2010
at 12:42 AM

im on the sweet potatos PWO now and loving it.

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at 12:23 AM

The three things I was going to say...

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Bc2110309df459e4fd6c8dab58e364ab

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on December 18, 2010
at 12:21 AM

Mine is odd. It is related to reading the primal blueprint and the section about lifting heavy things. I have two small but heavy children (32 lb nearly 2 year old, 51 lb 4 year old), who always want to be carried. It used to get on my nerves and make me feel overwhelmed. Now I lovingly call them my heavy things and I happily carry all 83 pounds of them up and down the stairs (AT THE SAME TIME) when they ask. It's silly, I know. But that part of my life used to really stress me out, and now it brings everything together. I guess my duh moment was "I CAN DO THIS!".

A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

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on December 18, 2010
at 02:05 AM

I love this!! I look forward to being a mother some day. This is encouraging. :)

Bc2110309df459e4fd6c8dab58e364ab

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on December 18, 2010
at 12:50 PM

Thanks, guys ;) You should have seen the look on my face while I was reading that chapter. Heavy things? I have those! And they are always willing to be lifted! *big smile*

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22923)

on December 18, 2010
at 03:40 AM

Love it! Change of mentality = reduce stress and better health.

C074eec3b3c0325ef3018a128111823a

(1012)

on April 06, 2011
at 10:20 AM

This is the kind of sweet we can all enjoy.

04293f705870e1837b8670d3c1cd5f67

(2261)

on April 06, 2011
at 04:06 AM

Yes, I agree. Now that my kids are too big to be carried around, I say to myself while doing "yard work...or whatever" this is my primal exercise. Especially like lifting the wood pellets 40#.

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

(2682)

on April 06, 2011
at 03:21 PM

I love this change of perspective. 8)

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on April 17, 2012
at 11:48 PM

Yeah, I took my friend's toddler this weekend and my arms feel like they're going to fall off. When picking her up, we were talking about exercising and my friend said "I never do weights! I really need to get to the gym!". Not weights that you NOTICE but man, between groceries, toddlers, and household/workplace tasks mom's are freaking tanks.

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A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

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on December 17, 2010
at 08:54 PM

Sugar is sugar is sugar.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on April 18, 2012
at 01:49 AM

Well said. :) .

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4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

on December 18, 2010
at 12:07 AM

Tying Evolution to Diet was a ... DUH.

Then Minimal Footwear/No Footwear.... DUH.

Then Tubers... as much as I wanted to believe the low carb stuff... was a DUH. again with Evolution.

Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

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on December 18, 2010
at 12:23 AM

The three things I was going to say...

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on December 18, 2010
at 12:42 AM

im on the sweet potatos PWO now and loving it.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22923)

on December 18, 2010
at 03:36 AM

Shoes inhibit our foots ability to do it's job. Evolutionarily just like diet. Minimal footwear is best.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on December 18, 2010
at 02:44 PM

But shoes are so CUTE! ;) I do workout barefoot and go barefoot around the house.

10034c23f65addc5735eb02a32448223

(361)

on December 18, 2010
at 02:14 AM

whats with the minimal footwear??

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

(2682)

on April 06, 2011
at 03:20 PM

I haven't switched to minimal footwear yet, but I'm leaving my heels at home and wearing flats. That's a start! 8)

9aa2a816c61170cc0183a68be0386ba5

(1702)

on April 06, 2011
at 04:58 PM

I've always worn "big" shoes - and I hate women's shoes. My feet are big and wide. I wear boots to work for maximum comfiness!

Medium avatar

(2338)

on April 18, 2012
at 12:52 AM

pretty much tying any aspect of health to evolution really

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62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

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on December 18, 2010
at 06:12 AM

For me, it was when I was losing weight but still feeling fully satiated. That had never happened before in my whole life. That was the biggest, but there were others to follow. My allergies are mostly gone now. My hair got back the waviness it had when I was much younger. I sleep less and am less sleepy. And lots of other little things which I had never expected nor even thought possible in many cases.

E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

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on December 18, 2010
at 09:11 AM

My hair is a lot curlier now than it was too (of course I'm a bloke, so this is perhaps less of a benefit)- clearly whoever said crusts make your hair curl got it wrong!

9aa2a816c61170cc0183a68be0386ba5

(1702)

on April 06, 2011
at 04:57 PM

Me too, I was stoked and I still haven't quite got the hang of "not being hungry AT ALL." It's weird.

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

(2682)

on April 06, 2011
at 03:23 PM

Curly hair can be quite a benefit for blokes. I know I find it attractive. 8)

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on April 17, 2012
at 11:52 PM

My "duh" moment was when I realized that the worst place for me to be gauging my health is by looking at a scale or eyeballing my stomach in the mirror 5x per day. Even though I was looking and feeling better, I couldn't notice it because I was too busy looking at my offensive (yet future-infant-supporting) lower stomach fat. My hair had gotten ridiculously thicker, I was sporting claw-like nails, my skin was glowing, my breasts had spontaneously doubled, my energy was amazing, and here I was whining away to myself about how the scale said such-and-such yesterday, but now it says such-and-such, so am I failing? Tossed it. No regrets.

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on April 17, 2012
at 11:04 PM

That "duh" moments are strictly n=1.

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E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

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on December 18, 2010
at 09:18 AM

One big 'duh' moment was working out that the reason why I was cold, tired, feeling weak and thinking about food constantly even though I wasn't hungry (when first reducing carbs), was because I wasn't eating enough.

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

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on April 06, 2011
at 03:24 PM

This might just become my "duh" moment as I am finding myself snacking even though I'm not hungry. Perhaps I need to eat more during meal times.

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61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

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on April 06, 2011
at 03:29 PM

As others have said, a big "duh" moment for me was realizing how much processed crap I ate even when I thought I was eating healthy foods. I cut those out and noticed an immediate change.

A related "duh" moment was finding out that better quality foods might be more expensive, but they're also more satisfying and, hence, don't really cost more than the junk I used to eat in the grand scheme of things. In fact, they probably end up costing less if you factor in the potential to avoid having to buy various medications. 8)

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on April 18, 2012
at 07:53 AM

Box of cereal = one sitting, still hungry.

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on April 06, 2011
at 01:58 PM

I had a duh moment last weekend- ate a little bread and some breaded artichoke hearts at Cheesecake Factory. I took my digestive enzymes but they didn't help. I felt awful all evening, and it reminded me how crappy I used to feel all the time. Duh, messing with bread is a big gamble and it ain't worth the risk!

A duh-winning moment was reading "The Case Against Cardio" on MDA last summer- it just made so much sense to me, and I was so relieved to learn I wouldn't have to toil away on the elliptical any more! :)

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on April 06, 2011
at 08:35 PM

+1 for the "Case Against Cardio." Hopefully this means I won't ever end up in physical therapy again for an over-use injury.

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667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

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on December 18, 2010
at 12:41 AM

that anything edible is a tool and if you view each item as that and know how that item will effect your metabolism you are free to eat anything.

For example: I know what carbs do with insulin and muscle glycogen, etc so i eat them PWO. I know what protein does for building and repairing and so i eat it all the time. I know how fat slows digestion, etc so i eat it when i want to slow digestion.

Sounds a bit too straight forward maybe but it took a while for this simple simple reasoning to hit me all at once.

That, and that this way of thinking/eating/living is not mutually exclusive with tastiness:)

Bc2110309df459e4fd6c8dab58e364ab

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on December 18, 2010
at 12:47 AM

it can be mutually exclusive with tastiness. it really can!

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22923)

on December 18, 2010
at 03:41 AM

If your food isn't tasty, you're doing it wrong.

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on April 18, 2012
at 01:58 PM

When I realized that I had negative, depressive thought patterns the day after I eat too much sugar.

It's tough, because then I want to boost my mood with comforting (and generally sugary) foods. It can be a vicious cycle. Now that I am cognizant of sugar's affect on my thoughts, I can take a step back and recognize that it is a false mood state. This makes it a lot easier to get back on track.

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on April 18, 2012
at 01:42 AM

When I started seeing the sugar cycle in my co-workers and the corresponding mood shifts.

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on April 06, 2011
at 04:04 PM

My duh moment was realizing the ill effects of my over-consumption of fruit. I used to eat a big bowl of cherries thinking I was getting all these good anti-oxidants. But at what expense?? Being overweight and on my way to type II diabetes?

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on April 06, 2011
at 09:30 AM

Cutting foods out.

Robb Wolf always talks about the 30 day test, see how you look, feel and perform with and without something in your diet.

I started paleo and left dark chocolate in. I was having some inflammation issues and cut dark chocolate out. Worlds of difference in how I feel.

Though my "duh" moment has to be switching to paleo, period. I always thought that getting rid of processed carbs would be hard, but giving up all the processed junk has made my world so much better.

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

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on April 06, 2011
at 03:25 PM

I agree. I haven't cut the chocolate...might give that a go.

9beda76f4e91faedc8fa70ecdc01251e

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on April 18, 2012
at 06:12 PM

Oh GOD NO, NOT the chocolate! [cries] Now I know I should try it. Next week.

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on December 18, 2010
at 10:12 AM

Hi everyone, just signed up. Anyways, for me it was finding out that light levels/types/colors affect your hormone levels. It's pretty crazy the integral part our environment plays in regulating our behaviors and inner state. So I decided to look at things that affect me and try to understand them through reasoning.

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on April 18, 2012
at 02:38 PM

When I realized I had to defend a diet rich in lean meats, fish, and veggies to an overweight coworker I was having a nutrition discussion with. Both a "duh" moment, and also a moment that I sort of pitied him and those like him.

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04293f705870e1837b8670d3c1cd5f67

on April 06, 2011
at 04:07 AM

Natural is better for me.

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

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on April 06, 2011
at 03:25 PM

Ditto. Cut the processed foods and WOW what a difference

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on December 17, 2010
at 08:53 PM

I had a major DUH moment when I first heard about the paleo concept from Art DeVany on a podcast. He tied the diet in with evolution and I said to my self "Ah, yeah....DUH!"

Then I had another moment when I started learning about the reasons for minimalist shoes. A little time with my Vibram FF's gave me my 2nd paleo DUH moment.

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on December 17, 2010
at 08:53 PM

Stress! Similar experience, similar results.

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