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One Week In To Paleo

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 21, 2013 at 4:08 PM

Hey all,

Only been one week into Paleo. Haven't noticed any significant changes except I tend to get redness on my face at times. My main question is, do most people see changes in skin while on Paleo? I've been itching a lot more than usual, especially on the face and feel tired more often.

Daily I eat eggs, chicken, beef, almonds, broccoli, carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, mushrooms, onions, avocados, green peppers, lettuce, melons, apples, bananas, blueberries, strawberries, dates and plenty of water (4 liters at least).

Note: I'll also do white rice on most days, but that's the only grain.

Note 2: I haven't had a chance to buy olive oil yet for cooking, so I use butter in a pan for my eggs.

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on July 22, 2013
at 07:19 AM

I've had eczema and dermatitis as well. Since going Paleo a year ago, haven't had an eczema flare up and dermatitis is much better, especially after I eliminated nightshades. However, I started breaking out, as in pimples, on my nose like I've never done before. Anyway, try to eliminate tomatoes, potatoes, and all peppers (sweet and spicy) to see if your skin improves.

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on July 22, 2013
at 04:23 AM

Thaaaat at a glance sounds like jaundice (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaundice). Have you ever gotten checked out for the usual suspects such as liver issues? Because...yeesh.

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on July 21, 2013
at 09:57 PM

I haven't had any problems with my skin, personally. Tired, you'll feel probably for the first couple of weeks. Try taking a quality B Complex supplement. This helped me when I was new to paleo. I still take it, but trying to get it all from my actual food! Cut out the rice for awhile and see if your skin clears up. Sounds to me more like your skin is dry as opposed to an allergy, unless it is something you're using ON your face. Coconut oil JUST A TINY BIT is an excellent moisturerizer.

A0269a32e985ab34fcf872a4e75f1973

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on July 21, 2013
at 08:30 PM

How long does that typically last?

A0269a32e985ab34fcf872a4e75f1973

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on July 21, 2013
at 05:14 PM

Also, I wanted to try the diet out because I heard it was great for those with Crohn's and Eczema. Even though I'm not feeling 100%, I figured I'd stick it out at least a couple of weeks to give it a true honest chance.

A0269a32e985ab34fcf872a4e75f1973

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on July 21, 2013
at 05:13 PM

Had it every now and then. The only foods I never ate regularly which I started eating were tomatoes and broccoli. Given that broccoli is a fairly safe vegetable (I assume), tomatoes might be the culprit?

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on July 21, 2013
at 05:12 PM

Sorry about not clarifying. I have crohn's disease and mild eczema. But typically no inflammation on the face. This was sort of new. If nightshades are the problem, I'll probably just cut out the tomatoes then and see what happens.

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on July 21, 2013
at 04:14 PM

Don't have much feedback about your skin, but olive oil is not your best bet for cooking - it's best unheated or at low heats. For cooking, use coconut oil, animal fats (tallow, lard, duck fat, etc) and ghee (clarified butter - you can clarify it yourself to remove the milk proteins).

Also, I'm not clear from your post - is the redness and itching something you experienced pre-Paleo, or is it something new now that you're eating Paleo?

If the itching is new, is there any food you are eating now that you were not eating before, like eggs?

A0269a32e985ab34fcf872a4e75f1973

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on July 21, 2013
at 05:13 PM

Had it every now and then. The only foods I never ate regularly which I started eating were tomatoes and broccoli. Given that broccoli is a fairly safe vegetable (I assume), tomatoes might be the culprit?

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on July 22, 2013
at 03:43 AM

Heey

I also had (still have at times) problems with my skin. In my case, I was turning yellow. Literally. I looked like Lisa Simpson. But anyways, my skin never got red, so I need to ask- is it red as in rash, or your skin tone is actually getting red?

If it is rash red, then you might consider it being an allergy. Are there any veggies you are eating that you didn't ate before?

If it is red skin tone, I really don't know.. It happens that some people get a healthier skin tone once they start eating paleo (their bodies are actually well nourished, so the skin color betters) So maybe you're not getting as red as you think, that may be your natural skin tone but you are used to a paler one. Try asking someone if they think you look red (worked for me with the yellow skin issue)

Hope this helped(:

3fc95bca9e723edfbbb72b172798ab49

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on July 22, 2013
at 04:23 AM

Thaaaat at a glance sounds like jaundice (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaundice). Have you ever gotten checked out for the usual suspects such as liver issues? Because...yeesh.

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on July 21, 2013
at 07:42 PM

It could be that if you changed your diet a lot your body might be going into stress mode while it gets used to the new way of eating.

A0269a32e985ab34fcf872a4e75f1973

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on July 21, 2013
at 08:30 PM

How long does that typically last?

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on July 21, 2013
at 04:25 PM

Maybe you have an allergy to some of the foods? Why are you following any diet if you aren't feeling better on it? I personally would not continue if my skin was breaking out and feeling itchy.

Without knowing what your health problems or goals are or how you used to eat, it's hard to troubleshoot. Looking at what you are eating, everything looks great but you might have an allergy to nightshades is all I can think of. It's fairly common. You can do some research on the autoimmune protocol (paleomom.com is a good source)for suspected food allergies.

A0269a32e985ab34fcf872a4e75f1973

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on July 21, 2013
at 05:12 PM

Sorry about not clarifying. I have crohn's disease and mild eczema. But typically no inflammation on the face. This was sort of new. If nightshades are the problem, I'll probably just cut out the tomatoes then and see what happens.

A0269a32e985ab34fcf872a4e75f1973

(15)

on July 21, 2013
at 05:14 PM

Also, I wanted to try the diet out because I heard it was great for those with Crohn's and Eczema. Even though I'm not feeling 100%, I figured I'd stick it out at least a couple of weeks to give it a true honest chance.

197651282ddd8d675b974ee811d2269e

(1836)

on July 22, 2013
at 07:19 AM

I've had eczema and dermatitis as well. Since going Paleo a year ago, haven't had an eczema flare up and dermatitis is much better, especially after I eliminated nightshades. However, I started breaking out, as in pimples, on my nose like I've never done before. Anyway, try to eliminate tomatoes, potatoes, and all peppers (sweet and spicy) to see if your skin improves.

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