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how did everyone first hear about paleo?

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Created April 30, 2012 at 5:37 AM

hi again..i'm interested into how people first heard about paleo?

my story is that i went on holiday for 2 weeks, ate so much white bread/pasta (which i NEVER ate before in such vast quantities), felt very very ill/tired/sick and started to think I was perhaps sensitive to gluten. which made me question WHY we get food sensitivities, and I thought perhaps it was something to do with our ancestry. I actually googled 'what did cavemen eat?' and eventually stumbled upon the Paleo Diet.

So, what are your stories?

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on April 30, 2012
at 11:22 PM

Really inspirational!

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at 05:40 PM

Crossfit Endurance cert course. The instructor gave a list of books to read and Robb's book was on the list,

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It's the ANA w/ titer which along with my malar rash, confirmed lupus. He is going to do a crp to make sure it isn't coronary inflammation but wants to see how much paleo has helped. I do that this week. He is a naturopath.

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at 01:25 PM

I had an eating disorder too, and although it didn't lead me directly to paleo, I think that it is the reason for my obsession with dieting! have to say, paleo is what I will be sticking with for the rest of my life ;)

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I, too, heard about it from CrossFit. I'd say about 70% of the regular CrossFitters at my gym are paleo. This is why I think it's so ironic that people on here hate on CrossFit. If it weren't for starting at this gym, me and thousands of other people would have never discovered this lifestyle. I am truly greatful for that :)

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@Michael - thank you.

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If you do not mind me asking - how long did it take you to recover?

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Because I was gluten intolerant FIRST. I only started Paleo on October 22nd last year. I got sick way before that.

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at 09:05 AM

*PALEO DIET DOES NOT CAUSE GLUTEN INTOLERANCE.* Why not, VB? I don't really see how you can be 100% certain that that is impossible?

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at 06:37 AM

I've been almost through the same story. Up-voting your comment again. Thanks for clarifying that gluten intolerance just becomes visible when eliminating from the diet. In the state before, you are just adapted to this protein fraction along with a permanent inflammation; for those how are sensitive. However, those inflammation may induce symptoms, which may not be linked to food intolerances - best described as - when fecal may circulated through your blood. You know this zonuline mechanism I suppose. Regards, M.

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What kind of test is it? Is it traditional or non-traditional medicine? Would you mind telling me the name of the test, I want to take it too!

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never heard of it :) http://paleohacks.com/questions/115102/the-first-rule-of-paleo-is-you-do-not-talk-about-paleo

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check out http://paleohacks.com/questions/83915/when-did-you-start-paleo-and-why#axzz1tV3B1Yay for answers on how others started their paleo journey

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On my road to recovery from my eating disorder, I began obsessively looking up stuff about food and nutrition last summer. Inevitably, all my Google searches led me to some articles on marksdailyapple.com. And the rest, as they say, is history.

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I had an eating disorder too, and although it didn't lead me directly to paleo, I think that it is the reason for my obsession with dieting! have to say, paleo is what I will be sticking with for the rest of my life ;)

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at 05:55 PM

Back in 2003 or so, I was just starting out learning how to lift weights, I had lost about 20lbs of my 430lbs by eating very high protein, but low calories meals and hitting the gym.

I spent time on several strongman forums... one member who had beat back his diabetes through diet and exercise had said something to the effect of "The Paleo diet is the only way I've found I can lose weight, still get enough protein, and actually enjoy the food I eat."

The next day, I went to a bookstore (OMG they still existed back then!) and bought The Warrior Diet (it was suggested by quite a few when I expressed interest in the Paleo Diet), Neanderthin by Audette, and Cordain's The Paleo Diet.

I read about 1/2 of the Warrior Diet and lost interest. I tried to read The Paleo Diet and although my reading has matured somewhat, I just couldn't get through it at first. I read Neanderthin last, and felt like this guy had a pretty good grip on a diet that worked for him, and he laid it out in a Layman's perspective.

Within the next 6 months I had lost 80 additional pounds, and started competing in strongman as well. I allowed myself 1 "free" meal a month where I could eat what I want. However, in late 2004 my son was born and I took on the mantle of "stay at home dad". We went to one income and I felt at the time that I couldn't afford to eat like this anymore.

Between then and now, I have tried several different diets, some of them crash diets, some fairly successful at weight loss but none of them successful at healing or even mitigating my leaky gut, chronic flatulence, fatigue, severe allergies, or my persistent skin issues. Finally after going to Disney with my family in 2010, and spending literally half the week sequestered in the hotel, sleeping, while my wife and son explored the parks, I decided to go back to eating Paleo - as it was the only time in my life since childhood that I had not had gut issues. I was closing in on 400lbs again, except now I had officially "retired" from the sport of strongman where some of that weight was for function. I had no need for it. In addition, my dad passed at 54 years old (in 2008) of heart failure - and I didn't want my son grow up missing his own dad like I do mine.

So, my gut is healed, and I've been fortunate enough to find PH and learn just what the "hacking" concept is. Now I know of several variations and "tweaks" and I'm able to take everything I learned from those old Paleo 1.0 books and apply what I've learned here to make a more holistic approach to my life and lifestyle.

I'm also closing in on being under 300lbs, a weight I haven't seen in over 10 years. But here is the kicker - I'm not specifically eating to lose weight (in fact, being a chef in a past life, the majority of food that I eat is very luxurious). I'm a firm believer that obesity is a symptom of a sick body, it is not the actual illness. When you straighten out your immune system, your digestive system, and eliminate hyper-caloric foods with little actual "nutrition", everything else seems to fall into place. Paleo, done properly and with an eye on personalization, works to "reset" your body to factory defaults - it made a sick person like me, normal again.

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Really inspirational!

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I discovered paleo via some asshat paleo guy on an internet forum preaching about it constantly. I argued the science against him at the time (still not convinced there's overwhelming scientific support for the paleo diet). But with the bug in my ear, I ended up transitioning over 4-6 months to something that was largely paleo.

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on April 30, 2012
at 12:25 PM

My story is similar to VB's...20+ years of issues, going to the doctor and being told I was fine (except for the ulcers, which kept getting worse on the high-fiber diet my gastro put me on). About 5 years ago, I stumbled across an article on celiac disease, and after checking off symptom after symptom, asked my gastro to be tested. He told me I didn't have celiac disease because I was gaining weight, not losing. I dropped it at the time, because I still had faith in medicine. Two years ago, after a diagnosis of Hashimoto's Thyroiditis and starting to experience symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, I did further research on celiac disease. I found Robb Wolf. I immediately stopped eating gluten. I started researching the paleo diet and found it made a lot of sense. Today, I feel 100% better.

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If you do not mind me asking - how long did it take you to recover?

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at 10:39 AM

I was a vegetarian with a little vegan attitude, mainly because I had/have a lot of vegetarian friends and a very good vegan friend with whom I eat a lot. So she convinced me I should eat vegan for the best for the planet and animals, and I found it interesting to jump into the real food bandwagon.

But my health went down, I was mostly tired, I did a lot of intensive sports but recovered very badly from it (if I had a public perfomance, I always calculated at least three days recovery time). Also I was ill often, and also recovered slowly from it.

My vegan friend went away for a year, and that has saved me :) I immediately went eating fish again, with some guilt, and I just stumbled on the movie Fat Head, which got me interested, because everyone always told me meat was bad and made you fat. I ate two weeks of mainly (cheap and bad) meat and felt better immediately, I lost 4 pounds, and found it all very interesting, although I thought it was better to eat vegetables again too ;)

In my research I just stumbled on research about 'primal diets' and that those were the best for beating diabetes type 2. Since my mother has it, and I always feel the impact of sugar and grains on my blood sugar, I thought I just give it a go, cold turkey. After a week of initial adaption (oh my, that felt bad! :( ) I noticed the health benefits, and after 4 to 6 weeks my complete strenght and stamina was back and rising like I was 5 to 10 years younger (and I'm not even 30).

And that happend only 6 months ago. Still a lot to learn, but feeling great, strong and immune to lots of illnesses ;) The Paleo diet was the upwards spiral I had been looking for for 10 years.

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I heard about it through Crossfit. There were many who followed large parts of the paleo philosophy.

For a start, I was very skeptical, I have for many years eaten very carbohydrate and protein rich, and very little fat. With relatively good results in sport.

But when they went on to tell about paleo, and got good results, I became curious and read a lot online. Eventually, I purchased the book "Food and western disease" it gave me a quantity of facts from large kohorde studies.

It gave me the final push towards Paleo, I've followed the Paleo on 80-20 basis for four months and have been convinced it is the way I want to eat.

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I, too, heard about it from CrossFit. I'd say about 70% of the regular CrossFitters at my gym are paleo. This is why I think it's so ironic that people on here hate on CrossFit. If it weren't for starting at this gym, me and thousands of other people would have never discovered this lifestyle. I am truly greatful for that :)

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at 05:40 PM

Crossfit Endurance cert course. The instructor gave a list of books to read and Robb's book was on the list,

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I did not find Paleo, Paleo found me.

I have told my story too many times - it is long, boring and not very nice. To sum it up: I got so sick I had to quit my job and I was bedridden and on some days I could not get up.

I knew there was something wrong with me before, because I was always tired, but every time I would go to a doctor, I would have perfect blood work and a clean bill of health. I even went to a psychotherapist/clinical psychologists who told me that I was the most sane person she has ever met in her practice and she would love to have a friend or a colleague like me. That was a great compliment... but it did not solve my problem.

So I went to a different doctor when I felt I was dying from some mysterious illness. Even though my blood work came back perfect (again), he suspected gluten and told me to be on a gluten free diet.

Going gluten free made me feel a little better only to develop (in this order) lactose intolerance, gluten-free processed food intolerance, soy and legume intolerance, grain intolerance, rice intolerance, starch intolerance, nut intolerance, citrus fruit intolerance.

I ended up eating nothing but vegetables, fruits and meat/fish for about one week.

So I googled: "Is there a diet where a person can eat only vegetables, fruit and meat?" The answer came back with Paleo links. When I found out that many people have been living like that for years, I was thrilled.

Later I was diagnosed with all other kinds of problems that stem from my autoimmune disease (if you do not know how gluten affects your health, it is time you found out).

I see a lot of questions like: did Paleo make you gluten intolerant? If I see this question one more time, I think I am going to bite someone :) I am the living proof that you are gluten intolerant FIRST and PALEO as a result of it. PALEO DIET DOES NOT CAUSE GLUTEN INTOLERANCE. It acts as elimination diet, and gluten free diet is (so far) is the ONLY 100% reliable test for gluten intolerance.

So if you DO NOT WANT TO KNOW the truth and want to die young from cancer or any other autoimmune disease (there are about a hundred) - go ahead and eat gluten, indulge in pizza. I have no choice but to be Paleo. The good thing about it - I kind of like it. The only drawback - it is SO EXPENSIVE!!!

So I hope this answers your question.

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at 06:37 AM

I've been almost through the same story. Up-voting your comment again. Thanks for clarifying that gluten intolerance just becomes visible when eliminating from the diet. In the state before, you are just adapted to this protein fraction along with a permanent inflammation; for those how are sensitive. However, those inflammation may induce symptoms, which may not be linked to food intolerances - best described as - when fecal may circulated through your blood. You know this zonuline mechanism I suppose. Regards, M.

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on April 30, 2012
at 12:35 PM

@Michael - thank you.

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Because I was gluten intolerant FIRST. I only started Paleo on October 22nd last year. I got sick way before that.

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on April 30, 2012
at 09:05 AM

*PALEO DIET DOES NOT CAUSE GLUTEN INTOLERANCE.* Why not, VB? I don't really see how you can be 100% certain that that is impossible?

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Late 2010 - I was raw vegan at the time and feeling increasingly worse, so I'd been spending a good amount of my time doing research on health and nutrition.

I somehow stumbled across Mark's Daily Apple - and spent several hours that first day reading article after article of his. I ordered the Primal Blueprint the next day, and slowly began the transition.

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Seen Art de Vany on TV. Then bought his book a bit later. The explored the internets. Then got started.

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at 06:15 PM

Was on a website about HCG (considered HCG diet and never did it, good choice IMO). A lot of folks on that site were doing Primal or Paleo in their maintenance phase (and having good sucess with it). So, I read up on both. I took the plunge in Feb of this and never looked back. Almost at 50 lbs loss and losing steadily (and feel fantastic to boot).

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I was doing Atkins -- finally, something that kinda sorta worked -- and needed some inspiration and guidance. Stumbled across Jimmy Moore's podcast, and one day he interviewed Mark Sisson. The pieces of the puzzle fell into place during that interview.

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Fat Head (the movie)

Found it on Netflix. The information presented in the film was 180 degrees opposite from what I was getting everywhere else. Then I read Tabues' books, and then read everything I could get my hands on, which eventually led me to conclude that paleo was the right direction.

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My teacher was reading The Paleo Solution and I asked him about it and then read it and it just clicked and made sense to eat that way.

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I first heard about it in crossfit. I noticed the strongest guys in the gym were on paleo and I thought there might be something there. Then I asked about it and I felt immediately discouraged as I was a vegetarian (19 years) and lived on legumes,cottage cheese, hemp seeds and spelt bread. I was faux healthy, taking supplements, low fat this and that and the thought of eating so much meat and no cheese made me SAD..:-( Also my weight has been consistent for years (give or take 2/3 kilos).

I'll mention briefly that I am hypothyroid with a history of shocking stomach problems, hormonal problems and general feeling crap.

One day I said to myself, I'll try the 30 day challenge and see how I feel.. Started eating meat, cut out bread and the rest is history.

I have never felt so great in my life!!

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at 11:19 AM

I was studying for biochemistry and googled some fatty acid or lipoprotein or something aiming to read a Wikipedia article about it but found archevore.com back when it was called panu. My mother was doing G.A.P.S. so it was not too foreign.

The first few times I didn??t eat carbs before sleep I would wake up 3 hours later with nausea, trembling, fast heartbeat, chills, anxiety. It was awful. It didn??t take long to figure out I was having major blood sugar crashes and that eating some cucumber or salad would stop the "attack".

I have had digestive issues my whole life. Severe cramps, gas pains, diarrhea, episodes of extreme nausea after eating something offending. If I ever mentioned it I was called a hypochondriac and it was not until I found PH that I realized that I am not just whining and there are others who can not eat everything and feel fine. FODMAPS seems to be the big offender for me. I was extremely thin until I was 20, then I just started eating more because I was tired of the comments I was getting and I wanted to fit in, which I really regret now, but I was shy and did not like the negative attention. After my second child I balloned. Now I have lost all the weight and do not have to sit down carefully anymore because my colon is no longer painfully inflamed.

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I went to the doctor regarding my 20 lbs/ year nothing-new-to-my-diet weight gain. One blood test later and he says I'm highly inflamed and need paleo. Never looked back!!

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What kind of test is it? Is it traditional or non-traditional medicine? Would you mind telling me the name of the test, I want to take it too!

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at 03:01 PM

It's the ANA w/ titer which along with my malar rash, confirmed lupus. He is going to do a crp to make sure it isn't coronary inflammation but wants to see how much paleo has helped. I do that this week. He is a naturopath.

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at 05:43 AM

I complained to my friend(whom I know is a personal trainer, chiropractor among other things) well over a year ago that I have unsightly fat, mainly on my stomach. He told me to buy Robb Wolf's Paleo book and I did. I read about the first 100 pages and then stopped for whatever reason.

About a year later I talk to him again about the diet and now I'm probably 6 weeks in. The fat is still there but I don't expect a miracle overnight. Have eliminated all grains, dairy(save for some ghee every couple weeks maybe), etc. Been working out a helluva lot more because of the diet.

I've never really had any digestive problems in my life; I could eat a bag of rocks, drink a gallon of milk, eat all the pasta in the world and come out unscathed. So the diet is really about how I look, not feel. I also have a ton of heart disease in my family and I suppose living past 50 would be nice too :)

I'm 27.

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I was in a small yoga class and one of the participants said she was reading Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes. I was very sceptical about wheat being a bad thing, but remembered her enthusiasm. I found Matt Stone who was expermenting with Fat at the time, then Panu which I loved, then I devoured GCBC found this community of Paleo Hacks lost weight, but had some constipation issues, tweaked my diet with Perfect Health Diet recommendations of safe starch The big news for me was that fat did not make me fat and too much sugar and refined carbs did. I love this way of eating and have never felt better. It all started for me in 2010.

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