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Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 27, 2012 at 6:40 AM

I'm curious as to how many people here are eating Paleo for medical reasons (IBS, Celiac, etc) and how many of you are doing it for personal reasons..

I don't suffer ANY food issues, apart from a sugar addiction and binge eating disorder which has driven me to try out VLC to try and break that.

If not suffering any real medical issues, is there really much benefit to be had from eating this way aside from the obvious nutrition, but in that instance grain carbs in moderation, Soy, Vegetable oil, is not so bad if they are not so forcefully avoided?

I'm not in any position to test the "moderation theory" but having lurked for a while, I was just interested.

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on January 21, 2014
at 06:36 AM

@Mouse Did the cravings get better since your post? I notice that if you are able to go about two weeks strict, you lose the majority of your cravings or at the very least can rationalize them better.

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on September 27, 2012
at 09:39 PM

That's exactly where I was headed Amy - check out how ill I look 18 months ago http://i.imm.io/FAqO.png

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on September 27, 2012
at 09:05 PM

Sad, but true: "I actually think that getting diabetes was one of the best things that ever happened to me, because VLC/Paleo has made me a much healthier (and happier) person." You're lucky, in a crazy kind of way. You got a wakeup call and did something about where you were headed. In some cases, the very *first* sign of heart trouble is *death* from a heart attack. :-/

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on September 27, 2012
at 08:47 AM

This is very interesting, I'm only on 6 days binge free, but my cravings are less (apart from yesterday)...its good to hear that other people have had success! Well done PD

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on September 27, 2012
at 08:46 AM

Thanks, that was the sort of reply I was after, I was considering JUST using it to try and conquer my BED and Sugar addiction and then resuming a "normal" healthy diet, but I must say (only day 6 with no binges) but having cut out carbs...my cravings are less. Thank you!

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on September 27, 2012
at 08:44 AM

Oh I know they are issues, but rather I meant things like IBS, I have been trying for the last few weeks to eat more paleo and cut out carbs, today is the longest stretch I've managed without a binge (6 days) although lastnight was AWFUL, and I notice already my cravings are less.

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on September 27, 2012
at 07:55 AM

I would say sugar addiction and an ED are significant food issues that are probably affecting your health without you realising it. You may have real 'medical issues' that a paleo diet could help illuminate and heal.

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on September 27, 2012
at 07:04 AM

Same thing for me. Good for you for losing so much weight! Congratulations! You should write a book.

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on September 27, 2012
at 06:48 AM

personal, why wait for a reason?

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on September 27, 2012
at 12:26 PM

Yes. I found out about low-carbing when I caught the T2 Diabetes 18 months ago, which eventually brought me to Paleo (which is a pretty easy jump when you are already eating <25g of carb a day).

During that time I've managed to:

  • Reduce my HbA1c from 10.2% to 4.9% (which is better than most non-diabetics)
  • Lose almost 70lbs in weight
  • Almost instaneously cure my sleep apnea, balanitis thrush (ouch) and digestive issues.
  • Decrese my appetite and food cravings
  • Improve my athletic performance (knocked 6 minutes off my 5k time and run a half-marathon)
  • Become a healthier, fitter and happier than at any other time in my life.

Even if someone cured my diabetes tomorrow, I'd still carry on eating like this. I actually think that getting diabetes was one of the best things that ever happened to me, because VLC/Paleo has made me a much healthier (and happier) person.

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on September 27, 2012
at 09:05 PM

Sad, but true: "I actually think that getting diabetes was one of the best things that ever happened to me, because VLC/Paleo has made me a much healthier (and happier) person." You're lucky, in a crazy kind of way. You got a wakeup call and did something about where you were headed. In some cases, the very *first* sign of heart trouble is *death* from a heart attack. :-/

B3173217a49b5b0116078775a17eb21d

(11488)

on September 27, 2012
at 09:39 PM

That's exactly where I was headed Amy - check out how ill I look 18 months ago http://i.imm.io/FAqO.png

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on September 27, 2012
at 08:06 AM

I was attracted to Paleo for both reasons. Firstly, after hearing all about it from a friend with chronic pain. But it wasn't her improvements that convinced me to give it a go. It was her boyfriend, who didn't have 'any real medical issues' who told me about all these benefits he was noticing, simply because he was eating in the same house as someone on Paleo. Secondly, I was attracted to the concept.

I wrote down a list of all the things about my body that I was unsatisfied with, all my little complaints - NONE of which I would have called a 'real medical issue' and ALL of which I would say are considered just things most people accept they have to put up with. In total, they all added up to a picture of less-than-perfect health. In fact, I didn't even include sugar/carb addiction, it wasn't until I eliminated those things that I realised the effect they had been having on me, and realised I had actually been addicted to them.

My advice is to write down a list of ANYTHING that you are unhappy with - clearly sugar addiction and binge eating is already top of the list. Then go back to the list every month or so and measure your progress. After a year on Paleo, most of the things on my list are gone.

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on September 27, 2012
at 08:46 AM

Thanks, that was the sort of reply I was after, I was considering JUST using it to try and conquer my BED and Sugar addiction and then resuming a "normal" healthy diet, but I must say (only day 6 with no binges) but having cut out carbs...my cravings are less. Thank you!

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on September 27, 2012
at 07:01 AM

In my experience, people who have trouble with sugar and carb addiction, usually find out that they did have some sort of sensitivity after they try a Paleo lifestyle. I knew that I had an addiction, but had no idea that I had sensitivities until I eliminated these things from my diet. After I went 30 days restricting these things, adding them back made me sick.

It took me a year to get my addiction under control, but it was worth it. I've lost over 100 pounds and feel better than ever!

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on September 27, 2012
at 07:04 AM

Same thing for me. Good for you for losing so much weight! Congratulations! You should write a book.

93580f00a26d0150a90f57b7e62d3ec9

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on September 27, 2012
at 08:47 AM

This is very interesting, I'm only on 6 days binge free, but my cravings are less (apart from yesterday)...its good to hear that other people have had success! Well done PD

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on September 27, 2012
at 01:09 PM

So the question is are you doing it to treat a symptom...i.e. sick care (allopathic medicine), or are you paleo to improve and maintain health i.e. health care (holistic health). My answer is almost always the latter.

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on September 27, 2012
at 10:41 AM

I had no known food issues/medical problems before trying Paleo. I started with the Beachbody Insanity program about 6 months ago and, during the course of that, I decided that since I was working out so intensely, I might as well investigate good nutrition in order to maximize the benefits of the program. This led me to investigate eating "clean" foods and Michi's ladder, which brought me to finding out more about the Paleo movement. As I reduced neolithic foods in my diet more and more, I started to really see significant results from the exercise program. Before Insanity/Paleo, I had been working out with weights 3x a week as well as running for years but I was still a soft 5'10", 174lb, 38yo male. Now, after incorporating a (90%) Paleo diet and doing 2 rounds of Insanity, I am a rock solid 160lbs with a 6-pack and I am quite literally in the best shape of my life. I guess I went Paleo for vanity, but I am noticing I feel a lot better in general now, and I get to eat a TON of great food (probably about 3000kcal a day) and still look great. I could never get these results eating a neolithic diet that was 80% carbohydrate/sugar based, no matter how much I exercised. I know I am on the right track, just by looking at my body. As an added benefit, my wife can't keep her hands off me!

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on September 27, 2012
at 07:03 AM

I am doing Paleo for medical reasons (I have no idea what I have at this point, hopefully I will get better).

Even if my issues get resolved, I intend to continue eating healthy. I would love to have a possibility to have processed foods once in a while (every month or every three months perhaps) but if this if my health is going to suffer because of this - the hell with those processed foods. No chocolate ice cream in the world is worth it.

I wish I knew then (back when I was a teenager) what I know now. I wish my parents would be stricter, actually, I wish they were very strict about food choices. But their food choices were less than ideal as well, they did not know better.

I know four people who all their lives ate in moderation. Gluten, rice, even desserts. They are healthy (two of them are in their sixties), slim and beautiful. One is in her late 40s but she hardly looks 20. I am serious, when I found out her real age, I was in shock. But they do watch what they eat and for the most part (95% of the day) they eat healthy, home-cooked nutritious foods like vegetables, rice and beans (not soaked though). All four have very little stress levels and are quite happy in their marriage.

But I have to be honest - those four are the only people out of all the people I know, and I know a lot of people. I also know some people who eat very unhealthy but they are still slim and fine. Not sure how healthy they are though. Some people are very unhealthy, they just do not show it.

I am believe in nutrition and that's why I believe in Paleo. It just makes so much sense to me.

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