Post # 1
Ok Paleo Bees, help a beginner out. A little history…
I’ve also posted on here before about difficulty losing weight and even wondering if I am hypothyriod in the past. I’m still waiting for my dr. appointment later this month to confirm that I am or am not hypothyriod.
So I’ve decided to combat my tummy troubles and weight issues with a stricter diet. When I was in my early 20s I did atkins and lost over 30lbs. Fast forward to now, I have not been strict with my diet but I work out regularly and STILL am about 15lbs overweight and when I eat too many carbs, I get bloated to high heaven and so constipated (sorry TMI) that nothing I do to combat it naturally works and I end up having to take a laxative after 4-6 days of constipation. And sometimes that doesnt help.
So anyway now that I explained why I want to try this, have any of you experienced positive changes to your digestive track since going Paleo? Do you recommend any supplements or vitamins I should be taking in conjunction with the diet? I know a lot of Paleo dieters also do crossfit but is that the only exercising you should be doing with Paleo? Lots of questions, I know but I’m hoping Paleo is a route to help me feel better (as well as lose a wee bit of weight!)
Post # 3
I am an aspiring paleo eater. I’ve tried on and off since April if I’m honest, but I’ve found it extremely easy when my head is in the right place. I would like to lose 100 pounds and attribute my ‘failing off the wagon’ to bad coping decisions (food) but when I am full on paleo – I love it.
I guess I should say that I’m actually more primal than paleo. I consider http://www.marksdailyapple.com a great source of information, especially the forum.
I find I have a normal digestive track with paleo and that I never get ‘stuffed’. I never feel tired after eating like I do if I have something with bread and that I absolutely love the food I eat. I sleep better. I become less obsessed with food as its just easy. I don’t have to worry about hard meals, as I eat veggies and meat. Its great. I stumble because I have a seriously sweet tooth but I find it a great way to feel better. I will say that I didn’t see a weight change but I did notice my clothes fit better after a couple weeks and I think that I didn’t lose weight due to my indulgences.
Post # 4
I’ve also done Atkins in the past and lost 22 lbs (which on a 5’2″ frame was a lot – I was carrying around way too much weight from being miserable at a job.) I gained 9 back when I started eating carbs again but for many years was able to be well below my highest weight by elimating sugars, juices and not keeping dessert in the house.
Fast forward 10 years and with the juicing trend and all the rich foods in NYC where I now live it wasn’t boding well for my wedding dress (I fit it but didn’t love the way I looked.) With less than 2 months to go I started the Whole 30 which is a fairly strict introduction into Paleo.
Results: After 2 weeks, I went down a dress/jean size (don’t know the exact # of lbs but I went from dress size 6-8 to a 4/6). Unfortunately this definitely has not been due to the mega amounts of exercise I have been doing 🙁 which is something else I need to fix.
I was strict for about 5 weeks and then started easing back in and now it’s been two months and I’m still the smaller size. Now I tend to eat around 70/30 Paleo/non-Paleo. Beyond the weight loss, my skin has cleared up and my stomach pains are way way better. The most interesting thing is that I have been going to physio therapy for a hip injury for a year now. After I started W30 my PT noticed that the inflammation in my hip is WAY less and I can also say that it doesn’t hurt nearly as much. They said the W30 is anti-inflammatory but I didn’t understand what the impact would be until I went through it.
Finally – my PMS symptoms have lessened substantially to the point where my period has been able to sneak up on me.
If you want to read more, I created a thread about it here and there are a few other Bees who tried it too: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/anyone-else-doing-the-whole-30-this-month#axzz2gxyxQXpO
Post # 5
Oh and one other thing – I would recommend taking probiotics. Basically white carbs, booze and sugar feed bad bacteria in your gut. When you eliminate their food source it’s a good opportunity to put ‘good’ bacteria back in.
Post # 6
@MellowPossum: Thanks for the input. I will have to look at the forum you recommended. Question though… what is the difference between Paleo vs. Primal? Are there different kinds? And I here you on the bread thing and sweet tooth part! I am a sweet-aholic so I know this will be tough!
@canuckandakiwi: Good to know it’s working well for you! I’m 5’1” So I know that even a small amount of weight loss can have a huge impact. When I lost 30lbs It was literally like someone woke me up from a coma! I had soo much energy! I am on probiotics now, but I also ate greek yogurt like it was my job. Since that is off limits do you think I should up my probiotics?
Post # 7
@the_newlymintedmrs-s17: Since yogurt will be off-limits, you probably should to be on the safe side. It will set you up to feel better when you eat non-paleo food.
Yesterday I tried on a size 4 dress (and a slim-fitting one, not a fit and flare). It fit perfectly which is awesome. I woiuld love to get down one more size but I think the best way to do it is by more exercise as well as following a Paleo regimen. It’s definitely more noticeable on a smaller frame but at the same time I bet if I weighed myself I probably only lost about 10 lbs.
Post # 8
@the_newlymintedmrs-s17: Primal is more strict than paleo. Here is a link to a chart that highlights the differences: http://www.wellfedhomestead.com/gaps-vs-paleo 🙂