(Closed) Paleo anyone?

posted 5 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I’m paleo and LOVE it. I did the whole “cut everything out and slowly try re-introducing things to see what you react to” and since doing that all my digestive problems went away, I have way more energy, my skin and hair are better and I think I’ve lost a little weight.

 

People often think going paleo is based on some form of misguided nostalgia about primitive humans or is a weight-loss trend, but that’s not what I see in the people that do it. The people I know that are paleo were really fit and healthy to begin with but wanted to feel better, and by doing it they did. If you do the Whole 30 and re-introduce things to see if you react to them, it works just like allergy testing.

 

I’ve found that most of the opposition to paleo comes from a misunderstanding of what paleo actually is.

ETA: this is how I know it’s working for me, every time I cheat my stomach problems come right back. If you cut everything out and end up not reacting to anything when you re-introduce it, then great! Eat away! Just try it and see how you feel, that’s really all there is to it.

Though warning, the first few days really suck because your body isn’t sure how to deal with it and it’s healing any damage caused by the foods you are sensitive to. Once you make it over the hump though it gets awesome.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper

I was paleo for quite a while (almost a year?) and I do think it’s good. Now I’m pretty much paleo + some grains because that’s what my healthcare practitioner recommends (not for weight loss but for health reasons). I actually stopped and then went back to paleo and the second time I did not feel good at all and I think it kind of messed up my metabolism somewhat. I would caution you not to go too low on carbs. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@BlondeMissMolly:  Yeah, you’re definitely right. Cutting out grains often means people don’t get enough carbs.

Loads of yams and sweet potatoes! And while they’re not strictly paleo, I eat normal potatoes too and feel great.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper

I think the biggest keys are eliminating all processed sugar, increasing cooked vegetables drastically, and cutting fruit way down. For me, actually eliminating fruit except for some occasional berries has been very important. Most fruits turn to sugar very quickly. Whole grains like brown rice and quinoa actually turn to sugar more slowly than fruit in my experience. 

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper

I’m not a fan of purely Paleo or any “diet” plan for that matter that takes on an all or nothing attitude. As someone who has struggled with weight I find that the idea of exclusion often leads to giving up, at least for me. That being said I definitely see the benefit of a more paleo like diet so there are pros to the idea.

Since starting weight training I have decreased processed sugar (and processed foods altogether) consumption and added fresh vegetables whenever possible. I have also cut back (but not out) on gluten, carbs and soy. That being said I am more of a moderation and healthy choices minded person  and would rather have a balanced diet versus these new excluse trends that are going around.

Post # 9
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Helper bee

@maiathebee2013:  I follow what I call the “pseudopaleo diet” and it has worked wonders. I have cut back on the breads, increased my veggie intake (although I already eat a decent amount of veggies…love them), and pretty much eliminated dairy. I do keep a few things in my diet because I don’t believe you should give up everything, but I have felt amazing and seen immediate results. It’s definitely worth a try. 🙂

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’m Primal (paleo + dairy) and I love it. At my insistence, my FH and I started eating Primal in January, after eating a mostly vegetarian diet for the entirety of our relationship. He lost 20 lbs in 5 weeks (men and their metabolisms!) with little exercise and is now maintaining effortlessly, while I have lost 23 lbs and the scale is still creeping down. Most importantly, though, we both enjoy eating this way and like the way it makes us feel. We no longer get hangry, we both have way more energy, and we have a different attitude towards food now. I also rarely count calories, but I have tracked my food to get an understanding of where my macro percentages are and my calories are usually in a healthy range. I also really don’t think of it as a “diet” in the way the word is currently thrown around, but just as my eating preference.

The thing I enjoy most about Primal compared to Paleo, is the emphasis on 80/20: eat Primal 80% of the time if at all possible, and if you decide to indulge or slip up, don’t beat yourself up. Just accept it, and make your next meal a good one. Also there isn’t a huge emphasis on Crossfit or working out to achieve an ideal body, but rather move every day and do what makes you feel good. Plus they allow cheese, dark chocolate, and wine, which are three of my biggest indulgences!

I recommend trying it to see if you like it. Stick with it for a month and see if it works for you.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

@maiathebee2013:  I’m the exact same way! I work my butt off at the gym but I don’t really watch what I eat. I tried Paleo very briefly last year and wish I had stuck it out. I remember the first few days without any grains or sweets I was very irritable but got pretty easy after that. I want to try it again and actually stick to it.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

@maiathebee2013:  DH notice an extreme difference when we’re not being good about being Paleo.  We love it and feel amazing when doing it. For us, it was so easy (in the sense of what to cook/buy/eat).  I looovvvveee cheese and bread, so not having those as staples has been a struggle, but I still get to have them as treats!

Post # 13
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Helper bee

I strongly suggest you give it a go. You can try anything for 30 days to see how your body reacts to it. I have been Paleo for a year and a half now. I am really passionate about it.

I got my dad(who is SUPER stubborn about foods) to try it & he suffers from a couple autoimmune diseases & he has seen an increase in energy & has lost weight from it, and is sleeping better & his symptoms have decreased immensly.

I am REALLY passionate about it. I have way too much information for my own good. I definitely suggest the Whole30 also as @AdriannaJean  did. The website for that is http://www.whole9life.com

Your body will definitely tell you what is good & bad for it after you detox your body from the excess sugars. I found that dairy & I are not friends as much as I LOVE cheeses/ice cream/you name it.

Also @BlondeMissMolly I am curious why your doctor recommended grains for health reasons? I am not a doctor, but I have studied Paleo/Primal extensively so I am wondering for my own research obviously.

Happy Hunting!

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@MissStumptown:  Good advice with the 80/20 – as Aristotle said, all things in moderation!

 

I’m Primal + beans…I can’t help it, I love beans!!

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I’m primal/paleo too!  I love it.  It’s amazing how much better and less bloated I feel. When I eat grains, it is incredible how much I puff up, lose energy and feel like crap.

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