1 year of Paleo

It’s been a year exactly. 3rd of September 2011 was when I found back my health, after 10 years of hell and seclusion. The Paleo diet saved my life. I have already written the good things I got from the Paleo diet, first at 6 weeks on the diet, then at 4 months. Here are the remaining problems/fixes a year on:

* Sleep apnea: GONE.
* Asthma: It was coming and going for a few months, now it’s completely GONE.
* IBS-D: It’s very rare to have an incident of IBS-D now, it only happens if I consume over 200gr net carbs for a number of days in a row.
* Period pain: Comes and goes, but I have found that I have an “atypical” fibroid, and a polyp (both existed pre-Paleo apparently). I will have surgery for those soon, and then my period pain should just go away for good.
* Alopecia: More hair, although not way too much. Definitely an improvement over a few months ago.
* High blood pressure: I got this in August because of a medicine I was given for my fibroid (that’s being here pre-paleo). When the medicine went away from my system, so did my high blood pressure. I’m not worried about this.
* Weight loss: In one year I lost 25 lbs. I still have another 30 lbs to lose, but I’m one of these people that their thyroid freaks out if they go too low carb (ketogenic), and sends them to hibernation (excess rT3). 95% of the people won’t have this problem though, I’m a bit of a special case on this (I guess my lineage is Neanderthalian…).
* Fatty liver/high triglycerides (they go together): Still there, because weight loss doesn’t happen to me as easily as for most other people (although I didn’t try to lose weight very hard, I was eating normally). I’m thinking of going raw vegan for most of the day, and Paleo in the evenings to combat this. It’s possible that genetically I have the double e4/e4 APoE gene, which means that I can’t digest/use fats properly. The problem in this case is that half of the researchers about this say “eat more fat”, and the other half say “stop eating fats”. Go figure. Update: I got tested, I’m APoE 3/3, so all is ok in that front.
* B12 deficiency: due to a bad gut all these years I can’t absorb it (I found out about this deficiency in May). It’s gone with supplementation now, and my gut heals over time anyway. Soon I won’t be needing supplementation.

Everything else is peachy. :-)


Adam Scheinberg wrote on September 3rd, 2012 at 7:46 AM PST:

Congrats E!

My wife and I went Paleo too. We’re doing the Whole30 plan. We detox’ed in the beginning of August – which is not part of this plan, but got us over the sugar/carbs hump – and then began this plan. I’ve lost 14 lbs just since the beginning of August. I can’t wait to get my cholesterol and triglycerides tested.

Nice work!

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Eugenia wrote on September 3rd, 2012 at 10:50 AM PST:

Excellent! Keep it up, and add a bit of fermented goat/sheep dairy and fruits after the 30 days. Whole30 is meant only for 30 days and it’s very strict.

yang sun god wrote on September 4th, 2012 at 4:09 AM PST:

Glad to hear this! Taking responsibility for our health pays off big time, all my problems including asthma also gone once eliminated most toxicity from body and environment, also removed dairy, alcool, smoking and other inflammation causing foods. Do you still take meat? and how much is too much?

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Eugenia wrote on September 4th, 2012 at 11:00 AM PST:

I eat meat almost daily, but I will be cutting it down to 3 times a week, and replacing it with more fish and shellfish instead (for dinners). For lunch I will try to go raw vegan.

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