The Many Benefits of the Paleo Diet

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I felt the benefits of a Paleo Diet in a matter of a few days. I didn’t keep a diary but here are some of my thoughts and observations over the first days, weeks and months.

  • Within the first few days I noticed I felt better. I thought it must be my imagination. In retrospect, I know it was not.
  • I kept thinking, I should be hungry by now. Amazed I was not.
  • Sure, I got hungry and loved every bite of every meal, but something was missing between those meals. The almost constant craving for food.
  • On the fourth or fifth day I noticed I wasn’t tired during the day. I had more energy. No more mid-afternoon crashes.
  • Toward the end of the first week I notice my wedding ring wasn’t tight on my finger anymore.
  • I slept better than I had in a long, long time. I woke up refreshed. I stopped having what I call, “conflict” dreams. The ones were I keep going round and round in some frustrating situation I can’t resolve. They all vanished. Now I just have regular dreams. Sure, some of them are still like a Fellini movie, but that’s another story.
  • For the first time in years I wasn’t snacking a few hours after dinner and/or before bed. I realized carbs make you hungry.
  • By the end of the first week I lost 10.8 pounds. No doubt mostly water weight, but I’ll take it. Take a look at my weekly Weight Page.
  • By week two or three I noticed a change in my face. It wasn’t (that) puffy anymore.
  • My high blood pressure was dropping every single day. I went from hypertensive crisis to the normal range in a few weeks. Look for yourself. I’ve had high blood pressure for ten years. By mid March I had cut my BP medication by half.
  • I lost 16 pounds in the first 30 days. Look!
  • And, I’m not starving myself. I’m not suffering (as much) like on other diets.
  • After three or four weeks I noticed my wedding ring was loose on my finger.
  • Digestive problems became a distant memory.
  • No Rolaids since December 31.
  • Hemorrhoids vanished.
  • It’s as if the Paleo Diet hit my body’s reset button.
  • By week five or six I noticed my skin was better.
  • I began to notice I felt sharper mentally.
  • I felt stronger.
  • Holly smokes! I found myself waking up every day with morning wood! (That hadn’t happened in a couple of years)
  • Sex is better. Much better.
  • By day 60 I lost 23 pounds.
  • My pants are loose! My pants are loose!
  • Noticed my face was much thinner.
  • Dark circles under my eyes are gone. Bags smaller.
  • People noticed the change in my appearance. Said I looked younger.
  • Good for my motivation.
  • Weight loss is at an acceptable rate with an acceptable amount of pain and suffering.
  • Why am I not hungry?
  • I should be hungry by now.
  • Kept thinking, maybe I should just eat something. But I didn’t, because everything counts.
  • The fat I’m eating is keeping me satisfied.
  • What could be better? Bacon and eggs almost every day. A huge variety of fruits, vegetables, nuts, meat, poultry, fish.
  • What could be better? Bread, oats, cheese, pizza, cake, pie, ice cream, Oreo cookies and milk, wine, beer and on and on.
  • I miss all those things but surprised I don’t think of them very often.
  • I think the trick is to never make them an option. Once you do, you’re on a very slippery slope.
  • I focused on all the good foods I could eat, not all the foods I could not. That helped.
  • If I cheat even once, the diet is over. I know myself. So, I never cheat. I’m not even tempted.
  • Weight loss requires some sacrifices. If weight loss was easy there wouldn’t be so many fat people.

Over time I’ll keep adding to my thought on the benefits of the Paleo Diet.

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Like all of Roach’s books, Gulp is as much about human beings as it is about human bodies.

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