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RALECLAIR
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Yes!! I have PCOS, and (this may also be TMI) I ovulate normally now. My whole life I have been told that I would be infertile, and that I would have to take hormones to regulate my cycle. I am happy to say that after taking the pill for 20(!) years, I no longer need to supplement with hormones.

I have also seen a relief to IBS, and plantar fasciitis. Asthma and allergies are also better, and I sleep more deeply. I have more energy and less brain fog. It took a while for everything to sort itself out, but the more strictly paleo I am, the better I feel!

I hope you feel better soon! Good luck to you!


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Diane,
I could not agree more. Please crosspost this on the diabetes team.

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Good morning! I have to say yes! For any diabetics out there Paleo is an awesome plan for controlling blood sugar! Diane


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Thanks for sharing your experience. A friend of my daughter is struggling with anxiety/panic attacks. I would love to give her some info about paleo and anxiety disorder. Do you have any links on this topic or know if there are books that cover it?
Birgit

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Has paleo improved your health conditions??

ABSOLUTELY!

I used to deal with crushing anxiety (panic attacks, constantly on edge, "paranoid" if you will, irrational fears, etc), depression and "adult" ADD. I was taking 4 medications: Lexapro, Deplin, Adderall and Ativan. I was paying $80 a month for generic medications after my dual insurance policies paid out. And I was taking four freaking medications and not feeling even slightly better, so I decided it was time to try something else.

I started googling alternatives to medication and stumbled upon the Paleo "diet". My chiropractor had been trying to talk me into going Paleo for other reasons (sciatica that she couldn't fix). I was also a fat runner who was trying her damnedest to lose weight and getting NO WHERE. So, as they say, three strikes you're out, so I decided to give it a shot. What did I have to lose besides weight, injuries and drugs??

4 months in and my psychiatrist agreed to let me drop my medications (I had already done it without her advice to show her that I was functioning just fine without them b/c I knew she'd tell me to stay on them). She asked me what dietary changes I'd made that helped (when I told her my diet corrected it) and explained Paleo to her. She's a vegetarian and said she'd starve on the Paleo framework.

Additionally, within a few weeks, the sciatica went away. I just realized one day that I hadn't had any sciatic pain in an unknown amount of time. I couldn't remember when it went away, which is surprising b/c it was such a prominent part of my life. I just all of a sudden realized I felt really good!

And, since then, I've lost 50 lbs. I am super excited about that. This has improved my running immensely! I recently completed a half marathon INJURY free and actually ran the entire thing! (my 6 previous half marathons were done in a limping run/walk fashion).

So yes, Paleo has improved my health conditions. :)

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Thanks for the link. My physician is not even on there so there are probably a lot more.

Birgit

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Birgit, check this site out. I think many docs aren't going to be covered by traditional insurance, but still, a good resource!
http://paleophysiciansnetwork.com/doctors


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Yes! In week three of the Whole30 and loving it. Blood pressure improved after 5 days and sleeping much better. Best of all, I've experienced no hunger pangs or cravings on the paleo plan.


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my Paleo health update is that I am now down to 1/2 of tablet 2x per day of one of my blood pressure meds, instead of 2 tabs twice a day, so that is 1/4 of my old med.
Also am having some nice new physical manifestations of paleo, like I can swim for 2 hours and I just enjoy it, I don't get overly tired.
Course I had already gotten off all the insulin injections and am down to a tiny amount of my oral diabetes med too, like I have to cut that tablet into quarters also and I don't even take all of that.
I will stay on Paleo for the health benefits, and I have weight to lose, but I have a good start at losing 29 pounds in 4 months on pure paleo already, it is a rate I am happy with too.

Just for today ..... it really is one day at a time

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Morning all ... this is D-4 of my paleo journey, and I am already feeling the effects. I have more clarity of mind, I am no longer feeling sluggish, my joints are less achy, and I am losing the water retention that plagues me.

Edited by: PORGY_58 at: 7/25/2013 (08:16)
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I would love to know which website you are talking about. I only know of one that lists low-carb friendly physicians, which is almost the same I guess, it's the one that Jimmy Moore started.
Birgit

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BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN OTHERS.




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I love reading these! I also wish that more doctors were AWARE of the nutrition/health connection. There is a website that actually lists Paleo educated/lifestyle doctors. I'm thinking of checking out one in our area.

I think a lot of my issues stem from a gluten intolerance that I was unaware of until I went on a VERY strict clean eating diet a couple years ago. Even though it was the middle of summer when the humidity usually means my knees are even more sore than usual, i had NO PAIN the entire 8 weeks I ate lean meats, fruits and vegetables. I had also gotten very used to IBS being the norm, weight loss moving at a snail's pace if at all, and irregular periods (sorry to the guys! lol). Dairy in small doses does not seem to harm me at all (I have cheese a couple times/week, greek yogurt, and occasionally regular milk and ice cream. Oh, sour cream too. That's it.)

I have found now that if I veer off track, my symptoms come back with a VENGEANCE. I ate poorly this past weekend, and have been having lower back pain all this week. So for me, joint pain is a huge motivating factor to keep eating Paleo. I HATE taking medications for anything, whether it's prescribed or OTC, rarely need to go to the doctor outside or normal preventive checkups, but my knees were so bad I had to have them X-rayed. Got a diagnosis of arthritis, and a prescription, but never had to get it refilled since i found Paleo before the bottle ran out.


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JILLYMAUI
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I forgot to mention the inflammation. Before Paleo I had lots of inflammation, and I felt puffed up all the time. I used to take lots of advil, had to switch to tylenol for my kidney and that was not as strong against the inflammation. Well after Paleo I noticed I unpuffed, I told someone early on it felt like I deflated. Thats sounds kind of weird but that is what it felt like.

It was a good feeling too. I now take tylenol and it pretty much takes care of body aches and pains as I use the arthritis formula. It was a biggie when it happened for me.

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Jilly,
those improvements are wonderful. Please post about them on the spark diabetes team as well. People need to hear this! emoticon

Birgit

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JILLYMAUI
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Yes, Paleo has helped me alot to improve my health.

I am OFF insulin after years of injecting, most recently 4 shots daily at 40 units each, which did NOT control my blood sugar anyway.
Now I do not have to inject any insulin and I take just 1/4 of my glipizide daily. This is #1 health improvement and will keep me on Paleo for the long run, no matter what. I have been on Paleo for 86 days today.

Also my A1c was 7.8 in January, and this week it was 6.1. Much better.

Next is my energy level and feeling of well being, except for the fact I am fighting 2 infections right now, I am feeling tons better. More energy, more good days than in years.

I have lost 20 pounds now in 85 days, I have more to lose.

I have severe chronic kidney disease and a 22 gfr currently which is Stage 4, so I cannot eat UNlimited protein, and I have to stick to mostly non beef choices, but I can eat all the veggies I want, except not tubers or starchy. I have to watch my phosphorus and potassium both also, cannot have sodium. So some of Paleo works well for CKD also. Also milk products are forbidden with CKD so that dovetails nicely.

All I eat is protein and produce today.

I have not seen an increase in kidney health, but I am hopeful.

Paleo is my new food plan for life one day at a time, I am very grateful to have found this food plan, this is the first I have been able to release weight in many years.


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Since starting paleo I've seen a drastic reduction in my headaches and allergy and sinus problems that used to plague me constantly.


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It definitely helped me to lose weight easily, without feeling hungry when I was strict primal (some dairy) last summer. I had more energy, so it was easy for me to get out and walk more. My seasonal allergies weren't very bad at all and my skin was super clear and healthy - I barely wore make-up.

I've fell off the paleo wagon in the fall (it was a slow fall, not an abrupt thing). But then in late winter I started having attacks of abdominal pain. I'm eating a SAD diet now for the sake of getting an accurate diagnosis on my upcoming testing - but I'm excited to get back to paleo (I just posted a thread about it). (I also regained some, but not all of the weight I lost - which I attribute to empty calories in grains and also inflammation).

I now think that eating paleo and gluten free for those 4 months started to heal gut issues I didn't even now I had because sub-par digestion was just my normal, so that as I stopped being gluten free and paleo they came back with more vengence. So I'm thankful that paleo revealed those problems so I can now get diagnosed - but I know that part of my treatment is definitely going to be a return to strict paleo - this time for life. Knowing now how ill I can get without it.


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Russell, that is amazing!

Voluntary Discomfort is the secret cornerstone of strength. We build our whole lives around increasing comfort and avoiding discomfort, and yet by doing so we are drinking a can of Weakness Tonic with every morning’s breakfast. ~Mr. Money Mustache
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I have been doing Atkins/Paleo/low carb for 4 years now.

I have congestive heart failure, diabetes, hypertension, cholesterol issues.

Within 1 year I was off all diabetes meds, and after 3 years, my A1C is 5.3

All of my heart, and BP meds have been halved. My last echocardiogram showed a 300% strength increase. My heart is now pumping 45 % of the volume of my heart, instead of 16%. My last BP check was 95/58. I have an ICD ( pacemaker/ defibrillator ), but my cadiologist says if I walked in today, I would not qualify to receive one.

My cholesterol meds have been cancelled for a year now, due to a cholesterol of 104, 51 LDL, 37 HDL, and triglycerides in the 70's.

I have lost almost 140 lbs, and where I was once on oxygen, I now do 30 + minutes of cardio daily, and do strength training 6 days a week, with no shortness of breath, or chest pain.

Edited by: RUSSELL_40 at: 7/11/2013 (09:50)
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I don't eat strictly paleo, but cut out all grain for the month of May and have really limited it since then (like one meal per week) and this is the first time in seven years that I have not had seasonal allergies. I don't know if it's coincidence or not, but it's so nice not to be taking Zyrtec or anything. Digestion definitely feels better when I stay away from, or severely limit grains and legumes.

Voluntary Discomfort is the secret cornerstone of strength. We build our whole lives around increasing comfort and avoiding discomfort, and yet by doing so we are drinking a can of Weakness Tonic with every morning’s breakfast. ~Mr. Money Mustache
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Sistertotwo, make sure you check your blood sugar a LOT if that 's what you are taking meds for. You may have to cut down in less than a week. If in doubt call your doctor.
Best wishes,
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I have been on the Paleo diet for about 6 weeks. During that time, I lost 7 lbs., my glucose went from 123 to 110, my A1C went from 6.3 to 5.8. I am so happy with this diet. And the best part, my appetite has seriously decreased. I have to force myself to eat breakfast. BTW, I don't drink cow's milk, but I do eat cottage cheese and hard and soft cheeses in small amounts at least 3-4 times a week. No yogurt, tho. My doctor wants to see me in 3 mos. instead of 4 because he is so impressed with my progress, he thinks he mite have to change the medication dosages. Hooray!


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Thanks for sharing! It's stories like yours that people need to hear. emoticon emoticon

Birgit

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I've been eating almost completely Paleo for almost a month. I read about the correation between gluton and asthma, thyroid issues, digestive issues and overweight---all of which I have---that's what got me started.

I have lost weight and I feel great. I still have a long way to go but I am happy. I have also given up MSG and in general I'm avoiding anything in a box or a can. I do allow myself a small amount of goat's milk in my herbal tea and I seem fine with that.

The most dramatic result has been with my asthma. I'd been to the dr every other week with severe attacks and the last chest xray showed a lot of scar tissue in my lungs. Not only have I not had to use a nebulizer in weeks but there's no wheezing sounds at all and I feel like I can breathe much more deeply than before.

My wheezing had been so bad that it often kept my husband up at night and it had gotten so the inhaler didn't help. I hate to sound dramatic but I feel like this diet is a miracle cure and I can't believe that drs don't suggest it to people.

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When I am able to stay strictly Paleo, I have improvements in digestion, energy, sleep, and skin problems disappear. It is definitely more of a health diet than a weight loss one, although that can coincide.

Cindy

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I've had a ton of health improvements on a paleo-type diet (mine started out as low-carb, getting a little more paleo now). I think I was sensitive to gluten (but not celiac), leading to leaky-gut syndrome, as a result dairy sensitivity. I am currently experimenting with A1 vs. A2 dairy and seem to be able to tolerate A2 just fine. More in my blog if you are interested. emoticon
I have a lot more energy, better sleep, better thyroid levels, lower pulse all of which results in being able to exercise as much as I like, which leads to much better quality of life.
I used to think I had menopause symptoms, but they ALL disappeared.

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You can talk to God all you want and that's great, but the changes happen when you start listening to him.

BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN OTHERS.




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I assume many of us are eating paleo for weight loss and general health. But, has anyone noticed changes in their health conditions - or are hoping to see changes?

Personally, I am seeing improvement in digestion. Sorry if it's TMI, but I have very "reactive" digestion - especially with dairy - and I hope paleo can help with this. (It seems to have improved some in the 2.5 weeks I've been eating paleo.)

I'm cautiously optimistic that it also could help my dry eye syndrome. Dry eye typically affects menopausal women, but mine started at age 23, and is bad enough at 26 that I can't wear contacts, and have to take Restasis. I've tried other lifestyle changes - adding fish oil, evening primrose oil, a humidifier, eye drops, etc., and I can't believe no doctor ever recommended diet changes! BTW, if anyone has dry eye advice, feel free to message me.

Hope you all are experiencing good effects from paleo!


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