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  • Side Benefits of PB Those nice little things you didn't expect

    Most people come to the PB plan to lose fat, gain muscle and/or generally improve their health. As did I.
    But what other side effects have you noticed along the way?

    Just a f'rinstance from my experience. Approx one month into PB and apparently my body has become hostile territory for fungal infections. A mild but persistent (like decades of persistence) case of athlete's feet has simply gone away.

    Yes, in this thread there is no such thing as TMI. Tell us all about it even the most personal of physical or emotional or mental changes.

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    Hmm. Interesting question, Paleobird.

    I'm not too far into my primal journey, but I can certainly say that I've had longer periods of sustained energy. My ADD has calmed down quite dramatically, and I'm not as given to whiplash-paced mood swings (which is helpful in a marriage). More, even if I don't sleep enough some nights, I sleep better and feel more rested.

    I have more energy overall, and am certainly making easy gains in strength, even though I really haven't been keeping up with the exercise end of things. I'm thinking better, too.
    Kane's Eye View

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    • #3
      I feel some deja vu with this thread ? Nah there's been one already, but I guess this will give the newcomers a chance!
      Nothing positive I didn't expect has happened for me, but I was pretty optimistic coming in ^^

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Pandadude View Post
        I feel some deja vu with this thread ? Nah there's been one already, but I guess this will give the newcomers a chance!
        Nothing positive I didn't expect has happened for me, but I was pretty optimistic coming in ^^
        Well, excuse my lack of originality, Pandadude. I have just been reading lots of anecdotal stories here and there around this site along these lines and I thought that compiling all the experiences in one place would be interesting. So gracious of you to let us "newcomers" have our fun.

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        • #5
          Some other factors along with starting out on PB, led me to quit drinking for a while. This resulted in much better, deeper sleep. And dreams. Then I heard Rob Wolf say as much on his podcast - that alcohol consumption will adversely affect your sleep patterns.

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          • #6
            For me the point was to heal my gut, but I seem to have developed a lot of muscle tone without even trying, and my skin looks great. My husband said the other day, "where's your ass gone? You need to buy new jeans!" Added bonus, not hearing my knees make crunchy sounds when I get up.
            If we’re not supposed to eat animals, how come they’re made out of meat? Tom Snyder

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            • #7
              Just like Geekgirl I did paleo to heal the gut. I always had a pretty good body comp and was never overweight. In healing the gut my seasonal allergies went away too. I love Paleo!
              "If man made it, don't eat it" - Jack Lallane

              People say I am on a "crazy" diet. What is so crazy about eating veggies, fruits, seafood and organ meats? Just because I don't eat whole wheat and processed food doesn't make my diet "crazy". Maybe everyone else with a SAD are the "crazy" ones for putting that junk in their system.

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              • #8
                For me, cutting out the dairy helped me sleep better because my sinuses unclogged. It had been such a low level thing for so long that I hadn't really thought about it but it was really great when it cleared up.


                There have been a couple of posts about improved sleep. Weather it's because of ditching the dairy, cutting out the booze or just generally evening out hormonal and blood sugar rollercoasters, in my opinion, anything that improves sleep improves life.
                Last edited by Paleobird; 12-29-2010, 09:03 PM.

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                • #9
                  Been primal for about 1 month and I have so much energy now. Also I've known wheat is really not good for my body and it makes me depressed. I've tried to cut it out in the past but struggled with this, but now I realise it's all grains that I need to remove. So all my carb cravings have gone, I do not over eat, my joints do not hurt, my permanently blocked nose has cleared and I feel very happy and energetic!
                  Last edited by milly57; 12-30-2010, 02:00 AM.

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                  • #10
                    No hayfever this past spring! Warm and windy days don't seem to be a problem any more.
                    I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.

                    Oscar Wilde

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                    • #11
                      So many cool posts! Keep 'em comin'

                      I have also noticed that my fingernails seem to be stronger, less prone to splitting and breakage.

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                      • #12
                        I love waking up feeling rested and actually energetic! I have always been a drag my body out of bed in the morning person.
                        For lots of tasty recipes, check out my blog -http://lifeasadreger.wordpress.com/

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                        • #13
                          No grains = no farting!
                          My journal

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                          • #14
                            My skin looks really different. It's glowing and more supple, I suppose? All those healthy fats are making a big difference here. Also, I just don't THINK about food constantly. That constant internal tug of war with the carb monster is gone. That is so awesome and has made a big difference in my anxiety level. Ah, and I buy vegetables and I actually EAT them instead of letting them go to waste and feeling guilty about them rotting in the fridge while I eat tortilla chips.
                            True healthcare reform starts in your kitchen, not in Washington. ~Anonymous
                            The worst carrot is better than the best candybar.--TornadoGirl

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                            • #15
                              Absolutely the best thing is the great sleep. I find there's a virtuous cycle between getting more & better sleep, and feeling less stressed. This is my favorite thing.

                              Not waking up every morning feeling like Death Warmed Over is rather a bonus, too.
                              "If man made it, don't eat it." ..Jack LaLanne
                              "It doesn't matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn't matter how smart you are.
                              If it doesn't agree with experiment, it's wrong." ..Richard Feynman

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