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    Hedonist tries Primal

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    Been doing something like Primal for about 2 months. I don't particularly think of myself as Primal but I am fairly close in many ways. Not too much into the yabba dabba doo thing. LOL. I am pagan and have long hair and a beard. Mostly just aging hippy who likes to do historical reenactment, not caveman.

    Transition to mostly burning fat was fairly painless. Only a few days of feeling weak. No craving for carbs at all. I eat some non-primal ones every day because they taste good and go with what I'm eating. Could do without if I needed to. As long as I am losing fat and my blood sugar is going down, and I feel great, I don't see the need.

    Location: Sacramento, CA USA

    Age: 67

    Problems:
    Mild congestive heart failure (isn't that an oxymoron?) Had angina attack about 7 years ago when I was eating junk and working under lots of stress. No further damage since then. Doesn't limit me much. I take minimal doses of coreg and Furosemide. Have refused to take the other standard heart meds.

    Borderline diabetes. Definitely improving. Getting sunshine and extra vitamin D. Taking metformin.

    Seasonal allergies. Greatly improved.

    Need to continue to lose fat, especially abdominal. Losing 1-2 lb/week. According to my scale, I have about 23% fat.

    Doing PB:
    1. Eat lots of plants and animals - Yes. I eat beef, pork, poultry. Not variety meats. Love all fruits and veggies. No insects.

    2. Avoid poisonous things - I reject notion that grains other than wheat are poison. Eat rice, corn, oats, potatoes and/or legumes once or twice a day. Otherwise, only do some 20%, like diet Cokes, dining out and not worrying too much about what I order, etc. One or two drinks per day. Usually red wine or calvados. Some ultra dark chocolate daily.

    3. Move frequently at a slow pace - Yes. Have greatly increased the amount of this I do.

    4. Lift heavy things - Yes

    5. Sprint once in a while - Yes. Not ready to sprint on land. Do water sprints though.

    6. Get adequate sleep - So, so. Get 7-8 hours + a nap. Sleep not always very refreshing though.

    7. Play - Has always been hard for me. Working on it.

    8. Get adequate sunlight - Yes. Plus vitamin D supplements.

    9. Avoid stupid mistakes - Yes. I try.

    10. Use you brain - Yes. I try. I continue to work part time at a mentally demanding job.

    Do you consume dairy: Sure. Milk, cheese, sour cream, yogurt, butter.

    Do you drink coffee or tea: Decaf coffee. Sometimes tea or regular coffee.

    Motivator for switching to Primal: I was doing lots of the stuff already. I heard Mark speak. PB and MDA seemed like great resources. And are.

    Favorite exercise: Water aerobics.

    Favorite Primal food: Bacon and butter. Just because I wasn't eating those before (high saturated fat you know - hehe).

    Best part about being Primal: Losing fat. Lots of energy. Stuff I get to eat, like butter. Not having to bust my butt to be fit.

    Worst part about being Primal: I just don't do anything that would count as "worst."

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    Forgot to mention - For the first time in many years, I am now always having erections when I wake up. (Not that I had needed Viagra or anything before.) I am assuming this is a sign that my circulatory system is improving.

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    Somehow I feel dirty about posting this reply, but perhaps the change has been in Testosterone production?

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    Could be that too. I'll take either. Or both. I figure it must be a good sign.
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    Strange things happening

    1. I am getting hair on my legs. I haven't had any for years, except ugly little patches on my knees. The rest migrated to my ears and nose years ago. Not sure how much I will get, but how many 67 year old people do you know who have any hair on their legs? (Unless they were hairy Groks to begin with.)

    2. For many years, the bottoms of my feet have been uncomfortable to touch. Not painful. Can't really describe it. It's like every nerve in my body was screaming. I told massage therapists to stay away from them. All gone now. Inflamation?

    3. There is a man who lives near us. We have never really talked. Just nice weather huh? Yep, beautiful. He asked me today if I was still in school! Umm, my high school 50 year reunion is coming up. (I'm sure he meant grad school.)

    Must be something to this primal stuff.

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    All your improvements (ED, circulation, hair) are very likely a consequence of improved circulation and also healthier levels of testosterone. Which also means youŽll probably start seeing improvements in your angina.
    Congrats for giving the PB the benefit of the doubt, you won't regret it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SerialSinner View Post
    All your improvements (ED, circulation, hair) are very likely a consequence of improved circulation and also healthier levels of testosterone. Which also means youŽll probably start seeing improvements in your angina.
    Congrats for giving the PB the benefit of the doubt, you won't regret it.
    Cheers!
    Thanks! I actually have had only a few mild angina attacks since the angioplasty. About four were at high altitude doing more than normal exertion or once when there was a forest fire nearby. The only other one was when I was walking up a steep hill during the Bay to Breakers in San Francisco. For that I am thankful.

    Yes, for anyone who says saturated fat and cholesterol clog your arteries, I present myself as counter evidence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hedonist View Post
    1. I am getting hair on my legs. I haven't had any for years, except ugly little patches on my knees. The rest migrated to my ears and nose years ago. Not sure how much I will get, but how many 67 year old people do you know who have any hair on their legs? (Unless they were hairy Groks to begin with.)

    2. For many years, the bottoms of my feet have been uncomfortable to touch. Not painful. Can't really describe it. It's like every nerve in my body was screaming. I told massage therapists to stay away from them. All gone now. Inflamation?
    Diabetic neuropathy is improving

    My dad's is as well. Pretty cool stuff.


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    In your original post you said - "I reject notion that grains other than wheat are poison. Eat rice, corn, oats, potatoes and/or legumes once or twice a day."

    I'm afraid you are not following the paleo diet at all. You might be eating "healthy", but otherwise you are violating one of the main principles of this lifestyle. I'm sure that other diets besides paleo can also contribute to good health and weight loss. Anyways, congrats on your progress. Maybe you should look into the Mediterranean Diet or something along those lines if you still eat grains and legumes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lardomuncher View Post
    In your original post you said - "I reject notion that grains other than wheat are poison. Eat rice, corn, oats, potatoes and/or legumes once or twice a day."

    I'm afraid you are not following the paleo diet at all. You might be eating "healthy", but otherwise you are violating one of the main principles of this lifestyle. I'm sure that other diets besides paleo can also contribute to good health and weight loss. Anyways, congrats on your progress. Maybe you should look into the Mediterranean Diet or something along those lines if you still eat grains and legumes.
    Why does someone have to "follow" one commercialized way of eating? If he's not "following" paleo/primal 100%, why should he have to look into another diet? It seems to be that everyone should do their own research, come to their own conclusions, how what they feel is best and use what resources they have available. Sounds like what this guy is doing.

    I'm not saying I agree totally with him (I try to keep away from grains as much as possible) but I don't see why he should be encouraged to go elsewhere.

    To OP, congrats on all your improvements! Good luck on your journey

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