Weird little bonuses or I don't know what they are, actually. Hormonal changes perhaps. Plus some negatives:
- Definitely feel way more cheerful and stable and confident.
- Less driven by hunger. Less need to eat. Less fear of food.
- When my food is really high-quality (real eggs with orange yolks, grass-fed, lots of real animal fat) I feel like a totally different creature. I can't explain it exactly, but I feel like everything about me works differently.
- I feel like I don't need to wash my hair. I do wash it at least every 4 days or so, but sometimes I don't think I need to do it even that much.
- My skin is still very dry, though. I don't feel much need to wash my body, either, except the 'active' parts. Could be because it's winter.
- I had a pre-cancerous lesion on my face that seems to have gone away on its own.
- I get more "clingons" which I do not like at all.
- I feel like I can breathe better. Not that I had any trouble with it before, it just feels better.
- I did lose some weight but I haven't lost any for a while now. But I feel freedom that when I pull pants out of the drier I will be able to put them on.
- I feel like I don't get as stinky under my arms. I only use baking soda under my arms.
- I feel like I sleep better, not that I had any trouble with that before.
- I have not been exercising very much. I get sore now doing stupid things like sitting on the floor doing crafts. I need to fix that, but since I was able to lose weight without exercise, I just don't feel compelled to exercise. I guess I'm lazy now.
- Sweet things are way too sweet. Almost gagged on a sip of diet soda. Ew. That is NOT food.
- I have a certain amount of anger and rage that is increasing toward food companies and the agricultural industry, the medical industry and corporate America. But I kind of want to keep the secret to good health to myself. Let them all kill themselves with crap food and leave the grass-fed butter, meat and pastured eggs all to me.
Female, 5'3", 49, Starting weight: 163lbs. Current weight: 135 (more or less).
Starting squat: 45lbs. Current squat: 162.5 x 2
Bumping this thread, as it's so awesome to read...don't want it to get hidden.
Things I've noticed in my first month of Primal...
- Fingernails smoothing out and growing faster
- I feel more alert in the evenings... prepping my lunch for the next day used to be such a chore; now I'm doing even more lunch prep and it doesn't bother me. I even pre-cooked tonight's supper (I work a later shift) so my husband only has to heat it up when he gets home with our kids.
- My hair seems to have grown more this month than it has in previous months
- Weight loss - goes without saying. About 15 lbs now, and I'm noticing it in the way my skirts and cardigans are fitting now.
- Plantar fasciitis is MUCH reduced. Looking forward to it going away entirely.
- I have KP too, I've had it since I was a kid, so do my mom and sister. I thought it was the luck of the genetic draw. I still have dots but the skin on my upper arms feels softer. Wonder if the red spots will fade over time?
- No scaly elbows! Nice and smooth.
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I only wash my hair when I cut it every couple months. I completely forget that other people wash it every day.
I'm 40% of the way towards goal. Down 30 pounds since late summer. Plantar fasciitis, gone. Numbness and tingling in hands when I sleep, gone. Snoring, gone. Generalized aches and pains, gone. Blood pressure, normalized. Fasting blood sugar, down to 84 from 99. Energy greatly improved. No more need to take naps during the day. Skin is glowing.
My DH used to snore so loud I'd swear the neighbors could hear him. He doesn't snore anymore. At all. I know he's getting better rest because of it, so that makes me uber happy.
Neither of us fart anymore, and our breath smells better.
DH's constant back pain from spinal stinosis (sp) has subsided to the point that he no longer needs pain meds - never thought that would happen!
I look in shopping carts too. I have become a shopping cart voyeur! I have that urge to beg them to put it back and eat what we should be eating as humans. I guess if a vegetarian told that to me, I would not be entirely receptive. I need to buff up and wear one of those grok shirts or a primal diet shirt (I've seen some with a food plate on them).
I was lucking enough to come across paleo eating by reading a book and stumbling across Lorein Cordain's book. I suffered from hypoglycemia for thirty years. I wish someone would have told me about it before; but then again it might have seem too odd at the time to accept.
I've only been doing this a few days so I don't have much to report yet but I noticed this morning when I made breakfast I could smell things better. I don't mean things smell stronger. It's like smells have more detail, like I could smell the parts of things, not just the whole thing, if that makes sense. For example, I cooked turkey bacon this morning and I didn't just smell "bacon". I could smell turkey, smoke flavoring, salt, etc. Is that weird?