i would bet on the swing shifts you work more than anything...lack of quality sleep does me in.
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Yeah, the first post was awhile ago. I've been thinking. Hell, look at Choco's posts if you want to watch a person evolve.
Steak, eggs, potatoes - fruits, nuts, berries and forage. Coconut milk and potent herbs and spices. Tea instead of coffee now and teeny amounts of kelp daily. Let's see how this does! Not really had dairy much, and gut seems better for it.
Just a thought. I also like the idea that you are unbalanced: too much animal protein/not enough plant matter.
Stress has aged me. I used to look 10 years under my true age. Always. In the past 10 years I feel like I have aged 20 years regardless of my diet (marital stress and stress of raising Autistic child). Find some ways to reduce stress if it is a factor.
Assuming you don't smoke.
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If you have lost some weight and staying permanently low on carbs that may be the reason. Two main reason for this: Hormonal and also lack of glycogen/water in the face muscles. If I were you I would tried to go high on carbs and proteins and lower on fat for a couple of weeks. Also try out supplementing with creatine, 5 – 10 gram per day…
Wait til you have kids, that's what ages people the most! You ain't seen nuthin' yet.
I'd second the swing shifts stress, need for skin moisturizer, and effects of weight loss as the culprits. And if you use the moisturizer, use it every morning and night.
First place I lose weight is in my face. But if you take care of your skin, makes it more elastic and it gets better. I religiously use skin cream when I diet.
Before anything else, I'd get off the night shifts. People who work nights tend to experience significant health effects, and the shift cycling is even worse because you can't get a regular schedule settled ever. Then I'd deal with some of the life stress stuff. After that, yeah, try the moisturizing (with CO or whatever), and then look at your diet. But I'm pretty sure normalizing your sleep will help a lot.
And yeah, being super lean can make some people look older, and having a little more roundness in the face tends to plump out the wrinkles a bit.
However, I don't buy the whole "paleo people always look old!" argument. We've been doing this for a couple of years now, and people still think we're both about 10 years younger than our chronological ages.
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When people commented on my weight loss at a party last weekend, and I told them about primal living, a doctor friend came up to me later and said for me to start religiously with the anti-wrinkle cream because looking old was a side effect of all that protein. I told him I was not over doing the protein but I would appreciate him gifting me some 3Lab cream, ya know, since it's Christmas.