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    My story - why PB doesn't work for me.

    I share my journey through the paleosphere, which is coming to an end, in the hope that it may serve others useful and provide a different perspective. It's been a long and arduous journey, full of ups and downs, lefts and rights, you name it. For two and a half years I've been fighting myself about how I should look, how much I should weigh and as a result I've done far more harm than if I had just kept going as I was before (I'm 22, M, 5"10 and 155 lbs, never been overweight).

    Already very mindful about health, eating a low fat, whole-grain-based diet, I came across MDA in Aug '10 and was sold by the idea of paleo nutrition. It all made sense. So I went for it and, due to my obsessive nature, ended up overdoing it and developed an eating disorder where I'd eat paleo for my meals but then when I had cravings (which was usually after 2/3 days of 'clean' eating) I'd binge eat in secret.

    I have no idea what caused this originally, whether it was low carb, lack of calories, too much protein, psychological issues, boredom, whatever, it doesn't matter and I don't need to know the answer. All that matters is that this style of eating doesn't suit my lifestyle. Even recently, when I've tried to be reasonable about it and not obsess about things, eventually I still have those insatiable cravings and end up binging.

    The only times when I've been completely free of cravings is when I was forced to eat a normal diet because I was travelling or mountaineering, and I certainly felt a lot happier. And in the month of January, while at home, I ate a normal diet for 3 weeks with zero cravings, and as soon as I started flirting with the idea of getting super lean I went straight back to square one.

    So the conclusions I make from this are that

    1) Any potential benefits from paleo are not outweighed by the detrimental factors that come with it in my life.
    2) Obsessions/extremes are unhealthy and unproductive.
    3) Someone's weight or how they look isn't that important in the grand scheme of things. The most important thing is to be happy with who you are and be healthy enough to do what you love doing.
    4) Eating emotionally isn't healthy.
    5) Diets (as in deliberate/permanent restriction of calories/food groups) are destined to failure in the long run (in most cases).

    That's all I can think of at the moment, but no doubt there are many more! I really hope that if there are people out there in a similar situation then they read this and realize there are other alternatives out there, because it took me a LONG time to come to this conclusion. Now I truly understand what it means to listen to your body - those four words are possibly the wisest when it comes to health and wellbeing.

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    Sounds to me like you used PB as some kind of crash diet and that you have some emotional issues to sort out. Good luck with whatever path you find that works for you.

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    I believe most healthy young insulin sensitive people would only experience adverse effect going lower carb high fat. Others don't react positive to certain restrictions and it does them more harm than good. I developed weird food obsessions and cravings when I went low carb. Find an eating pattern that works for you because anyone struggling with a woe that leaves them unsatisfied isn't going to last.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whitebear View Post
    Enough with the pleasantries. Going off your own story it sounds like you failed in ever making the transition to primal/paleo so having never really experienced it how do you know it is not right for you. Sounds like a lot of excuses to me. I'm sorry but that is just how this came across to me.
    Yeah, man. You should have tried harder to stay in our cult! What kind of fucking loser are you, anyway? You're going to go back to eating bread like all the other sick people in the world? You failed paleo, you failed yourself, and I hope your family dies.

    Just kidding. I agree with this:

    Quote Originally Posted by Forgotmylastusername View Post
    I believe most healthy young insulin sensitive people would only experience adverse effect going lower carb high fat.
    And it's more than likely what happened to you. Enjoy a life replete with carbohydrates and free of dieting.

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    Thank you for having the courage to tell us of your trials with PB and that you're quitting, rather than saying nothing and just fading away. I wish you the best in the future and hope you find a way of eating that satisifies you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timthetaco View Post
    Yeah, man. You should have tried harder to stay in our cult! What kind of fucking loser are you, anyway? You're going to go back to eating bread like all the other sick people in the world? You failed paleo, you failed yourself, and I hope your family dies.

    Just kidding. I agree with this:



    And it's more than likely what happened to you. Enjoy a life replete with carbohydrates and free of dieting.
    You are a fucking dick. I was only making an observation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timthetaco View Post
    Yeah, man. You should have tried harder to stay in our cult! What kind of fucking loser are you, anyway? You're going to go back to eating bread like all the other sick people in the world? You failed paleo, you failed yourself, and I hope your family dies.

    Just kidding.
    Still laughing...
    "I think the basic anti-aging diet is also the best diet for prevention and treatment of diabetes, scleroderma, and the various "connective tissue diseases." This would emphasize high protein, low unsaturated fats, low iron, and high antioxidant consumption, with a moderate or low starch consumption.

    In practice, this means that a major part of the diet should be milk, cheese, eggs, shellfish, fruits and coconut oil, with vitamin E and salt as the safest supplements."

    - Ray Peat

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    Good luck in future! What I appreciate most about your post is that you said "why PB doesn't work for me" and not "why PB doesn't work for me and therefore cannot work for you either", because obviously for some it is their answer to health and happiness. If you are finding your way, here is to happy days!
    I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC

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    Hi Mmsantos

    Life is too short to diet.

    Only you know what it is right for you. Be happy with yourself and your choices.

    I wish you well

    Peace x

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    So... working on the reasons why you develop eating disorders in the first place didn't work?

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