I feel amazing. I feel younger, more energetic, and more alive than I have in a very long time (even, perhaps, before I turned 30!). I attribute this feeling not to the exercise I get (which helps, but it alone didn’t get me here) but to the change in my diet. I went Paleo, and everything changed for the better. And I mean everything.
The first real change has been that I feel more energetic. I am able to wake up after a good night’s rest feeling ready to go and with a clear mind. I am ready to tackle the day’s tasks, and I remain awake and don’t have trouble focusing on tasks. I feel as if a fog had been lifted from my brain.
The second real change has been a loss in weight. As you know, I’ve lost a pretty substantial amount of weight since adopting the Paleo lifestyle. 140 lbs so far. I have 10 more to go, and I’m working on that, but I’m already at what is considered a healthy weight for my height and age, and I run 3-4 miles every other day. I do 70+ push ups and 60+ sit ups every time I run. I’m no picture of perfection, but I’m pretty fit. This is all because of the Paleo diet.
The third change has been a lack of cravings between meals. I no longer want to eat snacks just for the sake of eating. I can see donuts, cookies, crackers, and hors d’ouvres without feeling that I must eat some. I do get hungry, but that’s typically before a regular meal time for me. If I don’t eat enough at a meal, I get hungry earlier, but it’s a different feeling than a craving. It’s liberating not being a slave to the cravings!
The fourth change has been that I can taste natural sweetness better. Now that I no longer eat foods with added or artificial sweeteners, fruit tastes so much better now. I remember for years thinking that cantaloupe and strawberries were no longer as sweet as they were when I was a kid. I thought it was the result of modern agriculture. What I have now found is that they are sweet again naturally. Other fruits like apples, pears, oranges, plums, nectarines, and others are all so sweet and flavorful now. And this increase in taste isn’t limited to sugar. Even savory foods have so much more flavor. I can taste delicate layers in foods that I never knew existed. Sugar has really ruined our ability to taste the subtle naturally occurring flavor in foods.
The fifth change in my life as a result of adopting the Paleo diet is that I was able to get fit again. When I was at my heaviest (312 lbs), the doctor told me that I need to lose about 100 lbs before I could even consider serious exercise due to potential damage to my joints and the basic fact that I was so overweight, he was concerned I would have a stroke or a heart attack. I was diabetic and I was starting to experience nerve damage in my legs. The Paleo Diet reversed all that for me, and once I got to 185 lbs, I was able to start exercising. I started slowly with walking, then jogging, and eventually I got into running. I’m now comfortably running 3-4 miles every other day. It’s an amazing feeling being fit and healthy.
I had resigned myself to thinking that my life was nearing its end, and that I would never feel energetic, youthful, or fit ever again. Life was feeling overwhelming with lackluster food, constant hunger, and discomfort. I never imagined that I would feel this good ever again.
The Paleo Diet is not a fad or a gimmick. It doesn’t cost any money to do. There are no membership fees or clubs to attend. No vitamins, pills, patches, powders, or products. Just good, whole foods. It changed my life completely; I’m pretty sure it can change yours as well!