How The Paleo Diet Changed My Life (It Can Work For You Too!)

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I admit a few years ago, my life changed forever. I used to feel sluggish, without energy, bloated all the time, and didn’t feel well. Not only that, but I have endometriosis, and during this time, I would often feel very sick. Sometimes I was told I looked pale or unwell. I didn’t really know what to do about any of this.

One day a friend came over to visit, and she told me about the Paleo diet. I looked at her like she was crazy. She knew I had no idea what she was talking about, so she explained how the Paleo diet works. It isn’t one of those diets where you count calories. But what I was eating was likely the reason I was having issues with my health. So, I needed to change my eating habits because certain foods could be the culprit. I never knew this. I was shocked.

My friend admitted she used to have health problems too, one being high blood pressure. She had been taking medication for it, but since she had been on the Paleo diet, her health had greatly improved. Her high blood pressure had gone down, and she was slowly getting off the medication. I had also noticed that she seemed happier and had more energy. She recommended a book called The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet by Robb Wolf. I decided to get the book, and see what this Paleo diet was that she was talking about.

Before I continue telling you how this diet changed me, let me tell you a little more about the Paleo diet. First off, the full name is Paleolithic. It is also called the caveman diet. The reason for this is because, thousands of years ago we ate like our ancestors. We didn’t consume processed foods, because our ancestors were hunter-gatherers, not farmers. So, some foods in a can or box should be avoided, those with high levels of sodium.

How is it different from other diets? It basically improves your overall health and weight loss. By not consuming processed foods and junk foods, our overall health greatly improves. You will be less likely to develop diseases, such as, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and other health problems. It lowers the risk of heart disease, blood pressure issues, inflammation, leaky gut, and acne.

Upon further reading, there are certain foods that are recommended to eliminate. The person can eat foods, such as, meat, wild fish, eggs, vegetables, fruits, tubers (like potatoes and yams), nuts, seeds, healthy fats and oils (coconut oil, lard, etc), spices (himalayan salt, rosemary, and more). You may be asking, so what foods would be eliminated? Foods to be eliminated are grains, dairy, processed foods, sugar, legumes, soft drinks, artificial sweeteners, and vegetable oil (including margarine and trans fats). Deli meats are okay as long as they are overly processed. By eliminating these items, you experience weight loss, and have an overall healthier life.

When I read all information in the book, I thought it would be  too hard to follow the Paleo diet, but it was much easier than I had thought, maybe because I didn’t eat many of these foods; like pasta, bread, canned foods, and so on to begin with. It was easy for me. I tried it for a month, and I soon noticed a change. I had lost quite a bit of weight, because I was avoiding bread that added weight to my body. I wasn’t bloated anymore, and I had more energy throughout the day. I didn’t feel sluggish or experiencing a lack of energy. I didn’t look pale. Most importantly, my endometriosis symptoms were almost non-existent. I didn’t know certain foods aggravated my symptoms. Since my health had improved so much, I decided to continue with this diet.

It has been over three years since I started the Paleo diet, and I am still going strong. I do, however admit, I am not completely “Paleo”. I do sometimes eat foods like bread, cold cuts, rice, and even sweets. But I mostly eat white meat so it won’t interfere with my endometriosis symptoms, from my research it said not to eat too much red meat.  It is great that I am on this healthy diet, and am so much better. Since I eat more meat and vegetables, the price of the grocery bill has gone up. That is part of the reason I am not completely on the “Paleo diet“. Not everyone can afford this lifestyle, but we do the best we can. You can always start small with what you can afford. No matter what the reason is, however, whether you have health issues or even if you’re trying to lose weight, I suggest trying out the Paleo diet for yoursself.

I am happy I gave it a chance. If it wasn’t for my friend, I would still be suffering with my health issues and a huge lack of energy. It has changed my life  and my friend’s; it could do the same for you.

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Mary Sentoza

Mary S. Sentoza lives in Ontario with her mom and dog. She enjoys reading, writing, exercising, and using the computer. She also like to show off her dog, which can high five, waves while standing on two legs, and do other neat tricks. Mary is a writer and blogger. She can be found at http://marysentoza.com

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