While I do indeed sometimes have my fun — though dead serious too — with posts such as yesterday’s, today I’m again doing one of my favorite kind.
And, hey, nobody even had to vote on it for it to get done. Imagine that!
I got an email about a month ago from Mike calling attention to Robb Wolf’s guest post of sorts at Tim Ferriss’ blog that’s essentially a lengthy excerpt from Robb’s book, The Paleo Solution.
This article brought me to your site and the paleo diet.
Hmm, I don’t recall getting what would have certainly been massive traffic had this blog been mentioned anywhere in that article, even amongst the 800+ comments. While I was curious as to how, exactly, that article brought Mike here I let it pass and just filed the email away.
While cleaning things out the other day I came across it again and sent off a very quick question to Mike:
Now that a month has passed, how’s it going?
And here’s his response which, in addition to reporting some fabulous, amazing results on paleo, actually answers the question I never bothered to ask.
Wow, where to start. I should probably start by saying how effortless this has all been. I went from Standard American Diet plus chronic cardio (as Mark Sisson puts it) 3-4 times a week; to eating whatever I want and exercising easily and with a sense of actual enjoyment. Before, I ate out for almost every meal. Now, I actually know how to cook some delicious objects that I would put in my mouth, chew and love. The simplification of removing grains and shit that never seems to turn out well has been a particular boon. Cooking with fat is beautiful; and learning how is straightforward and uncomplicated.
Now, about myself. I started the end of September at 5’10" and 208lbs. Not obese, but definitely overweight. I was a fat slob two years ago, and spent almost all of those two years trying to lose weight and managed to shed 18lbs… at least it was something, right? When I read that excerpt of Robb Wolf’s book Tim Ferriss posted on his blog, it opened my eyes enough to at least want to try it. I remembered reading the no shampoo article on your site linked from BoingBoing a while back, and some connection was made in my mind between you and paleo. So I went to your site to learn more, and immediately began eating as prescribed.
The first week went smoothly. It seemed I had dodged the bullet on carb flu. After two weeks I hopped on a scale and learned I had dropped 8 pounds, bringing me back to an even 200. I was elated. The rash on my arms caused by candidiasis disappeared and has yet to come back. My energy levels remain constant, except when I don’t get enough sleep. Allergies are fading. My joints no longer sound like a bag of potato chips when I get up from a squat. My acne is completely gone. My skin, hair and scalp are healthy and glow-y thanks to no shampoo, soap or shaving cream. Every article of clothing that I had fattened myself out of in the previous years now fit; and thank god because my ‘regular’ clothes are starting to feel like sheets. I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m starting to look decent naked. Another weird thing, my teeth no longer ache.
Today, I weigh 193lbs. I haven’t weighed this little in almost a decade. Yesterday I had to go shopping for clothes as everything else is beginning to look like a damn, baggy pirate outfit. I lost 15 pounds in a month, which sounds like something you’d see on the cover of Woman’s Bullshit Today at the checkout stand.
The other day I was at a birthday and made the mistake of eating cake. Hilarity ensued. Don’t eat cake.
It’s highly likely I’m going to be doing this paleo/primal thing for the rest of my life.
I believe that what excites me the most about so many of these testimonials we see is not just the 15 pounds of fat loss in a month. Yes, like I say, put body composition first and foremost as your goal and, in the context of a paleo lifestyle, the health markers should follow:
- energy levels remain constant
- allergies are fading
- joints no longer sound like a bag of potato chips
- acne is completely gone
- skin, hair and scalp are healthy and glow-y
- teeth no longer ache
Now, suppose you were to chase "health" instead of body composition in the context of paleo. Which of those health markers would you go after, and how?