While following The Paleo Diet has helped improve the health of many, your individual results may vary and we cannot make any guarantees.
I had been a vegetarian since the age of 10 and ate at least 80% grains, dairy and legumes since then. I’m now 29 and until last month I couldn’t understand why at my age I kept developing illnesses (colitis, esophagitis, and IBS, plus I was sleeping 10 hours at a time and still feeling tired.) I thought that perhaps I was doomed due to bad genes because these things run in my family on both sides (family members with Barrett’s Esophagus, Colostomy bags, Acid Reflux), but now I’m already all better! I’m totally healthy, full of energy, and as an added bonus, I lost a few pounds and am as skinny as I was as a teen. It happened so fast too! I can hardly believe it.
Thank you very much! I’m so happy to be off of medicine and symptom free! It is a huge relief.
I’ve been teaching nutrition for years and admire the contributions you have made. I have always wanted to retrace the footsteps of Weston Price to do a more up-to-date assessment of the dietary systems of “primitive” cultures and their relation to health. It seems you are living the life I’ve always wanted!
I congratulate you on your efforts and your success! Keep up the good work!
David Wolfson, N.D. Natural Alternatives International
I’m recuperating on a medical leave from NYU after a successful angioplasty and stent – in the nick of time – that opened a total blockage of my right coronary artery, at the end of January, that was precipitated by excessive use of a snow shovel! Hence, I’m more than interested in the papers on your web site for two important reasons: (1) eating appropriately from this point onward; and (2) introducing some of your material into the metabolism section of our biochemistry course. I also teach the molecular biology section as well. Your book will save and extend many lives.
Prof. Gene C. Lavers, Ph.D. NYUCD
I don’t know about hunter-gatherers but I suspect they do not have the degree of difficulty modern women have delivering babies. Your research has been of magnificent importance to the health of our small town.
Lane Sebring M.D.
I have recently read your book and tried your diet for four weeks, feeling great and losing three kgs without physical activity, needless to say I’m hooked and will continue. I was very fearful and skeptical at first, imagine that after several years of brainwashing by the ADA and USDA curricula, pyramids and “research,” I thought that cutting out three food groups amounted to outright quackery and faddism. Then I read Food Politics by Marion Nestle. Coupled with the evidence exposed in your book I went for it.
Sorry to derail you from a likely busy schedule, my sincere thanks and congratulations, keep up the good work.
I have tried other diets, but none with a content so delicious, and which is so obviously natural to eat. One of the things that I have observed during the past weeks after I have begun to shift some of my meals to “Paleo,” is a tremendous reduction of my previous interest in “goodies,” cakes, bread, pasta, and rice. It seems like the craving is gone, and I can walk past any bakery shop without any feelings of loss.
Again, thanks for your book.
Every three weeks I receive Herceptin and Zometa every three months. Since December 15 until May 21, we noticed a trend of my tumor markers rising: 22 to 28.4.
After talking with my certified nutritionist/pharmacist, who knows of all the drugs I am on, he recommended your diet. I started it immediately on May 26. My latest tumor marker of July 21 was 26. I am looking forward to the next tumor marker test in early September to see if this downward trend continues. I am convinced that sugar negatively affects my body and probably feeds the cancer. In addition, I have lost 12 pounds of the 25 pounds that I put on due to chemotherapy and radiation. I am 5’11″ and weighed 163 prior to my first cancer treatment in 2001. I am now 10 pounds from my goal.
Thank you for a succinctly written book.
I am a 61-year-old female and started the Paleo Diet in Nov 2005 and have been on it ever since. I do indulge in some of the forbidden foods such a coffee with half and half, a habit seemingly impossible to break. It gives me the energy to do the things I want to do, and unless you can give me a formula for getting more energy otherwise, I may be in trouble on that one. I also, after experimenting without or drastically less salt, have added my habitual amounts of salt again. But it is a lot, lot less than the typical American diet, I assure you. Other than that I stick to meat, vegetables and fruit. No dairy, no grains, no legumes, no potatoes. I don’t miss any of it. I switched to canola oil.
So I found an organic farmer in Marine County near San Francisco, near where I live and got a hog, a quarter steer and untold chickens from them. The meat is lean and outstanding. I get fresh caught fish and vegetables from the farmers market as well as organic eggs. My trips to the supermarket are now limited to bananas, half and half and a few what-nots occasionally.
I feel good. Some friends say I am the picture of health. At the start of the diet I weighed 145 lbs, now I weigh 130 lbs and have so for months, regardless of what I eat. I am 5’3″ tall. I would like to weigh less, but have not managed to do so. Food always tastes so good.
By chance last November before I started the diet I had extensive bloodwork done and all the important indicators were normal, as they always have been. So my reason to go on the diet was strictly to lose weight.
I did notice though that I never suffer from indigestion ever now. My husband who is on this diet so, eats toast and butter and jam for breakfast, a gourmet lunch with his colleagues and what I cook for dinner. Even so he has gone from a “hiatal hernia” with daily Mylanta and Prilosec to no problems at all. And he has lost at least 30 lbs. I would like to see him eat better though, but he has the mind of a spoiled child.
I suffer from Rosacea and take medicine daily, but have been very sporadic about that lately and seem to do fine. Maybe the diet is helping.
For a while I did experience daily leg cramps. Once I read one of Loren’s papers on potassium and what contained the most I try to get those vegetables most and throw mushrooms into everything when I have them. And as I said earlier I went back to my normal salt intake, well maybe somewhat less, and lately I have not had those cramps. Once I started eating more mushrooms though and increased my stem and leafy vegetables in place of more fruit it got better instantly. Who knows?
I forgot to mention the most important thing: since I have been on the diet I have been virtually free of almost weekly, random, very debilitating headaches. I feel so free and at this point take it for granted! There used to be day where I just would have to stay in bed, because the headaches were so bad and the doctor always said they were tension headaches. Yes, I get very tense neck muscles – the cause of the arthritis to be sure – but I manage that when I can, yet I think it is the diet that makes the main difference.
Bottom line I like eating the way I do and I will never change as long as I have access to the type of food I mentioned.