While following The Paleo Diet has helped improve the health of many, your individual results may vary and we cannot make any guarantees.
I’m a runner. 55 marathons and 15 ultras under my belt. I also work full-time at a job that requires regular physical work of my entire upper body. I was a vegetarian for 20 years and my diet was mainly pasta, bread, rice, potatoes, veggies, fruit and cheese. I have always had problems digesting eggs, nuts and beans.
Over the last five years I’ve noticed increasing pain, stiffness, swelling and “cracking” (that’s the only way I can describe it) in my elbows, wrists and finger joints. It’s always been in my knees which I attributed to the high mileage running.
Three weeks ago, on the advice of a friend, I switched to Paleo. I eat beef, chicken, fish and tons of vegetables. I no longer have ANY pain, swelling or “cracking” in my joints. After 20+ years of this condition, to me it’s really a miracle. This runner will never go back to grains and dairy. Thank you Paleo.
I’m a fan of The Paleo Diet. When I’m on it, it works. When I relapse, I notice the effects around my waistline and in my athletic performance. Since your first book came out, I’ve been following your work and know intuitively you’re correct. Since using the principles of the Paleo, I’ve had some breakthrough performances in triathlons. While I’ve made big fitness gains, I’ve witnessed some of my more talented, though pasta-packing friends, show only modest improvements after a season of quality training.
I haven’t tried to keep my secret from them, but I haven’t been exactly forthcoming. Are you sure we need to let the secret out?
Rainey Wikstrom, National Masters Athena Champion 2004
I have been eating a Paleolithic diet for the past month and really like the results. I feel amazing! I am an athlete and have been able to drop weight and maintain my strength and muscle, a crucial asset to any kickboxer!
My diet now includes generous servings of fresh vegetables, lean meat and seafood together with daily helpings of fruit, nuts and berries. The combinations of foods, I am convinced has a strong anti-inflammatory effect so I am sure the gout will be a thing of the past.
The biggest impact has been on my fitness. In nine weeks, I went from immobile and 217 lb to fitter than I have ever been at 203 lb. Yesterday, I completed my first ultra-distance running race: the 31.1 mile (50k) “Way Too Cool” trail run with hills aplenty, creek crossing, tons of mud and even a light dusting of snow on the upper elevations. It was the best race experience of my life and I managed to run strong right through to the finish – something I have never managed to accomplish before.
Genetically, as a species, we are athletes. We just need the right nutritional and exercise environment to unlock the genetic potential conferred upon us by millennia of natural selection.
I have to be honest, when I first heard about it I didn’t believe a word of it, especially when it came to athletes, but sometimes during a negative time in your life something positive can come out of it. December 1st 2005, I had major shoulder surgery (due to an accident on the bike during a tri). At the time I was riding the best I ever had. Now I thought, what am I going to do being laid up for months, trying to recover the best I can and not get so out of shape. Well I did some research about the ideas presented in your book, liked what I read, and thought o.k., even though it goes against everything I have ever been taught, I am going to give it a try. I had to ask myself, “Can I can survive and enjoy my food on the Paleo Diet?” Well I am always up for a challenge so off I went. And the results were amazing!
I lost 13 pounds and I wasn’t even trying to lose weight! My body looks the leanest and healthiest of my entire life. Three months after surgery I ran a half-marathon and had a personal best by 10 minutes! The most important thing is how I feel on the inside. I feel great both mentally and physically. Plain and simple my body feels amazing. My friends, colleagues and people that I just meet compliment me. Every day of my life people ask me questions and want to know what I do. On a daily basis I talk about this lifestyle. I feel like I am your spokesperson of central Florida (but don’t worry I won’t charge you any money). I wish it was called The Paleo Lifestyle because that is what it is!
Thank you so much!!! It feels so good to have the right information about putting the correct foods into my body. You completely changed my life and I will always be grateful. Thank you for going out there and finding the correct information and sharing it. It means the world to me. As I cross every finish line achieving my goals, a thank you to you will always be there waiting.
Mostly we would be on the pure Paleo Diet for 8 – 6 weeks before fights. Otherwise we stick to the diet for about 95% of the time. Since our sport is intense over a short period of time (usually no more than three 5- minute rounds) the modification outlined in The Paleo Diet for Athletes seemed of little use; in fact, many of us took issue with it because the type of sports (and therefore physical demands) discussed are incredibly rare in paleolithic lifestyles. That said, we do champion the Paleo Diet here and are slowly turning people around to it.
Here is my own experience. I used to lift weights regularly, consume whey protein and eat a traditionally accepted ‘good’ diet. I never really progressed to the level I wanted. I stopped lifting weights and a few months later started the Paleo Diet. When I did return to weight training I was stronger than ever before. The Paleo Diet made me drop fat and increase muscle mass, to the point that I gained net weight. And that is the beauty of the Paleo Diet for many athletes involved in intensive training, it’s a weight NORMALISATION diet so it works for everyone skinny, average, overweight.
Everyone else who has tried it has reported the same old story, increased strength and energy, loss of fat and increase of muscle. Importantly to Combat Athletes recovery isn’t just about your standard athletic repairs. Combat athletes are plagued with injuries, minor breaks, sprains, cuts and bruises, the Paleo diet has decreased our healing time.
Another surprising result: when I first started eating right (because Paleo isn’t a ‘diet’ everything ELSE is!) a friend and fellow fighter started too. He had always been plagued with a kidney disorder (if he consumed alcohol he would swell up and spend a couple of days in hospital!), once he started the Paleo Diet all of the symptoms disappeared, in fact, on occasion he consumes alcohol with no abnormal effect.
As an anthropologist and athlete I suppose it was inevitable that I would find the Paleo Diet! We also have a number of sport scientists who train and fight competitively, they took a little more convincing but after reading the book and hearing arguments I have put forward they came around. As you well know, once someone tries it they know the truth. Another resource is Crossfit.com which highlights training in a manner close to the type highlight in the Paleo Diet. This website endorses the Paleo Diet.
Pearse Stokes, Fianna Gym