Saturday, November 1, 2008

Paleo Diet - Day 365 - Final Blog Entry

Today marks day 365 of my paleo diet experience, one that has changed my life for the better in so many ways. In the year I've been eating a paleolithic diet of meats, fruits and vegetables (no grains, no dairy, no processed foods) my weight has dropped from 233 lbs to the 160 lbs I find myself at this morning. That's down a pound from last weekend, and it appears my weight will fluctuate in that range; i.e., right around 160 lbs, plus or minus, as long as I continue to eat this way (and why would I not?).

In addition, I have gone from a body fat percentage of...who knows what (I had a gut that made me look pregnant) to a body fat percentage of only 10.9%, as of this morning - down from 11.2% last weekend.

Furthermore, a year ago, I had just been diagnosed by my doctor as a type 2 diabetic, with a blood sugar reading of 218 ml/dcl. As of seven months ago, I was no longer diabetic and this morning I'm at a normal reading of 104 ml/dcl, though my readings have been lower than this. I could get more exercise than I have been, or increase my use of cinnamon and get it back down into the 90s or 80s very easily. But, the point is, I'm no longer suffering from what my doctor falsely called an "incurable disease" that I would supposedly have for the rest of my life. I think that was just his own wishful thinking. Gotta keep up those payments on his half-million dollar house, you know.

Finally, a year ago, my blood pressure was somewhere around 180/90 and this morning it's at a normal 115/72.

So, once again, I am living proof that the paleolithic diet works and works very well for weight loss, weight control, elimination of type 2 diabetes, correction of high blood pressure and high triglycerides, and the restoration of one's natural health. Today, aside from a little more gray and a little less hair, I look and feel pretty much as I did when I was in my thirties - except that I have more lean muscle mass, less body fat and, oh yeah - I'm 56 years old.

So, the bottom line is, if you are obese, have type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high triglycerides and other health problems that are the result of the diet you've been eating, the paleo diet can and will do for you what it has done for me - if you just give it a chance to.

Sure, you will have to stop eating many favorite "foods," but those "foods" were never part of the original human diet, prior to the advent of agriculture 10,000 years ago. Grain products, dairy and, especially processed foods are not foods at all. Our stone age ancestors would never have recognized them as food and none of us were ever supposed to be eating them. If you have trouble with eliminating these "foods" from your diet, just remind yourself of what you have to gain - your good health and a longer life span (not to mention looking good naked), what you have to lose (a lot of fat and, with it, all your dietary diseases) and when the temptation to eat a bagel with cream cheese or a pizza strikes, just think of how you wind up feeling after eating such garbage. I can't eat that way any longer, myself, without my blood sugar immediately spiking and feeling like crap the rest of the day.

I'm leaving this blog here, as it is, for the benefit of all who wish to change their lives with the paleolithic diet, as I have. May you benefit from my experience and from the knowledge I've gained. Thank you for reading.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Paleo Diet - Day 358

It's looking like my increased strength training exercise is beginning to pay off now. My weight has changed, for the first time in weeks (and in the right direction, this time) to 161 lbs, which changes my BMI (Body Mass Index) to 21.8 (normal weight) and, at the same time, my body fat percentage remains steady at 11.2%, which is where it was last week. So, the pound I've gained since then must, therefore, be muscle.

Meanwhile, my blood sugar rose a couple of points, to 106 ml/dcl (up from last week's 104). I don't have the excuse of having had a Friday meal at Sonic (or anywhere else but home) this time, but I did eat more blackberries than usual last night, so that might be attributable to the spike. It could also be due to the fact that, lately, I've slacked off on my use of cinnamon and coconut oil, so, perhaps I need to get back on track with those, plus more walking. I did take a walk yesterday evening, as soon as I got home from work, which is easier to do on a Friday evening, when I have more time for it.

My blood pressure is at a normal 114/71 this morning, still, a bit higher than last week's 105/82, at least on the systolic side, anyway. The diastolic side is more than ten points lower, so it's hard to say which reading is the better, really. But, both are normal and that's what really matters.

Again, I'll remind the readers that, effective November 2nd (the one-year anniversary of my paleo diet experience), I will no longer be writing any updates to this blog. I feel that a year of coverage should be adequate, and Loren Cordain says, in his book, The Paleo Diet, that the diet will have done its magic in the course of about a year. In my case, it's actually taken less time than that and I've been recording rather banal minute gyrations in my stats for months, now. In the interest of not boring you to death - as well as freeing myself to do other things with my Saturday mornings - I've decided not to continue the blog beyond the one year mark. This does not in any way mean that I'm stopping the diet, of course. Why would I do that? It also doesn't indicate that I'm going to remove this blog; I will not be doing any such thing, as my wish is to have it remain accessible to the public indefinately, so that others may benefit from my experience and from the various sources and remedies I've mentioned here from time to time.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Paleo Diet - Day 351

This morning, my weight remains stable at 160 lbs, thus my BMI (Body Mass Index) also remains stable at 21.7 (normal weight). As for my body fat percentage, it has fallen to 11.2% from last week's 11.8% (which was down from 12.1% the week before), so it looks like I have new fat loss while maintaining my body weight. That's a good thing, as it generally indicates an increase in muscle mass.

Meanwhile, I had another one of those non-paleo meals for dinner last night (Sonic again - double cheeseburger, fries and rootbeer), so my blood sugar must have spiked a bit, as I found it still at 104 ml/dcl this morning. Still within normal territory, though, and it'll decline later on.

Where my blood pressure is concerned, there are mixed results this morning with a reading of 105/82. Just fine on the systolic side, but edging toward the "high-normal" on the diastolic side. Still in the normal range, though, and this may also be a response to last night's indulgence at Sonic. As for that, I really have no excuse, other than that it was getting late and I didn't feel like cooking - and I was hungry. As long it doesn't become a regular occurrence, I'm fine.

Just another reminder, especially for any new readers, that I will be discontinuing my updates of this blog, effective November 2nd (the one-year anniversary of my paleo diet experience), but that the blog will continue to remain here so people can benefit from it. Again, if you're new here, the first few articles will give you lots of great information and advice, whether you're planning on going paleo or not.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Paleo Diet - Day 344

More normality again, this time. My weight remains stable at 160 lbs, thus my BMI (Body Mass Index) remains at 21.7 (normal weight), while my body fat percentage has fallen to 11.8% from last week's 12.1%, so I'm doing something right and that may be a slight increase in the number of repetitions I'm doing during my Total Gym workouts, which would tend to add muscle, which, in turn, would burn off more fat.

Meanwhile, my blood sugar is, again, at 100 ml/dcl this, probably owing to the big bunch of grapes I was snacking on in the wee hours of the morning, combined with handfuls of almonds. But, still well within normal range.

As for my blood pressure, it's just slightly higher than last week, but still quite normal at 110/69.

Again, I'll remind you - and state, for any newcomers, as well, that, effective 21 days from now (November 2nd), I'll be discontinuing my blog updates, though this blog will remain online for others to read and benefit from. November 2nd is the one-year anniversary of my Paleo Diet experience and, while I will certainly be continuing on the diet (why would I not?), I am probably boring you to death with my continued reports of normal health stats. But, as I said, an entire year's worth of these reports, including my comments on the processed foods industry, etc. will remain here for all to read. For those who are new to this site, those comments are contained mostly (but not entirely) in the earliest posts.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Paleo Diet - Day 337

Well, I was "bad" last night and was in one of those situations in which I was forced to eat a decidedly non-paleo dinner (cheeseburger, fries and a rootbeer), but the only effect I noticed this morning was that my blood sugar had risen a few points higher than usual, while still remaining normal. So, once in a while, you can eat one meal, here and there, that is non-paleo and get away with it. Just as long as that doesn't become a routine, that is.

Meanwhile, my weight remains stable at 160 lbs, which means my BMI (Body Mass Index) also remains stable at 21.7 ("normal weight"). My body fat percentage is 12.1%, down a hair from last week's 12.4%. That must be due to working out more this week than last week.

As I mentioned, my blood sugar went up a little, to 100 ml/dcl this morning, which is within 10 ml/dcl of the maximum for "normal," so I'm fine and that will decline as the day wears on the effects of my meal at Sonic wear off.

Where my blood pressure is concerned, it's at a normal 100/67 this morning, which is lower than last week's 106/73, so, no complaints there.

As I mentioned last time, due to the disgusting normality of my results, lately, I will be terminating my updates of this blog on November 2nd, the one-year anniversary of my paleo diet experience, thus sparing you the monotony of further updates. As mentioned, the blog will remain here, though; it just won't be updated any longer. I'm afraid the cheeseburger incident of last night is about as exciting as this blog is going to get from here on out. But, that's a good thing.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Paleo Diet - Day 330

Well, it looks like things are changing, though I'm not sure what is changing, yet. Looks like my body fat, though, which has moved up some more, to 12.4%, which is still in healthy territory, but lower than it has been. Meanwhile, I gained back a pound, so I'm back to 160 lbs after two weeks at 159. Again, I would rather the weight gained have been muscle, as opposed to fat, but, at least I'm not continuing to lose weight. This changes my BMI (Body Mass Index) to 21.7, which is still in the "normal weight" range.

As usual, my blood sugar, despite a meal in the wee hours of the morning, is normal, at 95 dcl/ml. So, nothing wrong with that.

As for my blood pressure, it's at a normal 106/73, right in the middle of the normal range. As I've mentioned before, this is with medication, so I'm still waiting for the day when I can discontinue the use of that and remain consistently in the normal range naturally. Maybe after I've been on the diet a year, which is coming up in just 35 days.

Speaking of which, I've been thinking about the logical limits of this blog, lately, which, despite as much fun as it's been, does take up some of my time on Saturday mornings, when I could be doing other things. I have toyed with the idea of letting it end at the one year mark. After all, Loren Cordain promises, in his book, The Paleo Diet, that it will take about a year, in most cases, for the diet to reach its peak effectiveness in returning one to normal weight and health, and it seems I'm well on schedule, as far as that is concerned, so, what would be the point in continuing to report my results to the world beyond that point?

I'm certainly not expecting to return to the state I was in before the diet - ever again - and the continuation of a monotonous normality of health surely can't be entertaining anyone anymore, though I suppose it does inspire those who have been wondering if the paleo diet is for them or not. It is for those people that I have continued this blog as long as I have, in fact.

I think that, by now, anyone who has been following my progress has seen and been convinced by the results I've had that the paleolithic diet is the most effective means of regaining one's lost health, almost no matter what condition one is in when they begin. It is certainly not a cure-all, of course - nothing ever is - but it is the closest thing to it and, as I've said before, this is because it is man's natural diet; the one our species evolved on. Thus, it is the diet we are genetically adapted to and, of course, eating that diet on a consistent basis, as I have been doing for nearly a year, now, should - at least in theory - return one to his or her natural state, or give that state of health to those who may never have known of it, in the first place. If it has done so for you, as it has for me, then congratulations!

If only one person out there is reading this and has tried the diet and benefited from it, then I have achieved some semblance of the goal I had in mind by beginning this blog, in the first place. And, if there is no one out there reading it, well, what's the point, right? So, I am announcing that, effective November 2nd - my one-year paleo diet "anniversary" - I will no longer maintain updating of this blog. Of course, I will leave it out here on the web for posterity - or until Blogger or Blogspot decide to pull the plug on it, if they ever do, and, in that way, it can continue to be found and read and, hopefully, used by others who can benefit from the information I've provided. That is, after all, what my goal has been all along, in writing this.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Paleo Diet - Day 323

Well, at least my weight has stabilized, now, at 159 lbs. Which means my BMI (Body Mass Index) has also stabilized at 21.6, which is within normal weight range. Meanwhile, my body fat percentage has gone back up to 12.7 %, where it had been a couple of months or so. I would have preferred muscle gain as the means of stabilizing or gaining weight, but this body fat percentage is quite normal, so I can't complain about it.

My blood sugar is at a normal 97 ml/dcl this morning, so, nothing to worry about there, while my blood pressure is down from last week's 120/72 to 113/73 today. That's solidly within normal range.