In this short post, I want to talk about my long term paleo diet results. As many of you will know, I experimented with a vast array of products / steroids / lotions (both natural and pharmaceutical) in the preceding years leading up to finding out the truth about how the body really works. I eventually discovered, and was fortunate enough to become educated on the topics of gut health, digestion, detoxification, nutrition and sustainable lifestyle. However, through this process, I did spend around 4 years eating low carb, so I have a good understanding of what the paleo diet results in.
What were my actual paleo diet results?
In summary, rather than improving my skin, I ended up with skin at its very worst overall, after sticking with the program as best as I could for 4 years. At times, when I stuck rigidly to whole foods, had no carbs at all and put myself into a calorie deficit, my skin did settle down and start to clear. This happens because you are not feeding the candida albicans (bad bacteria) in your gut, and so it starts to settle down. Inevitably though, something will come up that will render your will power inadequate to hold you through. When the food is available, and the body is hungry, it becomes an all-consuming urge to eat – far beyond what I’d just describe as a craving. This is one of the most negative paleo diet results.
The fundamental problem with paleo
The problem with the low carb lifestyle, is that it does not combine detoxification, nutrition and sustainability effectively at all. You could argue that there is nutrition there, but it certainly does not promote detoxification in the body, and unless your willpower is pro-level, sustainability is very lacking.
Meat and eggs are very popular in the paleo world, since they contain next to no carbohydrate at all. What isn’t broadcasted so well is the complete absence of fibre – a crucial element in the elimination and detoxification you need to be doing as you heal your skin. In my experience, low carbers generally talk about using things like psyllium husk or bentonite clay to assist in bowel movements. Aside from how terrifying and unnatural this sounds, consuming naturally occurring fibre in plant-based foods is actually essential for good gut flora – it is food for the good bacteria in our gut biome.
Consistency is key
If a chosen diet is always being fought with, and the dieter is struggling to stay satisfied on it, I’m sorry, but it’s not sustainable. If you’re incorporating ‘cheat’ days, then you’re not doing the diet – you’re cheating. Instinctively, our bodies know that the easiest, most digestible, most absorbable, most bioavailable calorie source, is carbohydrate. So it puts that ‘sweet tooth’ to help us – to direct us to that most fuel-efficient calorie source. Look at the tongue – you can see how prominent at the front of the tongue the receptors are to seek out those simple sugars. So to go against this, and try and derive the majority of our calories from fat and protein – you are always going to struggle. It’s not that you don’t have the will power, it’s that you are trying to go against the body’s design. If you are getting good paleo diet results, but you cannot sustain them, that is just as frustrating as getting no results at all in the long run.
So what’s the answer?
The answer is to get the body back to state of proper sugar metabolism and absorption. Sugar is not the problem – it was never the problem. Sugar is an essential nutrient on which we function at our best. The next time you see an athlete working at the edge of their capacity, say on a climb in the Tour de France, have a look at the fuel they use to give them that burst of energy to keep firing. It’s not peanut butter, it’s not an egg, it’s not even caffeine – it’s sugar.
Eat your whole foods, your fruits, veggies, starches, grains with a few nuts and seeds – that’s the key to combining long term detoxification, nutrition and sustainability. For a look at exactly how to do this, watch this video: