Why I Quit Paleo Diet After 1 Year

Why I Quit Paleo Diet After 1 Year


Hi guys! In this video, I’m going to explain
to you the 20 reasons why I quit the Paleo diet exactly a year ago. I was on the Paleo
diet for a year and it went great for the first 6 months, but then after around 6 months,
a lot of things started going wrong, and now that it’s been a year, I can really look back,
reflect, and understand what went wrong. So if you yourself are on the Paleo diet, especially
if you’re a woman, if you’re thinking of going on the Paleo diet, or if you’re having troubles
with it, I think you will really benefit from hearing my story. So let’s jump right in!
The first reason why I quit the Paleo diet is because it totally sapped my energy. I
had such apathy, I couldn’t even get up from the sofa and get on with my day. Sometimes
I couldn’t even move my tongue to say a word. I was so incredibly tired. My energy was going
up and down, and the lows were so extreme. I’ve never experienced anything like that.
I think it’s because the carbs were too low for me and my husband. I think even 100g of
carbs is definitely not enough for a woman and especially not for a woman with my heritage
where grains and potatoes have always been a huge staple. Because of that, because of
the carbs not being high enough, our thyroid damaged and also the metabolism tanked, which
is proven by the fact that my husband’s temperature is now a degree lower than it should be and
it wasn’t like that before the Paleo diet. The reason number 2 is I had the driest skin
of my life. Yes, my acne improved, although I believe that’s because of the topical things,
everything I was doing to my skin on the outside. But it was so dry and bumpy at the same time.
No matter how much oil I was putting on, my skin always felt dry and only when I went
off the Paleo diet and increased the healthy carbs, only then my skin totally regained
balance and now I can totally go without any oil on my skin, I’ll be fine. My reason number
3 is probably the most important reason out of all the 20 reasons. The Paleo diet weakened
my teeth and gums a lot, more than anything. if you read books like Cure Tooth Decay or
Weston A. Price’s work, it will seem like grains are the evil things and meat and animal
products are the way to go if you want to heal your teeth. But for me it’s been the
opposite thing. When I went on the Paleo diet, the health of my teeth and gums just literally
went to the bottom. It’s incredible. My teeth were painful all the time and my gums as well,
not just one of two teeth, but the whole mouth. It was driving me crazy. My canines got so
much more yellow. My teeth became really sensitive to cold and sweets. My gums recessed so much.
When I went to my dentist 6 months after I started the Paleo diet, he was terrified to
see how much my gums recessed in just 6 months and I had 5 or 6 new cavities, which never
happened to me before. I used to have maximum one or two cavities a year. My reason number
4 is also beauty related and that’s my hair. My hair became really strange after a while
on the Paleo diet and I believe that again it’s because of the carbs being too low and
too much fat, too much protein, my hormones just got really messed up My hair was oily
and dry at the same time. It wasn’t holding the styles very well. It was kind of like
straw, but oily at the same time. My reason number 5 is a major one as well. I started
having problems with memory and concentration and I’ve never had problems with that. It
was always super easy for me to focus on things and to memorize things. But after a few months
on the Paleo diet, it changed completely. Again, I believe it’s because I wasn’t eating
enough carbs and my brain wasn’t getting enough glucose. Yes, I know, you can get it from
fat, but it’s not the same. It’s not an easy process for the body, and so my brain was
definitely suffering from that. Doing something creative or writing on my blog or making videos
was really difficult because my tongue was kind of lagging behind my brain, so my tongue
was saying one thing and my brain was saying something else. I had to edit my videos so
much because it was a total nonsense. My reason number 6 is also very important and that’s
my hormones. I’m a woman, so of course my fertility and my hormones are very important
to me and i’ve always had pretty regular periods. Yes, they were heavy, but they were regular.
But after a few months on the Paleo diet, things started going really weird. My periods
became really long, around 10 days, but the weirdest thing is that they were kind of stopping…
well, first of all, they were starting really slow and after a few days, they were stopping
for a couple of days and then starting again. That is so strange and only when I increased
my carbs and went off the Paleo diet, that disappeared and I don’t have that problem
anymore. So if you’re having anything similar on the low carb diet, then definitely try
to change that because it’s the worst thing for your female hormones. There’s a great
article in Paleo For Women, I’ll link it down in the description box. You definitely need
to read it if you’re a woman, if you’re on the Paleo diet and you’re having any kind
of hormonal issues. I really love that article, it opened my eyes to so many things when I
was on the Paleo diet myself. My reason number 7 is I started having headaches almost every
day and that was really weird because I’m somebody who never had headaches. When I was
at school, all of my friends were continuously complaining about headaches. I didn’t even
know what it felt like. But on the Paleo diet, I had it pretty much every single day and
it wasn’t a migraine or anything like that, but it was the kind of tension headache, the
nagging headache that is always there. It just annoys you and makes it really difficult
to do anything. My reason number 8 is I got constipated. Now, I’ve always had problems
with constipation, just being irregular all of my life. But on the Paleo diet it went
totally out of control. They say that it’s gluten that makes you constipated and eating
Paleo, grain-free should make you incredibly regular, but for me it was totally the opposite.
I really struggled with it. My husband who has always been extremely regular, really
struggled with it when he became a Paleo follower as well. So it definitely didn’t work for
both of us. My sister and my mom, when they were trying the Paleo diet, had exactly the
same problem, too. That might be because of our heritage because my husband and I come
from cultures that have always been heavy carb eaters and heavy grain eaters, so for
us carbs are really a staple and we can’t do without them. My reason number 9 is I had
no more energy to exercise. You know, what’s the point in eating all this good food if
you have no energy to use it, to do anything physical? For around 4, 5, 6 months, I felt
fine and I had lots of energy and lots of strength but afterwards I had no energy to
do anything. My reason number 10 is that weight started creeping in after around 6 months
on the Paleo diet. At the beginning, both my husband and I lost quite a bid of weight,
but after a while, it tanked and then it started going up again, no matter how clean we ate,
how many beneficial fats we ate, the weight was either staying the same or going up. My
reason number 11 is more of an ethical reason. Before going on the Paleo diet, my husband
and I were vegetarians for 3 years and that was not for health reasons, that was for ethical
reasons because we didn’t want to kill… Well, actually it’s because we found out that
most of the meat in England is halal and we didn’t want to participate in that. We just
decided to go vegetarian. When we were on the Paleo diet and we were eating meat 2 or
3 times a day, I definitely wasn’t happy with it. When I eat meat, I really like thinking
about the animal, thanking him, appreciating the sacrifice that the animal made so that
I can live and be healthy. But you can only do that when you eat meat really rarely, perhaps
once a week or so, but if you eat it every single day, a few times a day, there is no
way you can be grateful. My reason number 12 is aggression. If you knew me in real life,
you’d know that I’m a very peaceful and laid back person, but on the Paleo diet, I became
incredibly aggressive and my husband sometimes struggled to come to terms with the fact that
I was his wife because I was like a different person. I had so much aggression for him out
of the blue, I was really irritable, and also the dog Giulietta – I was getting angry with
her in an incredible way and I really struggled to hold the anger in me. It never happened
to me before. It happened to me on the Paleo diet. I believe it’s obviously because of
all the pain that animals endure, all that pain if you eat too much of it, gets into
your body and causes all kinds of problems. But also Ayurveda would explain it very simply:
if you eat a lot of meat, it heats up your body too much, there’s too much pitta or fire
in your body and that’s why you get aggressive. My reason number 13 is that the Paleo diet
made me depressed. I never had depression in my life. I used to have low moods sometimes,
just like everybody does, but because I was so tired, I had no energy for anything. Plus,
my moods started going really, really low. It was horrible because sometimes I was sitting
there thinking logically, trying to find a reason for my sadness and I couldn’t find
any logical reasons, but I felt so blue. I totally attribute it to the Paleo diet because
I never experienced that before and when I did, I had no idea how to deal with it. I’ll
definitely be making a video about my experience with depression and what I did to help myself.
So if you’re suffering from depression, I totally understand you and I’ll try to make
a video to help you all. My reason number 14 is that I realized that a lot of Paleo
claims are bullshit, excuse me for the word. If you start looking into the arguments, you’ll
realize that they are all not true. Things like that the Paleo people were eating low
carb – that’s bullshit. Or that the Paleo people didn’t eat grains – again that’s bullshit
because grains have been eaten for many, many years. Or things like people aren’t used to
eating grains because we haven’t been eating them long enough, that’s really not true.
Science is a very flexible subject. If you want to prove a point, you can cherry pick
the different studies and arguments, and you’ll prove anything you want. Take everything with
a pinch of salt, do your own research, don’t believe anybody, not even me, without your
own research, and I’m sure you’ll find the truth. You just need to listen to your body.
My reason number 15 is that I was getting really weird bumps on my skin on my neck,
just under my jaw and on the whole neck, which according to the Chinese medicine means that
I was clogged inside and my liver wasn’t working well and my food was too heavy for me. Reason
number 16 is that I started getting swelling in my ankles and i never ever had problems
with swelling in my life, even on super hot days. But on the Paleo diet, I sometimes couldn’t
even go out because my ankles were so swollen and painful. My husband had to use banana
skin, rubbing banana skin on my legs to make me feel better. By the way, banana skin remedy
is the best, it really helps if you have any kind of bites or swelling. My reason number
18, the final blow is that we both started having blood sugar problems. We became prediabetic
after one year on the Paleo diet. Never had problems with sugar before, but the Paleo
diet totally changed that. We’re getting better, but we’re struggling with the insulin resistance,
and, you know, reading online, I read about many cases like that where after the Paleo
diet or low carb eating, people were struggling with insulin resistance. So it is quite a
common problem. My reason number 19 is ageing. I aged in that one year on the Paleo diet
more than I’ve ever aged in one year in my life. If I look at pictures from just when
I started the Paleo diet and then at the end of the Paleo diet, there was such a difference.
I can’t think of anything else we changed during that year. It must be the Paleo diet
because since I went off it, I stopped ageing and I started looking so much better again.
I know, it might be subjective, but it’s just what I feel looking at my pictures. My reason
number 20 is my nails. They became so much weaker, but the main thing is that I started
getting really bad white spots all over my nails. If you look online, there are many
different reasons why it could happen, nobody really knows. But Ayurveda has a good explanation:
it’s basically too much vata in the body, too much dryness, too much air, which causes
malabsorption of nutrients and that’s why you get these white spots on the nails. So
why did my vata get disbalanced? Well, I think because I wasn’t eating grains and grains
are very, very important for somebody who is a Vata constitution – that’s what I am.
So since I went off the Paleo diet, my nails have been doing much better and now I don’t
have white spots anymore. So that’s brilliant! These are all of my 20 reasons. I hope that
you found this video helpful if you’re yourself looking into the Paleo diet or if you’ve been
struggling with it. I know it’s not easy to confess to yourself that whatever you’re doing
is not working and I definitely struggle with it myself, but at the end of the day, it’s
all about your health, it’s all about your body, so look into yourself, do what’s good
for you, for you yourself, and don’t follow any gurus without doing your own research.
That’s the best tip I can give you. So I hope you enjoyed this video. Thanks so much for
watching and I’ll see you in my next one. Bye!