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Six months into eating Paleo / Primal, these are some things that Jay and I have noticed. This is a list, in no particular order.

  • Jay has lost 43 pounds, and I’ve lost 28. We both hover within 2-3 pounds of our goal weight.
  • Jay used to take Tagamet. He doesn’t need it any more.
  • I no longer have an upset stomach when we return from eating out.
  • We are not hungry. If we’re hungry, we eat.
  • I carried 30 pounds of weights downstairs yesterday. The way my knees felt descending the stairs reminded me of what it was like carrying that extra weight all the time.
  • Neither of us has had a single slice of bread, a single bit of pasta, a single kernel of corn, or a single sugary dessert in 6 months.
  • We both feel really, really, really good. Really.
  • Almost everyone who notices our weight loss says, “You look great – don’t lose any more!” Why didn’t anyone say, when we were fat, “You look terrible – don’t gain any more!”
  • We read everything we can get our hands on about eating Paleo / Primal, and the alternatives, because the stories and the science are fascinating.
  • Jay gets leg cramps in the morning. I did in the first few months, but now they are rare. I use heavy cream in my coffee, but I don’t know if there’s a relationship.
  • Jay used to have terrible hives about 4 times a year. Since starting Paleo, he hasn’t had a major outbreak, but has had a low level of hives more frequently. Cutting back on fruit seems to have lessened the degree, duration and frequency, but he still hasn’t figured out the exact cause.
  • Before middle-age, the first thing I lost was my stomach. Now, it’s the last to go.
  • Most people, commenting on our eating Paleo, say, “I could never give up bread!”
  • The reason that there’s a piece of bread and a pat of butter on the cover of Good Calories, Bad Calories, is that when you start the book you think bread is good and butter is bad, and when you finish the book, you have learned that it’s just the opposite. 
  • If I’ve missed bread at all, it’s been as a delivery mechanism for butter.
  • It’s been a fantastic discovery that there’s no reason to eat three meals a day, two meals a day, or one meal a day.
  • We don’t worry about sprinkling a little salt on our food, because the amount of salt cut out by not eating processed foods has drastically decreased our salt intake.
  • I only visit the interior aisles of the grocery store for non-food items like laundry detergent or paper towels, and an occasional canned item such as coconut milk.
  • Organic vegetables at the grocery store are usually not as pretty as the alternative. Farmer’s market vegetables are for the most part beautiful.
  • A few years ago, we tried grass-fed beef and thought it tasted horrible. We’ve learned that the taste was less due to the grass diet and more due to the fact that the beef wasn’t aged. Now we purchase aged grass-fed anytime we can get it, and it’s delicious.
  • I refuse to let anything pass my lips that I know contains high-fructose corn syrup (soon to be renamed corn sugar). 
  • We’re not on a diet – this is the way we eat, now.