Welcome to my Paleo World!
I got the first major shock of my life in 2002. This is my journey to the Paleo Lifestyle from that point. It all started with a diagnosis of a “metabolic syndrome X” called Dyslipidemia. This is where you good Cholesterol is too low and the bad too high. The most alarming trait is the triglycerides are way out of scope. In my case they were about 600X too high. Normally you want readings anywhere from 90 to 100, not more than that. Mine were well over 700!
Triglycerides are fatty cells running rampant within your blood vessels. These are the killers that group together to form clots in your brain, lungs and heart. I know I cannot count on my hands the many people that are devastated by this problem. I can give you prime examples, Phil Harris, from Deadliest Catch on the Discovery channel, died of a stroke. John Ritter, famous for Three’s Company, had a massive aneurism in the brain. Race driver Brian Vickers recently had a clot in his lungs.
I’m going to admit, it scared me senseless. I shouldn’t say that, it scared me smarter! The doctor prescribed a fiber pill to me, one that I would need to take for the rest of my life mind you. He also thought I should get on meds to increase my good Cholesterol, which should lower the bad. WE were going to see how the fiber pill worked first and go from there. We never got to that point. I hate medication, I hate medicine period. The idea of taking medicine once let alone the rest of my life is horrifying. The fiber pill lasted all of a few weeks. I still have the bottle at home to remind me too.
From that point on I was dedicated to finding and answer to the problem. I felt in my heart there is more to this problem than just my body, genes or anything else. I will admit I wasn’t as focused as I should have been. I think I could have found it years ago if I was. Early last year I was in the bookstore and ran across a book called “The Paleo Diet” by Loren Cordain, PhD. This is one of those game changing moments you read about. I have spent most of my adult life rather large, on the obese side. (albeit I am thick framed) So I have been through most of all the fad diets. I will say though that half is my fault for not being good at sticking to anything. As I picked it up and read the cover, then flipped it over and read the back cover. I was really intrigued. Eating like a caveman! What a novel approach. I LOVE IT! Here is the game changer. I flip through the book, by happenstance; I land on the first page of chapter 5. Titled “Syndrome X: The Civilization Disease”. On this page is written a word…Dyslipidemia!
Simply put, the Paleo lifestyle means lean meats, fresh vegetables and fruit. Sounds simple enough. But, in today’s processed food, box food and fast food society, it would surprise you how hard it is to start thinking in this new direction. What am I going to eat for breakfast? What am I going to eat for lunch? Does this mean no more McDonalds? I can go on and on in the Paleo lifestyle, but I want to leave that up to you to flesh out the important details of how it will benefit you. For me it has lowered my cholesterol lowered my blood pressure, I have lost a considerable amount of weight, but most of all it has brought those triglycerides down to a very manageable 253! (and still falling)
On my next posts I hope to bring my experiences on the Paleo lifestyle to you. I will try and give some sample recipes and thoughts on eating the Paleo way. I hope to also expand on the other side of my health kick which is the dreaded exercising. I have a lot of ideas and a lot of suggestions. I just hope this helps you like it has helped me.