My Experience with Paleo

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by Matthew Ryan Carney, BSc, CPT, Pilates, FMS

A Quick Paleo Story:

My sister ‘went Paleo’ in 2010, and she hooked me on the diet immediately.  I had more energy, strength, and stamina— due to eating higher-quality foods, increased calories from protein and fat, and fewer cheap carbs.  Then our dad went Paleo and lost 15 pounds in 1 month, and 40 pounds in 4 months.  Our uncle joined in and dropped 30 pounds in 3 months.  Our great-uncle lost 60 pounds on ‘mostly Paleo and walking’, and now looks like a youthful man at age 82.  Our grandma lost 30 pounds.  Our mom lost 10 pounds of fat and looks 10 years younger, and her skin glows.

So, What is Paleo?

The Paleo diet mimics the simple cooking, farming and foraging diets of our human ancestors.  The diet encourages more protein and fats than traditional diets, and limits carbohydrates.  There are many different ways that one can ‘eat Paleo’, but there are two absolutes:  No processed sugar, and no wheat (gluten).

If you need to lose weight and improve your body’s health, there is significant evidence that a Paleo-style diet, along with daily exercise, is one of the most effective and healthy ways to do so.  

Benefits of ‘going Paleo’:
  • Weight loss 
  • Slim down the belly 
  • More energy
  • Decrease arthritis, tissue inflammation, and achy joints
  • Reduce body acidity, bloating and gas
  • Improve sleep 
  • Improve auto-immune system
  • Reverse the appearance of aging in the body and face

Paleo can improve health and reduce illness from:
  • Obesity
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Type 2 diabetes 
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Osteoporosis 
  • Myopia, macular degeneration, glaucoma 
  • Varicose veins, hemorrhoids, diverticulosis, gastric reflux 
  • Gout 

For more in-depth information on the Paleo Diet, please contact Matthew at for a full guide, complete with recipes and Whole Foods Austin on-demand grocery service.