90 days of Paleo

My adventures in Paleo.

Day 33: Feeling a lot better

I finally feel better. I believe what I went through is what many people who eat the paleo lifestyle call the paleo flu. There were a few times at work I felt really sick because I had to workout or do some physical labor. I felt light headed, shaky, sometimes I felt like my head was full of fog, and lastly I felt like I was able to make the best decisions.

I’ve lost approximately 10 pounds, feel less bloated, and my mind is much clearer. One of the things that I’m having a hard time with is coffee. I love coffee. The first week of paleo, I cut my consumption back to one cup per day but now I’m back to my regular coffee drinking which is two cups in the morning and one in the early afternoon around 1pm. I am still forcing myself to drink a lot of water but I feel like I’m not getting hydrated. I think this is because of my coffee consumption and it being a diuretic doesn’t help me retain my fluids.

My cheat days. I’ve stayed true to only having one cheat meal per week. One of the things that I used to love most was cheese, I think I ate more cheese than anything. I think I made every meal around whether it had cheese or not. I have not craved it. We’ve had it at work and I just walk right by it. It really doesn’t even cross my mind. I also used to love bread and butter and I haven’t craved that either. My cheat meal last week was a few slices of pizza. I felt full after just two slices and I felt like crud after too. I crave brussel sprouts, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, and avocado. One of my coworkers was making fun of me because I ate a tomato like an apple.

The only issue I’m really having problems with is for longer workouts like running distance or doing a long workout session I start to feel like I’m losing energy. I’m going to try and pick up the book Paleo for Athletes. Hopefully through this book I’ll be able to learn to fuel my body.

More to come… Keep eating well.

Day 11: Update, Eating Paleo at Work, and How I am feeling.

A grilled cheese sandwich with buttered sourdough bread glistening, three thick slices of bacon hanging out the sides dripping with bacon grease off the sides, and thick slices of cheddar melted to bubbly perfection.

And I didn’t crave it.

There was an extra grilled cheese sitting in front of me staring right back at me at work, and I didn’t even want it.  So far this Paleo Lifestyle has been working.  I have been strong, went to work for multiple days (which involves 24 hour shifts for me) and was never swayed during breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and I am still looking for ways to fuel my body that fit with my lifestyle.

Snacks for workWork this week went very well.  I worked a 72-hour shift and brought multiple items just in case someone decided to cook something that Paleo wouldn’t work out.  A few of the items I brought in a cooler were a spaghetti squash, small cutie oranges, dried cranberries, homemade Larabars, Paleo pancakes (we add a little bit of flaxseed to ours though), bananas, dried cherries, almonds, pecans, and a sweet potato.  I ate a lot of it because I love to snack and a few of the meals were kind of light because I wasn’t able to eat the bread, cheese, or pasta.  The only thing that I had that was against what I was trying to do was when I made pulled pork tacos, I put just a few pinches of cheddar cheese on the meat, but I filled the plate with tomatoes, cabbage, avocado, onion, cilantro, homemade salsa, and no tortilla.

Overall, I feel pretty well.  I believe my body is still adjusting to the way I am eating.  I have had some times where it just hits me and I need to eat and I will feel a little bit low on energy.  This low-on-energy feeling is a little different than before Paleo, this low feels like I just need to fuel my body,  whereas before it wasn’t a fuel problem it was more about the bad food I was eating that just made me feel groggy for hours on end.  I’m still trying to figure this out.  I’m trying to figure out what will help me fuel my body for long exhausting days whether that takes place at work or during working out.

My First Cheat Day

The cheat day happened, it was bad, I felt sick by the end of the day, and I’m happy it’s over.  On my exceptions page it says that I am allowed to cheat on birthdays.  Day 4 was my birthday.

Paleo lifestyle was going great up until my birthday.  I was feeling pretty good and I didn’t do anything against the rules, I did say I was going to cheat on my birthday.  I was and am still trying to figure out what and how much to eat.  There were moments during the first few days where I was getting pretty hungry because I wasn’t eating enough, but my bag of small oranges and my other bag of almonds kept me satisfied until my next meal.

I felt clean the first few days and I felt leaner.  This change probably didn’t show on the scale but I felt less bloated.  I found myself on the third morning not having any wild cravings.  I wasn’t ripping through the fridge looking for cheese, bread, and butter.  The only problem I am having is that my kitchen isn’t fully prepared for this transition yet.  I need more Paleo snack options.  I’m trying to figure out what works for me.  There are tons of resources out there in the Paleo community but some are just a little far fetched, I’m busy, and I don’t have all day to sit in the kitchen.

Cupcake and a piece of cakeThe cheat day was bad.  It was really bad.  I hate to write this because as I’m thinking about it, I realized, damn, I ate a lot.  For breakfast; McDonalds Egg McMuffin, McGriddle, hash brown, and an orange juice.  For lunch (at a baby shower); Breadstick, chicken breast, 3 BBQ chicken legs, Cheesy Pasta, cupcake, piece of cake, and multiple Hershey kisses.  For dinner; BBQ chicken pizza, cheese from Trader Joe’s, and some 85% cacao dark chocolate.  It was a lot of food, that wasn’t good.  I feel guilty writing all that but it’s done and it’s out there.

What does the future hold?  My strained quad is healing and I’ll be able to hit my heavy workouts again which will help much more than just eating Paleo alone.  I am still reading a lot about the eating habits, tips, research, and how to snack successfully in the Paleo lifestyle.  My first tour back to work starts Monday.  It’s going to be a challenge to be able to eat healthy.  I’m going to bring some of my own snacks so I am not tempted to cheat.  I feel strong and feel like I’ll be able to do well.

I’ve added some links to the resources section.  Please check them out if you’re interested in starting the Paleo lifestyle as well.

My 90 Day Trip with The Paleo Lifestyle

This blog, journal, or whatever you want to call it, is for me to record my 90 days of involvement in the Paleo lifestyle. Hopefully, I am able to recruit some followers who will keep me accountable. You can follow me along my journey and help me along the way.