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.