Ok, so I haven’t posted on here in a while. I’m still alive. I’m still running. I’m still working out. I have gained some weight back, though. My race weight for my half marathon in Chicago in September was 192. Thursday, March 17, 2011, I weighed in at 213 in the morning. After talking with Paleo blogger, John Durant, I decided to give it a whirl for 30 days. Let me explain what the Paleo lifestyle consists of:
Eat like you lived before the Agricultural Era. So, no processed food, no grains, no rice. Focus on vegetables and meat. Preferably lean meat that is free-range (although I don’t have the money to go free-range). I will fully admit that, like most Americans I would bet, I am a heavy consumer of processed food. Food that is wrapped with a list of ingredients you can’t pronounce. Oh, and the carbs. How I love carbing out. Well, I love it while I do it, but after the sugar level spike bottoms out, I live in regret.
Let me be clear, Paleo is not inherently low carb. You can have carbs, just ones found in nature. Fruits in moderation contain carbs, as do vegetables like sweet potatoes. You are just not getting a daily infusion of carbs via grains (like bread, pasta, etc.).
That being said, the main reason I’m doing this is to give my body a reset. I’m a carb-oholic. I know that. I realize, though, that I do need carbs, just not in the amount that I frequently ingest in a day. Something else I realized is that I am totally addicted to caffeine. Soda is not Paleo (even diet soda). Coffee is an iffy subject, but it is agreed that if drank, it should be black.
Now, yesterday was my first day of Paleo. While I did well as far as the diet went, I did not eat diverse enough. Too much meat. Need to focus on veggies. As far the caffeine, I thought I could do it cold turkey. Typically, I drank 3-5 cups of coffee every morning with multiple Equal packets, then multiple Diet Cokes throughout the day and night. Cold turkey was a bad idea. I woke at 4am, hit the gym with my dad. Came home and had 3 slices of bacon, 3 scrambled eggs with orange bell peppers in them. I drank only water. After my morning fuel up, I was off to work. By 10 am, my head was splitting. By 11 am, my head became a submarine with tiny occupants readying the eye torpedos to fire. By noon, I felt dizzy and nauseous. By 1 pm, I quickly ran into a bathroom at a grocery store to empty my Paleo diet. I vomited so hard that blood vessels around my eyes blew, puffing my face up like a poisoned bee sting. I threw up 3 more times before I made it home. I slept. I wasn’t tired, per se, but it was the only thing that stopped the pain. My wife ran to McDonald’s to get me a Diet Coke. I drank a few swigs, went back to sleep. Woke up, felt fine. Crazy.
So, perhaps dropping caffeine cold turkey was a bad idea. I’m now weening off of caffeine while trying to stick to the Paleo as well as possible. Day 2 (today) went much better. Had 4 slices of bacon for breakfast, a few bananas throughout the day with some cold leftover turkey burgers around lunch time. Afternoon brought me some almonds. I came home, ran ~4 miles, then made a nice chicken stirfry with red and orange peppers, onions, squash, and chicken. Had one cup of coffee this morning and a diet Pepsi in the afternoon. Felt much better today, no headaches, no nausea. And, I was down to 210 this morning. Of course, that might be from all the vomiting yesterday. Maybe. Possibly.
I’m going to attempt to check in every day or every other day with progress reports on it. Stay tuned!