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Paleo Wrap Up

Monday, July 01, 2013

I never did summarize my Paleo Diet experience and give my final opinion.

For the entire month of May I ate a fully Paleo diet. I never did feel very hungry, so I liked that part of it. I did feel healthy, but my energy never did return. I never could run over 4 miles at a time.

I had a TON of stressful stuff happen in May, so I'm not sure what effect that had on the whole thing.

At the end of the month, I decided that Paleo eating just isn't for me.

I'm sure that for those folks who have allergy problems with gluten or dairy, it's just fabulous. But my body apparently cannot function properly without CARBS!

I will carry over the lessons about adding more veggies to my diet, but I will also be adding dairy and grains back in as well.

I totally love the part about eating WHOLE foods and cutting out all the processed crap. That part I totally bought into. But I cannot deny my body those carbs. I want to get back into my running program and I just couldn't do it on Paleo.

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GMO_JEN 7/1/2013 11:59AM

    I am with you. I love the idea of paleo, but when you take away dairy, whole graines (like brown rice), it's just not for me. But, at least you took away some great ideas which will help in being healthy overall!

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STEVEN2GO2 7/1/2013 11:58AM

    It is great that you found out how important carbs are! You learned a lot with your experiment!


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MOMMAPAM1 7/1/2013 11:51AM

    Thanks for the review

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Week #3: Paleo - Feeling a little better

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

I have had a TON of drama in my life this month.

A drunk driver drove INTO my house.
My 14 year old dog died.
My running partner is leaving me to move to Hawaii with her military husband.

Despite all this, I have stayed the course on Paleo eating.
I have lost 3 pounds so far, with a little over a week left to go in the month.

My energy levels are returning slowly. I am learning to balance my carbs with my activity level for that day. If I want to go for a longer run, then I know I need to eat a few more carbs in the 12-18 hours before the run. Otherwise, I'm trying to stay under 100 g carbs per day.

I feel tighter in my belly area. We'll see what the measurements say at the end of the month!

I have decided that I will allow dairy back into my diet. I have missed it way more than pizza and bread!

I have been slacking off on my sleep just a little bit, as I have been trying to work on rebuilding our house after all the damage done by the drunk driver. I think some of that will slow down a bit now, so I will recommit to getting to bed earlier and trying to relax for the last half hour before bedtime.

Hopefully the rest of my year will be drama-free!

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PICKIE98 5/22/2013 11:53AM

    Gads, what do you do in your spare time???????????????
I guess if my running partner was moving to Hawaii, I would consider that a coup! Now you have somebody to visit when you fly there!!!!!!!
Time to reach out and find another running partner,, ask this one whom they would recommend...

I am so sorry about your fur baby,, we out our baby down after 15 1'2 years almost three years ago and I still cannot get another dog.. too painful.

I bet there is a running pup out there looking for a human running buddy!!

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Week #2: Paleo - Still Struggling

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Wooooey, I still have NO energy.

Tried to go for a 6 mile run last night and had to throw in the towel at 4.

I'm constantly exhausted. I've been trying to stay around 100 grams of carbs per day, but usually land around 130ish.

How long does it really take for a body to go into ketosis??

Anybody have any good tips or encouragement for me? How long did it take YOU to feel better after cutting back on carbs?

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CINDYTW 5/15/2013 10:42PM

  I would also recommend reading Palo Diet for Athletes. You can also read on the carbohydrate curve on Mark's Daily Apple. These have been helpful to me when I am running for any mor ethan a few miles. HOUNDLOVER1 has done awesome on low carb, I don't always find that's the case for me.

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HOUNDLOVER1 5/15/2013 9:54AM

    Just saw your post and thought I'd put in my 2 cents worth.
Most people don't go into ketosis unless they go under 50 grams of carbs/day. There are still big benefits to reducing carbs to 100-130 but only ketosis has the benefit of faster weight loss and getting rid of cravings for carbs. During the carb flu symptoms it is better to take it easy on the exercise, just do what feels comfortable.
I found for me that it was most helpful to cut out all sugar and substitutes as even smaller amounts would make my blood sugars go up and down too much. I have found doing somewhat of a cross between Paleo and Atkins works best for me, focusing on veggies more than fruit, meats, fish, eggs and raw dairy.
Also make sure that you get enough fat so you never feel hungry, I would recommend at least 65% of your daily calories to come from fat.
Skipping all beans, grains, processed food and sugar should have you feeling better soon. emoticon

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Week #1: Full Paleo

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

It hasn't been as hard as I thought. I haven't had any bad cravings for pastas or breads. My energy is really low, that's really the only thing I have noticed.

I have been taking it easy on my running program. I am supposed to run a 15K in three weeks, so I am really hoping my energy level improves before then! I may just have to settle for 5K.

I have been grilling a bunch of different meats on Sundays and cutting all my vegetables and then just grabbing what I need for my lunches through the week. It's working out so far and I have tried a few new recipes.


Oh, and I lost a pound at this week's weigh-in!

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GMO_JEN 5/7/2013 11:17PM

    Very cool on going Paleo-I e looked at it a few times, but the dairy and beans-not sure I could give it up! emoticon

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ANASARI 5/7/2013 9:57PM

    Nice! I find the first week on just about anything seems to leave me a little low-ebb (Atkins, Slim-Fast, even when I was using Spark menus at one point). Maybe it's just our bodies adapting to the change? Either way, congrats on your first week down!

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Going Paleo in May

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Yes, I finally caved and decided to give it a try. I'm going FULL Paleo for the month of May and then after the 30 day "cleanse" I will decide if I want to continue on with full Paleo, or if I want to allow dairy and beans back into my diet. I have been eating MOSTLY Paleo for several weeks now and am starting to feel much better. I think I'm getting over the carb-withdrawl. Paleo isn't necessarily a low-carb diet but it ends up being LOWER carb than a traditional diet just because you are cutting out all the JUNK.
So far I FEEL leaner and my energy levels are coming back.

Here are my May goals:

1. Full Paleo diet all month!
2. Run 50 miles (this is my standard goal, shoot for the stars, right?)
3. 250 Exercise Minutes per week
4. In bed before 10:30 PM every night! (trying to get more sleep!)

We'll see how it goes!

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TINKSMOM1 5/1/2013 9:45AM

    I have a friend who is totally into paleo and she is doing awesome...lost quite a bit of weight, and is full of energy! Sounds like you have a great plan! good luck!!! emoticon emoticon

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RAPUNZEL53 4/30/2013 4:24PM

  Good Luck!

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