Thursday, August 18, 2011
So I've been doing the primal thing for almost 2 weeks. I have to say, I'm pretty surprised how much your diet effects your overall health. I mean, I know we've all heard that but to see it in practice is quite impressive.
Case in point, I have arthritis. At 29 I think I'm pretty young to have to deal with the sore joint issues. But since cutting the high amounts of sugars and grains that are typical in the SAD I've seen significant improvement in inflammation. Significant like I just noticed that I haven't had any hip pain. For me that's major. My hips hurt almost all the time.
Also, I was on migraine meds for almost a year. I had headaches of some degree daily. Since changing my diet I've had one. That was yesterday which I believe was my episode of "carb flu."
Speaking of yesterday, it totally sucked. Because I had gotten past the 1 week mark I thought I was home free without having to experience the "flu." Boy was I wrong! When it hit, it hit hard. I seriously felt like death warmed over yesterday. I ate some cantaloupe. Then I ate more cantaloupe. Then I ate cake. Seriously counter productive here. But the way my body responded to the sugar/carbs was crazy. My energy came back immediately but I still had the headache. Then the low came back. That insulin spike didn't last long. So someone suggested I eat some salt. I wasn't convinced this would cure the ick I was experiencing. I mean, I salt my food but a little goes a long way for me. But man! An hour after sprinkling some kosher salt on my tongue I felt great again. The assumption here is I was flushing my body of electrolytes. I was drinking lots of water because of the cut in carbs.
Moving forward, I feel much better today. I'm ready to correct my nutritional cliff dive I had yesterday. I may even do a little yoga before my HIT tonight.