Paleo challenge 1/2 way over!!
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Wow. How did that happen so fast? We're three weeks into the challenge. Here's how it's going:
1. I've rediscovered my love of cooking and recipe hunting, after a real lack of enthusiasm most of January. It's great!
2. I've lost 5-6 pounds, 2 inches off my chest, 1 off my hips, and 1 off my waist. I have more options in clothing with just that, and my standard work pants fit right again.
3. I've had fun tracking paleo food on spark. I'd say I'm averaging about 50-75 carbs/day. The calories range from 1100-1600-- totally depends on my hunger level each day, which is liberating. It is SO amazing to eat according to actual hunger and be able to HEAR the signals my body sends me about what to eat. Without the blood sugar/insulin merry-go-round, I just don't have many cravings for crap, and I mostly just eat when I'm hungry. It's eye-opening.
4. I read "Wheat Belly", which was interesting, if a little sensationalized at times. I found myself not totally trusting what the author said because of his tone sometimes. Still, if half of what he writes is true, it's enough to stay away from wheat forever!! I'm now re-reading "Why We Get Fat" by Gary Taubes, both as inspiration, and because I think he gets the science right, so I want to really know it well.
5. I started running, and have been going to cross fit. And then I somehow bruised the bottom of my foot badly. And then we got 38" of snow in one night. It's been a zoo since then. But my food has remained great, and all the shoveling is a good substitute workout until I can get back to the gym. :)
Now, looking past the challenge: I'm going to stick with the food. I am thinking about getting a blood glucose meter (see Chris Kresser) to see how certain foods affect me (particularly interested in sprouted wheat bread, sweet potatoes and potatoes, and rice and oatmeal.) depending on my response, I can continue to really feed my body well without messing with this great steady blood sugar/no craving thing going.
April 28 is my half marathon so I need to get the miles going for that. I've got a lot on my plate in the spring socially and with work, so I'll be glad to be more healthy and svelte for it all!!