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~ New Challenge: Carb Cycling (Chris Powell) the Paleo/Primal way ~


Saturday, July 06, 2013

... so one of my teammates, LaDelle aka LAMOURA suggested that I try Chris Powell's carb cyling program and I decided to do this 3 month/90 program with her.

I am no stranger to carb cycling... I have done it in the past and found that it can work for me. But this time, instead of following the SAD I will be incorporating the paleo/primal way of eating/principles.

As you know, recently, I tried a diet called the Four Hour Body (4HB), by Timothy Ferriss with my teammate MONA. While I loved the eating plan and initially had a loss in inches, it back fired on me and I actually gained about 5lbs and developed inflammation in my hips. At the beginning of week 4, my hips started feeling stiff/achy. I thought that it might have been from exercising because I had recently done a strength training workout using kettlebells, however, this was a different kind of ache. I would feel stiffness/pain after sitting for awhile, like at work, or just getting up in the morning, I guess like arthritis would feel. I thought that maybe this is what I was developing. When I would do my daily walks I could still feel this annoying pain. I was even thinking that it may even be a recurrence of cancer in my bones (... unfortunately for me, all aches are suspect until I find out what is causing the pain). At the end of the week, I weighed in and found that I had gained weight, so it was then that I decided to just discontinue this diet & within about 3 - 4 days the pain disappeared!...

Prior to actually committing to the paleo/primal lifestyle in 2011, I eliminated all grains & legumes/beans from my diet. I have not eaten legumes on a regular basis since 2011. The legumes that I regularly ate during the 4HB were: lentils, black beans and chickpeas.

... so it seems that legumes actually do cause me inflammation, if eaten regularly. Over the past 2 years, I have eaten them maybe about once a week and have had no problems. This is great to know because I still get to eat them in a controlled manner without the pain/inflammation. emoticon

I actually started the CP program on July 1st, but tomorrow will be the start of a complete week for me. Today is my "FREE" day... yes, I still get to have one, but this time I am not going to lose my mind! Although I get to eat some "carbs" that I may not normally eat during the week, I still have to eat "responsibly!"....

Chris outlines 4 carb cycling plans: EASY / CLASSIC / TURBO / FIT cycles.

I am choosing the TURBO Cycle and it looks like this:

There are some differences in his plan that I will be tweaking because it is more realistic and accommodating to me and some that I will follow:

1.) EATING: CHRIS: 5X's / day
- ME: 3 - 4X's / day

2.) WHEN TO EAT: CHRIS: 30 minutes of waking...
- ME: Totally not going to happen. However, if I can mix a protein shake I could do it, but if I don't, the earliest I will be able to eat something, because I walk to work, will be at 8:00, that is 3 hours after I awake.

3.) INCLUDE BOTH PROTEIN/CARBS FOR BREAKFAST: Yes

4.) CHOOSE THE RIGHT PORTION SIZE:

PROTEINS: Your portion is the size and thickness of the palm of your hand. *** NOTE: For me this will be a bigger portion size as I will be allowing myself a little more protein. ***

CARBS: Your portion is the size of your clenched fist. *Yes

VEGGIES: Your portion is the size of two of your clenched fists, but you can eat as many veggies as you like! *** PERFECT ***

FATS: Your portion is the size of your thumb, from the base up. ***NOTE: At times my fat intake will be higher ***

SAUCES, dressings , and condiments: Your portion should be no larger than the size of your index and middle finger, from the base up.

... from: Powell, Chris (2013-05-07). Chris Powell's Choose More, Lose More for Life (p. 189). Hyperion. Kindle Edition.

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... I will take my measurements later and post them.

emoticon Starting Weigh: 168 uggggh!!!! I hate that number!


Remember:

... this is my goal!

emoticon " WE CAN DO THIS LADELLE"... emoticon

~ Dee emoticon
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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MORTICIAADDAMS 7/9/2013 3:13PM

    I've watched Chris Powell on T.V. and he's pretty amazing. I had not seen his plan before and am looking forward to seeing how it works out for you.

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THROOPER62 7/7/2013 5:39PM

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MRS_TOAD 7/7/2013 8:35AM

    I love the quote! I'm so glad you figured out what was causing the pain. It really is all about finding what works for you.

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-LINDA_S 7/7/2013 7:13AM

    Interesting what you found out about the legumes! And really good to know! Wishing you the best in this challenge and look forward to hearing if it works for you. How much do the LC and HC days differ? Is LC really low? I think I'd have trouble limiting fat that much, too. Good luck!

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_LINDA 7/7/2013 12:38AM

    Good luck with it!
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MRS.CARLY 7/6/2013 10:31PM

    I love chris powell and have his book! I think the calorie cycling thing is good for you! You wll do awesome!

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MONA_MONA 7/6/2013 9:07PM

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LAMOURA 7/6/2013 5:58PM

    yes we can!! emoticon willl you be joining the carb cycle team??? emoticon emoticon

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