On Saturday I told you guys that we had a Nutritional Seminar at my CrossFit box and how it was a complete eye opener for me. I’ve always been intrigued by the Paleo lifestyle, and even did the Whole 30 in November, but since it ended on Thanksgiving, I’ve been slack with my meals, and have pretty much been having oats, yogurt and pb daily. For the past month + I’ve felt like shit.
Mike Molloy, who led the seminar, pretty much made me have an epiphany, and there’s not much more to say. Mike started by saying, “be skeptical of what I say, but I think my way works best.” Be skeptical of every lifestyle or “diet” (I hate that word). Question everything but always be open.
5 hours of information and a deep insight into how certain foods affect our bodies is really hard to sum up in a blog post, so I’m not going to. I will throw out some points that really stuck with me.
- Why so fat? The BS answer is “calories in vs. calories out.” What we eat, more than how much we eat, determines if we become fat. The quality of food determines if your body will want to lose or gain.
- What we eat screws up our sensitivity to hormones.
- Eat carbs–> glucose to muscles for workouts. When our muscles are full, the excess goes to our liver –> When liver is full, excessive glucose turns into fat–> Fructose can only be stored in liver–> aka FAT
- Grains are addictive. There is a drug response when you consume grains. “If you eat bread, it’s almost as if you’re doing heroin.”
Mike told us a story about a female who had been an alcoholic and a heroin addict. She started CrossFit, kicked her addictions, and was encouraged to try Paleo. She said that it was harder to give up wheat than it was to kick her heroin addiction.
- Take rest days. Only get stronger when cortisol levels are down.
Mike is the only one who made me see the light and encouraged me to end my running streak.
- When your cortisol is out of whack. If your cortisol levels are messed up, you will have the “tired wired” feeling. Tired when you wake up, and awake when you should be going to bed. If you have to pee several times during the night, your cortisol levels are whacked. With healthy levels, you SHOULD be sleeping straight through the night.
I pee once or twice during the night. Guess who has excessive levels of cortisol?! Yup, me!
- No to sweet potato skin. Peel it. The skin is inflammatory, ditch it.
Dammnit! The skin is one of my favorite parts.
Coach Mat’s reasoning for having Mike to come in and talk to us was to get us informed on the Paleo lifestyle so that we could then kickstart our 30 Day Paleo Challenge.
Yesterday was day 1 of our challenge, and it started with doing the “Fight Gone Bad” WOD. Each round we marked our total score, and after 3 rounds, we tallied it up. At the end of 30 days, we will redo this workout and see how our score has improved.
Alongside this, each week we will send Mat our food log, and he will deduct points if we eat non-Paleo foods. The 3rd part of the challenge had Mat take our measurements. At the end of the 30 days, Mat wants us to see how many inches we lose and how our strength improves by eating Paleo. The totals of these, along with points you get for going to workouts and doing mobility, will be tallied like the CrossFit Games, and the winner takes the entire pot, which was $20 per person. I think the pot is close to $400ish!
Day 1 was good. The workout killed us and left one of the guys puking in the trash can post WOD. I had a super side stitch during the middle of the 2nd round that was hurting my performance, but, I got through the WOD, and only had to deal with my hands and arms shaking for an hour after.
Eating Paleo for the rest of the day wasn’t bad at all. I enjoyed my approved protein shake post WOD, but only was able to stomach breakfast and lunch. I felt so full the rest of the day, and am not sure if it’s because the protein and veggies filled me up, or I’m not used to eating that way.
I didn’t even have an appetite for dinner, so I stuck to trail mix and a grapefruit. I craved something sweet, and thought it was a good mix of carbs, fat and protein. I also had a freakin’ out of this world killer headache. I continually forced myself to get more protein in before bed, but the thought of food made me want to hurl.
If you’ve done a Paleo challenge, what was your biggest craving?