I read an article from Stumptuous yesterday morning and I felt like she was talking to me, personally. It was as if she had been spying through my windows and studying my every thought, mood and action. Or who knows? Maybe she was just reading my blog 😉 (or maybe this is just a real thing and the woman know’s what she’s talking about)
Now, I will say, I am happily medicated for ADD & anxiety/depression and am very in touch with my mental state. I am always aware of what’s going on in my mind and when I am not myself. I noticed lately (over the past 3 weeks or so – ironically, about the same amount of time that I cut my carbs to about none)… my head hadn’t been feeling right. All the signs of stress and anxiety were coming back into my life; I’ve been a feeling like a giant bitch, generally glum and disenchanted feeling, biting my nails again, not sleeping well. Then, once I do fall asleep, I’ve been having nightly panicky wake ups (this is something that happens to me when I can’t sleep and my brain is spinning… I literally just act CRAZY in my sleep); Then, extra hard to actually get out of bed. My joints are aching; I’m getting RETARDEDLY SORE from lifting…. You get the idea. All the usual stressed out anxiety type bullshit. In light of all this, I was telling me husband that perhaps I should go to the doctor to get my dosages checked out. I decided to hold off, thinking perhaps changes at my job were just stressing me out.
Anyway… then I read this article, and found myself thinking “Perhaps Ms. Stumptuous is onto something.”
This “super strict paleo” shit doesn’t really seem to be working for me right now so I’ve decided to switch things up and see how I feel. Sure, two years ago this worked great and when something works so beautifully it’s hard to move past it. But if we really compare my current diet to what I was starting with — Philly Cheese-steaks, Chinese food, pastries, home made mac and cheese, and gallons of home brewed beer a week — I have really cleaned up my life and perhaps it’s time to to consider the next steps. I’m literally a fucking competitive powerlifter now and perhaps I should start eating like it. I need to be growing muscles and everything I have read for the past year says I need some carbs for that shit. The truth is, my body has been telling me to stop eating strict low-carb paleo — I am sore, I’m injured, my weight loss and my lifting have plateaued. It sucks. I’ve known this for a while, but haven’t wanted to confess to it because I run a fucking paleo blog. But really I am supposed to be focusing this blog on something close to paleo that works for lifters… not weight loss paleo (as I have been the past few months).
Switching Up My Macros – I’ve decided I’m going to give it a shot. I’m going to up my carbs a bit (a little bit at a time so I don’t blow up like a balloon) until my macro’s are around 40% Carbs, 30%, 20% Fat (goodbye pounds of bacon, I will always love you…). Then, once I get a feel for everything (because I am still dedicated to getting down to 145#’s) I am going to take my weight loss old school — tracking my calories! My current weight loss strategy was definitely working but I feel it was at the detriment of my mood, mental health, job satisfaction, muscle mass, and general health.
Welcoming Back Some Old Friends – Fruits. Potatoes. Sweet Potatoes. Root Veggies. Dairy. Protein powder. Very Occasionally… white rice (since it doesn’t make me sick like gluten, but it is a readily available carb at all the lunch places near my job). All in all nothing to overtly un-paleo and nothing I would consider un-healthy… just carby food that grows out of the ground or comes from animals.
Also, from here on out you can assume I drank 32 oz of water with every meal. I am a pro and no longer feel the urge to log that shit.
5/1/13 – Day 1 Carb’d Up
- 1 egg
- 1 portobella mushroom
- cheddar cheese
- Coffee with cream
- 4 cups romaine
- 2x ham
- 1 egg
- 1/2 an avocado
- olive oil
- 1 Cup Strawberries/Blueberries/Grapes
Dinner – takeout from the office:
- 2 pieces Saba sashimi
- Tri-Colored Tuna Roll – Tuna, avocado, seaweed, white rice.