About a month ago I decided to “stop dieting” and I thought I’d write up a bit of a summation of how this has been going for me. Since I did this, I added all non-paleo foods back into my life — most plentiful were, dairy, rice, and corn. I’ve probably eaten wheat products once or twice a week since switching off of paleo, and sugar maybe once every week or two. I haven’t actually had much in the way of processed food (since I don’t really like that kind of stuff), but I did start getting carried away with take-out, so I made a point to fix that issue. Within this time I’ve also given up alcohol, which is a major step for me 🙂
In general, I feel much better on the platform! Stronger, quicker, sharper, and more well recovered. My body likes having some carbs in it, I think. Strict paleo was great for some reasons but feeling like a strong lifter was not really one of them. I am very happy to have done this self experiment. On the other hand, however, my belly is achy a lot, my poop is not as awesome as they used to be, and I have been having some inflammatory issues that I won’t go into because… well it’s just TMI for my blog. So I am going to go ahead and eliminate wheat completely again. I am going to limit corn and sugar a lot, but will not be giving up rice…. it really seems to be helping me feel strong and doesn’t seem to upset my belly, skin, or guts.
Over the next month, my new goal is to work on weighing and measuring my food. I often focus so heavily on quality that I miss the other half of things – quantity 😉 I bought a food scale and I’m excited to try it out. I’m not setting any rules for how much to eat yet, I am just going to take this month to learn to use the new equipment and see how much I am currently eating. Once I feel comfortable with weighing and measuring everything that I eat, perhaps I’ll consider making some sort of plan for how implement this information toward my long term goals.