Back on a (new) wagon
I don’t even want to try and document the sort of food weekend I just had because there is not enough room on this ENTIRE WEBSITE to categorically list the crap I ate. Suffice to say it was gross, it was unhealthy, and it was a pretty big wakeup call that I’ve been seriously sliding off the rails with my good eating habits lately.
I think part of what’s been going on is whenever I have a super long training run I tend to go completely overboard with food for several days afterwards. You know, the old “you deserve it” excuse, as if it even makes sense to put my body through the strain of a 3+ hour run then mainline garbage into it as a reward.
With less than a month to go before the marathon, it’s time to pull myself out of this junkfood nosedive. Not only does it impact my energy, my discipline, and my fitness, but I’m wondering whether there’s been a connection between my diet and the ongoing pain issues I’ve been having in my hip and foot. Jacked-up insulin levels can trigger inflammation, which is something I definitely don’t need right now.
Plus, there’s the . . . well, the bloating. The gas. Not pleasant.
Anyway, enough of the confessing, let’s get to the plan of attack. I’ve decided to give a particular eating plan a try, which I’ve seen described as primal or paleo or evolutionary or caveman, depending on what book you read. The basic idea is to stick to whole foods, mostly vegetables, meat, nuts, and fruits. No dairy, no sweeteners, no grains, no beans.
I got interested in paleo eating from keeping up with Kristin’s experiment with the diet (holy before and after, right?). When a reader emailed me about her own success with following a similar plan, I starting reading this website, and eventually bought Primal Blueprint. After the Weekend of Binge, it felt like a good time to start something totally new.
I have no plans at this time to do this long term; I’m mostly interested in having something specific to latch onto that makes eliminating the processed stuff kind of a no-brainer, and I’m curious to see what kind of fallout I’ll see from completely avoiding certain foods. My thinking right now is to try this for at least 30 days.
My biggest concerns (aside from the NO SUGAR thing, OMFG AIEEEE) are making breakfasts work—I love my cereals and granolas, and have always tired of eggs after a week or so—and fueling before and during long runs. I’ve only got one more crazy-epic run before the race, though, so I figure if I step outside the plan occasionally for training purposes, no big deal. As long as we’re talking about good carbs before, energy supplements during, and a return to normalcy afterwards, as opposed to LET US CELEBRATE WITH FIVE DAYS OF ICE CREAM.
I’ll let you know how it works out! I’ve always had more success with eating plans when I post my food journals, so I’ll probably be doing that for a while here, along with any recipes that seem worth sharing.