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Interviews / Re: What made you decide to try out Paleo Diet?
« on: February 22, 2012, 02:15:42 PM »
I was reading about nutrition and health benefits from saturated fats and I had got rid of my overwhelming sugar addiction from teen years. While talking to a co worker about nutrition she dumped a book on my desk; Paleo Solution? Everything clicked. No underlying medical cause. I'm lactose tolerant (Swedish) and also quite tolerant to legumes and wheat (never had any intestinal gastronomical problems). It just all made sense, from a biochemical standpoint but also from a civilization standpoint; Why are we getting sicker and sicker? The answer is so simple!

Workout Programs / Re: Paleo and Starting Strength
« on: February 17, 2012, 08:23:10 AM »
Thanks everyone for sharing their knowledge and experience, much appreciated :)

celticcavegirl- Yeah  I've found out that on my new diet, 3x coffee is way too much. I've been getting heart palpitations lately and it's not a pleasant feeling. I've now switched to tea. Yeah, I think I'm going to see if I can do a few more carbs pre and post workout.

Workout Programs / Re: Paleo and Starting Strength
« on: February 15, 2012, 10:39:16 AM »
Aye maybe I'm doing this wrong, because I don't count kcal.

Pre-Paleo: 4-5 slices of dark bread every day, ~1 liter of milk (I'm from sweden, I should be able to handle the lactose, but I've cut down on consumption), every meal has atleast rice, potato, pasta or bread. Every single day without fail. Lots of salad.

Post-Paleo: No bread, 1 glass milk ever 3-4 day, every meal is a healthy dose of just veggies and meat, only source of carbs is veggies. Zero sugars except from fruit. 3x mugs of coffee every day. A lot of coconut fat and butter when cooking, extra virgin oil on salad. Lots and lots of salad.

Hmm maybe I should start a meal diary.

Workout Programs / Paleo and Starting Strength
« on: February 15, 2012, 07:39:47 AM »
I've been on Paleo more or less for 4 weeks now. I thought it was a good idea with a soft transition but that was just wasted effort so I started 2 weeks ago legitimately.

I'm also 3 months into Mark Rippetoe's Starting Strength, barbell exercise 3 times a week: Squat, bench, power clean, press and deadlift.

On my regular diet I've been feeling amazing after each exercise, I've been exploding with energy. As soon as I started cutting out the carbs I've been extremely tired (emphasize) right after exercise and the day after I'm practically a zombie. I have also a 10% performance decrease so I've had to go back a few weeks of progress. It's very frustrating to feel that you're worse off on the "healthy" diet than on my regular one.

So my question, is this normal? What can I do to try to mitigate this? I've been trying to eat much more than I normally did but also much more fat. Any ideas are welcome.

When will I see my workout back to normal?


Diet and nutrition / Re: Potatoes and exercise
« on: February 15, 2012, 06:22:51 AM »

Well as I see it, most of our ancestors didn't cook our food. . . .

Cooking began 250,000 years ago. Some believe it began 2,000,000 years ago. Modern humans date back 200,000 years. That would mean most of our ancestors did cook .

Interesting, I've been rendered incorrect.. Need to check up on this:)

Diet and nutrition / Re: Potatoes and exercise
« on: February 14, 2012, 11:02:22 AM »
1) Potatoes are high in starch and they are not Paleo.  If you do not feel that is a valid argument, then you may very well have a large problem saying you are Paleo.

Well as I see it, most of our ancestors didn't cook our food, or ate half the variety of proteins and nutritions we have available today. So to fine comb everything into "they didn't eat it before" might be a strong case of confirmation bias from the Paleo community. I'm not interested in eating Paleo, as I am in eating healthy and balanced. By saying "high in starch" I guess you mean that "high in polysaccaride type of carbohydrates" and I don't see the problem when you have a high glycemic output exercise.

Unless there is a scientific bio chemical paper that correlates potatoes (or specific elements of potatoes) to health problems I just can't take a doctrine like that for granted. I can only relate to my personal health and performance.

2) If you stick to this way of eating with no cheats, you will regain your MO JO in about 3 weeks...

Thses are my opinions and your mileage may vary...

Alright thank you for the answers! I have a follow-up question:

If I do cheat, what's the relapse usually? After about 2-3 weeks of soft transition into Palaeolithic food I had a falafel and the entire day I was nauseas and very tired -- do you see that strong effect on people often?

Diet and nutrition / Potatoes and exercise
« on: February 14, 2012, 08:59:27 AM »
I just started the Paleo diet but so far I haven't been able to reap the benefits of the diet, day to day I go from being nauseous to feel very energetic. I have two questions for all of you.

1) Potatoes, why are they bad for you? Disregarding the nightshade argument and the fact that our palaeolithic forefathers didn't eat them (not a valid argument). Do they irritate the intestines like wheat or do they simply contain too many carbs ?

2) I do heavy resistance training 3 times a week and I feel like I have a big performance impairment due to my new diet. How long is the transition period where I will feel back to my old self?

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