Thursday, February 27, 2014

My Paleo Diet's Altered Ego

Hello friends!

Today marks the 30th day of my Paleo diet. I must say, I thought it would more difficult to do since I craved the most bizarre foods when I was pregnant. I went 30 days without eating carbs or sugar. I've definitely made some progress with my weight, however I have decided to tighten the reigns on my diet and tweak it just a bit. I am going to call my new diet the "Paleo Diet's Altered Ego."

I really enjoyed eating clean the last 30 days, however since my running mileage is increasing (so far I've ran 206 miles this month), I am in desperate need of some carbs. My predicament lies on the fact that I would like to lose fat without comprising my fat and carb intake. Does that make any sense? Basically, one of the quickest ways of losing fat and getting lean is by eating a high protein diet with minimal carbs and very little fat. However in my situation, I need the carbs and fats because I am burning a lot of fuel and I need the proper nutrition in order to perform well.

So, here's how my new diet will look like for the next few weeks:

Pre-run Meal:
1 banana and a Sunwarrior Classic Rice Protein Vanilla 2.2 lbs (click on the link to see which kind of protein powder I use) protein shake (water only)

Breakfast:
Six egg whites with (old-fashioned) oatmeal (I will alternate the oatmeal with steel cut oats) and a teaspoon of almond butter

Snack: 
Raw almonds

Lunch:
Grilled chicken breast with steamed green veggies (olive oil drizzled on top)

Dinner:
Any kind of white fish (cod, tilapia, mahi mahi, etc) with steamed green veggies (olive oil drizzled on top) and a steamed sweet potato (I will alternate the sweet potato with whole grain brown rice)

After Dinner Snack (if hungry):
Sunwarrior Classic Rice Protein Vanilla 2.2 lbs protein shake (water only)

**I will drink at least 3 liters of water a day and I will not add sugar to my coffee.

The idea is to limit the consumption of red meat, dairy, sugar and processed foods. These foods tend to be very fatty so they inhibit weight loss.

Thus far, I've lost 5 pounds and a dress size. I have 10 more pounds and one dress size to go. So follow me for the next few weeks as I continue my journey of weight loss and getting in marathon shape.




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I am grateful to have spent time
with my college roommate, Xary, and
her family yesterday.

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2 comments:

  1. I'm glad you posted this because I've been curious about Paleo lately and your post has answered my questions about lack of complex carbs in Paleo diet and how I would still be able to have energy to run. I think I'll just stick to trying to omit sugar from my everyday diet and sticking to my Runner's World cookbook recipes. Thanks :)

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  2. Hello! I recommend that you read "The Paleo Diet for Athletes." The book explains how to do the diet if you're an endurance athlete. It was extremely helpful. Good luck =)

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