March has come to a close. We’ve had a lot of people take on new eating habits. I’ve seen the benefit in some of you, and have heard others that have noticed a difference in energy levels and how they feel. We’ve seen weight loss, size loss around the midsection, better performance. And this is all within a month.
Here is a great article on how the information we have been fed for the past several decades is faulty.
Who is going to stick to their new eating choices? Who is going to turn this month long challenge into a lifestyle. Who is going to take another step this month and do even better with their nutrition? Look back through the blog and see the notes from Amanda on her experiences.
Here’s a little history on my nutrition. I eat a pretty significant amount of food. I generally have. I wasn’t one of those boys in high school that appeared to be an endless pit, but I got there in college. Through college I ate a diet that was a bit higher in protein than the prevailing “low fat” wisdom at the time, but I did fall into the high carb, low fat trap. I consumed around 6,500 calories a day of low fat, moderate protein, high carb foods because all the information I could find pointed in that direction. I did pretty well, stayed quite lean (6% bodyfat or so) and left college at 175 lbs mostly wrapped around my shoulders due to gymnastics.
After college I got a desk job for a bit over a decade. I continued to train, and ate about the same. I gradually worked my way up to 185, but remained pretty lean. In early 2007 after reading a lot more about nutrition (research incited by my getting involved in the CrossFit community) I decided to modify how I ate. I reduced my carb intake drastically, cut out refined sugars and increased my fat intake. In 1 month I dropped 10 lbs and got stronger. So here I was back at 175, which was my competition weight at the height of my athletic ability. My performance increased noticeably in that month. Pretty cool to have that training 5-8 hours/week rather than the 15-24 hours/week that I was in college. Over the next year and a half I felt great, but lost another 10 lbs. Not intentionally it just kinda went away. When I hit 165 I decided that I needed to stop loosing weight so I increased my fat intake and the weight loss leveled off and I gradually worked my way back up to 175lbs where I stabilized. I was not strict paleo, or strict zone at this point, just roughly adhering to the recommendations of these diets.
Now comes March of 2012 and the Cave nutrition challenge. I decide I’m going to go strict paleo. No gluten, no lactose, no beans, nightshades, etc. Meat, veggies and nuts for the most part. The first thing I notice is I have to eat more food. Not a good thing for me when I already have to eat more than I’d like generally. It is somewhat inconvenient sometimes. Oh well, not a huge deal, lets keep at it. So the biggest thing that came out of this is that I’ve had a nagging case of medial epicondilitis from being an idiot doing weighted muscle ups a while back. It was never a big deal, but I could periodically feel it from time to time. Its gone as of about two weeks ago. Could be coincidental, but is most likely due to the anti-inflammatory benefits of eating this way. Again, I’ve leaned out due to these changes a little. Performance has been good, though with the games in the middle of all of this I haven’t done any of the work that generally gives me a clear indication of how I’m doing from a performance basis.
Let us know your stories. The more people that speak up, the more encouragement those that haven’t tried this will have. I can not stress enough how important eating right is. Every aspect of life is benefited from eating better.