Monday, April 7, 2008

1, 2 ,3 quick and easy. & Paleo diet observation/experience

Quick and easy.
Spinach, salami (natural and nitrate free), asparagus, 2 omega 3 eggs. In the pan with some butter. Great breakfast after a heavy work out.





Here is an observation/experience in regards to my paleo/primal/evolutionary eating.
Over the last three weeks, I went through a type of brain fog and weak feeling period.
I could not figure out what was wrong. Just not feeling right, if you know what I mean. Being 40, and having my closest friend sick in the hospital does not help keep your own worries at bay necessarily. I had also been doing some IF. After going over many possibilities in my head, I decided that maybe it would be wise to go see a doctor.
Just before I did that, an comment by my mom, gave me a clue as to what might be happening. After my soccer game at night, she always calls me in the morning to see if I'm still around ;-) She told me that she did not know anyone that was as active as I was. She also said that I have always been running and doing and playing actively as far back as she could remember. She then said, that's probably why you could eat a whole loaf of bread with cold cuts in one day. It hit me like a ton of bricks. I have NOT been eating enough!!! So I made a quick change and started eating more. Adding some yams to my diet and FAT. In less then 2 days I was back to my old self. I'm not a very scientific person, well read yes, but not scientific and a lot of the technical info available out there is tough for me to comprehend sometimes. I never took any physiology courses. So they way I learn is by trial and error and common sense. So my observation is as follows; if you are hitting the weights (or crossfit, or anything you like) with heavy intensity 3 times a week, and then for the other 3 -4 days do sprinting, tennis, soccer etc etc, YOU MUST FUEL your body. Anywho; that's what I found out recently and thought I'd share. Looking forward to getting some of your thoughts.


5 comments:

Dave Clary said...

I've always thought that the size of your meals were fairly minimal so this doesn't come as a shock to me. This is especially true considering how active you are. I find that if I don't eat enough, it makes me more prone to engaging in some binge eating. It's a problem when you have weight loss as a goal,

Marc said...

Dave,
Good point. However I do believe that we are a little "off" in regards to size of our meal, as it has to be relative right?
I always have found it interesting that an average sandwhich/burger at a restaurant is eaten by someone 6'3 or 5'7. Yet it satisfies both? I'm not huge by any means, 5"7 and 165, so as I I've transitioned to healthy eating I've tried to keep my portions relative to my size. Now I know that when you eat paleo/primal my portions need to be a bit bigger.
Funny you menton binge eating, in hindsight over the last three weeks, I was CRAVING chocolate at work.

sarena said...

Hey we actually make zweibel mit ei every Shabbos afternoon for lunch!! We call it eier mit tzwibel. I use hard boiled eggs, chopped scallions or onions, olive oil and sea salt. Some weeks I skip it if I have made sauteed or chopped liver though!!

Matt Metzgar said...

I still think this is somehow related to starch, though I can't prove it. For myself, I feel my energy is better with potato-type carbs as compared to fruit carbs.

Marc said...

Matt,

the yams and sweet potato are for sure giving me an extra boost.
Fat is crucial also I think. I've been upping my intake of it a bit also.
Have a great weekend.
Marc