Hi Eric and everyone -
Last year at this time Eric had us quit sugar. I lasted three days. So I'm trying again. This is the third day, and so far, so good. I met with a nutritionist this time, who told me to eat more protein and leafy greens. Wish me luck. Anyone else trying this?
I'm going to cut back on sugar but I don't think I can quit completely. I have so many dietary constraints already that I don't think I can handle another one! I'm allergic to eggs and wheat and don't eat dairy. Thank god for bacon and avocados.
Wow, Melinda, you don't need any more food things to think about. Yes, thank God for what you CAN eat. Happy New Year!
Something is seriously wrong if we all can't say thank God for bacon and avocados. :) (not meaning to offend any bacon-free people.)
Eat more healthy fats (grass-fed animal, olive oil, fish oil, etc.). Essentially you avoid grains, legumes, sugar, and veggie oils. If fat is our primary fuel, it should be our primary calorie source. Reference the Perfect Health Diet (.com). You won't miss the sugars because you're body will be so happy getting what it needs.
Thanks Patrick. That's about what the nutritionist said, and so far the cravings are much less than last time. It's the habits that are hard to change. Happy New Year!
Wow! You've got a great nutritionist there then! Most don't get the fat thing.
Well, Margot, good luck. It really helps to have someone to keep you going. I agreed to meet with the nutritionist once a week for 15 minutes. That helps me when someone drops chocolates on my table. Also eating more healthy fats, as Patrick says, helps, too. And more protein. My diet was not the best before. Let me know how it goes!
Me too. I'm part of a CrossFit gym that is doing a "Cave Month" - basically following the Paleo Diet for one month. This mean no grains, no legumes, no dairy, no alcohol, no coffee, and definitely no sugar. Mostly just veggies, fruit, nuts, seeds, and of course lots of meat!
Some purists are also cutting out starchy tubers like potatoes and yams, but I don't think my running would go well if I cut back on carbs that much!
Chris, you just described the Perfect Health Diet. See: http://perfecthealthdiet.com/
It advocates inclusion of safe starches (potatoes, white rice, yams, etc.) for better health (very necessary in my own personal experience/testing of n=1), with high aerobic athletes getting about 30% of calories from safe starches.
I have to check this out. It sounds similar to the Paleo Diet for Athletes. It includes some modifications tailored to the needs of athletes for performance and recovery. For example, their homemade recovery brew has whey and dextrose in it.
Wow, that is really exactly what I'm aiming for. Thanks for sharing! I agree it's a little too difficult to cut out those "safe" starches and train at high volumes and intensities.