Boy, it's been a ride. By Day 4 the brain fog clouded my mind and I said things like, "I have to go and get my car from the phone," without noticing what I had just said. Only the laughter of my friends made me stop in my tracks... and well, then join in on the laughter when they told me what I had said. :)
The headaches disappeared two days ago, just as suddenly as they had started. Poof! Gone! And it's a good thing, because there is not much that I hate more than nagging headaches, and I learned online that sometimes they can last a couple of weeks.
During this week I did a lot of research, and learned that there are plenty of ways to live a paleo life. Who knew!! I guess it's like the low carb diets. There is always someone who knows better than the original guy, and so we have a variety of low carb diets to choose from. Well, it appears that Dr. Cordain who wrote the initial book on the Paleo Diet (as of now I shall write Lifestyle instead of Diet) is a lot more easy going with what he'll allow you to eat, but he's also buying into the "Thou' shalt not eat saturated fat" laws of modern society. That makes his approach less than ideal for me, because I happen to have learned that saturated fats are quite good for ya. Go ahead google it. There is no evidence at all that saturated fats have any adverse effects on your health.
Of course then there is Mark Sisson's Daily Apple website. He wrote the ebook "The Primal Blueprint". His version of going primal is also not ideal, because his ten "commandment" include things like, "Don't run marathons, instead move slowly, because that's what the paleolithic people did too." I disagree with Mr. Sisson. While they may not have run every day... they "came" equipped with an achilles tendon, the one that only running animals are born with, and a ginormous gluteus maximus. They weren't as smart as homo erectus, and so did not have the kind of tools that homo erectus used to spear down mammoths, but they could run like hell. They could outrun animals, who were of course much faster than them, but who didn't last as long. (Learned from the book "Born to run".) And so after hours of being chased, the animal gave up, and paleo man was the triumphant victor. Hoorah!!
Be that as it may, I will have to make a few adjustments to my way of going paleo. Before workouts I have to load up on carbs without eating pasta (although I'll probably still do that before my races), and right after my workouts I'll have to eat some protein.
It's been just a week, but already I'm feeling more energized, somewhat slimmer, and most of the time I don't experience any cravings. As a matter fact, yesterday was the first day I really wanted something sweet to snack on. And because I'm a connected girl, I posted about it on Facebook, and instantly got plenty of support and suggestions. I ended up making almond butter balls. (Mix almond butter with coconut flakes and chia seeds, et voila, you have a delicious snack. You can mix in some maple syrup or honey, but I chose not to do that, as I really am trying to stay away from sugar altogether for now.)
Well, off I go. Breakfast is calling. Have a lovely weekend.