Monthly Archives: May 2011

Prodigal Paleo

Hello everyone,

I’m back!!!!!!!!! But I was humbled by the first trimester of pregnancy. My best laid plans for a perfect paleo diet and hardcore exercise program were no match for the twin furies of the first trimester: nausea and exhaustion.

Confession #1 – I fell off the Paleo wagon by week 7 or 8!!! Suddenly many of my staple primal foods seemed disgusting to me – particularly cod liver oil!!! And the carbs I’d sworn off almost a year before seemed so perfectly wonderful in my queasy fantasy life. So my slide into craptopia started with “a little” this or that starchy/carby/shitty white foods to get through nausea (gluten-free crackers or white rice) and then I became comfortable eating crappy foods (especially on the run at work). And everyone who was paleo-negative loved plying (willing) me with the foods I’d usually refused. I still ate maybe 75% Paleo, but man that carb/sugar-treadmill (hungry all the time for JUNK) kicked in from the 25 %. I started re-developing the kinds of crummy health symptoms that had originally pushed me in the paleo direction.

Take away lesson for me: Prepare for it. If there were going to be a next First Trimester (which I doubt), I’d let myself eat more sweet potatoes and fruit, but stay far far away from non-paleo shit food. I really think the intensity of my cravings and nausea would have been avoided had I been more vigilant about which foods I re-introduced back into my diet.

But I’m back on the good foot for two weeks – back to fantastic health and feeling groovy!!!

Confession #2 P90X was not sustainable for me – After 10-12 hours out of the house at work (and commuting), I was too tired to move when I got home. My exercise regime went from pretty serious one (weights, intervals) to a far more mellow version (long walks, a little yoga) and become less frequent (from 6x week to 2x). Short of quitting my job to salvage time and energy to work out, this was really an unavoidable compromise for me.

However, now that I have more energy again (if not time), I’ve been upping the ante with intense hiking (up to 120-140 bpm) and 90 minute yoga sessions. I can’t believe how much weaker/stiffer/huffier I am, but I know I’ll be back in fighting shape asap 🙂

Other cool things

I’ve been reading a lot of great blogs and books to get motivated to switch back to Paleo like The Paleo Baby and The Primal Parent

Talk soon.