My new diet experiment
It has been a particularly bad one for me. Generally I average one mild cold a year, but this winter saw me really sick with a flu that lasted 3.5 weeks – followed up less than a week later by an extreme head cold
turned sinus infection. 3 rounds of antibiotics later, I’m just getting better now.
So it got me to thinking. While my current diet may be keeping me lean, perhaps it’s not doing all it should be for my health and immunity?
So while I’ve been on holiday in gorgeous Noosa for the past 8 days, I’ve decided that when I get home I’m going to experiment by making a fairly significant change to my diet.
I’m going Paleo. And Raw. Ish. Yes, paleo, raw – with a twist of ‘lifestyle’.
Paleo is hunter gatherer style. Meat (not overboard though), veggies, fruit, nuts, and other good fats – olive oil, coconut oil, avocado and so on. So I’ll be gluten free, and dairy free – dairy is a staple for me so
that’s going to be the most difficult.
Raw, well, I’ve purchased a Vitamix and am ready to juice! Because I have ongoing adrenal issues I need to be careful with sugar consumption. And that also includes fruit. No fruit in the mornings for me, as this can be detrimental to adrenal function. So I’ll have an afternoon juice rather than a morning one.
The lifestyle twist? I’m keeping a cup of coffee in the morning. And one day a week I’ll eat whatever takes my fancy. And post workout, I might add a scoop of whey protein.
Here’s my plan:
Lemon water on rising. Then:
- Egg dish – with veggies ie spinach, mushroom, tomato omelette
- PWO shake – made with fresh almond milk, fresh dates, frozen banana, raw cacao powder and whey protein
- Almond butter and sliced apple, or a fruit/veggie juice with nuts
- Paleo inspired dinner – this is one of my favourites:
While it doesn’t look much food, understand that the paleo way of eating is quite high in fat (and fat increases the calories) – but that’s ok because it’s low in carbs. As long as your carbs are low you can (and should) eat relatively high fat.
Here’s where I’ll be drawing some of my inspiration and recipes from:
If all goes well I might put this into a new program for my peeps!