I have been doing the Paleo diet for 4 weeks now and I must admit it has been interesting to say the least.
I have learned so much. You would think after 16 months of being on Weight Watchers and losing 120 pounds I had it all figured out. But truth be told I did not. I was doing well but there was something missing. I needed to clean up my eating a tad bit in order to get to my new goals.
I know I know excessive? Maybe. But I do not care what anyone else thinks anymore, this is all for me. I started doing this for my daughter and I surpassed my wildest dreams. Now I realize that this is not for her but more for me. I love being healthy, I love being fit. I love being able to workout twice a day and not feel like I will die lol.
So how is Paleo helping?
It is making me perform better. It is fueling my workouts much better. I eat whole, natural food and I am not starving all day. I focus on lean protein, vegetables, fruit, and healthy oil. Nothing processed, noting from a can or box. No more gluten free goodies... Do I miss them? Of course. sometimes. Most of the time not anymore.
Honestly, when I eat crap my workout goes pretty crappy. It is that age old saying playing into reality, garbage in garbage out. When I eat well, I workout well. I do not feel bloated and sluggish when I eat well. It is amazing how the food I eat the day before a long run affects me in a negative or positive way. I am glad I track everything I eat because I have learned if I feel horrible during a run I can usually look back at my tracker and figure out the culprit.
I am working on some pretty hefty goals. I started doing Y-Fit last week which is a cross fit style workout. I am training to run my first marathon in November. I have a half marathon on August 7th. Then Yesterday I bit the bullet and signed up for my first spartan race! So I need to be in tip top shape to be able to handle all the fun I have planned ;)
Do you notice a shift in your workout performance based on your diet?