Caveman Me, The 90 Day Paleo Diet Challenge: Week 2, "Energy Off, Energy On"

"Crazy Caveman" for the Commodore 64

What a wild experience this has been so far!  I've experienced everything from mild flu-like symptoms (fatigue, elevated temperature, mental foginess), and intense cravings (my hand has developed a mind of its own, not unlike "Thing" from the Addams Family), to incredibly deep sleep and periods of euphoria.

Physically, hunger hasn't been a real issue, but the habitual and psychological desire to eat carbs, drink beer, or have something sweet and chocolatey has come out in full force.  My commitment has stayed true, however, and I've stuck diligently to the plan; save for the occasional dash of hot sauce.  It's also worth noting that I have never had to go to the bathroom so frequently.  I have a newfound appreciation for those "Are you bothered by frequent urges to urinate" ads.

"#1" aside, breaking out of my normal food routine has spurned a well-spring of creative cooking, and an appreciation for fresh, foods and more nuanced flavors.  My taste buds may even be undergoing a metamorphosis as a sip of my wife's beer on Sunday was unpleasant and somewhat revolting.

After the initial 3-4 days of feeling under-the-weather, I have found a clarity of thinking and a consistancy of energy that is profound and extremely encouraging.  If this trend continues, I may be motivated to extend my experiment into some sort of modified paleo plan beyond the 30-day trial period.

Week 2 Statistics:

Weight - 187 lbs (-4lbs from start)

Bodyfat % - 12.8% (-.5% from start) 
 
Supplementing last weeks big grocery trip, I discovered a few more "primal friendly" foods.  Namely, cultured coconut milk, coconut water, coconut flour, and curry powder.  I haven't yet used the coconut flour (I'm thinking chicken "fried" venison and paleo waffles), but the other foods are already making paleo life much more interesting.
 
The cultured coconut milk is available at Whole Foods and contains the same beneficial bacteria as cow's milk yogurt, but without the dairy.  The plain version has a tangy flavor that finishes with a smooth coconut taste and it is a great addition to smoothies. 
 
I've also used the coconut water for smoothies, but I prefer to reserve it for the post-workout recovery window when simple sugars are needed to replace muscle and liver glycogen stores.
 
One of the most difficult aspects of "going paleo" is the restriction of vinegar based products.  This eliminated one of my all time favorite food groups..HOT SAUCE (noooo!)  Fortunately, curry powder has proven to be a good replacement for eggs, meats, and other dishes that need a little pizazz.
 
Meal Ideas:
 
Breakfast: "Tropical Smoothie" with organic pineapple, coconut water, banana, carrot, beet, kale, cultured coconut milk, chia seeds, walnuts, filtered water, and frozen spinach.
 
Post workout snack: Coconut Water (no sugar added) and 2 hardboiled eggs with sprinkled with curry powder.
 
Lunch 1: Grilled garlic chicken wings/drums (skin removed) with celery and carrots.
 
Lunch 2: Lean hamburger patty with a salad of lettuce, tomato, grilled onions, grilled mushrooms, green peppers, and bacon crumbles.
 
Dinner: Roast venison "ham" with rosemary and lemon, spaghetti squash, garlic beet greens, and carrots.
 
Previously on Caveman Me...

Week 1: "Hunting and Gathering at the Grocery Store"
 
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About Tony Fed

Tony is the host of the Paleo Magazine Radio podcast, author of "Paleo Grilling: A Modern Caveman's Guide to Cooking with Fire", and Cofounder of Powerful PT, an innovative information resource for Fitness Professionals. He has appeared on numerous local and national television and radio broadcasts and regularly hosts healthy cooking workshops and informational lectures. He is also a full-time Personal Trainer and Wellness Consultant who lives in Jacksonville Florida with his wife Jamie.
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