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Week 2: Paleo Diet – Geek Turned Athlete

Week 2: Paleo Diet

I’ve turned a new corner. Last week was week number two of my little Whole 30 experiment.

Here is Week 1 just in case you missed it. 😉

On a side note: I found Hatch Green Chile at a Whole Foods in San Antonio!!! Whoop. If you aren’t from Albuquerque, just take my word that these spicy little peppers are like heaven in your mouth.

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If you’ve tasted roasted Hatch green chiles before, you will understand why I almost peed my pants when I saw this unexpected sight!

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Back to Week 2 on the Paleo Diet…

I’ve received some pretty weird questions and comments via email so I thought that I would clear up some things…

Aren’t you hungry? It doesn’t seem like you need to lose weight, and this diet seems too restrictive.

I haven’t been hungry since I started this thing. I’m allowed to eat what I want as long as it is a veggie, fruit, or animal protein. I can get pretty creative in the kitchen, and this has worked to my advantage. Also, I have been using Make It Paleo. It is an awesome book just in case you haven’t heard of it. These have been some of my eats lately…

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All paleo. No grains. No legumes. No added sugar. I think what has helped me the past few weeks has been the fact that I already cut gluten out of my life. Gluten is an addictive beast, and if I was still eating it, I would have found it extremely difficult to give up.

I’m not trying to lose weight, but this is certainly helping me get to my ideal body composition. I’m sure the weight lifting that I’ve been doing lately has something to do with that as well.

I’ve had a lot of people use this “restrictive” word. The thing is, if you reached your breaking point with your health, would you be able/want to make the changes necessary to fix it? I hit that breaking point a few weeks ago, and to be quite honest, I don’t feel like I’m sacrificing that much when my stomach is actually happy. My health is a priority to me. For some people, I know it isn’t, and that is okay. For those people, this diet would be absolutely crazy.

Week 2 Thoughts/Results

* My digestive track is continuing to move along. This is a very good thing. I did have a couple of setbacks last week when I ate lunch at Whole Foods with this chica. I thought that I was being safe in my choices, but my stomach did not like whatever I ate, thus no BMs for several days afterwards and my stomach hurt. The same thing happened after a BBQ this weekend when I ate what I thought was a “safe” meat/veggie skewer. Note to self: Bring your own food to get togethers. My husband told me not to eat it, but I was hungry! I should have brought my own food. ;( I’m learning just how sensitive my stomach is.

* Sleep! I feel like my sleep is getting better. Before I went on the Whole 30, I could not sleep all the way through the night. I would wake up a few times, get on my phone, read the news, etc., then go back to sleep. This left me exhausted during the day. Now, I leave my phone on a table across the room, and I’ve been sleeping soundly!! That is until Kai tries to crawl into bed with me and the hubs. Then he gets told to go to his own bed, and he does. For some reason this week he has been trying to get into bed with us 10 times a night.

* Sugar Cravings? They are still there, but not as intense. This one might take a while to work through. I’ve made progress though. The first week I had to have fruit every night before bed to quench my sweet tooth. The second week, I only had a couple of fruit “desserts.” I did also notice, that the more stressed out I became, the more I wanted sweets. Crazy how that works, eh?

Well, there you have it. My second week. Things are going well. I know the rest of the time will fly by fast!

Here are some great paleo related reads just in case you are interested:

* Scary!!  How to Keep Feces Out of Your Bloodstream

* Another person’s take on the Whole 30… Whole 30: Day 16-21 by Holly Would If She Could. 😉

If you have any questions regarding Paleo, feel free to comment below or email me at geekturnedathlete@gmail.com. I’m not an expert by any means, but I can at least share my Paleo experience with you. :)

P.S. I’m glad you guys enjoyed my Lake Placid Recaps.  I still tear up every time I read them too!

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  • lindsay August 23, 2012, 6:08 pm

    did i cause you to be backed up? LOL. jk. I think we need to meet up again and feast on hatch green chili and grass fed beef. K?

    miss ya!
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    • Nicole August 24, 2012, 8:58 am

      haha. Do you usually have that effect on people? lol. 😉 I’m thinking of making a roast with the green chile that I was able to find!

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  • Spokane Al August 23, 2012, 9:17 pm

    As someone who can eat anything, anytime, anywhere and poops at least daily, if not more frequently, I can’t imagine dealing with what you do just to achieve a successful combination of a satisfied belly and an active poop chute.

    I sincerely hope that this resolves your issues once and for all.

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    • Nicole August 24, 2012, 8:59 am

      Al, you are a lucky one! It sounds like your digestive track is just like my husband’s. Thank you for the kind words!

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  • Lisa September 14, 2012, 5:43 am

    Hey Nicole – ran across your post – I’m in week 2 of Paleo (day 12 to be exact)- I’ve really been sticking as close as possible to the diet. I have 50 lbs to lose! Anyways – week one, I lost 6.6 lbs, but so far these week I’ve only lost 1.4 pounds and haven’t noticed any change in my energy level. Did you notice a struggle during week 2?

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    • Nicole September 16, 2012, 2:50 pm

      I did! It will get better, trust me! I wouldn’t pay attention to the scale. I lost a couple of pounds during my first month, but my clothes were a lot more loose. You have 50 lbs to loose, and it might take you a while. My husband loses 5 lbs in a week (and he doesn’t need to lose weight at all), and it takes me forever to lean out. Be patient, my friend! :) Everyone’s bodies are different.

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