Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Why I'm Not Paleo

 I'm lost in a foggy haze of flu and sinus medicine, still. 


I liken being sick to house arrest, and no one knows it better than Lohan.

I have a doctor appointment tomorrow afternoon, hopefully I can get some answers. Speaking of getting answers, we're Live Streaming on the Xbox, tonights Presidential Debate on Domestic Policy. 


I don't miss paying for cable/satellite one bit, with Hulu, Netflix, and ESPN apps on the Xbox, I can watch everything I want, when I want. Besides watching the Debates, I can watch the CrossFit Games on ESPN, on YouTube I watch videos from the CrossFit Journal (right up there on the TV!), and on Netflix and Hulu I have Army Wives, Greys Anatomy, Downton Abby, right there, whenever I want them.

For the WLC'ers, if you haven't checked out the Fast Paleo app available on Android and iPhone, you should! I was inspired by a great recipe last night for my pumpkin loaves and some great pumpkin pancakes. 


I am going to try these Apple Cinnamon Upside Down cakes tomorrow! 

I never thought I'd say this, but I'm getting really burnt out on coconut flour. Just a whiff of the stuff this morning made me want to hurl. (And no, I'm not pregnant, I checked. ;)

Some of you have been asking why I don't believe in the Paleo paradigm, and I want to let you know, as soon as this Challenge is over, I will summarize my feelings. I want to give everyone a chance to form their own opinion and develop their own eating habits. I feel like I ate pretty well before the WLC, and I find that restriction does not work for me, and instead has turned me into an angry, bitter, food monster. 

I believe I follow a Paleo-ish approach to foods anyways; a lot of clean proteins from a variety of sources: eggs, grass-fed beef, free range chickens, bison, pork, salmon, but I also love tofu and soy products. I believe that a life should be lived in balance. Everything in moderation. I eat a plethora of vegetables, from zucchini squash and brussels sprouts, to cabbage and okra. I do monitor my grain and gluten intake though, and opt to have my burger on a lettuce bun and make my baked goods with coconut and almond flour. I also watch my sugar-intake and monitor the use of sugar alcohols (though still believe they are better than over-dosing on agave and honey, I don't care how natural they are, eating that much sugar every day is not natural.) I eat a variety of fruits, though try to limit myself to just two servings a day, generally sticking to berries. 

I thought that I had a lactose-intolerance and was excited to cut all lactose out during the WLC to finally prove this point. Alas, eating healthy foods can still cause gastro-intestinal distress. I'm talking about stinky farts. If it's not Fage yogurt, then it's the 2 cups of broccoli I eat at dinner, or the 3 eggs I had for breakfast, or the cauliflower I used to make faux oatmeal. There is no escaping it. 

So, this makes me really excited to let in a little dairy on occasion after the Challenge, as cutting it out hasn't changed anything. 

I don't like eating a high fat meal and I haven't adapted to it. It makes me want to go into a coma and sleep for 9 hours. 

Do I think that our current eating restrictions on the WLC are something I will sustain beyond this? Definitely not, and I would not want to live like that. I feel that this much restriction creates unhealthy thought and eating patterns. Instead of wanting to "cheat" with a small piece of dark chocolate, I want a whole chocolate cake. Instead of wanting a small glass of wine with dinner, I want a double gin and tonic. Restrictive diets just don't work for me. A lot of these eating habits I do not find sustainable.

I know there are a million books out there arguing otherwise, but this is my personal opinion. Here's another funny personal opinion.

I think the only diet I may adhere to is that of The Zone, which Christmas Abbott believes in (and eating more fat!)


And you all know, I'd follow her into Hell. 

She is 5'3 and about 115 pounds. I have just 10 more pounds on her (all flubbery body fat, no doubt) otherwise, I could maybe have a physique like that. Man, I need to get to kicking more ass.


How far do you drive to your local CrossFit box? 
If you moved and found one closer, would you change locations? If you moved and your commute to the box became longer, would you still continue going?

How long would you travel? 

28 comments:

  1. My current drive to the box is about 10-20 mins, depending on traffic.

    I am actually currently looking for a new house and seriously, one requirements of the location is that it is within easy driving distance (~20mins) of the box!!! I love it so much and would not want to change for anything!

    If I absolutely had to move far away then I guess I would change if the drive was more than 30mins, but it would be a hard choice and a very sad day!

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    1. I understand that! Sadly, my husbands job is in the other direction of our box, so he can't be member, which totally sucks. And it's at least a 30 minute commute for me, an hour in traffic, one direction!

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  2. I love hearing other athlete's opinions on Paleo. I'm doing the WLC as well... and honestly I thought that I would see more results with completely cutting out carbs, dairy and sugar, and I know we're only 2.5 weeks in... but I'm impatient. and I freaking miss my damn coffee creamer!

    My box is 1.5 miles from my house. I actually switched from a box where my husband's cousin was owner/coach because my current box opened and it was so much closer. The other gym was 30mins away (with other boxes in between - but it was family). If we moved, I'd probably still go my current box. I love it there and cant imagine being anywhere else.

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    1. 1.5 miles!? Dammit, you are so lucky! Mine is over an hour away with traffic, maybe 30 minutes away if I hit the lights right ...

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  3. I agree wholeheartedly on "everything in moderation"! For me, restricting myself too much only leads to a ton of cravings and guilt. I also eat lots of protein and veggies and try to moderate my carb and sugar intake, but when I do get that sweet craving I will give in every once in a while. :) As long as there are no trans fats in whatever I'm eating--that's one thing I don't compromise on!

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    1. I like how you think! I do have solid rules as well, there can't be more than 7g of sugar in anything I'm eating; if there is, I only eat Hal of it and save the other half for later.

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  4. I Just joined a CrossFit box this week!!!... there were closer ones to my house but I knew some of the people who were going there, and they actually gave me a REALLY good price because my boyfriend interns there... a family discount?? I didn't argue. In Feb, I will be moving about 15 mins away from them and I decided I am going to STICK with them. I can already feel the family type atmosphere and I want to stick around long enough to be apart of that!!
    p.s. I call myself the cheating paleo...
    Because I love whole milk and bananas.
    Dani

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    1. I'm an intern right now at my box, it's great! Sadly, this box is pretty far away, and way too far of a drive for my husband.

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  5. I loved not having cable:) We just got it again b/c of the Olympics and it's only 10 bucks extra so we might keep it. Love not being addicted to dvr though!
    I semi agree with you on paleo. I def lean toward Primal. I like my dairy and red wine and good chocolate. For me, "everything in moderation" just doesn't really work though. I don't know how to explain it...haha:)
    I think the most important thing is is to know what works for YOU.
    I'm really excited to hear what you think of the WLC when it's done. I'm not entirely impressed either but I think that's mostly my doing:)

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  6. My current box is about 15 mins away. We are actually buying a house this month and even when we looked all over town, it didn't matter....we never planned on changing boxes.

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  7. Great post! I'm dying to hear your full review of the challenge but I agree with you, I think placing those restrictions on our eating can often play mind games with us and really affect cravings! I've been thinking about dabbling in Zone lately too and if it will make me look like that, I'm in!

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    1. Awesome! Maybe you and I can embark on a Zone blogging challenge over the holidays or something? :)

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  8. Um, you DO NOT have flubbery body fat! LOL! You are rock hard and look amazing!

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  9. I live about 8 miles from my box but there is actually one a quarter mile away from me and another 2 miles away. I still choose to go to the one further away because I LOVE it!!! It offers discounts for multiple family members which makes it cheaper for hubby and I, they have classes every hour or so, and we love the trainers, would hate to leave them!

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  10. I am struggling with the WLC and have found myself going into a cheating mode!! I am slipping and need to see this through but it is getting touch with all the fat and the energy I expected to gain I am not. sigh.

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  11. I live about 4.5 from my box, but I have to ride my bike which SUCKS in the morning aka 6 am cuz its still dark out and there are some dangerous high traffic areas that I have to go through! But I do it anyways cuz I really am loving going to a box!

    I TOTALLY agree taht 100% paleo is INSANE! that is not the way to live! I say that if you body can digest certain foods well, then why cut them out for no reason other than just cuz other people do? I love oatmeal for breakfast - it is the only thing that can sustain me, so I won't change that until it stops working for me!
    I eat cheese, but not a lot of other dairy cuz it doesn't agree with me much. I don't really eat wheat, but sometimes I do. I don't really think about it all the much anymore. Life isn't all about being super lean 24/7, 365 days of the year. I think being happy, fit, and healthy is awesome!
    PS you are an inspiration that you are sticking with the challenge even though it isn't your thing!
    I can't wait to hear your thoughts on everything!
    XOXO

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  12. I couldn't agree more with your take on Paleo. If it's the little things like cream in your coffee, greek yogurt, or peanut butter, have them. Life is too short & it's still better than a quart of ice cream. I am finally starting to realize it is about moderation, because when you find that balance you don't binge and you crave less. I have found with Paleo, that for a week or 2 I will be fine then I get loose and eat kinda crappy for a week. I think the Zone is a better and more healthy approach to a healthy, sustainable lifestyle. Now, to just get the whole block thing!! As far as my local CF box, I am so fortunate it is across the street from where I live. I have only been Crossfitting for about 4 months and was asked to become a trainer. I am so flattered and excited for the opportunity. So like you in the next month I will be taking the cert class. I live near Columbus, Ohio, so stoked to me taking it at Rogue. I can't wait to see who the Instructors will be!! Also, I saw that you are using almond flour again. I remember your post about not wanting to use it to bake due to what happens to nuts when you put them under high heats. was just curious!

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  13. I agree with you too and the way you have been eating before you started the WLC is the way I eat also. I don't eat cheese most of the time but once in a while i eat swiss cheese.

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  14. No Crossfit in the entire Florida Keys except at the Army compound. So the nearest is 120 miles away. I requested at the Navy gym and they told me to come to Indo-Row because that is a whole body workout.

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  15. your attitude towards food is super healthy. i went to a nutritionist and she said restrictive diets are not the best thing b/c they can make you end up binging on the "restricted" foods so your on point with the nutritionist out there. i am so scared to try cross fit i feel like everyone who does it is already really fit and i am not. any thoughts?

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  16. Why on earth would you want to have a body like hers!?? She looks like a man!!! I swear i don't understand this whole cross fit thing. I think its ok in moderation but taking it too far turns sexy womanly bodies into masculine looking dudes. I dont find it attractive. If you took christina hendricks, sofia vergara, and nigella lawson and put them next to these cross fit chicks and asked men to say which is more attarctive I guarentee they would pick the first group of gorgeous ladies who arent afraid to have a little curves, softness and GASP! breasts!!!! what a concept..women looking like women:its a good thing people!

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  17. Couple comments :)
    1. I did a Whole30 last month and yikes.. I felt the same as you! food restriction just makes me bitter and angry. AND it killed my workouts. And not like I killed my workouts, but like it killed them in a bad way. I started a new lifting program and was hitting PRs every single week (still kinda new to lifting) and I guess it could be a coincidence that I hit a plateau that same time that I went on a diet restriction.. but nah, I'm blaming Whole30
    2. Totally disagree with the comment above me by allison. I LOVE the "crossfit chick" look and think women who embrace their strength are super sexy. Not to say that Sofia Vergara isn't sexy, but I find girls like Julie Foucher just straight up hot. And I've love to look like her. And my boyfriend would love for me to look like her..haha.

    You're super-cute.. glad I found your blog! :)

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    1. So I guess you're saying that your boyfriend is into dudes? Yeah, I'm gonna have to agree with Allison. Men like curves. Fit is hot. But Julie Foucher? eeeeesh, hell no. No man wants to cuddle up to that. Women should be proud of their curves. It's what makes you different from us men. And that is what is what makes us attractive to you. Taking your body to these gross limits until you are in pain to have a guy's body that lacks feminity is just plain ridiculous.

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  18. I completely agree with the whole restriction of this WLC and you are right that instead of just wanting a small taste of something non-compliant I want to stuff my face with it! LOL

    I drive 25 minutes to my box and one actually did just open up only 10 minutes from me. I LOVE where I currently go but the new one has a child play room so I wouldn't always have to worry about childcare.

    And hey I wanted to give you a big hug :) It is because of you I joined crossfit in july and have since lost 21 pounds!! Lovin' life

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  19. I'm going to start by saying, "I LOVE TO COOK!" I originally thought going "paleo" would restrict my cooking fun but it actually challenged me and also allowed me to skip the "starch" which I always hated cooking anyways BUT....I agree, it's too restrictive and I don't believe in it. I have nothing against dairy although I don't really eat it except cheese...the bread/wheat thing hasn't been an issue for me so I've cut it out...I don't even begin to understand why you cannot have beans or legumes?!? They are my favorite!! SO, I agree with you...Eating healthy is first priority to me, eating paleo...well, I believe its a fad that will eventually go away but it will leave a positive stamp on how people choose to look at what their bodies do with food and what each requires. I drive 5 miles to my box however we are moving. I will be commuting and hour to continue with my CF for the next month or so but will be switching. Its a sad, sad, sad change because I will miss my CF family, but I believe this new box will challenge me even more and I will grow because of it....

    And with regards to body type...and what people think feel are attractive...to each their own! No one can really have an opinion because everyone does! Just be positive!

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  20. Loved your guest post on CNC - I shared your "ode" with the coaches at our box. They thought it was great!

    I just did a Paleo challenge and totally hear ya on the "angry, bitter food monster." Hang in there!

    My box is about a 15 minute drive from work and home...as long as there's no traffic. I can also walk/bus from the office in under an hour, so it's not bad. If we moved, though, I might have to switch. I adore our box and the people there, but part of what allows me to stay fit is being able to fit CrossFit into my busy life.

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  21. I LOVE THIS!!! I'm definitely not for deprivation or restriction at all either. I JUST posted a few posts about how moderation and balance is so important! Clean eats and intense workouts without a doubt, but you have to enjoy your life and the journey too :-D

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  22. Paleo Diet is good but following it 100% is bad... One should always have cheat days in between their diet schedule where they can eat whatever they like and this is what keeps the balance maintained.

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