Athene wrote:I am going to very strict for 1 week: no grains whatsoever (in keeping with my paleo goal)
I've tried going Paleo and do follow it but not exclusively - there are foods that I eat that are not paleo. On your paleo diet I see you are allowing yogurt, cheddar & mozzarella , peanut butter and cream with your coffee. From what I've learned about paleo, dairy products, peanuts, yogurt (even greek) are not allowed.
I have some friends who are hard core paleo eaters and they also just opened up a Crossfit Box in our area. I asked them about peanut butter (which I love dearly and do not want to part with) and they said no, also no beans, no yogurt, no cheese, no milk, etc..
..I was and still am skeptical about the restrictiveness of it, and I by no means follow paleo that strictly. I have for the most part given up cheese, milk (switched to almond milk), grains (except for WW bread for my PEANUT Butter sandwiches
) potatos, rice, processed foods like crackers, breaded fried foods, etc.
Don't get me wrong...I'm not trying to be critical or "call you out" on your diet and I personally don't see anything wrong with your food choices, in fact you are amazing in your discipline - I think you are doing fantastic and I am very inspired by your workout, diet regimen. I was just curious about your decision to keep those things in your paleo diet.
I'm not taking it as a call out at all, thanks for bringing it up! I can't believe I've never addressed this: I eat a ton of dairy because I'm not lactose-intolerant. I don't want to cut dairy because then I will become lactose-intolerant (I had to consult a dietician about this, and she explained to me that lactose-intolerance stems from an inability to metabolize lactose with lactase, and the less you eat lactose the less lactase you produce = the more intolerant you become). I took the CrossFit Level1 Trainer course and when I was at my cert I asked HQ about dairy and no one could give me a good reason as to why it was not permitted, aside from lactose-intolerance. Apparently most people are lactose-intolerant, so it's a pretty safe thing to say
Good call on the peanut butter, I'm slacking about grocery shopping and getting that out of my house.
I want to break this down for myself too, so I'm going to put it out there, I try to do all of these things, and now that I think about it it's a bit of a hodgepodge:
1. I use the CrossFit motto in my everyday decisions:
"Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, little starch, and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat."
2. I use Zoning (Dr. Barry Sears) to control the portions of my food:
I'm a "medium female" so I'm a "3 blocker", which translates to 3 meals a day of: 21 grams of protein, 4.5 grams of fat, 27 grams of carbs - never from grains, plus two smaller (1 block) snacks. I sort of follow this as a marker.
3. I use a "Paleo + Dairy" concept:
For me this translates to eating real food: meat, vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds, eggs, milk, cheese, greek yogurt (Protein powder and cheat meals excepted.... ugghh!)
And avoiding: all grains, refined sugar, processed food.
= So this is kind of where I'm coming from... the CrossFit motto is the most important, I think. It's the most helpful to me
I really appreciate you bringing this up Lynne, and you're so wonderful, I could never be offended or take anything that you brought up the wrong way