Hey everyone! I've been searching different cycling/paleo forums endlessly but can't seem to find anything that fits what I'm looking for.
I've been gluten/dairy free for about two years, I've always been active and maintained a healthy diet (relatively speaking; always room for improvement when you put things into perspective), but comparatively nonetheless.
I still have a super sensitive stomach which results in cramping during rides, constant bloating, etc. My acupuncturist recommended cutting out grains since they were more than likely the culprit. I had been toying around with Paleo the last few months anyway, but as a cyclist I was convinced I couldn't get the energy I needed (I also just started eating meat about a year ago after a vegan/vegetarian diet for 8 years)...I am happy to say I am no longer "readjusting" to meat. I'm totally okay with eating it every day, sometimes 2-3 times a day.
Here are some specifics (sorry for the super long post, I figure it's best to be detailed): I'm 5'4, hover around 130lbs, with 13% body fat. I'd really like to drop the weight in my pesky gut area, but that's about it. I train between 10-20hrs/week (which includes a few strength training sessions, but nothing intense).
Right now with Paleo, I feel awesome. Although I am definitely lacking energy on the bike and I'm trying to wrap my head around eating so much fat and protein. I am ALWAYS hungry. I know the simple solution is to "eat more" and I am trying to pay attention to my hunger cues but I feel like I just cannot get satiated. I'm used to eating a bunch of small portions throughout the day and now it feels like I can't stop eating, haha. I want to perform well while training, and I definitely do not want to gain weight.
I can't seem to find anyone who counts calories on Paleo, which I think is great. Before, I always struggled to reach my recommended intake (I mean, for a long time I was eating less than 2,000 even with so much training but since my weight didn't budge, I didn't change even though I didn't feel great). So I suppose I should just eat intuitively.
If anyone has any experience with endurance training and Paleo please shed some light! I just ordered "Paleo for Athletes" which I'm looking forward to reading.
Again, sorry for the long winded post! Thanks!