I'm still a newbie. I've been on Paleo for about a month now. I've eliminated all refined sugar, dairy, oats, etc. I've been good about all the 'biggies' in the paleo lifestyle. I've done well with eating real food, eating lean meat, good fat (I love bacon).
My life schedule is hectic at times, so I'm still learning on what I can snack and bring to eat.
My question is about carbs. No carbs? some carbs? low carbs?
What is recommended? I also do crossfit training approximately 5 days a week. So I'm doing high intensity exercising.
My recent irritable mood, decreased energy level and constant hunger-pangs lately, has caused me to take a second look at my carb intake?
Any recommendations? total amount of carbs / day?
Due to my schedule and just my choice, I don't think I'll ever completely eliminate carbs from my diet, so I'm looking for some suggestions on what would be 'acceptable'... if that makes any sense at all.
I think like anything, this is something you're going to have to play around with a little, but I can say from experience that if you are CrossFitting 5x a week, you're going to need SOME carbs. Any exercise that taps into that glycolytic pathway is going to need to be replenished after the workout. I think that sticking a big ol' yam or sweet potato in the post workout window would be fine, and you can stick to veggies the rest of the time. You may want to try having some fruit before a WOD sometime, especially if it's going to be a longer metcon. Something like an orange or a banana will be fine to just top off those liver and muscle glycogen stores, so long as you properly replenished after that last workout.
But again, play around with it. Everyone works differently. All I can say for sure is that CFing on a no-carb diet won't work. I did an experiment a couple of months ago by not eating any carbs (except some lettuce here and there) for a few days, and then I attempted to do a ten minute workout involving pullups, pushups, and situps, and I just got destroyed. Stopped after about three minutes because I have no energy. I was slow and weak. I sort of knew it would happen, but it was quite interesting to actually FEEL it happen. Anyway, hope this helps.
It seems your body is telling you it's unhappy with what you are currently eating so good for you for listening and reaching out for some help instead of throwing in the towel as so many would do in this situation.
Assuming you are fairly metabolically unchallenged Crossfit 5x a week earns you the right to eat carbs. Without question. I agree with CoachCanadan that the "how much" is something only you can decide. The best or most obvious place to start is adding in some PWO potatoes/sweet potatoes. Do that for a few days and see how you feel.
I think Paleo2.0's suggestion to look at PHD is a good one too. There are tons of great information on Paul's site. Since you used the phrase "lean meat" I assume you are following Cordain as he's the only one who talks about lean anything I think. His info is great but branching out to Perfect Health Diet and/or any of the other leaders in the paleo community will help you understand all of this a bit better and help you tailor your eating to your own body and your own lifestyle.
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Everybody is different but if you exercise at high intensity 5 times a week, you will definitely need more carbs than most people.
Play around with different carbohydrate target until you find what works best for you, but it will most likely be in the 100-150 g range according to your description.
I do eat some brown basmati rice with wild rice and sometimes baked potato. We have just found this week (in the British press anyway) more evidence of deliberate fire about 1 million years ago - you need fire to cook meat and potato etc. Whilst I accept our ancestors would not have cultivated products I suspect many of them were not too good at hunting, men went prancing off with spears to have fun for a few days and came back with a tiny rat whilst women dug tubors from the ground and got us some kind of carbs from their harvesting of plants.
Also no carbs tends to make people less happy. I am low carber rather than a no carber which may be why I don't get thin but I do stay happy.
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