So far I have (mostly gleaned from Robb Wolf's podcasts): 1) Paleo diet 2) Enough high quality sleep (in total darkness) 3) Don't go crazy with the metcon 4) STOP STRESSING THE HELL OUT!!! 5) Don't IF, try to have regular mealtimes.
Easier said than done, and are there any other suggestions, or suggestions on how to best go about reaching the nirvana of the above steps?
Well, I had a problem with waking at 4am, overheated. If that happened, my blood glucose would also be high when I finally got up (around 6-7am) at 100-105.
I know this sounds crazy to a lot of low-carbers, but I added sweet potatoes and fruit to my diet. Not a ton of it - I eat about 20-25g per meal (about the same as I eat in protein per meal) and it stopped happening. Morning BG is now 85-95, and I don't wake up at freakin' 4am either. I wind up eating less over all, but I seem to do fine with less protein now.
My theory is that it was too taxing for my adrenals to get the BG out of protein after years of low-carbing (which I did before I was paleo). I know I have not felt this good for a long time. I used to eat more like 1.5 lbs. of protein a day, now I eat more like 13-15oz. I still eat lots of green vegetables, and my total carbs daily are around 100g.
I think Robb Wolf also would stress how you "look, feel, and perform"
I have been trying and modifying and trying different ideas and techniques constantly with the whole thought of "do I feel better or worse?"
Plus if you have thought that you might have an issue with some food, try a 30 day removal of it and then try reintroducing the food.
"5) Don't IF, try to have regular mealtimes."
He does mention in one of his podcasts however that IF is a great "tool" to use when your food options are non-paleo. For instance if you are at the office and a last min meeting is called from 11AM-3PM (this has happened to me numerous times) and leadership decides to 'treat' everyone to pizza or something along these lines IF is a great way to avoid poor food choices, until you can get into a more "Paleo-Friendly" atmosphere.
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