Sorry for the long title, but wanted to distinguish my Hack from other similar Hacks.
I have been Paleo for almost 2 years now and have found it to be very beneficial for the various health issues, mostly digestive, I was having as well as increased energy and maintaining a lean physique. However, my only complaint is that I cannot train or recover even close to the level I used to when I was eating 6-7 meals a day and taking a bunch of recovery supplements. I used to be involved in competitive bodybuilding and this was a typical day when I was "off-season" or trying to gain muscle:
Meal 1 - 2 who eggs, 6 egg whites, 1 cup oatmeal with banana with multivitamin and Vit C
During workout drink 20 grams of BCAA mixture (Core ABC supplement)
Meal 2 - PWO (1 scoop whey and 60 grams of dextrose)
Meal 3 (1 hour later) - Turkey and Cheese Bagel and piece of fruit
Meal 4 - 6-8 oz meat, rice or potato or pasta, veges
Meal 5 - protein bar
Meal 6 - same as meal 4
Meal 7 - 1 scoop protein powder blend and 2 tbs peanut butter (Vit C, D)
I almost cringe typing that out and realize #1 how much food controlled my life and #2 why I had so many digestive issues. However, I could blast through a 1.5 hour workout 5 days a week, plus 2 HITT cardio workouts 2 days a week and my recovery was awesome. Ok...so that was 2 years ago and this is my typical day now when I workout:
Breakfast - 4 eggs cooked in 1.5tbs Coconut oil, 4 slices of bacon, kraut (occasionally will have some fruit)
Lunch/Post workout - 12oz of meat cooked in coconut oil, large sweet potato
Dinner - 12oz cooked in coconut oil, lots of veges cooked in animal fat
Snack - 85% Dark Chocolate
I can only manage 3 maybe 4 30-40 minute workouts a week now (not close to the intensity from before) and my recovery sucks!! Also, if I don't take a week off every 4 weeks or so my sleep suffers, my cortisol levels begin to increase and I start to get some digestive issues again.
Obviously I ate a significant more carbohydrates prior to paleo, but to be honest I feel much better when I am under 100 carbs or so. I also don't take any supplements any more other than Vit D and Mag.
So am I eating like a Plaeo athlete or non-athlete and is there a difference for maximum recovery and performance??