After a few small indulgences on Christmas Day I woke up a little congested, with a back ache, and craving cookies. I'm planning on a high protein breakfast followed by a fast day. I'm curious how those who celebrated are doing.
UPDATE: I felt like a million bucks at the gym today. Might be time to adjust my nutrition program ...
I usually over indulge a bit, but try to keep it as paleo as possible. My plan has been this. Week before Xmas Dinner carb deplete knowing I would over eat carbs day of dinner. So for 7 days its just protein and fat. I use my holiday as a way to refill my glycogen stores in the most festive way. Day of, I start off with some pro biotics while fasting all day up until the meal. I choose protein first, then carbs, then fat, then alcohol. During my meal, I take some digestive enzymes to help with any digestion problems I might have. I finish off the nite with a double dose fish oil and another probiotic. The next day I start off with another pro biotic then fast until dinner and have that meal only protein and fat. I feel superb and now after that carb refill, I can get in a killer workout tomorrow. Yah, I love the holidays!
Eating the paleo left-overs (venison, sprouts with chestnuts and bacon, sausage wrapped in bacon and prunes wrapped in bacon) but maybe I'll have a few roast potatoes too...
Don't forget the gravy :-)
Ive had a few unintentional gluten exposures the past month, so on top of that and the holiday feasts I plan to do another bone broth fast for 2-3 days. It's more to recover from the gluten exposure, but should help with the holiday overindulgences as well!!!!
I have a sugar hangover. Santa brought candies, and if they are there, they must be eaten! Ah, sugar is my weakness. Also, red wine.
The good news is that I didn't eat any gluten, grains or dairy, so my stomach/intenstines feel fine. Recovery should be quick, and this episode is a further reinforcement to me that maybe sugar is not really the love of my life!
So, I'm back on track, and looking forward to feeling strong again.
Straight back on the wagon.
With ham and eggs for breakfast this morning, a bone broth soup for lunch. Have been for a long walk this morning up some hills and on the beach. Would like to say I've got some sun but this is the UK!!! Will play soccer with my sons in the afternoon. Some meat and veggies tonight and all will be well again... ...as long as I can resist the bowls of chocolates and cookies that are still lying around everywhere (am at teh in-laws so not in control of what's happening as much as I'd like to be)...
I'm a goofball when it comes to cheating; I don't even cheat with delicious non-paleo foods, but secretly indulge in bullshit at 5:30 AM in secret before working out, partially because I always workout in the morning but also admittedly as a bit of a compensatory mechanism.
For example, today I felt somewhat gipped because I deprived myself of Christmas goodies, so I ate a block of cream cheese, pizza crust (gluten free...thank God), 1/2 cup of peanut butter, 4 ounces of chevre, slice of crusty french bread, 2 cups of cinnamon toast crunch, a cup of milk (goat's...hey, at least it's low lactose), and a glazed donut. God, I could have gone so much further, but I snapped out of it and ran for 10 miles.
I still can't decide if my response to the situation was proper. Sure, I probably won't gain much weight from the experience because of the exercise, but I don't really want to become an exercise bulimic. I mean, the last thing I want to do is reinforce the mental string of "hey, I can bombard my system with shit as long as I'm willing to do a lot of cardio afterward."
Other than the (fail) shortbread and (success) ice cream earlier in the week, by the time Christmas Eve came I was ready for "legal' treats. I made home-made eggnog and bacon bites flavored with cinnamon vs. chipolte. I made sauteed duck and on Christmas afternoon I had a "feast" bowl of cheese curds, grassfed beef jerky, raw pecans, a little ham, a large chunk of pork rind and a few organic corn chips.
Anyhow, today will be a meat-free day for me and I'll eat only vegetables and fruits. Tomorrow will be a normal ancestral day. After that, I'm going to try protein recycling by alternating normal days with either meat-free days or day-fasts.
This is the first time since I reached adulthood that I'm coming out of the holiday with no anxiety and no guilt. Feels good!
I ate some foods I don't normally eat, but I never ate too much food the whole holiday. It sure is nice to get back to my own home-cooking. I think I might have had some half and half or some adulterated whipping "cream" that caused a problem.
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