I posted a question about IF and Paleo about a week ago (wanting to incorporate them both). I find myself struggling at times with Paleo (when serious weight-training and athletic performance is involved) and especially struggling with doing both Paleo and IF (attempted both this last week). Help!
For the most part I find that eating sweet potatoes before workingout, and say bananas after, are a good way to stay energized without consuming grains ( a no-no on Paleo) This satisfies me for the most part about 3/4 of the month. As a female just prior to my monthly cycle (7 days leading up to it) I find myself wanting/needing carbs because my appetite increases. When this happens I find myself eating more quinoa, sprouted grain bread, lentils and brown rice pre and post-workout. Ugh! I'm assuming it's because of the hormone swings and other factors. Should I feel bad about this even though the food I'm eating is still 'clean', just not strictly 'paleo' ?
So this week I attempted Intermittent Fasting (IF) with my Paleo diet....and I couldn't do it. Given, i only tried TWO days. I began my day WITHOUT breakfast, (just lemon/lime squeezed in water for drink) and attempted to fast until 1pm. CAVED-IN both days. I was up at 8am and by the time 10:30am rolled around I was crabby, irritable, felt weak in the arms and found myself eating the 3 squares of organic dark choclate in my desk drawer at work. So the question....
Is this a sign my body needs breakfast and IF isn't a good idea for me? Or is it merely a sign that I need to be stronger, and more disciplined for a few days before it hopefully gets easier to do on a daily basis?
I'd like to remind people that I crave working out and enjoy all types of athletic endeavors, such as running, spinning, plyo, swimming, and serious weight lifting and usually do 1-2hrs per day 5-6 days a week. My diet is 'clean'and about 90% Organic too.