- finding recipes online..so many great blogs/websites out there devoted to Paleo
- eating what I cooked
- finding recipes my whole family liked, the kids were very skeptical of a lot of the stuff
- finding quick snacking ideas
- giving up sugar!
- how great I felt
- no/minimal bloating ever
- lots of veggies and meat
- healthy meals
- I felt like my muscles especially in my arms got more defined
- I felt like I was spending a lot more time in the kitchen
- my running suffered
- I missed carbs, namely I missed grains. I got a little tired of sweet potatoes and squash for carbs.
I felt validated yesterday when I found this article on Active.com. I felt like some of my best runs lately were this last week when I experimented with adding carbs back in a little. So this morning instead of eggs and fruit for breakfast like the last month, I ate a bowl of oatmeal with raisins, pecans, chia seeds, cinnamon and honey. It was good.
Here's part of my thing. I want to be healthy. I don't want to feel like a criminal for eating grains. I like grains. I think they are good, delicious and can be a part of a healthy diet. and I really do think they help my running.
I do also think you can be very healthy on the Paleo plan but I just don't know that it is compatible with endurance type running and let's face it. I am a runner. I am not happy with having runs that feel craptastic, I want runs that feel amazing. I am also kind of a competitive person, so I want to be as well fueled as I can to put out the best effort I can and feel good doing it. To do that I think maybe I need some grains.
It might be different if I had celiac disease or gluten intolerance, but I don't.
So I am adding them back in and just in time for my half marathon next month too.
I do still want to keep the processed crap out though.
Have you tried Paleo with distance running?