SPECIAL EDITION // 4 weeks challenge: Going Paleolithic
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So, week #2 was… SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED! Above all, I’m glad I found that I actually can live with less carbohydrates and that it doesn’t negatively affect my mood or my energy. It has been so interesting to follow this diet and also observe the signs of my body. And people around me are starting to get excited and curious too.
One of the questions I’m most frequently asked about is whether this is high-protein diet, so I’m clarifying it right now. Contrary to what many may think this is not a high-protein diet, the protein is maintained in normal amounts, which is increasing the intake of fat compared to “normal”.
Another topic a lot of people ask me is whether this diet may be followed by athletes. As far as my experience is concerned, and as I mentioned in my last post, I didn´t feel my training performance got anyway weaker. I didn’t feel any fatigue or tiredness – may I recall you that I trained almost every day this week and I even made some twice-daily workouts with cardio in the morning and weights at the end of the day. Although I’m not an high competition athlete, I have read articles on elite athletes who follow this diet and are totally satisfied with the results obtained and even energy levels. There are many scientific studies available on the subject and many renowned doctors who encourage and demonstrate the benefits of this lifestyle.
So, back to my second week of going paleo, this was my weekly menu:
As you can see my greatest sin remains the need for a chocolate at the end of the day. However I always ate chocolate with 90% cocoa (and I found that cocoa has lots of protein!). The good part of eating chocolate at night is that cocoa has a good percentage of tryptophan, a substance that stimulates the production of serotonin, which relieves stress. At the end of the day it’s always good!
Dairy products – yoghurt and cheese – are still present in small amounts. I love cheese and, as I do not feel that my body responds poorly to its consumption, I have not eliminated it but only reduced it comparing to what I used to eat. As I mentioned: the important thing is to listen to our body, how it responds to what we eat.
This week I had a sushi dinner, the meal that was left out of the Paleolithic diet. I love sushi, and it felt so good to break the routine. However, I basically ate sashimi and left aside the soy sauce and the pieces with more rice.
So here I go on full speed to the third Paleo week!
This post was originally written in Portuguese. Click here to read the Portuguese version.