Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Oh, Yeah...THIS is Why I Eat This Way...

So, this past week has been a bit of a hodgepodge/mess of eating and my body is suffering the consequences. I maintain a pretty strict eating routine and when I do decide to eat outside the parameters of Paleo, my choices include an alcoholic beverage or something like a little goat cheese on my salad...these small "indulgences", here and there, create a bit of a negative change in my performance and overall feeling of wellbeing, but nothing like I'm experiencing with this recent madness. This past week, all of my normal eating went by the wayside.

In addition to my healthy eating choices, since last Thursday, I have consumed the following:

1. Thursday: Fondue, from The Melting Pot, in the form cheese, broth, and chocolate...no grains, but really it wouldn't have made any difference. Our meal was called, "The Big Night Out"...oh, it was. This was a really fun experience and a great way to celebrate my friend, Becky's, birthday.          
   -the next two days I was majorly congested and actually thought I was coming down with a cold (would've been my first bout of sickness since the elimination of all things inflammatory)...thankfully, I wasn't/didn't.

2. Sunday (day): Fair Food (see pictures below)

My First Corn Dog
Fried Beer...YUCK! And, just wrong...
Fried Peanut Butter, Banana, and Jelly Sandwich 
Fried Butter w/Honey, Cinnamon, and Sugar
Fried Oreo Cookies
Cotton Candy...Scott's Mom and Grandma ate this one. 
   -I had a bite of each fried item and consumed 1/2 of my first corn dog...yes, I had never before eaten a corn dog. And, unless I go the The Texas State Fair again, I probably won't do it again.

3. Sunday (night): Homemade Pasta ala Bolognese
   -this is something I make maybe twice a year and is SO worth the consequences...when not eaten the same day as the above mentioned "food" items.
   -I barely slept due to my itchy skin and uncomfortable stomach, and woke up Monday morning puffy* and with tight, irritated skin...perfect for the "Bobby Flay Book Signing" I would be attending that morning...
*You can actually see the puffiness in my eyes...my left one wouldn't stop weeping. Nice. 

4. Monday (night): Caramel-Apple Cheesecake from Bobby Flay's new cookbook, "Throwdown".
Caramel-Apple Cheesecake (a Bobby Flay recipe)
But it wasn't all bad...I also ate:
Scrambled Eggs
Grass-Fed Beef Filets w/Roasted Asparagus and Apple-Bacon Salad
Burger (no bun) w/Bacon, Egg, and Roasted Jalapenos from Red's
Chicken and Beef Fajitas w/Guacamole and Salsa on a Bed of Lettuce from Chuy's

My question...do many people feel like this on a regular basis and just accept that this feeling is "normal"? Has bloating, discomfort, skin irritation, fatigue, and squishiness become the norm in our society? 

Moral of the story...sometimes it's fun to venture out and try new things, but don't expect to feel good when the new things are not recognizable in nature. And, it may not always be "easy" to eat this way, but it sure is worth it. Now, I think I need a nap...


Nikki said...

Yes that is exactly how it is for people. I'm not 100% paleo, but when I started cooking like so, my Husband realized he had a problem with gluten and dairy. I'd still say he has a problem with grains but he won't give it all up. He said he figured it was normal to go to the bathroom that often.

Ever since I eliminated things, when I eat things...mostly bread or sugar I get sick. Not to mention that full sick feeling which I don't get when I eat paleo.

Scott said...

They really need to make fried oreo's part of the paleo diet...they were AWESOME!!!

Eilyne said...

First of all, your cooking skills still astound me! Cheesecake is unbelievable! I think that people do get used to feeling that way. I know I have. Might be time to think about food again. Thanks Jen!

jencereghino said...

I think that's what it all comes down to, "think[ing] about food..." and just having an awareness of our bodies. I've always been super sensitive of my body and the way it reacts to foods, workouts, life...but, I never really knew what I was actually reacting to.

I really feel strongly about trying the Paleo diet for 30 days...strict. Clean out all those potential inflammatory foods and THEN see how your body reacts when you reintroduce them. Crazy!

I know that, for me, a 100% Paleo diet wouldn't work for me all of the time; so, I know that I am going to be super strict throughout the week and most weekends and will splurge every so often. I will usually pick a clean meal and a few drinks or will add goat cheese or blue cheese to my meal. Other than that, I stay pretty true to the no grains, beans, legumes, or sugar. It was a bit challenging (the grains, beans, and legumes especially) at first, but is totally worth the way I feel, the way my skin looks/reacts, and the way I function.

Trixie said...

Thanks for sharing, interesting stuff! I find that I too eat Paleo pretty much Mon-Friday..Saturday and Sunday I might have a glass of wine or an ice cream. Usually don't feel so hot afterwords, but eating Paleo 100% would leave me batty!

Kerri Heffel said...

i had to comment about your experience at the Melting Pot. i'm new to your blog so i'm not sure how often you have cheese/dairy, but the other day i had cheese (very rare for me) with dinner and had a sore throat/congested feeling the next 2 days... in addition to being confined to the bathroom for about an hour.

Emily said...

I think people accept feeling this way because they haven't felt any other way. They don't know what it feels like to eat clean and NOT have reactions to foods like they do now. I think now the excuse is usually 'I just ate too much'. When really they're eating the wrong things. I was vegetarian for 9 years and vegan for 6 months (Lent +) but started eating meat again in January. Did a 30day Paleo challenge in April/May and it was OK but I fell off the wagon near the end. Did another 30 day challenge in June/July and I felt awesome. Slept great, no big belly, felt awesome during CF...I loved it and loved finding new recipes. What an eye opening experience that was. I've slipped a few other times but when I do I KNOW I'm going to pay for it, but I also know how to get back on the wagon and how to ignore the sugar cravings. I also know if I want to cheat to make it REALLY worth it.
My weight is about the same as what it was when I was vegetarian but I just FEEL better. It's hard to explain but my insides just feel clean.

I'm doing my own 30 day challenge to sort of detox from the eating spree I went on for 2 weeks after I did an Ironman. After that I'll go back to 80/20 Paleo

Amy said...

I find that when I start to slip, it is gradual, so I don't always notice it. I cheat once, feel awful, cheat again (but not as bad), don't feel too bad... and so the cycle progresses. I do think it is important to be realistic about what you are and aren't willing to give up. For example, I cannot give up all red wine or dark chocolate. But at least I can give up everything else. It is a fine line to walk between balance and devotion, because it takes a little of both to stay on track. Thanks for your great blog! For me it is a lifestyle change, not a fad diet so I cannot throw a tantrum everytime I eat something I shouldn't or I would just give up all together.