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Just to make something clear from the beginning: I don’t like labelling! I don’t care whether someone is vegan, vegetarian, paleo, doing IIFYM or any other nutritional lifestyle. Until now I ate accordingly to my intolerances. That meant a lot of carbs like millet, quinoa, buckwheat and potatoes, protein in form of eggs and egg whites and sometimes meat and fish, fats I covered with nut butters and nuts and oils. My macros were approximately: 55-60% carbs, 30% protein, 16-20% fat.
“Why did you think about switching your diet?” Well, yeah… I felt quite sluggish for some weeks and my hormones are still not in balance and my body is holding a lot of water. Cutting out dairy in January helped to clear my skin but I’m still breaking out because of hormonal imbalances. I’ve also been experiencing diarrhea every morning, lately. Doing some research on my own and consulting a doctor, I think I finally know what my problem is: IBS-D.
“How did you get hooked on Paleo?” Some of you might know Youtuber Sarah from Sarah’s Day. I’ve been watching her vlogs for two years now and can quite relate to her story. Being intrigued, I did some research and informed myself about the paleo diet and what benefits and disadvantages it offers. I finally decided to give it a try when my dermatologist told me that insulin sensitivity can also mess with my hormones. So, I thought I would try going paleo for one week and see how I feel.
I looked for some recipes and planned my meals to make sure I was getting enough calories in. What shocked me a bit first was how high in fat my macros were and I must admit that I felt a bit uncomfortable about significantly increasing my fat intake. Another thing I noticed was that I was getting lots of protein, you really don’t have to worry about that when going Paleo.
As I am active and working out frequently, I tried to at least get 150g carbs a day coming from starchy veggies and fruit.
After that first week, I wasn’t bloated anymore at all and my morning diarrhea was gone. Digging deeper into the philosophy behind paleo, I purchased “Practical Paleo: A Customized Approach to Health and a Whole-Foods Lifestyle” („Das grosse Buch der Paleo Ernährung“).
Currently, I’m reading that book (if you want me to do a review, let me know) and start to understand what is going wrong in my body.
My conclusion: I’m giving a paleo-based diet a try (not strict paleo because I’m doing sports and want to gain weight… otherwise it would be too difficult to get my carbs – I’m not a big sweet potato fan haha). If you are interested and want me to, I’ll do updates and some posts about the paleo diet in general.
Please share your opinions and questions down below in the comment section! I’m very curious about experiences other people made.
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