Sorry, have to rant: so after 32 years of sleeping like crap, this year I FINALLY figured out how to cure my sleeping problems. One of the most helpful tips I got from someone on paleohacks was to make sure I was eating enough carbs at dinner after I work out. I tried adding root veggies to my dinners and - boom - totally worked.
Cut to last night where my boyfriend wanted to make dinner for me (a rare occurrence) since he had the day off. I knew I was going to workout after work but totally forgot to tell him about the post-workout carb thing. So he thoughtfully makes 2 paleo dishes from Primal Cravings (a really good cookbook, I highly recommend it) including porkchops stuffed with chorizo and sweet potatoes but overall it's very low carb compared to what I normally eat after a workout. Plus I had two cocktails instead of just drinking water like I normally do.
So of course I slept like shit. I woke up around 2:30am after 4 hours of so-so sleep and was awake for the rest of the night. I even snuck into the kitchen and finished off the rest of the sweet potatoes hoping that would help but nope. Didn't help at all.
And OF COURSE this happens the night before I have an audition and then have to babysit my nieces all day. So yay, they get a grumpy, spacey uncle all day!
So I'm just frustrated. ONE MEAL where I don't stick perfectly to my routine, ONE MEAL where I just relax and let someone else take care of me, ONE MEAL where I neglect to inform the bf about what I need and it has consequences for the rest of the weekend. Oh, and last weekend and I had 2 bites of gluten-y stuff at a really nice restaurant and I'm STILL dealing with IBS-ish symptoms.
I'm glad I found Paleo, I really am, but I hate how any deviation from perfection causes these kinds of results. I hate how sensitive my body is. I just HATE my body in general. I really do. I have to be perfect or it has all these problems, and who could possibly be perfect?
Sorry to dump all this negativity out into the universe, but I figured if there was a place for it, it would be here 'cause you guys are cool and get why this would be frustrating.
Thanks for listening.
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on August 24, 2013
at 01:18 PM
I sympathize with the food intolerances and unforgiving routines some people end up with on paleo and I think it's reasonable to make some health compromises in order to not have everything in the world make you sick. On the other hand, you said you've been having sleep problems for 32 years, so it doesn't sound like that one is a paleo side effect.
I'd encourage you to look at it this way: ONE MEAL where you don't get the nutrition you need = ONE NIGHT where you can't sleep well. You haven't lost your progress. You haven't undone the benefits to your health from all the other nights you slept well. You haven't erased the knowledge you gained about how your body works and what you need. When you're still learning this stuff, it's not uncommon to have setbacks like this, and it's not necessarily bad -- it means you're experimenting with your body's needs and learning how to best fulfill them.
Now you can tell your boyfriend that you need some carbs in the evening (you don't have to tell him the dinner he cooked for you messed you up, you can just tell him it's something you've figured out over time). You can also remember to keep some potatoes or fruit or instant rice around so that if you do eat a LC dinner, you can give yourself a quick carb supplement before bed.
You could also try a higher-carb diet in general and see if that gives you more flexibility.