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Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 25, 2011 at 9:43 AM

hi,

so i have a couple of questions. i do crossfit about 5 days a week. i noticed that i started eating more when i started this. The eating more is not my concern as i listen to my body. if i am hungry, i will feed my body. The problem comes in while i am sleep. i end up getting up in the middle of my sleep just to eat. when i wake up, i am starving.so i eat a snack and go back to bed. How do i stop this? i have tried drinking tons of water before bed. Nothing seems to help

2.is it recommended to drink alcohol ( i love wine) while following the paleo. im talking one glass say a week. i cut out the hard core liqour when i started crossfit

  1. are supplements like whey protein allowed? i seem to find the shakes convinient.

thank you

amg

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on April 28, 2011
at 03:00 AM

It's claimed to for some people. However, I usually see it linked more along the lines of people who already have leaky gut having more problems with casein (since it has larger undigested proteins that get through the leaky gut). So, not causing the leaking gut but being bad if you already have one.

6371f0ae0c075ded1b8cd30aafd4bf16

on April 27, 2011
at 03:43 PM

Isn't Casein a gut irritant?

6371f0ae0c075ded1b8cd30aafd4bf16

on April 26, 2011
at 04:04 PM

Sorry if there are any spelling mistakes. I typed this on my cell phone while in the middle of company payroll training.

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on April 25, 2011
at 10:20 AM

Forgot to go into the times you are eating. I eat all my food later in the day and a big protein meal an hour before bed and sleep like a champ. This works for ME. Try out different feeding times.....you'l' figure it out.

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6371f0ae0c075ded1b8cd30aafd4bf16

on April 26, 2011
at 04:02 PM

Your answer depends largely on what your current state of physical fitness and what your goals are? If your really skinny, with almost no body fat and metabolic issues then the whey shake is fine. Crossfit really glycolicically demanding. If you are waking at night your body is experiencing a glucose drop and releasing liver glycogen or cortisol to produce more glucose if the glycogen is gone from the days WOD and inproper glycogen repletion post work out. Bump up the carb post workout and eat plenty of protien during the day. Also reconsider the 5 days a week of Crossfit. Maybe a mix of Crossfit 2 to 3 days a week and pure Strength training 2 days week. Focus on getting plenty of rest and deload every 3 weeks or so. You can try a teaspoon of honey befote bed to keep glycogen stores intact.

6371f0ae0c075ded1b8cd30aafd4bf16

on April 26, 2011
at 04:04 PM

Sorry if there are any spelling mistakes. I typed this on my cell phone while in the middle of company payroll training.

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1cbb6b2a813475d6c0b17fd5e898dc50

on April 25, 2011
at 10:19 AM

When are you eating? I know from my own personal experience I can not do whey protein. You don't need whey protein when you can and should eat eggs for the most complete protein source on earth. You have to experiment on your own body! I drink beer once a week....do what you feel is good for YOU. Asking if something is "allowed" make the paleo lifestyle seem like a vegan diet! 5 days a week of crossfit seems really excessive for ME, I know what MY body needs and wants.....catch MY drift...lol. Good luck!

1cbb6b2a813475d6c0b17fd5e898dc50

(1248)

on April 25, 2011
at 10:20 AM

Forgot to go into the times you are eating. I eat all my food later in the day and a big protein meal an hour before bed and sleep like a champ. This works for ME. Try out different feeding times.....you'l' figure it out.

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on April 27, 2011
at 06:23 AM

For nighttime, I would recommend against Whey for the nighttime snack. It digests too fast for what you're looking for. What I usually see recommended is Casein type protein (cottage cheese is a good cheap source, but I found it really bland). Egg will do fine as well.

On the other hand, after the workouts. Whey is good for recovery, just understand it's not considered paleo.

For alcohol, they say a glass of red wine is ok. However, it's one of those "good is supposed to offset the bad" type deals. Alcohol is bad. If you are cutting, it can slow you down (basically a bunch of calories that are processed by the liver like fructose). But the benefits of the red wine are considered a viable tradeoff for the amount of alcohol there. If you aren't cutting, go for it if you like it (just don't go overboard).

6371f0ae0c075ded1b8cd30aafd4bf16

on April 27, 2011
at 03:43 PM

Isn't Casein a gut irritant?

5e36f73c3f95eb4ea13a009f4936449f

(8280)

on April 28, 2011
at 03:00 AM

It's claimed to for some people. However, I usually see it linked more along the lines of people who already have leaky gut having more problems with casein (since it has larger undigested proteins that get through the leaky gut). So, not causing the leaking gut but being bad if you already have one.

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on April 26, 2011
at 02:35 AM

I workout at 6:00 a.m. CrossFit 3 days a week and pure strength training twice a week. CrossFit is demanding and requires plenty of fuel. My biggest meal of the day by far is dinner because I don't want to eat just prior to working out, and I never feel good the next morning when I eat a midnight snack. I load up on the meat and throw a few tablespoons of coconut milk over some berries for dessert. My next biggest meal is post workout around 8:00, and "lunch" around noon is generally smaller, unless my belly is asking for more. If I eat more at lunch, then maybe less is needed at dinner. As others on this post have said, you need to listen to your body and find out what works for you.

If I do wake up hungry, I usually eat half a banana and maybe a few almonds or cashews. While this might not be the best paleo food choice, I'm not trying to lose weight, it digests well, and it gives me a little boost during my workout the next morning.

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on April 25, 2011
at 02:36 PM

Red wine is a reasonable endulgence with known benefits. Its more primal than paleo. Same with whey powder. If it works for you, that's fine - just make sure you're not ignoring any obvious science. Traditional cultures (hunter-gatherers, etc) tend to eat the biggest meal late in the day - as do many paleohackers. That might help. They also are often bi-phasic, meaning they get up in the middle of the night as well. Of course, they don't have to punch a clock in the morning! you might want to look through some of the sleep hack threads here or search over at Mark's Daily Apple - he talk's about it a lot. Many people recommend the book "Lights Out: Sleep, Sugar and Survival". i just got it, but haven't started it yet.

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on April 25, 2011
at 02:04 PM

Just keep your late night snacks protein based. I do it all the time and I have had great results.

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on April 25, 2011
at 11:43 AM

I would try increasing your fat consumption at your last meal of the day. I find when I eat a good bit of fat with a meal it ties me over 2-3 times longer.

Also you may still be getting blood sugar crashes as well, so your brain sends the hunger singles to your stomach but your not really hungry. What do your meals look like throughout the day?

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