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Getting the hang of it...

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 09, 2013 at 10:42 PM

Hi guys

I've been on paleo/IF for about a month now, fell off the bandwagon for x'mas and now back on, I'd say clean for about 10 days now. I noticed my skin has improved, my spots are gone and I'm managing 5k runs everyday now. I do my runs fasted, at the end of the work day just before I head home to break my fast. I fast for about 22 hours and have a 2 hour eating window.

I know I might come off a little impatient, and I know I might be pushing my body quite hard with this regime, but I just want to make sure that I am not overdoing it. This is because over the years I've dieted so much and so long as a fat kid/teenager that I don't trust my body to tell me what to do anymore. The only thing that has worked for me is to not give in to my body's wants.

What I am also concerned with is getting enough calories into my body. I am losing weight, I like the results, but I don't want to suffer the repercussions of extreme dieting like I have done before (excessive hair loss, excessive bleeding when injured)

I have a portion (about 150g) of salmon or whatever wild fish is available e.g. trout, haddock, cod cooked with seasonal greens (kale, zucchini, carrots) in coconut oil. I also have 2 soft boiled eggs, berries, plenty of honeydew melon (my weaknesss) and an occasional spoonful of almond butter. I also take a spoonful of hemp protein powder in my meals to boost omega 3 intake.

However I still want to feel better than I do now, especially after eating, sometimes I get lots of gurgling noises (borborygmi) and nauseated feelings from eating every now and then.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Peace x

6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on January 10, 2013
at 01:59 PM

Kombucha tea is also another option to look at.

501cbe03247aa28c1bd48992de993bac

on January 10, 2013
at 09:24 AM

Thanks Michael - what you mentioned is exactly what I am aiming for - a healthful and sustainable lifestyle. Pity about the hemp - would it be good (for some benign fibre, at least) or should I just omit it altogether? Don't want to waste food.

501cbe03247aa28c1bd48992de993bac

on January 10, 2013
at 09:21 AM

Thanks Chris, I might try HIIT with my runs.

501cbe03247aa28c1bd48992de993bac

on January 10, 2013
at 09:19 AM

I don't seem to tolerate dairy very well - even plain yogurt, I get irritated throat and backdrip every now and then with my old diet. It's been clear now and I'm not sure if it is the IF or omission of dairy. I might try kimchi in a small amount as the spice makes my tummy churn. I can't get fermented sauerkraut or kefir where I live.

501cbe03247aa28c1bd48992de993bac

on January 10, 2013
at 09:16 AM

It seems my body is responding, I guess it's because I'm still young, and I am only trying this because it has worked well with some women I read about on the internet, and the fasting window is only because my work day ends late and I hit the gym only at 6-ish.

501cbe03247aa28c1bd48992de993bac

on January 10, 2013
at 09:08 AM

Hi Olivier to be honest I don't really run at high intensity, I jog/sprint 5K in about 40 minutes.

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on January 10, 2013
at 12:07 AM

especially for a female. I've read several times (couldn't tell you where) that females don't respond to fasting as well as males.

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(334)

on January 09, 2013
at 11:13 PM

At what relative intensity do you run? Do you just run along or with time/pace targets?

501cbe03247aa28c1bd48992de993bac

on January 09, 2013
at 10:44 PM

I forgot to add - I'm female, mid-twenties.

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on January 09, 2013
at 10:58 PM

Yikes, you are definitely over doing it. 22-hour fasted 5K runs every day? That's extreme.

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on January 10, 2013
at 12:07 AM

especially for a female. I've read several times (couldn't tell you where) that females don't respond to fasting as well as males.

501cbe03247aa28c1bd48992de993bac

on January 10, 2013
at 09:16 AM

It seems my body is responding, I guess it's because I'm still young, and I am only trying this because it has worked well with some women I read about on the internet, and the fasting window is only because my work day ends late and I hit the gym only at 6-ish.

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6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on January 09, 2013
at 11:21 PM

Have you added any fermented foods or probiotics to your diet? Getting some beneficial bacteria into your diet is something you might want to look into.

501cbe03247aa28c1bd48992de993bac

on January 10, 2013
at 09:19 AM

I don't seem to tolerate dairy very well - even plain yogurt, I get irritated throat and backdrip every now and then with my old diet. It's been clear now and I'm not sure if it is the IF or omission of dairy. I might try kimchi in a small amount as the spice makes my tummy churn. I can't get fermented sauerkraut or kefir where I live.

6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on January 10, 2013
at 01:59 PM

Kombucha tea is also another option to look at.

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C4deaa6bb01626b4569e8992890381ab

on January 09, 2013
at 11:16 PM

I'll second that, i wouldn't worry about overdoing the diet, i'd worry about your exercise regime. If you want to lose weight you are going about it the wrong way, running for miles isn't too effective, it just makes you better at running for miles. You need high intensity exercise. seriously, re-think your exercise & you should see far better results.

501cbe03247aa28c1bd48992de993bac

on January 10, 2013
at 09:21 AM

Thanks Chris, I might try HIIT with my runs.

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on January 10, 2013
at 01:22 AM

It sounds like a history of crash dieting, so be sure you don't do that. Eat plenty. When we are dieting we always want to lose weight fast, but what you really want to do is be thin and healthy for life, which you accomplish by learning lifetime habits. So, no hunger. No 22 hour fasts. Especially, if your food for the day is 150g of fish and two eggs, you won't last long before your body fails you again even if you have the incredible willpower to pull that off. Paleo is not about willpower. It should be easy. Try three meals a day, and try to make them satisfying and healthful.

BTW hemp is a lousy source of omega 3 -- it's the wrong form and it won't help your stomach either. 150g of fish a few days a week is plenty of omega 3.

501cbe03247aa28c1bd48992de993bac

on January 10, 2013
at 09:24 AM

Thanks Michael - what you mentioned is exactly what I am aiming for - a healthful and sustainable lifestyle. Pity about the hemp - would it be good (for some benign fibre, at least) or should I just omit it altogether? Don't want to waste food.

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