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Learned an important lesson today

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 12, 2013 at 8:42 PM

I have been eating a paleo diet for the last week, and today I really learned a lesson about eating properly and doing manual work.

I am guessing I have been verging on a LC diet since I am basically a carb addict. This week has been all meats and veggies with some fruit. I have completely eliminated processed sugars, legumes and grains so far.

Today, I had to do some manual labor (unloading 20,000 lbs from a semi truck by hand). I was really feeling a lack of energy by the time we were 2/3 done and at the end I was even feeling a little dizzy and tingly. When I came in the house I succumbed to the need for a peanut butter sandwich on white bread.

My question is how to strike the right balance of high energy providing foods with my need to lose weight. Do I simply carb load ahead of time? Should I have had a size of pancakes and syrup with my bacon and eggs this morning?

I want to know how to plan ahead for these needs and not eat something random on the rebound like I did today.

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on January 12, 2013
at 09:41 PM

Maybe not pancakes but hashbrowns.

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on January 12, 2013
at 08:59 PM

Thanks tecleaf. Thankfully my job is not doing manual labor, I also sit at a desk all week working on the computer. I am new to this and I have felt pretty good so far (sinus issues have improved drastically). I do need to do work like this 3-4 times per year, and I just need to know the best way to prep myself for these occasions.

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on January 12, 2013
at 08:59 PM

Sounds like you are the definition of a sugar burner (i.e. metabolic syndrome). Takes time to transition to utilizing your bodies stores of energy more efficiently. Just keep working at it and you will get there.

As to how to plan ahead thats pretty easy. Get rid of stuff in the house thats not suppose to be on the menu and stock up on what is.

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on January 12, 2013
at 08:53 PM

It sounds from what you've said that you're new to this? If you've gone from a standard diet high in carbs and processed foods to a (comparatively) low-carb Paleo diet, you will most likely find the first week or two (or three) a struggle. Most do. If you're doing manual labour and your job depends upon it, you may wish to reduce the carbs just a little more gradually. Before I discovered Paleo I went very low carb (about 20g/day) from a SAD, high-carb, low-fat diet, and I was absolutely floored for three weeks. I had no energy whatsoever, it was torture. And I sit at a desk all day! It's no wonder you caved, your body would have been wondering what the hell had hit it. :)

Once you work out the level of carb intake you need - and I'd say DON'T go super low carb if you have a physical job (going Paleo should feel GOOD, not like torturous deprivation) - don't go for the pancakes! Go for starchy carbs and/or some fruit instead, grains are just nutritionless crap. Robb Wolf and Mark Sisson have a lot of helpful info on carb intake and activity level.

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on January 12, 2013
at 08:59 PM

Thanks tecleaf. Thankfully my job is not doing manual labor, I also sit at a desk all week working on the computer. I am new to this and I have felt pretty good so far (sinus issues have improved drastically). I do need to do work like this 3-4 times per year, and I just need to know the best way to prep myself for these occasions.

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on January 12, 2013
at 09:05 PM

I like to load up with a little bit of sweet potato or white rice the evening before strenuous activity, I find this works for me, but everyone is different. I also find that my morning grass fed butter/mct oil coffee get's me through a full day of light labor no problem- sometimes without the urge or need to eat.

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on January 12, 2013
at 09:34 PM

As far as planning ahead: you've simply got to plan ahead. :)

Paleo carbs are generally going to take longer to prepare than prepackaged, processed carbs that are readily available everywhere. The exception to this is whole fruit- so you could keep some apples or bananas on hand. It's important to try to balance that need for carbs with a little protein and fat too. I like to have hard-boiled eggs in the fridge or a jar of nut butter to pair with my carb-heavy snacks.

Otherwise, you're going to have to cook your starchy vegetables ahead of time and have them ready to go. I almost always have steamed cauliflower and some cooked sweet potatoes in the fridge. I cook them in the microwave- 3 minutes for the cauli, 4-5 minutes for a whole sweet potato, not yet peeled. When I need to eat them quickly, I peel the sweet potatoes (they come right off), cut them up, and fry them up in a little oil. 5 minutes and I've got a plate of healthy carbs.

Edit: a lot of times then I'll fry up an egg or some leftover meat in that same pan to go along with the sweet potato or cauli. Balanced, filling but quick snack for when you need some food.

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on January 12, 2013
at 11:44 PM

I have some "emergency" larabars, nuts, and coconut water in my car. Popular choices that are prepackaged and compact while providing a lot of energy for your workout or to avert an "I had no other option..." food choice.

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on January 12, 2013
at 09:28 PM

I have 8 grams or so of carbs before I lift then sip a drink with 16 to 32 grams of carbs and some electrolytes as I lift. I'm still playing with the exact amounts.

To not reinvent the wheel you need paleo Gatorade.

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