Reaching my first 30 day milestone and going to a festival in a few weeks.

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 21, 2013 at 4:16 PM

So i'm almost a whole month completely paleo. The benefits are showing. I've lost weight, feel 'normal', no more mood swings and quite a few other things i can't remember off the top of my head. Either way, i like it and want it to be my diet 90% of the time. Day 31 also happens to be my birthday so it will be a well earned cheat day (it's pretty much illegal to turn down free birthday cake right?)

Aside from feeling great i'm still struggling a bit with GERD. My symptoms mostly match up with H.Pylori symptoms (GERD started after stress and a course of antibiotics + poor eating/smoking). I've started taking manuka honey (cut down on fruit/carbs for now) and mastic gum. It's only been a few days but i think it's helping. I'm having an endoscopy done in a few weeks so they might test me for H.Pylori, not too sure. Anybody had success with mastic gum?

Anyway, enough of the life story. My question is how would you survive a music festival?

(Aside from the birthday cake) i want to avoid gluten as much i can as it seems to make my symptoms worse. I've been completely gluten free for about 3 months now and am not too sure what to expect if i ingest it again. Everything at a festival will be cooked in the worse oils possible (hoping for an ostrich burger stand though) but i was hoping to take some of my own food and try to survive on burgers without the buns if i need to buy more. I know it's only 5/6 days of poor eating (and drinking) but i don't want to reverse the progress i've made.

How long does it take for you after a massive cheat to feel back to normal?

Sorry if this seems a bit of a mess and the questions are vague, running on 3 hours sleep today :) Cheers for any advice.

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on May 21, 2013
at 05:00 PM

There are different categories of "bad" foods and one of the important tasks for a paleo lifestyle is figuring out which ones, for you personally, fall into which categories:

  • Foods that are suboptimal to eat as a regular part of your diet - For most people, things like omega-6 fats and unsprouted legumes fall into this category. If you don't have a sensitivity or an established tendency to binge on them, go ahead and enjoy them occasionally. In most cases it's probably also better to eat them than to go on an excessively long fast, if there are no other choices.

  • Foods that you can enjoy and pay a minor cost for - These are things like milk for people with standard lactose intolerance, or refined sugar for many people. You can learn what's going to happen if you eat them (gas, blood sugar crash, etc) and make an informed decision about whether the convenience / indulgence is worth the cost.

  • Foods that seriously mess you up - These are things like gluten for people with celiac or foods that you have an established allergic reaction to.

Even over a 5 day period, industrial cooking oils probably fall into the first category. They're not great for you but they won't wipe out all your progress either. You might want to do some experimentation with gluten so you can find out whether it falls into category 2 (i.e., enjoy your slice of birthday cake) or category 3 (i.e., your birthday is an especially bad day for cake).



on May 21, 2013
at 07:09 PM

I've been gluten free for about 2 years now. In general I've steered clear of anything fried going out unless they confirm it's fried separately but lately I've relaxed that constraint and it seems ok. Will know for sure with blood tests this summer. Anyway, just get used to fasting - makes life much easier. When you foresee inability to control your foods, follow a simple rule: when given GF food, eat it, so that later you can easily fast. You could bring some dark chocolate or nuts to help ease things. Hardest part is going to sleep hungry after skipping dinner.


on May 21, 2013
at 04:36 PM

If you want the best results, skip the birthday cake or secure a gluten free one. Keep your cheat days gluten free.

Same answer for the music festival. Take the bad oil and questionable meat over gluten. Talk with vendors to make sure they're not marinating or breading meat in something questionable.

Pack the most calorie dense food you can find that won't spoil. Start with nuts, beef jerky, and dried fruit. Canned fish if you can stomach it. Maybe gluten free protein bars or protein powder.

Bring some of your own toilet paper too, after eating clean for 30 days you may be in for some system shock.

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