Category: diet

Week 1 of RP Diet

Goal of going on a diet plan is pretty simple – eat. Eat regularly. Don’t skip meals, wind up in caloric debt, and then grab anything in site. I don’t see a need to either gain or lose weight.

5 solid days last week. Meal prep is obviously key. Repetitions of meals didn’t bother me at all. Having steady energy and not being hungry felt awesome.

Friday night bothered me…. Daughter’s birthday, Thursday screaming match with my boss at 9:30pm, majorly off-balance for the rest of the night and day. Walking down the the pizza joint and grabbing a beer with my wife while our daughters were in Friday evening dance class threw me off. No excuses, just stating the facts as I see them. Hope to learn and improve.

Weekends are a bit of a challenge. I’ve seen that most people complain about weekends because they tend to cheat on Saturdays. I find that the weekdays are solid because there is structure and weekends are a challenge because they are unstructured. Clearly I need to keep more structure on the weekends.

Week 1 results – weight stable, body fat% stable. Many lessons learned.

Onward.

Day 1- RP diet

Today I’m officially kicking off the RP Diet. It’s a little confusing and a lot of meal prep, but I hope it’s worth it.

Most of the time I am pretty good with food. I tend to eat decently, and I’m well aware of how food fuels me. The challenge that I often fall into is “am I eating enough?” When stress kicks in, 14 hour days, no workouts, I stop eating. Then I go into a caloric tailspin. Not to mention an emotional tailspin. Looking at the clock at 3:00pm and realizing that I have drank 6 or 8 espressos and eaten no solid food and then grabbing a cup full of M&M’s just doesn’t work for long.

Trust me. I know this firsthand.

I also don’t do well with vague plans. “eat 150g of protein during the day” works less well for me than “when you wake up eat XXoz of protein, a cup of greens, and and an avocado” works for me. That’s just me, and since I’m the one living in my body I’ll go with it.

My goal is to have a steady supply of good calories that I eat regularly. I looked around a bit, and RP seemed like a good way to get some structure.

They offer 2 choices – cut and gain. I have no desire to lose weight. I’m already starting 7 pounds down (now at 193# instead of 200#), so I went with the gain plan.

The structure is pretty solid. Macro amounts based on how hard you work out and at what time of the day you workout.

If I can get back to 200#’s, I’ll be happy. If I can get up to 210#’s while staying lean, I’ll be ecstatic. If I can maintain a solid energy level and eat healthy while work blows apart around me….. I’ll be happy AND ecstatic. Or something like that.

Here’s a sample day.

Screen Shot 2015-11-23 at 3.17.58 PMWe’ll see how it works.

Diet – as a whole…. and how it has changed

OK, yesterday was a bad food day. Actually this week is a bad food week. It’s OK. I can live with my choices.

Though most of my calories yesterday were in the form of M&Ms and churros I have to be honest with myself. My diet has changed significantly over the last 3 years. Some time back, no doubt due to the paleo babble at the gym, I made a conscious choice to try the Primal diet. It made sense to me. Eat more good stuff, eat less crap.

Not long after that my box did their annual food challenge which reinforced my new eating routine.

Now? I am definitely NOT a paleo poster boy, but my basic food intake is so much better. I can’t even remember the last time I had a plate of spaghetti. I don’t even know what “gluten intolerance” really means, but I do know that eating bread and similar products makes me feel like hell.

So I avoid them. I love bread, but now I eat it only occasionally and only when it’s really good. No sandwiches for lunch. No chowing on sub-standard bread at a restaurant just because it’s in front of me. My mood is generally better. My energy is generally better. I don’t tend to have those low-blood sugar anger moments.

I could do a much better job. I have bad days. Sometimes I have bad weeks. The difference is that I have a much better understanding of why I feel lethargic or bloated.

As a whole though – so glad that I’ve changed how I eat. More good meet. More good vegetables. Less grains. And a whole lot less processed food.

Quite frankly – it ain’t all that hard.

Paleo diet …. has NOTHING to do with cavemen

As marketing guy I tip my hat to whomever came up with the name “paleo” to describe the most recent diet fad. Granted, it’s not trademarked, but it is recognizable. Even my 80 year old mother, who doesn’t have a computer let alone Internet access of any kind, knows what “paleo” is.

Here’s the funny part. I haven’t seen a single study, peer reviewed or other, that traces the elements of the paleo diet back to what any caveman actually ate. Sure, there are anecdotal stories about mastodon meat and running for hours to kill game, but a study? Let alone historical documentation? Nothing… bupkisss.

Here’s why “paleo” as a name freakin’ rocks. Because calling it the “eat good food” diet would be boring as hell.

So, if you eat good proteins, avoid crappy additive laden junk, stay away from grains that bloat the hell out of you and get PLENTY of carbs from vegetables… are you a caveman?

NO

But are you healthier? Probably…. After all, what could possibly be the argument against eating a top quality grassfed burger covered in fresh avocado versus a Big Mac where the beef was processed God knows where, the salt content is through the roof, and the “special sauce” can only be made with the miracle of modern chemistry?

Notice how I snuck that one little bit in there? Yep, I said it, “plenty of carbs.” On paleo, or primal, you get plenty of carbohydrates. You don’t get them from bread (which 99% of the United States runs on), but you do get a lot of carbs. Maybe that’s where the confusion comes in.

When people say “don’t eat grains, bread products, etc.” a lot of people think, “Oh, bread is a carb therefore eliminating bread means eliminating carbs.” No. That’s not the way it works. Carbs are NOT bad for you.  A sweet potato or a nice salad – yummy, yummy carbs.

A loaf of bread (though delicious if made properly) – hollow carbs.

That’s all I’m saying. Paleo is about eating good food. Thats it. That’s all. It’s not “low carb” or “what the cavemen ate” – it’s just about eating good food.

Eat clean. You will appreciate yourself for it.

“Rest days are the perfect opportunity to fuel my body and also the days when I don’t want to eat a damned thing”