Sunday, 16 November 2014

Oh Carbs..... you sneaky little devils!

For over a year now I have been enjoying and living the most consistent foodie lifestyle of my lifetime- Paleo! I began my journey 15 months ago entering into the Paleo world following the Whole 30 and wow was it ever a life changer! I dropped 16" within the first 30 days and lost around 25-30 lbs within the first 2-3 months. I had finally found my dream foodie lifestyle and it has been for the majority of this past year and almost a half   BUT.... as time has continued my weight loss has stalled, my energy levels have begun to plummet. Now apart of this is not necessarily Paleo itself but my personal choices of limiting starchy carbs ie sweet potatoes (I can only eat so many) and the fact that I am not a huge fruit person which in turn left me on a permanent low carb venture (routinely below 20%) Can you say Carb Fog?! 

Over the last few months I have been experiencing ridiculously low levels of energy, my brain has been in a permanent fog and thank goodness for the creation of pre-workout and coffee or I might have just elected to nap on the floor versus hit a workout. 

  • Your workouts are beginning to slip
  • Recovering from your workouts is becoming harder
  • Feeling that brain fog
  • Irregularity (TMI)
  • Adrenal Fatigue

So now what do I do..... This past week I was tired, frustrated and decided it was time to just listen to my body and reintroduce carbs. Now I have reintroduced carbs twice before and both times it hasn't been a good experience. This time I am yet again feeling that fluffiness that comes from eating carbs but my oh my--- ENERGY and my brain functions! Is this how normal people feel?! 

I am excited and scared all at the same time as I head into my next foodie journey- playing with Carb Cycling! I know my body enjoys those moments when my carbs are low >> insert fat for fuel and hello weight loss! I also know now that my body needs those carbs to power me through my workouts and give me that much needed brain function. Excited yes but as in all journey's it's also scary to trust in the process.... did I mention that I am trusting this process with a trip to Mexico coming up in less then a month! Yikes! I have decided I am either going to Mexico with a 5lb weight loss or I am going with 5-10 lbs surplus! Only the future will tell but I do know it's time for me to make a change for better health and my long-term success is way more important then postponing it in fear of one trip looming that involves sand, sun, surf and gasp a bikini! I got this and most importantly I have faith and am excited!! It's amazing what can happen when your brain functions?!