Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Against the Grain
I have been following a primal blueprint "diet" as much as possible for about the past 8 months or so. "As much as possible", as in, pretty much all the time, but acknowledging that doing endurance sports doesn't allow for 100% adherence. Basically, I have cut out as much grain and refined crap as possible, and really only eat real foods - as in the ones that can go bad. For the most part, my carbohydrate intake consists of veggies, fruits, tubers, and the occasional rice with a meal.
Last night, I got back from my jog, and I couldn't take it - I was freakin hungry. My roomate Greg bought a pizza two nights previous, and the smell of grease and tomato sauce got my gears going. Kati also happened to make some pasta recently, and I finally caved. I sauteed up some breaded chicken, and added it to a bowl of rigatoni and tomato sauce, and it tasted unbelievable. I easily justified it because I was gonna get up early to do my swim workout (not very common place in Ryan's world. ever.).
I paid for it this morning. It wasn't really that bad, but hell, it wasn't pretty either. My stomach was definitely in a state of disarray. This pretty much confirmed for me that grains, although have their place in some people's diets and cultures, will be used very sparingly in mine going forward. Maybe during high volume training will I add some brown or wild rice to a soup or with a stir-fry, but they really don't "work" for me.
You might ask where I get my calories, and they primarily come from fat. You know, the good stuff: almond butter (this stuff is unbeliveable), sunflower seed butter, peanut butter (FDA can't stop me!), olive oil, (clean) animal fat, and avocados.
If you think it's not possible, just ask these two guys, who have both enjoyed a very high level of success in endurance athletics, and get a fair amount of their caloric intake from fat.