So just as I was afraid that I couldn’t stick to Paleo anymore, along comes a horrible feeling after eating an overly-carbed-up breakfast that makes me want to go back to Paleo!
I had a friend staying over for a night last week and bought some treat chocolate croissants for us to have at breakfast, after a very protein-based meal of bacon, eggs, mushrooms and toast. But we never ate them – no need nor desire after that lot! So I had one the next day. Then realising I’d had sugar with no protein I ate some toast with cheese. I felt awful. As if I’d had a drink on an empty stomach!
Blood sugar blues
For me, and I’m sure many others, eating chocolate or something very high in carbs and sugary starches is akin to drinking alcohol without any food accompaniment. That same light-headedness that isn’t at all pleasant and only eating protein can get rid of it. Or you just have to wait for it to go. Mercifully my body still produces insulin so the feeling went as my soaring blood sugar levels gradually came back down.
Lessons in lovely food
From this I learned a very valuable lesson; lovely food is best for your head. Paleo is best for your mind. If you don’t want to feel dizzy and disorientated and really out of it, don’t ever eat sugary stuff on an empty stomach. I mean best not to eat it at all but definitely never before you’ve had something to line the old stomach first. Much like drinking alcohol in fact. Which is why alcohol is so often served with savoury snacks – it is so much more enjoyable that way.
Glucose tolerance test
I recognised the feeling I got from eating a croissant then bread on an empty stomach as being very similar to the feeling I had from my glucose tolerance test last year. I had to drink a bottle of sweetened lucozade – not the “lite” version but the full-on sugar one. On an empty stomach and then sit for two hours in the doctor’s surgery and not move about. It was a test to see if my body could produce the right amount of insulin to deal with such a heavy sugar hit.
It was a deeply unpleasant feeling. But after about an hour, I knew my body had dealt with it. I could almost feel my blood sugar levels coming back down. But I don’t want to take the risk that my body might no longer be able to make insulin or sufficient insulin. Which is where we came in all those months ago.
Back to it
So I am back to the Paleo as much as I can. It’s not 100% nor anything like. I’m aiming for 70-80% of my diet protein based with a bit of carb thrown in. The odd glass of wine with a packet of crisps, occasional slice of toast, croissant, pain au raisin, rice with my curry, the odd potato and every now and then an ice-cream. Mostly though it’s protein. It’s nuts, berries, full-fat cream and creme fraiche, butter, olives, salads, green vegetables, chicken, steak, burgers, bacon, sausages, eggs, mushrooms, tomatoes, avocados, tuna, salmon and lamb.
There now! Doesn’t the latter list just make you FEEL better reading it, let alone mostly eating it? If this is the weather we want ice-cream isn’t it also the weather we want luscious, verdant green leaves and vegetables? Salads with pure olive oil dressings? Avocados with bacon and mayonnaise, roast chicken with green vegetables smothered in butter?
Low fat is bad for you
Whether you want to go fully Paleo or not, a low-fat diet is definitely bad for you. Taking the fat out means putting the crap in. Full-fat is natural and how nature intended us to eat. I may not lose weight with my adapted Paleo plan. But I feel great. And surely that’s most important thing?
Enjoy the rest of your week.