Questions on My Diet

 Posted by on 19 June 2010 at 7:00 am  Food, FormSpring, Personal
Jun 192010

Some FormSpring Questions and Answers on my experiences and preferences with paleo eating:

What piece of scientific evidence was the most convincing to you when you decided to go Paleo?

The whole of Gary Taubes’ Good Calories, Bad Calories, in conjunction with the fact that I looked and felt so much better as I switched to a paleo diet.

I’m interested in your experience with the Paleo diet. Aside from potential long-term health benefits, did you notice immediate short term benefits of eating paleo?

Yes. Within the first month:

I had more energy. I wasn’t ever faint with hunger. I could skip meals if I wanted to do that. I wasn’t beholden to the cookies and other sweets in the pantry. I lost weight that I’d spent years trying to shed. I found my food deeply satisfying. Even when I ate tons, I never had that sickening overfull feeling that most people accept as normal. I enjoyed a wider variety of foods. I cooked more often, but spent less time doing it.

Is that enough?

Bacon or sausage?

Bacon, although I eat lots of uncured keilbasa and bratwurst because it’s easier to make than bacon.

If someone were to buy you a cocktail, what would it be? Why? How do you make it? by SupaTrey

I’d probably most like a mojito without sugar. (I don’t know how to make those, but I should look that up, as I have a ton of mint in my herb garden.) Or a glass of white wine, provided that it’s not Chardonnay.

Oddly though, I’ve done almost no drinking these past few months. That might be due to the hypothyroidism: my system is still somewhat depressed, so I don’t need alcohol to take the edge off. I have no edge! BooHoo! [Update: Even now that I'm feeling great, I still have little interest in drinking. Maybe I'm not stressed enough to need it to relax?]

As for the “why,” I couldn’t tell you why I like the drinks that I do. I can tell you some of what I don’t like, however. I don’t want anything with lots of sugar or very sweet, as that doesn’t do the body good. I’m cautious about red wine, as that’s the only alcohol that gives me hangovers. Oh, and I’m leery of vodka martinis. That’s a story for an in-person chat sometime though.

Do you know roughly how many carbs you eat in a day? If so, how much? How has that level evolved for you over the course of eating paleo? by nine9s

Although I keep a rough food journal, I’ve only ever counted my macronutrients once. I reported on that here.

At that time, I was eating about 20% carbohydrates, 25% protein, and 55% fat.

I’m not sure whether I eat more or less carbs now. I suspect that I eat less on some days and more on others.

[Update: Back in March, I counted macronutriets as part of a very-low-carb elimination diet, to try to determine the source of my GI problems. The problem was the magnesium, I discovered, not any particular food. I've since returned to my normal diet of about 50 g of carbs per day. I've got some thoughts on calorie counting -- and how it screws with a person's food choices -- that I'd like to write up soon.]

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