Speaking from experience…if you follow this Paleo lifestyle, you will feel different. I know that if you eat a diet with a lot of Omega-3s you can actually get your cortisol levels under control. When that happens, you can handle stress a lot better. The main thing with Paleo is cutting out the sugar. This will help your gut health. This will help your mental health. This will help your physical health. The first couple of days that you cut out sugar (if you are used to it in your diet) can be pretty tough. If you keep busy, you’ll be okay. You may feel extra tired, but just push through!
If you have a lot of sugar in your diet, you can develop a dependency on it. Your dopamine center can become dependent on whether or not you have sugar. If you withdraw when you cut sugar out, you probably were having too much. You’ll get a headache and you’ll probably be pretty cranky – this is called the “carb flu” – but you’re gonna be okay.
You need to fight the urge to reach for the sugar. That’s why I say you should keep busy. Read, go for a walk, dance around to music, clean…just don’t eat sugar! I wouldn’t recommend working out during this time, because if you were using sugar as a fuel source, your workout probably won’t feel so great. You will mentally not be present for it, and that’s more than half the battle. Give it a few weeks and you’ll end up seeing your performance improve! Especially if you’re eating more protein and healthy fats. You’re recovery will be awesome, too!
And since everyone loves talking about pooping…even that will go better once your body adjusts to paleo. You’ll be eating more fiber from the veggies. And as my Grandma used to say, “Bowel movements are a great way to start the day!”
You’re welcome. haha
“When you focus on the good, the good gets better.”