- Loving it? Yes;
- Hungry? No;
- Reduced stamina for high-intensity exercise? Currently hacking that.
For a review on what’s legal on the Wahls Paleo Plus see this post.
For the first month on the WahlsPaleo+ my energy for daily life seemed lower & my stamina for exercise was definitely reduced.
So I decided to experiment with scaling back my exercise. I walked most days. Did a couple of easier hot yoga classes. A couple of run-walks.
I thought, maybe my usual regime is just a counterbalance to a higher carb diet, and a more gentle approach will be amply sufficient for me when I’m eating mostly green leafy things.
But I missed the intensity.
I’m a super intense person. And somewhat-intense physical exercise seems to be cathartically necessary for me. A way to transmogrify some of that intensity.
After a month of daily walks, I was slumping on my ball-chair at work. Losing my core strength. My stress levels were higher. I was fidgety & discontented. That was enough data for me.
On day 31 I decided I’d resume my usual pattern of exercise & if I didn’t have my usual stamina, I’d just modify.
At the same time I added Upgraded MCT oil into my diet, and almost immediately my energy was back up.
I’m LOVING the MCT oil.
I’m having it in coffee & I’ve been quite the green tea purist for a bunch of months now. But it’s just really good in coffee, it almost seems to want to be in coffee & also seems to mitigate the negative effects that coffee has on me (including a spike & crash in energy).
As far as my energy for daily life goes, so far it’s increased significantly since the MCT: 2 tablespoons a day.
Another hack I’m going to try to increase my endurance is adding higher-carb vegetables twice a week after I exercise. So far I’ve excluded all high-carb vegetables (roots & squashes), but they are legal on the WahlsPaleo+ twice a week (as long as you can maintain ketosis) and I want to see if I can use them to leverage my stamina further.
An offal update
In April, I made a Paleo New Year resolution to eat organ meats. So far I’ve had bison liver, chicken liver and bison heart, and it’s not even mid-May.
I’m feeling pretty proud.
That’s me & Frida & a bison heart at the top of this post. Ventricles, aortas & all.
I made cinnamon beef stew with that bison heart & some lamb (minus the carrots). It was completely yummy, but I admit I did do my best to unremember the aortas while I was eating it.
A sad story about cashews
Unlike the AIP, the WahlsPaleo + does allow small amounts of soaked nuts & seeds.
I included a quarter of a cup of my beloved cashews (soaked & dehydrated: I bought them that way) a few times during the first month. I wasn’t sure how they were affecting me, so on day 30, I thought I’d test them. I ate 2 cups of soaked & dehydrated organic cashews (& nothing else) for supper.
Would they kick me out of ketosis? Would I have any adverse reactions?
The answer was Yes.
I was in an absolutely foul mood the next day and a pretty bad mood for 3 days after that. My energy levels also tanked.
Conversationally, I told my vegetarian teenager what a bad mood I was in and she said smugly, maybe it’s your diet.
Because (according to her) that’s what I always say to her.
She is a little bit right. But I still think I do admirable job about keeping my mouth shut about her abominable vegetarian food choices most of the time.
In any case, she was a little surprised when I agreed with her. It was my diet that was making me so cranky.
Sad as it is, I think I’m removing cashews entirely.
65% of daily calories come from coconut oil on the WahlsPaleo+.
Though Dr Wahls doesn’t mention ‘Upgraded MCT Oil’ in her book, I’m now an MCT- devotee, so I’m including it my coconut oil quota.
But adjusting to that much coconut oil can take a while.
I did experience coconut-oil induced nausea at first, and woke up in the middle of the night with wicked stomach cramps a few times in the first couple of weeks when I consumed a lot of coconut oil before bed.
But I’m adapted & no longer have any trouble.
Two more month 2 adjustments:
If you’ve never tried oil pulling, you should.
At least once.
It’s an old Ayurvedic trick.
It’s weird & wonderful & makes me feel good. I used to do it, but fell out of the habit. Now I’m back at it.
Just pop a big spoonful of coconut oil in your mouth and let it melt. First thing in the morning is best. Swish the melted oil around your mouth for 20 minutes (set a timer).
Then spit it out. Don’t spit it in the sink because it’ll harden up as it cools.
I rinse my mouth with salt water after.
Warm lemon water
This is another habit that fell by the wayside that I’ve reinstituted in month 2 on the WahlsPaleo+. Just because it makes me feel good.
That’s my criteria.
Squeeze a lemon into a mug. Fill the mug halfway with cold water, then top with boiling water.
Drink it up.