It has come to my attention that I need a new diet. Not a crash diet to lose/gain weight, but something that generally guides my everyday food choices. This dawned on me last night after making a very stupid food purchase, and not realizing how stupid it was until it was already baking in the oven:
I made spaghetti with meat sauce the other night, and as is my normal habit, I made enough to last me 3 or 4 days if I play my cards right. Since I didn’t have the foresight to think that I might want something different for my 3rd meal of the day, I had to eat it for both lunch and dinner yesterday. To fix this, I went to the store with the mindset to pick up something to round out my diet for the next few days. What did I buy?
Lasagna .…Friggin’ idiot.
Anyway, ever since I’ve changed gears from the fat cutting phase over this last summer/early fall, to the weight gain phase and my epic bout with the GOMAD diet, I’ve pretty much just…eaten food.
I haven’t counted a single calorie, weighed a single serving, or said no to any cravings….and haven’t gained or lost a single pound since my weight stabilized after the GOMAD diet (If you don’t know what GOMAD is, then click here to get the lowdown)
Overall, you’d think this is a pretty good thing. Overall, I’d agree. Considering my current goals are all centered on strength and the metrics are based off of my body weight, maintaining my weight while gaining strength would seem like the best scenario.
However, I want to look at fitness holistically. It doesn’t matter if I don’t gain/lose weight or put on a little fat here and there. What about my overall health? Do I maintain a high level of energy throughout the day(no)? Where are my hormone levels? Etc.
These questions are important, and if I train myself to be consistently conscientious of them at a (relatively) young age, I hope this will allow me to continue my fitness journey, and uh, life, for decades to come.
So what am I thinking? The South Beach 90210 Carbzone diet? Don’t be stupid.
I haven’t finished doing all my research on it yet, but I’m heavily considering trying the Paleo diet (or more specifically the Whole30). I’ll post more on it before I get going, but basically the Whole30 folks make the claim that all you need to do to start feeling the positive effects of the paleo diet is to dedicate yourself entirely for 30 days. After which you should of course continue with the diet, but that it only takes 30 days to “heal, recover, and reset” from all the harm that our modern diet is doing to our bodies.
Is any of that true? I don’t know. They, along with all the other paleo freaks out there, sure make it sound sensible.
So that’s the current plan, but I’m not going to go on it just yet. Going to let things just roll until after my little vacation down in Savannah, GA for St. Patty’s day weekend, and then I’ll probably hit it hard after that.
In the meantime, I’ll continue my research so I can get all scientific on your ass and give you the full lowdown before day 1.