Today I am beginning a nine day challenge to eat a strict paleo diet. No processed foods, no grains, no beans, no dairy (yes. butter), no alcohol, and no sugar. Since I’ve for 20/24 pounds to lose still until I shave my moustache, I think a strict challenge will be a fun things to do.
Why 9 days? I really like the idea of the Whole30 challenge, but 30 days is a long time and I don’t have the best self discipline. Only a week made me feel lazy, so 9 days sounds good to me. We’ll see how it goes. Some guiding principles I am experimenting with during this diet: Meal timing and exercise, eating as cheaply as possible, eating as locally as possible, and mental performance.
Meal timing and exercise is an idea I got from Nassim Taleb in Antifragile. He says humans are part lion and part cow. The cow grazes on vegetables all day and the lion eats protein and fat in large quantities all at once. Lions expend large amounts of energy during a hunt and then immediately feast. I will try to simulate ‘the hunt’ with exercise. (I’ve been working out with a 35# kettlebell the past week) The most interesting thing about lions is that if they miss a hunt and continue to be starved, their eyesight actually improves. I have no evidence on this, but its an interesting thought.
Typical meal plan: Coffee and grass fed butter in the morning (butter from Hartzler’s in Wooster, OH)
Lunch: Eggs and vegetables
Dinner: Meat and vegetables
Some days I may go vegetarian to simulate the cow ‘grazing’. Just an aside: I had coffee and butter this morning at 9 and in the past 4 hours I have been incredibly focused and prolific with my writing. I usually do not get hungry this early in the day, but yesterday I ate a lot of carbs, so I think that’s why i’m hungrier than normal now. I’m going to eat a bit soon, then workout before I eat dinner.