Cookies Are Bad For You (Tue 9/15/10)

By September 14, 2010CFMC Blog Archives

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It’s the second official day of the Paleo Challenge, and from the reports I’ve heard at the gym today I’d say the chances that you are craving a cookie are fairly high. You feel like crap, you have a constant headache, you’re tired and cranky, and you’re trying to figure out why you signed up for this stupid challenge in the first place. SOMEONE GIVE ME A F**KING COOKIE!!

Fear not, my carbohydrate jones’n friends, this is normal and I assure you that it will pass. In a nutshell (no pun intended), what you’re experiencing is carbohydrate withdrawal. You see, you’re used to eating things that are full of carbohydrates (which for all intents and purposes is 100% synonymous with “sugar”). We all know that if you’re feeling sleepy or groggy that a candy bar will wake us up, because sugar gives you a great big rush of energy (along with a great big insulin spike). The foods you’ve been eating are LOADED with sugar in one form or another, so you were actually getting your daily energy in the form of a great big perpetual sugar rush. As a side note, it doesn’t matter if your carbohydrates are coming from “good” carbs (oatmeal, potatoes, whole grains) or “bad” carbs (candy, sugar, COOKIES) – they all translate into sugar as far as the body is concerned.

So let’s take this constant stream of crap where you’ve been getting all your energy, and then cut it off almost completely. Does this sound familiar? Yep – it’s what they do to heroin addicts in rehab (at least on TV), and if you can think of a movie where someone had to detox anything from their bodies in this fashion you’ll recall that it didn’t look like a pleasant process. However you’ll also most likely agree that regardless how horrible the process seemed, you were in support of it. Well guess what kids, you’re going through the same thing now.

Yes, you feel like crap. It will most likely last for a week or two and it may even get worse during that time, but I assure you that it is worth it. You will come out the other side feeling so much better (and *looking* so much better) that I’m sure you’ll agree. Your performance at the gym will improve dramatically, your head will be clearer, you’ll have more energy (when your body gets used to getting its fuel from fat like it’s supposed to), and you’ll be glad you went through it.

And at least for the next two weeks, DON’T EAT ANY F**KING COOKIES!!


Front Squat 5×3


As many rounds as possible in 20 minutes of:

15 Wallball Shots
15 Sumo Deadlift High Pull (75/53)
400m Run


100 Abmat Situps

  • Leena

    Thanks for the pep talk.
    I started when u first posted the challenge… So about a week now. And I can say that so far I haven’t experienced any added energy… Instead I’ve been so tired I pass out in the afternoon!!

    As for my cravings (I never had a sweet tooth to begin with) it’s been potatoe chips, nachos, spicy sausage, corn on the cob with butter and that sort of thing. Yesterday I had my first real bread craving!
    (the weekend was horrible.. As I witnessed my friends stuffing their faces with all the foods I typically enjoy!)

    Id like to hear from others what they experience as far as cravings and general energy levels…

  • daniel.zaudtke

    I’ve found fruit really helps the gotta-have-something-sweet craving and sweet potatoes are a fantastic substitute for bread/white potatoes etc. The Chicken Out sweet potato wedges are really good. Plus, has some really good looking sweet potato recipes as well.

  • Angelina

    Sugar is the preferred food of the brain which is why if you went on an extremely low carb diet, you would feel like crap because your brain has to do utilize fat for energy instead and it takes a while to adjust.

    If you are eating fruit and things like sweet potatoes, then it is something else though. Fruit is converted to sugar fairly quickly by the body and things like sweet potatoes are converted more slowly. And those are good foods. Things like cookies can cause a sugar rush which your body responds by releasing insulin and possibly too much insulin which results in a sugar crash.

    Anyway, there seems to be more than just the sugars in the body, brain using sugar as food and sugar highs/lows. Emotions are also tied to food and what is even more interesting is our brain creates strong bonds with certain types of foods. The more you eat the food, the stronger the bond is with the food. The more you stay away with it, the weaker the bond gets. It seems the special triad that our brain creates strong bonds with is sugar, fat and salt. You combine all 3 and there is your drug. This is very much like a heroin addict. I’d recommend the book “The End of Overeating” which talks about this and is a really good book.

  • Leena

    Angelina: interesting!

    Daniel: i keep reading about the sweet potatoes…. NO or YES!? Most paleo food lists nix them. (Unless you are a performance athelete) 😉
    -anyone, anyone… whats the verdict on sweet potatoes?

  • Sophia


    I enjoy reading everyone’s posts… keep them coming! 🙂

    Just want to share last night’s dinner. It was nothing fancy, but did the job.


    1 lb. lean ground beef
    Paprika (to taste)
    Pepper (to taste)
    Granulated garlic (to taste)
    Pinch of sea salt
    Dried basil (to taste)
    One egg

    Mix all ingredients together and form meatballs. Brown meatballs in an oiled skillet. Cover until fully cooked (like 5 minutes).


    Spring green mix
    Chopped apple
    Chopped cucumber
    Chopped green onion
    Lime juice
    Olive oil

    Toss veggies, fruit, and lime juice. Drizzle olive oil and toss again.

  • dan lau

    nice dinner Sophie!

  • Julie G.

    Thanks for the great info!!

    I found this on:

    Not sure how reliable, but I think this sums it up.

    Q: Are baked sweet potatoes allowed? I thought not!

    A: Yes, sweet potatoes are allowed, specially in the post-workout period if you are an athlete. Sweet potatoes are different from potatoes in that they do not contain several harmful substances such as saponins and lectins, which may increase your intestinal permeability (if consumed regularly) and rev-up your immune system. But on the other hand, sweet potatoes are high glycemic index foods and should be restricted if you are struggling with overweight, at least until your body weight normalizes.

  • Angelina

    I was talking to Kristi about making a pesto sauce. I’ve made a pesto sauce with cashews before and I just kind of wing it. For sharing, I’d want to give a recipe that is more exact and I’m having trouble coming up with an exact recipe from the web but I found one that is close.

    Pesto sauce
    2 cups packed fresh basil
    2 cloves of garlic
    1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
    1/4 cup raw pine nuts and/or cashews, soaked in water for 1 hour or more, reserve the water
    1 tablespoon of lemon juice

    To soak your nuts, just put them in 1/2 cup of water or so and leave them on the counter to soak. It helps them blend easier although and makes them easier to digest.

    Put all the above in your food processor or powerful blender (vitamix etc). Then process until smooth. If it is too thick, add the reserved soaking water or extra water as necessary.

    Use it with whatever you like.

    Some variations include adding cilantro with your basil or if you can find unsalted sundried tomatoes, soak those as well for an hour and throw them in.

    (Just for partial credit purposes, I based the above recipe on this one:

  • Angelina

    I screwed up the above URL by adding a ) so if you remove it, you can see the inspired recipe. The site also talks about using raw zucchini as your pasta but is best done with a spiralizer otherwise it is a pain.

    Ok, so I’m a hummus fiend (like one of my most favorite things in this world). I’m not doing paleo so beans are still my friend but if you guys want a nice dip that helps get your veggies in, zucchini hummus is fairly good and I’m assuming you can have tahini.

    I found this recipe from a blog which is pretty close to the zucchini hummus I’ve done in the past:

    Raw Zucchini Hummus (yields over 3 cups; you can easily cut this recipe in half)

    2 zucchini, chopped
    ½ cup lemon juice (this is a lot of lemon juice, I’d suggest tasting and adding, possibly using water for a portion of it)
    1 ½ tsp cumin
    1 cup raw tahini (sometimes raw tahini can be a bit bitter so I’d say raw or roasted)
    4 tbsp olive oil
    ½ cup raw sesame seeds (I’d suggest soaking these)
    1-2 garlic cloves (the recipe on the site doesn’t include this but what is hummus without garlic?)

    Put all the above in a food processor or high quality blender and process/blend your way to creaminess.

    Here is the site that the recipe came from. You can tweak it to your liking as well.

  • Danielle

    Quick and Easy Paleo Friendly Seasoning

    For Chicken, Meat or Fish

    1 -2 tbsp Olive Oil (depends on quantity of meat)
    2-3 cloves of garlic (depending on size and personal taste)
    1 tbsp oregano
    1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
    juice of 1 lime squeezed

    Mix together and marinate meat. Bake, stir fry, grill etc.

    Serve over vegetables or salad and enjoy!

  • I’m totally grumpy ex-Cookie Monster today.

  • Benny

    I don’t know what it is about this picture, but it reminds me of you and Papa so much… Maybe it’s the eyebrows.