no images were foundIt’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)
100 Abmat Situps