The posts haven’t been as frequent lately because I’ve been waylaid by a couple of events in succession that have really thrown me off my game and involved a lot of carb eating and self inflicted stress.
- Trip to Asia – Went on vacation and visited Taiwan and Vietnam. It is pretty much impossible to eat paleo OR low carb in asian countries since staple foods include rice, noodles, dumplings, and various other items wrapped in flour-ed goods. Since I wanted to partake in the culture I decided to embrace the whole ‘when in Rome…’ idea. The food was delicious and we had a blast. The only drawback were the mosquitos and a bout of Montezuma’s Revenge. I managed to put on about 10 lbs by the time I came back. I was able to lose this in a week after adhering to a more stricter diet once in the comfort of my own home.
- My bachelor party – My diet would always start off well in the morning, but once the alcohol flowed and inhibitions loosened, nachos and chips and all sorts of other junk was consumed. We had a great time doing all sorts of physical activities such as paint balling, hiking, swimming, and playing basketball, but I still managed to leave feeling bloated… and again managed to get back after a week of clean living.
- Friend’s wedding in Cancun – A very good friend of mine had his wedding at an all inclusive resort… and again I fell off the wagon when faced with near unlimited alcohol and buffet style foods. The soft tacos were also amazing. Again, ‘when in Rome.’
After falling off the wagon really really really hard during these events, I was glad to have been able to come back to normal, eventually. At my worst I noticed that my body was extremely bloated with my abdomen expanding to the point where it was hard to see my feet!!!
I’ve still been staying pretty active with a lot of BJJ and some weight lifting here and there, but have one more event coming in which I foresee more hardcore-wagon-falling-off-of… my own wedding. On the bright side, we ordered a gluten free cake!
As you can see, while I’ve been meaning to get a follow up test on my cholesterol and thyroid levels, I decided to wait at least until after my wedding to get it done. With all these events in such close succession I know I’ve subjected my body to a lot of stress and inflammation. So I’ll wait a few weeks after my wedding, after things have settled down a bit before getting my next blood test.