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Paleo Challenge Days 20 and 21: Asthma Data

Day 20 – Friday January 20
Breakfast: 6 hardboiled eggs, spinach, pecans
Lunch: coconut manna, lemon artichoke chicken, broccoli with tomato sauce
Dinner: Thai chicken curry with broccoli
Future baby chickens consumed: 6 (74 total)

Sweet potatoes consumed: 0 (17.5 total)
Inhaler puffs: 0 (1 in last 7 days)

Day 21 – Saturday January 21
Pre-Workout: 4-egg omelet, spinach, pecans
Workout: bench press 155×5, 175×3, 195×5, 25 bar dips
Post-Workout: sweet potatoes, Thai chicken curry with broccoli
Dinner: buffalo burgers with guacamole (see below)
Second Dinner: pork chops, greens, sweet potato fries, 1 bottle wine
Future baby chickens consumed: 4 (78 total)

Sweet potatoes consumed: 3 (20.5 total)
Inhaler puffs: 1 (2 in last 7 days) – Cat 2, Paleo 0.

Buffalo breakthrough! I bought a little sample of ground buffalo meat from Whole Foods the other day, *just* to try it before potentially buying 5 pounds of the stuff from Tropical Traditions. Which is still potentially happening. I tried (for the first time ever) to make my own burgers with the half-pound of buffalo meat, adding a chopped onion, a tablespoon of almond flour, and a teaspoon of Italian seasoning. I balled them up into hockey-puck shaped lumps, put them under the broiler for 6 minutes on each side, and topped them with some fresh-made guacamole (salsa, avocado, lime). OMG, people. Almond flour FTW. I don’t like burgers. At all. But this was one of the better things I’ve cooked this month, or perhaps ever.

I love data. I love spreadsheets and graphs and standard deviations and all that good stuff. In celebration of my nerdiness, here is the data I’ve collected on my Paleo challenge:

Day Inhaler Potatoes Eggs Inh Wk SP Tot Egg Tot
-6 2
-5 1
-4 0
-3 2
-2 1
-1 2
0 2
1 2 0 9 10 0 9
2 1 0 5 10 0 14
3 0 0 5 10 0 19
4 1 2 6 9 2 25
5 0 0 5 8 2 30
6 0 2 0 6 4 30
7 0 0 0 4 4 30
8 0 2 5 2 6 35
9 0 0 0 1 6 35
10 0 2 0 1 8 35
11 1 0 0 1 8 35
12 1 2 2 2 10 37
13 0 0 3 2 10 40
14 0 2 9 2 12 49
15 0 0 4 2 12 53
16 1 1 4 3 13 57
17 0 2 6 3 15 63
18 0 0.5 2 2 15.5 65
19 0 2 3 1 17.5 68
20 0 0 6 1 17.5 74
21 1 3 4 2 20.5 78

The most significant column is the fifth one, which provides a running tally of my number of inhaler puffs per week, which is one of the major criteria used to classify the severity of asthma. More than 2 per week is considered ‘moderate persistent’, and daily use is considered ‘severe persistent’. I was actually leaning toward severe, for which one can take daily systemic steroids like prednisone, or be on high dose inhaled steroids (which may have their own immune-suppressing and growth effects). Paleo has brought me down from moderate-to-severe to mild-to-moderate (‘mild persistent’ is technically anywhere between 2 puffs per month and 2 puffs per week). And if not for some prolonged exposures to cats and cigar smoke, I may be firmly entrenched in the ‘mild persistent’ category, which I’ll gladly take.

 

For completeness’ sake, the lowest severity is called ‘mild intermittent’, and that is less than 2 puffs per month, as laid out by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). Eventually, I’m going to reintroduce food groups into my diet, probably one every couple weeks, starting with either sugars or high-fat dairy (I’m *itching* for some good chocolate), then clean starches (rice and regular potatoes), then maybe gluten-free grains.

On the horizon this week: More sprint intervals. More burger experimentation. More bacon.

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