I've been on the Paleo diet for 9 days now. That means no dairy, no grains/refined sugar or flour, and for me, no diet Coke. I do get to eat meat, nuts/seeds, and fruits/veggies. People who swear by this diet say it makes you feel fantastic, drop body fat, and improve your athletic performance.
So far, I have gained about 2 pounds. I am pooped, sleeping upwards of 9 hours a night if I can. I have a rumbly stomach most of the time, and my poop is orange. (TMI? Yeah, probably. But it's true.) I'm going to stick with it; my friend Sean says it can take two weeks for your gut to "heal" from the effects of grains and dairy, and after that you start to enjoy the benefits. But my other friends said they started to feel better immediately. So I must be a slow learner. But being off the diet Coke and the refined sugar and flour is reason enough to keep going. I know those things are terrible for me, and I'm glad to say I've been able to withstand the temptation for over a week now. That's huge for me.
Today was a fun day: I went with Johnny, Vince, and Paul to the Paramount Studios lot for a health, safety, and wellness expo. We brought a bunch of New Breed banners and flyers. Shawn and Sean were there from Hollywood BJJ too, and it was fun to see them. Plus, I saw the Hollywood sign for the first time in the 3+ years I've been living here. It was actually pretty impressive, and since I'm a cynical New Jerseyite, that's saying something.
Tomorrow will be a long day of tournament attending/working--it's the Grapplers' Quest in Long Beach. It should be fun.
I'm slowly snapping out of my funk. I still want to escape from LA (like Snake Plissken?), but for now I'll bide my time the way I said I was going to: by doing only what I absolutely must. And eating my weight in almond butter and Omega-3 enriched eggs (both Paleo).