So I have just finished my first 30 days of strict primal/paleo eating. No dairy (except for ghee), no wheat/gluten, no chocolate/processed sugars, caffeine, etc. I kept a log, and can put up a week or so if that will help with my question. I do tend to eat a fair amount of fruit and nuts.
Generally speaking, I feel pretty good, mentally and physically. I have a 9 AM class everyday, I'm up at six to take the dog out, and last week I was able to bike to school (10 km or so) 3/4 days, and bike home once. During my morning classes, I am usually the only one awake and alert enough to actually respond to the teacher, and this particular class is my most challenging class, since it is in French.
My sleep isn't where I want it to be, but I'm working on it, and don't feel guilty for taking naps.
As far as other work-outs beyond biking go, I have been doing crossfit-esque sorts of things, some metcon work, jump rope, body-weight exercises, and a lifting session or two. I don't have any real legit weights, but I bought the kind that you can fill with water and fully loaded, my bar + weights = 36 lbs. My sessions do tend to be very short--10-15 minutes or so. I also do Krav Maga for a total of 3 hours each week.
I've been sending my log to a friend in Germany (she's with Crossfit Ramstein), and she has encouraged me each week to drop the calories from fat and increase the calories from carbs and protein. She's on more of a paleo than a primal type diet, though she does read MDA.
I haven't really lost any noticeable weight in the past month, either on the scale or in visible body composition. It's possible that I've gained some muscle and that it just isn't visible yet.
I want to continue with another challenge month and I'd like to step up my diet so that I can see a real difference in body composition at the end of the next 30 days. I'm not looking to lose weight necessarily, though I have a fair amount of bodyfat that I'm looking to lose. But I'd be totally cool with being 123 and ripped, if that's what happened. I'm pretty happy right now with where I'm at with exercise; my WODs are getting longer as I get more comfortable, and my physical ability to keep up with everyone else at Krav Maga is noticeably increased. Also, before last Wednesday, I'd never biked 10 km in my life, and now my total for this week is 40 km.
As far as diet goes, where do you guys think I should go with my approach for the next 30 days? Try IF? Cut the fruit/nuts? Go strictly carnivore? Something else?
123ish lbs (this is my scale, at the docs a couple of months ago it was 135, but that 123 has only dropped to 122.4 in the past month)
Thanks for your help, and let me know if you'd like to see more data--food log, or more specific WODs.