Dec 28, 2011

The Paleo lifestyle

Eating Paleo isn't a quick-fix diet, but instead it becomes a lifestyle . . . a choice!  You are not supposed to starve yourself when you eat paleo, eat when your hungry.  Remember, if we starve ourselves, how can we possibly have enough physical & mental energy to finish our WOD's and continue pushing our bodies?

So what exactly is this paleo thing?  We could go in depth about 'new age' and 'old age' paleo, but let's just keep it simple.  The Paleolithic eathing method is the diet that humans are genetically adapted to eat.  The focus of our eating should be predominantly whole foods that are healthy in their raw state (though almost all humans, including hunter-gatherers cook their food).  If our ancestors could pick it from a bush or catch it with a spear, you can eat it.  This is a naturally occurring "low to medium carbohydrate" way of eating.

What to eat:
*  Meat (and fat, fish, eggs)
*  Vegetables (and berries)
*  Fruit (and nuts)

What not to eat:
*  Dairy (milk, cheese, butter, etc)
*  Grains or corn (maize, wheat, barley, rice, etc)
*  Starchy vegetables (potatoes, yams, etc)
*  Suger (refined)
*  Legumes (beans, soy products, peanuts, cashews, lentils, etc)
*  Chemical food additives

Go easy on:
*  Salt (can cause overeating and hypertension and dull the senses)
*  Processing of foods - eat simple foods instead
*  Artificial sweeteners (don't dull your senses with these and they still cause insulin responses simply by being sweet on the tastebuds)

Follow this link for a nice long list of more foods that are encouraged/discouraged in the Paleo lifestyle:  Food List  Print this list out and put it on your fridge!

REMEMBER:  Paleo Challenge starts January 25th and runs through March 7th.  Challenge specifics coming soon . . .

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