There’s been a lot of talk recently about “going Paleo.” And with our Paleo Challenge starting next week, I wanted to give you some general information about The Paleo Diet. Like many things that involve change, it can seem quite intimidating. Many of you have already begun to eat in a Paleo/Primal way. For those of you that are still on the fence, here is a BRIEF understanding about just what The Paleo Diet is.
It goes by many names, Paleo, Primal, Caveman, Real Food and is a great way to amplify the results you get doing CrossFit. Paleo is a way of eating that is based on lean meats, seafoods, fruits, and veggies. On paper it is quite simple, mix up your protein sources, and eat lots of vegetables of all colors, flavors, shapes and sizes. It sounds awesome right? It’s simple and is a lifestyle change that’s geared toward eating real, natural foods, not a temporary diet. The fact that I even had to say “real, natural, foods” makes me giggle and shake my head.
The Paleo Diet also recommends you avoid processed foods like:
Grains: Why? Because of lectin and gluten and the possibility of an inflammatory response in the body. In addition is can cause digestive diseases. Grains also contain anti-nutrients which and negatively interact with our body functions and the absorption of nutrients. And of course, the negative effect it has on blood sugar and the body’s insulin response.
Dairy: Why? Dairy products have a large impact on the release of insulin into the blood stream. Which can be bad when trying to manage your weight or control and insulin sensativity. Also, dairy products can cause Inflammation in the gut. In addition many people are Lactose Intolerant and Casein Intolerant, and not even know it.
Legumes: Why? Because of the phytates that inhibit nutritent absorption and cause inflamation.
Refined Sugar: Why? I think this one’s pretty obvious and we’ll have a whole other post on it, but lets just say it doesn’t do much good for your body.
Going Paleo takes some planning, it’s a little more difficult than just picking up a bite to eat on the way home. But think about how much more energy you will have and how much more time you will have to do things you enjoy when you switch to a healthier and more nutritious lifestyle.
We’re gonna try to not use the word “Diet.” It’s not a “Diet”, Diets are temporary. This is a Lifestyle.