Nerd Fitness and the Paleo Diet

If you are looking for another awesome fitness and diet blog I would highly recommend Nerd Fitness (http://nerdfitness.com/blog/) .  I stumbled upon this blog one day when I was thinking of going Paleo and instantly became hooked.  One of the first posts I read was called “The Beginngers Guide to the Paleo Diet” (http://nerdfitness.com/blog/2010/10/04/the-beginners-guide-to-the-paleo-diet/).  Steve includes anything and everyone you could ever want to know about becoming Paleo.  Not only does he discuss what, he also discusses the why.  I’ve included a couple of the highlights below, but I recommend you check out the full post for yourself too!

A brief history / biology lesson:

  • Tens of thousands of years ago, our ancestors survived and thrived as hunters and gatherers.  They ate whatever they could find – meat, fish, nuts, leafy greens and seasonal veggies and fruit. 
  • Back then, Homo Sapiens were tall, muscular, agile, athletic and versatile.
  • Then, a few thousand of years ago, farming was introduced to mankind and the agricultural revolution took off.  We settled down, formed societies and transitioned into a farming culture.  Instead of loading up on lean meats and vegetables, we became dependent upon grains – bread, rice, corn etc.
  • Homo Sapiens slowly became overweight, out of shape and dying of preventable diseases. 
  • Although the days of hunting and gathering are far behind us, our genetics surprisingly haven’t changed much since then.  Our bodies were never given a chance to adjust to this new diet and therefore, many problems have arisen. 

So what is different about the Paleo diet?

  • The Paleo diet is an effort to go back to eating how we were biologically designed to eat, allowing us to tap into our genetic potential and start living a healthier life. 
  • Our bodies are pretty self efficient.  They were designed to take stored fat and burn it into energy through a process called ketogenesis.  It is even possible for our bodies to convert protein glucose for energy when needed.  In other words, carbs are not a dietary necessity. 
  • Since the foods included in the Paleo diet are so nutritious and filling, it is almost impossible to overeat. 

So what should I eat?

  • Meat – GRASS-FED, not grain-fed…which causes the same problem in animals as they do in humans
  • Fowl – chicken, duck, hen, turkey…things with wings that (try to) fly.
  • Fish – wild fish, not farmed fish, as mercury and other toxins can be an issue
  • Eggs – look for Omega-3 enriched eggs
  • Vegetables – as long as they’re not deep fried, eat as many as you want
  • Oils – olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil – think natural
  • Fruits – have natural sugar, and can be higher in calories, so limit if you’re trying to lose weight
  • Nuts – high in calories, so they’re good for a snack, but don’t eat bags and bags of them
  • Seeds – same as nuts, can be high in calories
  • Tubers – sweet potatoes, yams.  Higher in calories and carbs, so these are good for right after a workout to replenish your glycogen levels.

Still Interested?

TRY IT!

  • Keep it as simple as possible. 
  • Try to get a good source of protein in with each meal along with some fruits and vegetables. 
  •  Focus on incorporating healthy fats into your diet such as avocado, nuts, almond butter, olive oil and coconut milk.
  • Remember, fat does not make you fat!
  • Eat when you are hungry and don’t eat when you’re not. 

I promise if you give the Paleo diet a shot for 30 days, you will see a drastic change in how you feel.  You will sleep better, wake up more refreshed, have more energy during the day and see better results at the gym.  Good Luck!

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s