Nerd Fitness and the Paleo Diet

If you are looking for another awesome fitness and diet blog I would highly recommend Nerd Fitness ( .  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” (  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?


  • 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!


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