Nutrition is tough. It’s one of the hardest things to nail down in establishing a healthy lifestyle. My philosophy is to help you map out a nutrition plan that is best for YOU. Each person needs different things, and depending on their exercise regime and fitness goals, they need different plans to help them meet those goals. The number one objective, however, is always the same, to make you healthy, looking and feeling great.
There are plenty of fad diets out there. Paleo, although it may seem like a fad diet, isn’t really even a diet. It’s a lifestyle change, and a different mental approach to food, nutrition and supplementing your body. Paleo, is short for paleolithic, as in the caveman era. To put it into the most basic terms, it means eating the same types of foods and groups of foods the cavemen ate. It was about survival of the fittest, and certainly processed foods, sugar, and refined grains didn’t exist to slow you down or make you uselessly overweight.
Focus on the basics, lean meats, green vegetables, fruits and seeds. Think of it this way, if a caveman couldn’t eat it, neither should you. There are plenty of sites out there with Paleo recipes, shopping guides and cooking techniques to help you get started. Paleo can provide your body with the essential nutrients, vitamins, proteins and food options to supplement tough workouts and promote healthy, fulfilled eating. It sounds similar to the Atkins diet where you eliminate all carbs. Unlike Atkins, Paleo promotes the use of carbs, just less of them, and different types. Less carbs = less glucose in your system, which means your body will have to start burning fat as your fuel source. You can find healthy carbs in fruits, vegetables, and sweet potatoes.
Here is part of the beauty of Paleo foods. You can still eat great meals. Many diets say that, as we see on TV ads, but this is true. Imagine, a big steak, side of asparagus or broccoli and baked sweet potato. Nothing wrong with that for a nice dinner!
Come back and visit our new blog for more fitness and nutrition tips to help with your in-home training in the future. You can find out more information on Paleo foods and recipes, by clicking here. It’s a fun cartoon helping explain it a little further.