“World Class Fitness in 100 words or less”
“Eat meats and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch, and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise, but not body fat.” (Crossfit Journal, Sept. 2002)
The Paleo diet is based upon everyday, modern foods that mimic the food groups of our pre-agricultural, hunter-gatherer ancestors. The diet is based upon eating grass-fed meats, fish,and seafood, fresh fruits and vegetables, egss, nuts, seeds, and healthy oils such as olive, walnut, flaxseed, macadmia, avocado, and coconut. On the ‘don’t eat list’ for the paleo diet is grains, dairy, potatoes, refined sugars, salt, and vegetable oils. This way of life is extremely effective for weight maintenance and weight loss depending on the quantity of food that you eat and also provides many long-term life benefits.
The Paleo diet is not for everyone however, and this is where “Clean Eating” comes in. Clean eating includes all of the foods Paleo does, but is more flexible where you can add other foods into the diet. You are able to add whole grains, low fat dairy products, and legumes. This type of eating is great for individuals who want to maintain or gain weight as well as those who can tolerate foods that are excluded in the Paleo diet. When choosing whole grains, as well as any other food, it is important to consume foods in as close to their natural state as possible. Make sure to change your food choices often, because eating the same thing everyday can cause you to have nutrient deficiencies in macro and micronutrients that those particular foods are lacking. This is true whether you are eating clean or doing Paleo. In general, a diet that consists of a variety of meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little strach and no sugar, with intake at levels that will support ecercise, but not body fat is ideal.