THE PALEOLITHIC MODEL
The Paleolithic diet, also knows as the “Caveman Diet”, has been adopted by “CrossFitters” around the world. A Paleo diet is all about eating natural foods to help achieve great health and a lean physique. The human body evolved for more than 2 million years with the food found in nature: game meat, fish, vegetables, wild fruits, eggs and nuts. The human race was thriving on this diet high in animal fat and proteins and low in carbohydrates, but things changed when we introduced unnatural foods to our bodies. Paleo Diet FAQ.
- Why Paleo Works: The Paleo diet, unlike most fad diets, is sustainable long-time and promotes health, well-being and longevity. A lot of the diets out there focus on a specific goal like weight loss, athletic performance or disease management. Unlike those diets, the Paleo diet promotes positive gene expression and ideal hormonal balance which leads to ideal general health, well-being, body composition and athletic performance.
WHAT YOU SHOULD EAT
Protein: 30% of your total caloric load. Should be lean and varied.
Carbohydrates: 40% of your total caloric load. Should be low-glycemic.
Fat: 30% of your caloric load. Should be monounsaturated.
You should eat a diet high in fat, mostly from animal sources, moderate to high in animal protein and low to moderate in natural carbohydrates coming from vegetables and fruits and you can include small amounts of nuts. The preferred fats should be saturated fats like coconut oil, lard, duck fat, butter, tallow as well as monounsaturated fats like extra virgin olive oil and avocados. Paleo Food List.
A Helpful Tip: Keep your grocery cart to the perimeter of the grocery store and avoid the aisles . Real food is perishable. The stuff with long shelf life is likely to be processed and loaded with preservatives.
THE FOODS YOU SHOULD AVOID
Excessive consumption of high-glycemic carbohydrates (carbs that raise blood sugar rapidly) is the primary culprit in nutritionally caused health problems. They include rice, breads, potatoes, sweets, sodas and most processed carbs. Processing carbs greatly increases their glycemic index (a measure of their tendency to elevate blood sugar).
- The Issue with High-Glycemic Carbs: they cause an extreme insulin response. While insulin is an essential hormone, chronic elevation leads to hyperinsulinism. Health problems positively associated with hyperinsulinism are obesity, elevated cholesterol and blood pressure levels, mood dysfunction and many other diseases and disabilities.
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