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What is the Paleo Diet?

By Katie Jackson | In Fit & Fearless Nutrition | on October 4, 2013
Coming this November, CrossFit and Fearless will host a nutrition seminar and Paleo challenge for all of its athletes. In case you aren’t familiar with the Paleo diet, here is a brief introduction:The Paleo Diet is an effort to eat like we used to back in the day… WAY back in the day. If a caveman couldn’t eat it, neither can you. The lifestyle is simply about (1) eating whole foods that provide better fuel for your body and (2) avoiding processed, refined, nutrient-poor factory foods. Current research indicates it is our modern diet, full of refined foods, trans fats and sugar, that is at the root of degenerative diseases such as obesity, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, depression and infertility. Check out some great Paleo success stories here!What You Can Eat

Meat, Seafood, & Eggs
Lean proteins support strong muscles, healthy bones, and optimal immune function and are the main source of energy in your diet. Protein also makes you fuller between meals. It is ideal to eat meat and seafood from grass-fed, organic-fed animals or wild-caught seafood sources.

Vegetables & Fruits
Fruits and vegetables are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that have been shown to decrease the likelihood of developing a number of degenerative diseases including cancer, diabetes and neurological decline. However, fruits can be hard on your blood sugar if you overdo it, so we encourage you to limit your fruit intake. We recommend avoiding melons and dried fruit and eating mostly berries.

Fats & Oils, Nuts & Seeds
Scientific research shows that diets rich in Monounsaturated and Omega-3 fats dramatically reduce the instances of obesity, cancer, diabetes, heart disease and cognitive decline. Fat also keep you feeling fuller between your main meals. That said, if your goal is fat loss, we caution against eating too many nuts. We recommend cooking with coconut oil and eating lots of avocado.

What You Can’t Eat

Omitting all of the following foods and beverages will help you regain your healthy metabolism, reduce systemic inflammation, and help you discover how these foods are negatively impacting your health, fitness, and quality of life:

1)      No Sugar. No maple syrup, honey, agave nectar, Splenda, Equal, Nutrasweet, xylitol, diet soda, flavored water, etc. Be careful to check ingredient lists for added sugar.
2)      No Alcohol.
3)      No Grains. This includes (but is not limited to) wheat, rye, barley, oats, corn, rice, millet, bulgur, sorghum, amaranth, buckwheat, sprouted grains, quiona
4)      No Legumes. This includes beans of all kind (black, red, pinto, navy, white, kidney, lima, fava, etc.) peas, chickpeas, lentils, and peanuts (no peanut butter either). This also includes all forms of soy: soy sauce, miso, tofu, tempeh, edamame, and all the ways we sneak soy into foods (like lecithin).
5)      No Dairy. This includes milk products such as ice cream, coffee creamers, cheese, yogurt, and sour cream (with the exception of grass fed sources)
6)      Minimal Starches. Limit your potato intake to post-WOD. NO POTATO CHIPS
7)      No Processed Food. No protein bars, microwaveable meals, fast food, etc.

Find some great Paleo recipes here!

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