If you've been in CrossFit for a bit, you've probably heard about the Paleo or caveman diet. So what is it exactly? The Paleo diet is essentially eating only the foods that would have be accessible to our cavemen ancestors. The basic guidelines to the Paleo diet are as follows:eat non-processed whole foods that include meat, vegetables, roots, some fruit, nuts and seeds. It eliminates all grains, dairy, sugars, and processed foods, with the exception of raw dairy used sparingly. Research has shown that the foods the Paleo diet eliminates can be inflammatory to our bodies thus causing a variety of health related problems. Therefore, by following a Paleo diet the inflammation in our bodies decreases and things like achey joints, acne, autoimmune disease, etc. decrease.
I have personally followed a Paleo diet in the past and found that it does help how I feel overall while simultaneously helping me achieve certain aesthetic goals. However, it requires a lot of dedication because Paleo meals require some planning and prep. I used to prep my meals for the week on Sundays and needed to carry around several tupperware containers of food each day to ensure that I remained compliant. But once you've established a routine with the Paleo lifestyle, it's quite easy to follow. For most people, I would recommend following an 80/20 rule. That means that 80% of your meals are compliant, and you allow yourself a break 20% of the time. This allows you to occasionally indulge, but still not wrecking your progress with eating Paleo. So if we're looking at 3 meals a day across 1 week, that's 21 meals. Twenty percent of 21 is roughly 4, which means that 4 of your meals in your week can be non-compliant.
I could write pages upon pages on the Paleo diet, but our readership would drastically decrease as a result. So in an effort to remain concise I will leave it at that for today. Just remember this is a "Paleo Basics" blog post. If you have any questions, or are curious about Paleo, don't be afraid to shoot me your questions or come talk to me.
A. EMOTM 10
5 strict pull ups
5 kettlebell hike swings (70/53)
B. 3 rounds for time:
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