I feel like when I’m at work or out and about with people I know, I’m constantly hearing whining about how much they hate their diets, how bad it sucks that they have to eat this that and the other, and how hard it is to only eat salads and celery sticks or whatever other kind of nonsense their diets have them eating. Now, I don’t believe in diets, but I’m not a pretentious jerk and I’m not going to tell everyone I think their diets are stupid and ineffective. Instead, I’m just going to outline why paleo is the absolute best way to eat that won’t make you hate your food and leave you miserable and hungry at the end of the day like those stupid fad diets will.
5 Reasons Why Paleo is the Best:
- No counting calories: Unlike a lot of fad diets, paleo doesn’t require you to add up your calories throughout the day and stop eating when you hit a specific number. It’s all about eating the right foods that are the best for your body and will best help you to perform. If you’re doing paleo right, you’re never depriving yourself of the nutrients your body needs.
- We’re eating so we can perform, not performing so we can eat: There’s a huge distinction here! Working out so that you can eat what you want is way different, and far less productive, than eating properly to enhance your workouts and overall health and performance. Viewing your food as fuel for your productivity and not as a reward for working out makes eating more meaningful, healthier and more effective.
- Bacon: Bacon is awesome, and eating paleo means eating bacon. Hence, paleo is awesome. Boom.
- Cheat meals: Seriously, chocolate tastes so much more awesome when you haven’t had it for a long time. It’s like you’re actually a caveman experiencing sugar for the first time. Rewarding your hard work with a cheat meal every once in a while is a super cool perk of eating paleo, and the best of the best Crossfitters all advocate the occasional cheat.
- Feeling good: Honestly, I would recommend paleo to anyone for this reason alone. Even without the incredible health and fitness benefits, eating paleo just makes you feel so much better all around. You’re never bloated or lightheaded, and you should never have indigestion, heartburn or constipation. Best of all, when you go out, you’ll never leave the restaurant feeling like you’re so stuffed you can’t move.
I hope this clears up your doubts about paleo. If not, you should go to Robb Wolf’s website for the scientific rundown on why it is so awesome. I’m not exactly the scientific expert, but I think the fact that bacon is part of our diet should be reason enough for everyone to eat paleo, right?
If you’ve transitioned to a Paleo lifestyle you’ve probably noticed a couple things about it – you’re hungry, like, all the time… and it can be kind of rough trying to find food you can eat.
The good thing about the first part of the problem is that Paleo doesn’t ask you to count your calories or restrict yourself to a certain amount of meals per day. If you’re hungry you don’t have to wait until a certain time to eat. That being said, you also can’t camp out in your kitchen all day cooking. So here are some tips on how to eat throughout the day.
1. When you have time to cook, try to make enough to last more than one meal.
This helps out especially if you have a job where you’re away from home all day. Just pack your delicious caveman cuisine into a Tupperware and save yourself that painful trip to the restaurant where you’ll have to harass the server with a million questions about each menu item.
2. Eat until you’re full!
Every meal, every time. Seriously. Otherwise, you’re going to be ravenous again in twenty minutes. Trust me, that gets old quickly. Of course, don’t gorge yourself till you can’t move, but you get the point.
3. Stock up on paleo snacks.
Your fridge should always be jam packed with fruits and vegetables. Other really good snacks to graze on throughout the day are almond butter, cashews/assorted nuts, dried fruits (try to find the kind without preservatives), hardboiled eggs, bacon, jerky (again without preservatives if you can help it), kale chips and anything coconut (they have roasted coconut chips, coconut strips, and of course coconut water). A lot of these things can be found at your local farmer’s market. Trader Joe’s and other natural food stores carry some as well. And you’d be surprised what you can find if you look hard enough at your regular grocery store. Today at Walmart, I found Crunchies dried fruits, which are all natural with no preservatives, nuts, Naked coconut water, cage-free organic eggs and almond flour. Not bad for your neighborhood superstore. You really just have to keep your eyes open and make a point to hunt these things down.
4. Protein powder.
Post-workout, I’m always starving and I usually am rushing off somewhere in a hurry, so this is an absolute necessity. I also use it if I just really have no time to make anything or go to the store.
5. Try quick and easy recipes.
I know there are a lot of awesome paleo recipes out there, but every meal doesn’t have to be a gourmet affair. Sometimes there just isn’t time or money for that. Easy and quick meals include avocado and tuna salad, chicken salad, rotisserie chicken with veggies, and Old Faithful – eggs and bacon.
I hope this is encouraging to those of you feeling the stress of trying to do this paleo thing right. I know it can seem difficult, but doing some of these things should make it a little bit easier on you. Please feel free to let me know if you have additional tips, questions, comments or pictures of your favorite paleo meal!
This week’s WOD’s:
Monday: “The Chief” – Max rounds in 3 minutes of
3 Power Cleans
Rest 1 minute, Repeat 5 cycles
Result: 80 lb. cleans, 17 total rounds + 7 extra cleans
Tuesday: Skill – 5×5 Front Squat
Result: 110 lbs.
WOD – For time:
Run 1200 M
Wednesday: No WOD
5×5 Back squat
Result: 145 lbs.
Thursday: For time:
21-15-9 reps of
Result: 6:43 (20” box, 75 lb. clean)
Friday: Had to skip snatch WOD because of rotator cuff problem 😦
5×5 overhead press @ 65 lbs.