Well it happened: I finally went to a corn maze! Yes it was excellent and yes, my year has officially become a success. If you haven’t already found a maze, there’s still time.
This week we’re talking Paleo! Woo! I know you’re pumped. Paleo is a word CrossFitters throw around more than med balls. “You Paleo?” is often the question, followed closely by, “Paleo? Not me! I like my sugar cookies, thank you very much” and even, “What the heck is Paleo?” So this post is meant to clarify the haze surrounding the Paleolithic Diet.
First off, Paleo comes from the theory that our bodies have not evolved to the point that we’re able to eat anything other than what a caveman would be able to. The list includes: meats, veggies, fruits, nuts, eggs, and seafood. Sweet potatoes are alright, regular potatoes are not. If the food has preservatives or any other ingredient that you can’t pronounce and looks like it should be in a chemistry textbook, no bones. Sweeteners such as honey, agave, or stevia are good. Olive oil is great, most other oils aren’t, especially peanut oil and canola oil. Nuts such as almonds, walnuts, and cashews get a giant YES! (Especially almonds in my book) Peanuts are a no go (as are beans), because technically peanuts are legumes (part of the bean family), not nuts.
And as Roger Rabbit says, “Th-th-that’s all folks!” Anything not listed above, minus a few exceptions, isn’t Paleo. The general rule of thumb is this: if you’re not sure, it’s not Paleo. It’s a strict diet, yes, but boy does it work. It’s also ridiculously hard to maintain. In my experience, Paleo is fantastic for helping people lose weight, not so good for aiding those looking to add bulk. This is due to the fact it’s hard consistently to meet the caloric intake necessary for growth.
If you have any questions, drop me a line either by email, in person, or on Facebook. On a final note, if anybody is interested in doing a Turkey Trot at Magnuson Park on Thanksgiving morning, there’s a deal on Amazon Local that I posted to the Facebook page. It’d be fun to have a group of Jab athletes running together.
Looking forward to seeing everyone this week!