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Going Caveman – The Paleo Diet

I mentioned in a previous post that my husband and I are on the Paleo diet and I wanted to take a moment to explain why and what it is.   

We were introduced to the Paleo diet when my husband took up CrossFit with the encouragement of his best friend and his client. You may be familiar with the elements of CrossFit under the name “The 300 Workout” based on the workout the actors did to prepare for the movie 300.   

Basically, CrossFit believes in going back to the basics and utilizing your body’s natural mechanics instead of unnatural movements or machines. A workout might consist of climbing ropes, flipping tires, jumping up and down steps, lifting yourself up to a bar, etc. The idea is to develop strength through the movements our bodies were designed to do after thousands of years of evolution.   

I wonder if Captain Caveman ate Paleo?

The Paleo diet is promoted by CrossFit and goes hand-in-hand with the workout. You may have also heard of a similar concept called ”The Caveman Diet” which preaches the same theory. The theory is that we as humans have developed over hundreds of thousands of years eating the same basic foods – proteins, vegetables, fruits, nuts, simple fats, etc. It has only been in the last few thousand years that we developed agriculture and animal husbandry. Therefore, it is not natural for us to eat grains, dairy, legumes, potatoes, complex sugars and processed foods.   

When my husband joined CrossFit, they challenged him to a 30 day Paleo lockdown. Since I do most of the cooking in the house and I wanted to support his efforts to get into shape, I offered to join him in the lockdown. The 30 days has come and gone but we still try to eat Paleo whenever we can. Why? Well, for starters my husband lost 35 lbs. I didn’t lose any weight but my stomach pains are magically gone. Before the diet, my husband was convinced I was gluten-intolerant/allergic because I would get sharp pains in my gut almost every time I ate. Now, it hardly ever happens, so maybe he was right. Plus, we both feel so much better about what we are eating. Also, it is surprisingly easy to stick to once you get the basics down.   

The basics are meat and eggs (free range and grass fed, if possible, but sometimes it isn’t due to availability or economics), fruits and veggies (we use a lot of frozen, even though fresh organic is best), nuts (no salt or added sugar), dried fruits (sparingly), olive oil and coconut oil (these are the only two oils we use), coconut milk, and almond flour (you’d be amazed what you can substitute with almond flour!)  

For recipes, I love this website, and this and this. Like I said, once you get the basics down, it is pretty simple to start creating your own concoctions. I’ll be posting more recipes as I find them and try to give some tips along the way. If you have any questions, feel free to ask and I’ll try to answer, even though I am still learning myself.

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