Training Days 17 and 18: The Paleo Diet

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HAPPY TUESDAY!

Hope everyone had a happy Monday! Some of you might be looking forward to a 3- 4 day weekend, if so, hang in there, the weekend is coming soon.

 I am looking forward to several things this week, one of them being, a Memorial camping trip, and its my 26th birthday!

Usually I am really excited to celebrate my birthday, and I make a big fuss over it. However this year I am trying to hang on so desperately to my early 20’s.

 I cant possibly be on my way to 30! Is it too early to have a midlife crisis?!:P

On a happier note, training is going well. Sunday was a 3.5 mile hike and Monday was weight training and swimming.

 My weight session consisted of lunges, curtsy lunges, Bulgarian squats, sumo squats (ouch my legs), upright rows, lateral raises, tricep extensions, and bicep curls.

Needless to say, I am AGAIN walking, rather waddling, my way around. Swimming session wasn’t as successful as I had originally planned. My adorable, swim loving boyfriend is visiting me from California, and he tried oh so patiently to help me master the American crawl AKA free style.

 I have been doing the breast stroke in the pool, and have that stroke down, however if I don’t want to be the last person out of the water on race day, I need to learn how to do the American crawl. I haven’t quite got the breathing down, but I am working on it. Wish me luck!

Today I would like to talk about the new ‘fad’ and slightly controversial, Paleo Diet. Some of you might have heard about it before, if this is all new to you then please read on.

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The Theory behind the Paleo diet is that the American diet is highly processed, carb-obsessed, and our eating pattern is the culprit behind many of our biggest health ills. 

So why not go back—way back—to the Paleolithic period of more than 10,000 years ago, when our diet wasn’t full of junk food and pasta? Paleo advocates say we should eat the way we ate when we were hunting and gathering: animal protein and plants.

How does the Paleo Diet work?

Paleo diets are based on a simple premise—if the cavemen didn’t eat it, you shouldn’t either. So long to refined sugar, dairy, legumes, and grains (this is pre-agricultural revolution); hello to meat, fish, poultry, fruits, and veggies. What you eat and how much depend on your goals or the specific program you’re on, if you choose to follow one.

 

Pros and Cons

Pro — Stable Energy Levels

The Paleo diet relies heavily on whole meats, vegetables and fruits. These foods digest slowly, keeping blood sugar levels stable throughout the day. Stable blood sugar eliminates the energy and mood swings that can result from a diet high in processed carbs and refined sugar.

Cons- Expensive

The foods encouraged on the Paleo diet can be more expensive than foods allowed on other diets. The Paleo diet typically calls for grass-fed beef, free-range chicken and eggs, and fresh fruits and vegetables. Inexpensive foods like pasta, rice and bread are not allowed on the Paleo diet.

Pro — Satiation

In the absence of refined carbohydrates, the Paleo diet allows more fat than most other diets. Additionally, the diet is high in protein and fibrous vegetables. These foods are more satiating than low-fat, grain-based foods, helping you feel full longer and reducing hunger between meals.

Con — Inconvenience

Processed grains and dairy are widely used in prepared foods. They are also not allowed on the Paleo diet. Consequently, Paleo dieters often find it difficult to eat out or grab meals on the go. Fast food is often out of the question, as are most non-perishable options, excluding nuts.

In my opinion, the Paleo Diet is a nice start in the right direction. Yes you should cut out highly processed foods and refined sugar from your diet. However the Paleo Diet requires restricted from too many common food groups, and any diet that extreme is very hard to follow long term. Are there any fad diets out there that you have tried?!

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If you would like to find out more about the Paleo diet here is a link: http://thepaleodiet.com/

See you on the world wide web tomorrow

-With Love

Crista

 

 

 

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