For those of you who have been keeping up with my blog you know that there have been more than a few posts on food. I follow a caveman/paleo/primal diet based around eating foods that we have been designed to eat and avoiding foods that we are not designed to eat. This is what I practice and this is what I preach to every one who trains with me. So for those of you who may want to know more about a caveman diet or are just hearing about this for the first time, this post is for you! I've posted a bunch of links to help you dig a little deeper into the paleo/caveman diet and to help you get a good idea of why you need to jump on this train!
What is a "Caveman" diet. Some call it a Paleo diet, others may refer to it as a primal diet. No matter the name they all have things in common. You eat only real meats, lots of veggies, some fruits, nuts/seeds, berries and healthy fats. We avoid/don't eat grains, processed foods, sugars, and junk foods/drinks. Pretty much if you can't pick it from a tree, pull if from the ground, or kill and cook it ... don't put it in your mouth!
You'll eat lots and lots of fresh raw veggies, mix them up try new ones. It's the best way to get a ton of different vitamins and minerals. You'll eat fruit just not too much as it is high in natural sugars (I like to save them for snacks or in the morning after a workout). You'll eat lots of fresh real meat, any type you enjoy such as turkey, fish, chicken, shrimp, steak, eggs etc. You don't have to be afraid of healthy fats like olive oil (use olive oil based salad dressings!), coconut, coconut milk, avocado, almonds and other nuts, almond butter and other nut butters etc. There is a world of new foods waiting for you to try and a ton of new dishes to make for all meals of the day. Heck, I make pancakes using no grains what so ever (click this link to see!), there are endless possibilities!
On a caveman diet you'll change your body to a fat burning machine! As soon as you stop feeding your body sugars (grains, processed foods, ice cream, cakes, cookies etc.) your body will naturally use fat (body fat and dietary fat) as a source of fuel. You'll feel fuller longer after meals, you'll lose body fat, your energy levels will be much higher (due to the intake of lots of fresh veggies and fruit!), and you'll have an iron clad immune system! You're taking all the poisonous things out of your diet and bringing in only the good foods your body wants and needs!
So remember, only eat lean meats, lots of veggies, some fruits, nuts/seeds, and healthy fats! It's that simple.
For more info follow these links!
- A great guide to caveman eating (marksdailyapple.com)
- Why you should avoid grains (marsdailyapple.com)
- You don't have to eat like a rabbit (jungle-fit.blogspot.com)
- Caveman diet/Exercise = Natural Medicine (jungle-fit.blogspot.com)
- You are What you Eat (jungle-fit.blogspot.com)
.. photo credit to marksdailyapple.com