I’m going to keep this short and as uncomplicated as possible…
This summer has been the hardest summer that I can recall for me to maintain my diet. I’m not sure why, but it just felt like every single weekend, I had some sort of major cheat meal, which for me, is out of the ordinary.
Well, it’s time to get back on track! Going back to school means a more rigid schedule (or a schedule, period….), less picnics and parties, less booze, and less late nights.
As a CrossFit gym, we have always promoted the Paleo diet because the fact of the matter is, that excessive bad carbs are not healthy for us. And, to add insult to injury, they make us fat!
My assumption is that most of our athletes have an idea of what the Paleo diet is, as it has become a buzzword as of late; however, here is my elevator description of what the Paleo diet is:
Carbs make you fat. Gluten is entirely unhealthy for you (which is contained in most grains). What you need to eat to keep hormonally balanced is a proper balance of protein, good carbs, and good fats. So, basically, you CAN’T eat sugar, grains, or dairy. You CAN eat lean meat, veggies, fruit, nuts, and seeds. Cut out the starchy/carby side-dishes, and add more veggies…
BOOM! You’re Paleo…
But, before I conclude I must mention the most common error many athletes make while on the Paleo diet: They eat too much protein and NOT enough carbs! Your diet should be 30% protein, 30% fat, and 40% CARBS. What does this mean in Paleo terms? YOU NEED TO EAT A BOATLOAD OF VEGETABLES! Eating too much protein is why the Paleo diet has gotten a bad rap in the media.
I’m back on the wagon. How about you? Why not sign up for the Lurong Living Paleo Challenge which begins on September 15th??!!! This is a national challenge that will refocus you on your diet and exercise regimen. We already have over 35 athletes registered. If our gym has the best result nationally we will win a $50,000 gym makeover! There are also a TON of prizes that you will be eligible for individually. Go to http://www.lurongliving.com/challenge/infoform-aff/ to read all about it. If you have any questions about the diet itself, ask any of your coaches at SCF or purchase The Paleo Diet book (it’s an easy read).
Let’s get ready to get motivated!