Paleo Diet - At Stay Fly Muay Thai in Philadelphia
Most of us are guilty of eating stuff that we probably shouldn't. Diets are hard to stick to, especially when they are based in depriving yourself of things you're used to having. The best way for me to think about dieting is that it needs to be manageable for me to make it realistic for me to want to stick to. Also, and most importantly, I think it's super important for me to understand and believe in the diet before I really devote myself to it.
Today, I wanted to highlight some of the ideas of the Paleo Diet and just touch on a few points. Now, there are things that I have personally adapted from the Paleo Diet to fit my own needs. I encourage people who are interested in the Paleo Diet to read up on the subject, especially the book The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf. There are many books on the subject, but this one is an easy read that goes into a few areas of the logic as well as the science of the diet. It's got a good approach to explaining the chemical process, if you care to get into that, and then just explaining the big picture. My favorite part about this diet is that it makes sense to me on the "why" front.
The Paleo Diet is all about eating what your body was designed to eat. It's all about choosing foods that humans have evolved to eat. There are definitely ways to still be a fat-ass and find ways around eating Paleo foods to still make baked goods and treats and ice cream and stuff that you probably shouldn't eat. But, in general, it is a good guideline for a diet.
Here are the basic principles. Humans evolved to eat certain foods over millions of years. Diets went largely unchanged until groups of humans started to live in large groups and begin to farm. So, the word "Paleo" refers to "paleolithic", as in caveman times. The diet of our cavemen forefathers was comprised of things that could be found readily in nature. Meat, nuts, fruits and things like that is where he got his energy. Farmed foods, especially grains, were added to our diets much later.
So the basic principle is to choose foods that are nutrient rich, available foods. One simple way to choose foods is to ask yourself this question. "Could I eat this raw?" Present day factory farms, especially of poultry, makes that unsafe for some things like chicken and eggs, due to the risk of salmonella. Also, undercooking pork products runs a high risk of parasites, due to pigs eating straight from the dirt all the time. But, hypothetically, you can eat any meat, eggs, fruits, most veggies, nuts, berries, and other stuff raw.
Anyway, the dude who got me turned on to the Paleo Diet is James Gregory, who is a former teammate of mine and currently fighting out of Coban's camp in NYC. He runs a user uploaded Paleo recipe cite called FastPaleo.com and they have an app for the iphone too. It's pretty righteous, especially for when you run out of ideas of what to eat and feel like you're only eating the same 4 meals over and over.
So, check it out, and ask me any questions you might have. We even have some books you can borrow at the gym.
Godspeed fat kids!