photo courtesy of Norcal Strength & Conditioning (8 week Paleo Challenge)
Eating the way our bodies were designed to eat enables our digestive system to function properly and enhances vitamin and mineral absoprtion.
photo courtesy of Norcal Strength & Conditioning (8week Paleo Challenge)
Although the focus on eating this way should not be on weight/fat loss and body composition, those are two inevitable improvements as we shift our priorities from processed, insulin-spiking foods like grains, legumes and refined sugars to lean meats, a variety of vegetables and healthy fats.
Everyone begins the same way, but once on board and transitioned through a 30-40 day cycle, our goals will differ from one person to the next, from one athlete to the other. We all have differing needs which will require differing approaches.
This goal is basic in terms of what to eat.
- 4-8oz. of lean meat (turkey, beef, chicken or seafood).
- a varied selection of vegetables
- avocado, olive oil for cold food prep, coconut oil for cooking, nuts and seeds
- eat 3-4 meals in this fashion for a minimum of 30 days and for the first 30 days, eliminate what other people call "cheat meals", you will literally be cheating a crucial transition period. Once you have finished the first 30 days, the "cheat meal" approach is entirely up to you.
- limit fruit intake to 1-2 servings during the first 30 days and make berries/melons your fruit of choice. This will retrain your metabolism to burn fat and make fat loss the most effective.
Part II - Eating for Athletic Performance