I've been following a Paleo nutrition plan/diet since January, which has really opened my mind. I've been meaning to write about it on my blog, so will share soon, but so far so good. After hearing Aoife Lynch talk at the weekend it reinforced the reasons I changed: (a) to eat healthier (b) to improve my athletic performance, (c) to hit my optimal weight and (d) cook more fresh food.
Book I read: Chris Kresser, Your Personal Paleo Code
Cookery class: Get Inspired by Wholefoods, Dublin Cookery School, Blackrock - evening course I found really good fun and learned loads (and ate loads!)
Happy it works for you Dave ? Now this is just my experience, I missed legumens during paleo a lot, great(and cheap) source of protein. Agree on eating fresh food, preferably cooked at home, tons of fruit and veg, protein and nuts/seeds Also, one simply can't live without peanut butter ?
My opinion is EVERYTHING in moderation. If you deprive yourself of a perfectly good food source then you will crave it and it won't be sustainable. Peanut butter a perfect example of a high energy food source that is perfect for high energy triathletes. Coffee too- love coffee- life would be grey without it.
Agree Chris. Aoife was keen to emphasise that she lived by 80% rule and that if you are good with diet most of the time, than you are not doing too bad. I would find it hard to train with out lots of carbs too - but I guess it is important to make sure you are taking in the good slow releasing carbs as much as possible!
I'm no expert on paleo - genuine question: is it a low carb diet or a caveman locally available diet? I have read briefly online and they seem to intertwine- sounds like aitkens in a different name in some ways
It really depends... Paleo as such has nothing against carbs as long as they come from veg/fruit, possibly quinoa As there are no grains, I (just personal experience) found it hard doing long cycles without good amount of carbs. I am not against Paleo at all, I actually practice good few of their principles myself, but there are some items I truly missed (PB, legumens, rice) Everyone is different and needs to find their own way of eating (off to have a coffee now)
Gwen Jorgensen (ITU rocket) regularly posts details of her dinner on Twitter - interesting to she what she is eating: a. pretty normal stuff (meat and veg) and b. MASSIVE portions - worth checking out for the photos of the dinner serving alone. Anita Bean is also worth a follow - very often writes in Runners World and very widely published elsewhere.
Ellen/Chris - I would have thought like you about "I need carbs because I train and burn energy" but if you read a bit more about Paleo you get to understand how you can give your body more energy and burn it more efficiently by changing your diet. Don't just look at what you can't have. Yes today you use gels, bars on your bike rides but there are tons of other ways to fuel yourself. Paleo involves discovering many of those. Just because you always have porridge or cereal and toast for breakfast (a Western norm) doesn't mean your body would suffer without it. A lot of it comes down to norms and habits of what we think is right.
Paleo for me has been about having the same or more energy without the cravings or drops in energy which high carb/sugar can bring. Insulin release is better, my digestion is better, my sleep is better and I have lost some weight.
There's lots of ways to think about nutrition...I think the more we learn the better. But you have to suspend pre-conceived ideas or beliefs if you want to make real change. I'm not saying I'm an successful example, as I think it's early days for me and to have a real impact it takes months or years to properly adapt.
Undereating/ empty calorie eating, I have done that mistake,I added loads of training but didn't bother too much to look into my nutrition, with the excuse that it worked so far and I don't have time for that. Guess I'm paying for that for the last couple of weeks, my energy levels are so low that I have problems to get much done. Need to fix that but for that I need to find the energy to fix that , arggghh
Dave, can you post a day or two meal plan so we get a better insight how eating paleo looks in real life? Funny enough I only started eating more carbs since I joined Belpark, I was close to paleo before