In an effort to keep this short, I’ve decided to break up our nutrition talk into two pieces. This week I’ll address what is the Paleo diet, what foods should we be eating, and why sugar is BAD! Next week I’ll explain why eating this way will benefit you. For now, I hope that you’ll trust me and try to eat Paleo for one of your meals each day during the next week.
First off, we should cover what is Paleo? Paleo is short of Paleolithic, as in the caveman era. So, eating Paleo is to eat what the cavemen ate. In short, that is lean meats, lots of vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch, and no sugar.
Lean meats are any cuts of beef, poultry, pork, and fish. This is where you will get your protein from, which is what your body needs to rebuild muscle tissue. You can, and should add eggs to your list of proteins and you should eat some protein in every meal and snack.
Garden vegetables are going to be your main carbohydrate source. Broccoli, asparagus, green beans, and carrots are some of my favorites; vegetables are any foods that grow from the ground or in your garden! You will also get carbohydrates from fruits. Apples, oranges, bananas, and anything else that grows from a tree is delicious and offers a ton of nutrients. You should also add berries to your list of carbohydrates.
Healthy fats are not only going to come from nuts and seeds, but avocados and oils. Almonds, walnuts, cashews, and sunflower seeds are my go to fats on a daily bases. I also use olive and coconut oils at home for preparing and cooking meals.
The only starchy foods I can really think of are potatoes. I generally stay away from any kind of white potato, but I do love yams and sweet potatoes. If you are trying to lean out or lose weight, I’d recommend limiting starchy foods and fruits to 1-2 pieces per day; garden veggies are the way to go.
Eating the foods listed above will change the way you look, feel, think, and perform. As student athletes these are all important to succeeding in the classroom and on the field.
Lastly, in order to change the way we look, feel, think, and perform we need to understand one simple rule. FAT DOES NOT MAKE YOU FAT! SUGAR MAKES YOU FAT!!! Foods and drinks that have a lot of sugar in them alter your blood chemistry so that you are unable to use carbohydrates (energy) properly. Foods that are high in sugar, including grains, pastas, and rice disrupt your energy systems, causing you to store these calories instead of using them for energy. Imagine how you would look, feel, think, and perform if you were constantly expending and burning calories instead of storing them?
Check out Paleomg.com for some get meal ideas.
Run 1.5 miles (6 laps on a track/24x up and down a lax field)
5x, each for time:
50 meter sprints (1/2 way on a lax field)
6-8 feet from the wall
25 Push ups
50 left (1 cradle)
20 Push ups
40 right (1 cradle)
15 Push ups
30 left (1 cradle)
10 Push ups
20 right (1 cradle)
5 Push ups
10 left (1 cradle)