Saturday, July 28th, 2012
Charlie Stanley

NUTRITION

 

We love that you are spending an hour out of your day working out with us, but it’s what you do with the other 23 hours of your day that really counts. How you choose to nourish your body matters just as much, if not more, than your workouts. It’s important to assess your lifestyle choices. You need to ensure you are appropriately nourishing your body with the foods you choose to eat, a balanced exercise regimen, acquiring ample sleep, and reducing outside stressors in your life.

We’ll have Paleo challenges from time to time and we are always here to help provide you with ample information to help enable you to make good choices, but ultimately it is up to you. Simply put, it is impossible to achieve optimal fitness without a healthy diet.

Disclaimer: We are not nutritionists and we do not claim to be experts on nutrition, but we have spent a great deal of time educating ourselves with regard to nutrition and know what has been successful for our athletes and us. Therefore, we are happy to do our very best to answer any questions you might have and/or provide you with ample resources.

The beauty of eating healthy is that it is SIMPLE and easy to do. We reject the USDA Food Pyramid and follow a diet comprised of the following:

Here are the 3 simple steps to eating healthy:

Step 1:

Eat REAL Food! Your food should be alive (e.g. perishable). In other words, if you can grow it or kill it you should eat it.
1) Meats & Veggies (Protein)
2) Nuts & Seeds (Fat)
3) Some Fruit (carbs)
4) Little Starch (e.g. sweet potatoes)
5) NO Sugar

Step 2:

Accuracy and precision in the form of portion control. Measuring and weighing food can be a very beneficial tool to implement in your nutrition program. We don’t believe you need to weigh and measure your food forever, but it’s good to do for 2 to 3 weeks every now and again. It keeps us honest with regard to what we are putting on our plates and eventually into our stomachs. Sources for weighing and measuring food include MyFitnessPal.com and/or the Zone Diet by Barry Sears

Step 3:

Combine Steps 1 and 2… Eat REAL food and portion control

Foods to avoid:

  • Refined or Processed Sugar
  • High glycemic carbs and anything processed (rice, bread, candy potatoes, sweets, soda, chips)
  • Gluten Grains
  • Legumes
  • Grain and Seed Cooking Oils
  • Dairy (Note: this is a gray area)
  • Processed Food in General


Benefits of a Paleo Life Plan:

  • Increased Energy
  • Dental & Periodontal Health
  • Blood Sugar Management
  • Healthier Skin
  • Look and feel younger
  • Decrease in Allergies
  • Less susceptibility to illness
  • Achieve a healthy weight
  • Restful Sleep
  • Increased Life Span
  • Lower Blood Pressure
  • Improve Mental and Physical Performance
  • Increased Mental Acuity

Don’t take our word for it… Checkout these Books and Site Sources for Info and Recipes:
Paleo Solutions by Robb Wolf (check out his blog)
Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson (check out his blog)
EverydayPaleo.com by Sarah Feragamo
Protein Power Life Plan by Dr. Mark Eades (check out his blog)
Why We Get Fat and What to do About It by Gary Taubes (check out his blog)
The Zone by Barry Sears
The Paleo Diet by Loren Cordain