Is paleo for you?

So much hype has been going around about the Paleo lifestyle. Not sure what it is? In layman’s terms, very simplified it goes a little something like this:

You eat this:

  • A shiz ton of vegetables
  • Meat/Eggs/Fish
  • Little amount of nuts
  • Some fruit

You avoid this:

  • Absolutely no wheat products
  • Dairy
  • Grains
  • Processed food
  • Starch
  • Alcohol

Do I follow it? Absolutely not. After two years of attending CrossFit I’ve seen three Paleo Challenges at my local box. While I appreciate that my friends at CrossFit can adapt this lifestyle, I personally will haven’t taken the challenge. However, each year our CrossFit box does a 30 day Paleo challenge and the next one starts April 7. I’m actually debating whether or not to sign up for it. The reason I haven’t already? I feel like I’ve got enough energy, I’m never plateauing at CrossFit, and I feel healthy. Oh, and because I’m kinda scared since I don’t think I’d be able to give up my beloved food. Milk, candy, cheese? Get in my belly.

Do you follow Paleo?

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  1. I don’t think I could do it. I eat grains and dairy for breakfast. I could eat eggs, but I usually save that for the weekend when I have more time.
    If you do decide to do it, I think you should post what you eat daily. I have a hard time believing that it’s a good lifestyle?
    I was always under the assumption that dairy is good for the body.

    Nancy says: That’s what I have an issue about, cutting out dairy products. I love milk, and I think it’s good that I can still handle it, as a woman. So many women cannot handle it as they get older.
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  2. I try to do one paleo meal a day and I try to think about what foods bother me when I feel gross after eating. but sometimes I try to think of paleo not like what I can’t eat but what makes me feel better after eating.

    Nancy says: That’s a good way to look at it: not like what I can’t eat but what makes me feel better after eating. Thanks!
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  3. i don’t. i believe that there are parts of the paleo diet that are beneficial for everyone- ie less processed foods, more vegetables, etc…however i also don’t believe in eliminating whole food groups…so i know it’s not for me!
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  4. Scott has been eating Paleo for over a month now, and I started a few weeks back. Not 100%, but I’d say probably 85/15 split. Saturdays are our “treat” days (usually some alcohol and processed foods). I actually am quite surprised at how much I don’t miss a lot of the “no no” foods, like bread and pasta – they were huge staples for me before, but if I eat them now, I feel like garbage. Dairy was easy for me to cut completely since I’m lactose intolerant – I only really consumed cheese before. So far, it’s working well for us. :)

    Nancy says: No way, didn’t realize you were doing that. You feel good yea?

  5. i def could not do paleo. whenever i cut something out, it makes me crave it more! i eat what i want (in moderation)

    Nancy says: My problem is sugar. Also, I get lazy in the evenings without a meal plan. I don’t know if I’d STICK with Paleo after the challenge is done, but tracking what I’m eating is something I think I need to do.
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  6. I did a Whole30 Paleo challenge for the month of January and felt great the whole time. My carb/sugar cravings totally disappeared and so did the inflammation in my head/ears that caused occasional dizziness. GREAT RESULTS.

    Then I started adding things back – red wine for starters – and my results started to unravel so I am back at it in a very strict way and feel good again.

    I think everyone should do what works for their own bodies. I don’t care for labels.
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  7. If the challenge is just 30 days, I would try it.

    While it may be hard to give up a certain food group you think you love, it may be easier to give it up than you think.

    I looooooove Twizzlers. But, I haven’t had one in over 10 weeks. It has been hard at times to give up candy. But, I snack on raisins, apples, berries, and other fruits to satisfy my sweet tooth.

    I went through an 8 week challenge without a single cheat. And I’m a single dad of three kids (ages 6, 8, and 10) and I have them roughly 48% of the time. So, I don’t want to hear your excuses about not having time.

    Personally, I don’t know if it was giving up dairy or grain, but my allergies are immensely better (I don’t take my allergy meds very often now) and that has made the changes worth it. The 13 pounds I lost and the fact that my jeans keep getting looser make it worth it. Being a good example for my kids makes it worth it.

    Like we said at our box for 13.2, you can do anything for 10 minutes.

    Well, you can follow any diet for 30 days. And who knows, maybe if you push yourself beyond what you perceive as your limits, you will see gains you never knew you were capable of.

    And isn’t that what CrossFit is really about?

    Nancy says: This is the comment that I needed to hear. It made my DAY! Thank you for this, James.

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