Nutrition – Paleo Zone Part 1

Posted: January 10, 2009 in Articles - Nutrition

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The media seem to make life so freaking complicated and at this time of year “diets” are pretty popular and every magazine has some new, revolutionary diet that is radically different to everything that has come before it.

Lets drop the silly BS and look at things sensibly.

The word “diet” has a lot of negative connotations and is associated with short-term thinking.

What we are looking for is a lifestyle shift that is sustainable in the long-term and supports high-level athletic effort.

When it comes to nutrition there are only two key things to consider:

  1. What should you eat?
  2. How much should you eat?

From personal experience (yes this is how I eat) and experiences across the whole of the CrossFit community, the answers to the questions can be found in the words PALEO and ZONE.


When trying to work out what you should be eating i.e.what food types, the most benefit and biggest initial payoff can be found by eating the foods that were available to our paleolithic (stone age) ancestors.  This means:

“Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar.”  Gregg Glassman.

That’s your basic criteria when you ask yourself “should I eat this?”.

Noticeably absent from the list are dairy products and grains such as wheat, rice, barley etc.  The main reason for this is that we’re not well adapted to consuming these products and as such there are risks associated with their consumption such a allergies, inflammation and auto-immune reactions.

You’re also consuming the majority of your foods from groups that have only a small effect on insulin release meaning that you’re less likely to store body-fat and will be protecting yourself from the horrors of insulin-resistance which is caused by constantly eating foods that elicit a high insulin response.  Insulin resistance is resonsible for type2 diabetes and obesity to highlight just a couple issues.

Eating paleo foods minimises the above risk factors, meaning that you are reducing the amount of stress on your digestive system and body as a whole.

So, you’re eating paleo foods and you’ve dropped grain and dairy products from your menu, but now you’re confused and to how much meat you need to eat, how many vegetables and what about fat???

Tomorrow we’ll delve deeper into these important questions.

Paleo Resources 

Here’s a video explanation of the basics of the Paleo approach.  The rest of the lecture series is also pretty interesting: – Loren Cordain who is a Paleo god’s website.  Be sure to sign up for the emails. – Robb is a genius with this stuff and features a number of Paleo releated posts on his blog.  He has worked with Professor Cordain and knows his stuff. – Paleo living and recipe blog – Paleo recipes for inspiration and a demonstration that you don’t need flour and dairy to survive and have a varied diet.

  1. Enlargement says:

    I am amazed with it. It is a good thing for my research. Thanks

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