I've learned that wellness it made up of many different parts. One of the largest and most influential being our nutrition. Now, I am by no means a registered dietitian, certified nutritionist or holistic nutritionist. But I have learned that in order to obtain optimal results, you must change your eating habits. NO questions asked. It's that simple.
Let's break this down.
When you are exercising you are drawing from the energy sources in the body. Many different factors can equate to a great workout... hydration, sleep, proper nutrition, etc. If your body isn't given the best fuel, it won't perform at its peak performance. This goes for everyone. Not just the elite athlete whose college scholarship is riding on this weekends game.
Simple is really the best way to think of it. I once heard,
"If it doesn't grow from the ground or have a parent, don't eat it."
Meaning, if it's got additives, preservatives, coloring or can sit on a shelf and not rot, chances are it shouldn't be in your body.
Now how does this relate to me, you and Paleo? Well, the Paleo lifestyle has been popping up more and more recently. It goes off this same belief system, eat clean.
The Paleo Diet:
"is based upon eating wholesome, contemporary foods from the food groups that our hunter-gatherer ancestors would have thrived on during the Paleolithic era, or Stone Age. source
So after the suggestion of one of my fabulous clients, I decided to try out a few recipes from the book, The Practical Paleo. Here are the three I've decided to try out:
1. Lemon and Artichoke Chicken
2. Bison (or Ground Turkey) & Butternut Squash Cocoa Chili
3. Baked Beets with Fennel
Now off to the store I go!
Have you tried the Paleo diet/lifestyle? If so, what are your thoughts... pros/cons?