“Paleo Is logical framework applied to modern humans, not an historical reenactment.” — about 45:00 in episode 52
Obviously, the point is not to eat what the cavemen ate, for the sake of simplicity or “go back to a simpler time.” Nor is the diet only to aid in fat loss: Fat is one just symptom of some more serious problems. The point of the Paleo Diet, or at least why we at MDF think this diet works the best with our training, is that it helps you look, feel and perform better. Specifically, it addresses the Three Horsemen (possibly a reference to Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse) that prevent you from looking, feeling and performing better.
- Gut damage: Caused by eating grains, legumes and other foods like quinoa.
- Hormonal imbalance: Caused mostly by eating too much carbohydrates, including fruit, drinking too much (alcohol metabolizes into glucose/sugar) or eating too much food in general.
- Omega 3:Omega 6 imbalance: Caused, in part, by eating too many grains and/or protein fed with grain.
I am going to leave it to Robb’s book to explain all the gory details. What I want to cover in this post is what I would say is the most common question regarding the Paleo Diet: “Can I eat ____ (fill in the blank with something that is not meat, veggies or some sort of good fat).”
Many times, people just don’t know their macro nutrients (i.e. protein, carbs and fats). However, many people still want to eat something close to the diet they have been eating, like “Paleo Pancakes.” I think we who have tried the diet, or really any diet, have a duty to answer these questions because, well, we have asked them too. However, the problem with these kinds of questions, is that it very subtly shifts the responsibility of the change to someone other than the person making the change. This is a slippery slope for both parties. So let’s make a couple of rules here (I know I am a little late since we only have 11 more days until the 24th but the REAL Paleo Challenge, with prize money, so we aren’t late, just getting a really early start for next year).
To the person asking questions: Read the following before you ask “what can I eat?:”
To the person answering the question: Be gentle but ask if the questioner has read either of these documents. I will do my best to have a few copies on hand and supply some highlighters.
To both people: Always remember, changing habits is hard. Much harder than it looks. True, not for everyone, but for some people it is really hard. I know what Melissa says (search for “it is not hard’), but I respectfully disagree.
Finally, remember, this will take time and you will not get it on the first time. Each time you try Paleo, have some issue that you are trying to resolve.
Stay tuned for a little on goal setting later…