Since starting CrossFit I’ve been looking into changing / improving my diet – mainly by reducing &/or eliminating carbs such as pasta, bread, rice, potatoes, etc. CrossFit recommends the Zone Diet – which I plan on trying sometime. Until then I’m trying the Paleo Diet, which is quite similar to the Zone Diet, except there’s no weighing & measuring of food.
Wikipedia defines it the Paleo Diet as: The modern dietary regimen known as the Paleolithic diet (abbreviated paleo diet or paleodiet), also popularly called the caveman diet, Stone Age diet and hunter-gatherer diet, is intended to emulate the ancient diet of wild plants and animals that various human (Homo) species habitually consumed during the Paleolithic—a period of about 2.5 million years duration that ended around 10,000 years ago with the development of agriculture. In common usage, such terms as the “Paleolithic diet” also refer to the actual ancestral human diet. Based upon commonly available modern foods, the “contemporary” Paleolithic diet consists mainly of: lean meat, fish, vegetables, fruit, roots, and nuts; and excludes: grains, legumes, dairy products, salt, refined sugar, and processed oils.
I’ve been on a Paleo Diet for about 3 weeks now and I feel better for it – more energy and have lost some weight, even though I’ve been doing hardy any exercise. Fortunately, I don’t really need to lose any weight, I’m mainly doing it to improve my health – plus I think it’s an interesting experiment to try out, but the Paleo Diet is proving a bit expensive My biggest suprise so far is that I have not felt that hungry while I’ve been on it – very few cravings for carbs or sweets, etc.
There are a lot of interesting fitness/diet websites, blogs, etc which I’ve been following and some good books too. One of which I’m planning to read is Diet Delusion by Gary Taubes. Check out his lecture video below (approx 1hr 12 mins – but worth watching). Gary Taubes wrote the article What if it’s All Been A Big Fat Lie? which challenged traditional medical/nutritional opinions – the debate has been growing ever since and his book will only add further evidence to his cause.