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This week I was having coffee with a friend who is new to the Paleo Diet and I am sure that there are plenty of other athletes who are in the same boat.
I know that I normally post a recipe, but this week I wanted to talk a little bit about the Paleo Diet and the false promises that can occur when following the diet.
I've broken it down into THREE (everyone likes things in 3s...it is easier to remember)
1) All Paleo recipes are not created equal.
Just because you follow a blog and it calls recipes PALEO does not mean it is going to help you get to your goal weight and/or size. When I first started eating Paleo, I would say - nuts are paleo...and let me tell you, I was eating trail mix like it was nobody's business and wondered why I wasn't seeing results. Uh, hello...five cups of nuts are going to be an insane amount of calories. Dried fruit? Sugars. Now, this might sound silly to you, but when you're looking up a recipe and it has 3 cups of almond flour or a bunch of coconut,etc...that is all extra calories.
Don't get me wrong here - I don't want you all counting every calorie you consume, but part of true Paleo is eating CLEAN (It is NOT supposed to be finding ways around making unhealthy dishes we are used to eating healthier). Use coconut oil to cook your food in, not to coat everything you eat. When eating nuts and seeds, know what an actual serving size should be...
When it comes to eating - less is more.
2) Bacon. Everybody loves it. Once again, you can find "Paleo" recipes online with bacon in everything. Do you honestly think bacon at every meal is going to help you in this challenge? Help you have a heart attack, maybe.
Use your heads. Bacon wrapped meatoaf with pancetta is not clean eating. Having bacon on the weekends with brunch is one thing, or using it in small quantities to spice up a side dish is ok...but everything in moderation folks.
3) Treats. Do you honestly think that Cavemen made Paleo Pumpkin Muffins? I'll answer for you. NO. Doing a challenge and eating clean is to get you out of the mindset of NEEDING to have a snack or sweet treat. There are a bagillion (yes, I know that isn't a real word) paleo dessert recipes out there, but just because it says PALEO doesn't mean you should be eating it. If you've saved a treat up and are working towards it, awesome!...but please don't have a Paleo dessert every night just because it is labeled Paleo. It is still going to be you consuming calories that you normally wouldn't be.
I hope this helps
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