In trying to figure out why months of pushing it to the rivet are leaving me crispy, like a piece of burnt toast, we’re trying something new with how we eat.
Lath picked up Joe Friel & Dr. Loren Cordain’s, The Paleo Diet for Athletes at Christmas—a purchase that stunned me because my man’s a Fishatarian and I associate cavemen with MEAT. I’m a big fan of Friel’s, author of The Cyclist’s Training Bible. He does a great job of breaking down complicated training ideas for a rube like me.
Friel and Loren do the same with The Paleo Diet. I’m just a few chapters in, so I’m still working it out. The most notable change is that I’m making a pork chop omelet with Kolrabi, broccoli and squash for breakfast. Here’s the basic gyst: Eat what Neanderthals ate.
Seriously. Lean meats, fish, all the fruits, veggies and fresh fruit juice you can manage, and some nuts. If you can’t hunt it or gather it, don’t buy it.
Don’t eat all the crap Man has invented with His machinery from corn and wheat crops. Nothing refined. Dairy seems questionable. Apparently Cavemen weren’t sallying up to dairy cows when they were thirsty back then. Almond milk is good.
I’m not a Can or a Can’t kind of girl when it comes to diet, but these seem like good guidelines. Was a bit disorienting going to the store at first—you only have to go down two aisles, MAYBE three! Lath and I are certainly eating better, fresher dinners, and it’s been fun trying and preparing new foods.
We were getting into the habit of popping ready-to-eat vegetarian meals into the toaster oven (taste’s like meat!). And pasta and cereal’s so quick and easy. Mmmm, maybe that’s why I’m fried? Eating like this is supposed to deliver better, more nutrient dense food to your system.
Joe & Loren have tested and refined their ideas and applied it to the needs of today’s athlete. I need to double check to make sure the recommendations cover the needs of a sprint athlete. The next step is the work out timing (when to eat), which I’ve followed way too loosely in the past. Paleo Diet allows for carbs and sugars, just pre, during, and post-exercise. Back to getting on a schedule.
My only concern is it’s sorely lacking three foods I live for; wine, cheese and chocolate. (I wonder if Cavemen negotiate?)
Now I just gotta get used to grazing.