The Paleo diet, abbreviated from the Paleolithic diet is commonly known as the caveman diet. It is a diet plan based on the assumed ancient caveman diet consisting of wild plants and animals including fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, eggs, fish, meat, healthful oils and fungi. It excludes things such as refined sugars, grains, legumes, dairy and many starches.
I first heard about this diet plan when my idol, ultra-endurance athlete Dean Karnazes was associated with it. This man is famous for running 50 marathons in 50 American states in 50 consecutive days. He also ran 560km non-stop over 80hrs and 44mins. He has run numerous 100-200mile events and was once known to have run 148miles in 24hrs on a treadmill. He has also run 3000 miles across America in 75 days averaging 40-50miles (65-80km a day). I have been fortunate enough to have met Dean at the North Face Endurance Challenge in San Francisco and have received numerous emails from him. I fully respect the man and love picking his brain to hear his secrets. When I discovered that he lives largely off a Paleolithic diet, I thought I would look into it.
Now straight away- I am not a nutritionist, nor a dietician, just a guy who lost a helluva lot of weight in quick time, who now has a passion for endurance sports and health as a whole. As some of you know, I am not known as a good reader- I much prefer to do things for myself and assess them rather than just take someone else’s word for it.
It is for this reason that I am going to trial this Paleo diet for the next 30days. I will be recording my energy levels, my training performances, sleeping patterns, – anything that strikes me as an issue (good or bad) over the next month,and I will blog about it.
I am a little nervous about the seemingly lack of good carbohydrates but am excited about the idea of the clean eating. No processed foods, or refined sugars. No dairy. No legumes. I will be giving up coffee for this time also, as I have read that this diet will level out blood sugars and remove the urge for a caffeine hit… we will see!?!?!
Tomorrow, Day 1, has me eating a 3 egg omelette with mushrooms, asparagus and capsicum for breakfast. Celery and nut butter (not peanut) for a mid-morning snack, Ive gone with Brazillian and cashew butter and am choosing carrot over celery. Chicken and avocado salad for lunch, green tea and nuts for afternoon tea and then steak and mushrooms with a salad for dinner.
Doesnt sound too bad to me??
Feel free to post questions or opinions or whatever you like- I’m really looking forward to see how it effects my body and my energy levels.
Day 1 starts tomorrow. Stay tuned