The Paleo Diet
To build a solid molecular foundation, CrossFit promotes the Paleo diet, commonly referred to as the caveman or Paleolithic diet for its raw, natural hunter-gatherer approach to nutrition consisting of wild plants and animals. We appreciate that each individual may have unique dietary needs (vegan, vegetarian, etc). However, in our practice, we do believe that the Paleo diet provides a solid nutritional foundation, and has made positive impacts for many CrossFit athletes.
Why Should I Eat Paleo?
Paleo provides a balanced diet for CrossFit athletes that can improve performance with a reduced caloric intake. Consuming raw, natural foods on the Paleo diet, CrossFit athletes can also eliminate refined and processed carbohydrates that have been linked with coronary heart disease, diabetes and cancer. By consuming complex carbohydrates from vegetables and fruit, the Paleo diet controls insulin and overall hormone levels that can improve athletic performance during CrossFit workouts.
Following is a more detailed description of the food categories you’re allowed to eat.
All the Meat you want:Any beef (ground beef, steak), pork (chops, ham), lamb, duck, chicken, turkey, eggs, fish, seafood (clams, scallops, etc). Fresh or frozen.
Plenty of Veggies:Any fresh or frozen veggies (except potato, corn, and beans)
Supplement with Nuts/Seeds:Any nuts/seeds (except peanuts), raw/ lightly roasted and unsalted; or any nut butters
Add some other Healthy Fats:Avocados, olive/almond/coconut oil, or flaxseed/grape seed oil
Some Fruit:Any whole fresh fruit (no juice), but in moderation (1–2 servings)
Following is a list of what is off limits if you’re committed to strict Paleo.
No Sugar or Artificial Sugar(Equal, Splenda, Stevia, agave nectar, pure cane, corn syrup, fructose, molasses, honey, maltodextrin, etc)
No Junk Food(cakes, desserts, cookies, candy, chocolate, pastries, chips, crackers,ice cream, snack foods, etc)
No Grains(wheat products, corn products, rice, pasta, bread, oatmeal, cereals, etc).
No Legumes/Beans(peanuts, lima beans, kidney beans, black beans etc)
No Dairy(milk, ½ + ½, cream, butter, yogurt, cheese, etc)
No Alcohol(Includes wine, beer and hard liquor)
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