Imagine you are the type of person who has a deep rooted love for vintage cars. You buy a 1967 Shelby GT 500 and spent months rebuilding the engine and detailing it inside and out. Now it is finally done and before taking it out for the first time you fill it up with crappy old gasoline. There is a very good chance that despite all the time and effort you put into that car it is not going to run like it could because of the fuel that you put into it.
To apply this to human beings we have to look at food as fuel instead of pleasure. You can train hard and often however without supplying your body with the correct nutrients it will never function as efficiently as it can.
The problem today is that there are so many diets out there and reasons why you should try a specific approach. Unfortunately someone looking to improve on their diet might become overwhelmed with differing opinions on what works thus causing them to give up.
If we could recommend one approach to developing a healthy, adaptable, and affordable diet it would be to look into the Paleolithic approach to eating healthy. You might have heard of this also referred to as the “Caveman Diet”.
Essentially it is the primitive approach to eating. It is eating the natural foods that our ancestors hunted and gathered. This is the diet that man evolved on and it is hard wired into our genes.
There are countless recipe books out there with very delicious ideas for Paleo meals ranging from breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and drinks. If you do the majority of your grocery shopping from the perimeter of the store you are basically off to a good start.
This includes lean meats, fish, vegetables, fruits, and items that are not processed foods. You want to stay away from anything that has a long shelf life. You also want to avoid excessive intake of high-glycemic carbohydrates. These types of carbohydrates raise blood sugar rapidly and cause health issues.
CrossFit sums it up by saying “Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat.” Courtesy of CrossFit Inc.