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Understanding Paleo Diet & Fitness

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Exercise and Fitness,Nutrition at 12:00 pm | By: Mary Nason, Contributing Author
iStock_000085254241_MediumFollowing a Paleo lifestyle can be an exceptional way to maintain a lean, powerful physique that’s ready for action, and avoid or lessen the occurrence of many modern-day ailments that are not associated with our early human ancestors’ lives. The Paleo lifestyle presumes that the human genome is most well-adapted for the hunter-gatherer life practiced for millions of years—rather than for the changes brought on by farming and the fairly recent Industrial Revolution of only about 200 years ago. In short, optimize wellness and longevity by living in a way similar to Paleolithic man.

The basic Paleo diet consists of whole foods – vegetables, fruits, nuts, and lean meats – and generally avoids any type of food that grows underground, dairy, grains, legumes and processed foods. Paleo-based fitness incorporates natural and functional movements plus intense bursts of activity. Compare our ancestors’ lives of hunting, gathering, running, and surviving vs. modern man’s life of smart phones, cubicles, and rigid gym equipment. The Paleo lifestyle lies therein as a decision to eat and move as naturally as possible in the modern world.

A Few Fitness Regimes Well-Suited for a Paleo Lifestyle:

  • Running – Dates back to persistence hunting when ancient man needed to run for hundreds of miles while tracking prey
  • Dancing – Prehistoric humans recorded dance in their cave-paintings as an important element of their rituals, entertainment, and celebrations
  • Movement Culture – Free-flowing movement, timing, & mindfulness training to better understand the body, health, and physical artistic expression
  • Functional Fitness – Training focused on the body’s interconnectedness of parts through movements such as squatting and pushing
  • CrossFit – Strength training & body conditioning focused on functional movements like lifting and pulling

We reached out to Primal Kitchen, one of LuckyVitamin’s best-selling Paleo brands, to ask a few questions about the Paleo lifestyle and fitness. Daniel Rinck, Digital Content Strategist & Publisher for Primal Nutrition, Inc. (makers of Primal Kitchen) helps us further understand…

LV:  What types of fitness regimes will benefit from eating Paleo?

Daniel: “Once you become fat adapted like our ancestors, there’s typically no fitness regime that couldn’t benefit from a Paleo eating plan. Sure, there are examples of endurance athletes who swear that in order to fuel a race you’d need to take on loads more carbs than the Paleo/Primal eating plan recommends. But there’s an evolving perspective on that front. Mark Sisson, a former top endurance athlete, just wrote a book called Primal Endurance, which discusses how endurance athletes can benefit from a primal/ancestral eating plan and training regimen.”

LV: Is a Paleo diet sustainable for those who are already very lean and active?

Daniel: “Yes. In fact, it’s something that, when practiced well, maintains lean body mass and encourages healthy physical activity (because it fuels your body with the nutrients our bodies have evolved to expect).”

LV: Can a person benefit from eating Paleo without a full commitment? It sounds pretty hardcore.

Daniel: “Absolutely. The more whole, natural, non-processed foods that you get into your diet, the better—even if it’s part time. The same goes for Paleo/Primal lifestyle practices, like intense bursts of physical activity, finding more time for leisure activity, cutting out screen time, etc.”

By: Mary Nason




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