Ever heard of the saying, “You are what you eat”? It’s true.
Unfortunately, modern eating habits have become the culprit behind many of our biggest health issues. Modern foods are highly processed, sugar-filled, and carb-obsessed. Basically, it’s everything that our bodies don’t need. So why not go back-way back-to a time more than 10,000 years ago when our diet wasn’t full of fast food and junk?
Enter Paleo: The modern Stone Age diet!
The goal of Paleo diets is to lead a healthier, fitter, and disease-free life. It’s based on the simple premise that if the caveman ate it, then so should you. Generally, this means eating meat, fish, poultry, fruits, and veggies.
There are many benefits to eating Paleo and it’s all about health. Eating natural foods that work with our genetics helps us stay lean, strong, and energetic. On the other hand, eating processed and unnatural foods that go against our genetics saps our energy and causes digestive problems. Over time, the fats and toxins accumulating in our bodies will manifest into one or more degenerative diseases such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, etc.
If you switch to eating (or base your diet on) Paleo, there are many resources available to help you. What you eat and how much will depend on the specific program that you’re on. There are several variations of the Paleo diet out there, including Deep Nutrition, Primal, Whole 30, etc. The differences lie within their ingredients list as each variation is fine-tuned for specific benefits like weight loss or muscle growth. None of them are necessarily better than others, and which one works best for you will depend on what your goals are.
Remember, our bodies are like car engines: The better the fuel, the better it performs. As athletes, we should strive to improve ourselves in every way possible, including our eating habits and what we put into our bodies.
Just think: If it worked for Bamm-Bamm, why not you?