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Old 09-03-11, 07:53 PM   #1
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Paleo Diet for Athletes and Elite athletes

Just got done reading this book. makes a lot of sense in theory. particularly the part about eating a lot of fruits and veg to keep your blood ph level balanced to keep your body from leaching calcium from itself. anyone have any thoughts on it. I realize many people think you have to cut all refined carbs from your diet but the way I read it you can fit them into your diet quite easily if you like but they must come at optimum times . i.e. in the post exercise window (same time as preceding workout i.e. workout for 1.5 hours then you have a 1.5 hour window to consume a certain amount of high gi carbs in that period to kickstart the recovery process) it would be beneficial to eat such things as rice, white bread, potatoes and other high GI foods. if I were to dumb it down it would look something like this:

Protein (25% daily calories): 1.5g/kg bodyweight per day
Fat (20-25% daily calories): Healthy fats and keep it low on the saturated fats
Carbs (50-55% daily calories): Fruits and veggies except after workouts if you choose

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Old 09-03-11, 09:12 PM   #2
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I just made scones and bought over a pound of bacon for the upcoming week.

But yes, I do believe in the premise of the Paleo diet. However I like other food as well, so I try and strike a balance between healthy for the body and healthy for the soul.

I'm actually a huge fan of fruit, I usually have at least 3 servings packed in my lunch. I can tell a difference in how I feel and how I perform based on what I eat. I can't vouch for the science of it, but I'm almost sure that the balance between food in your body goes a long way in how you perform.
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Old 09-04-11, 11:51 AM   #3
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Protein (25% daily calories): 1.5g/kg bodyweight per day
Fat (20-25% daily calories): Healthy fats and keep it low on the saturated fats
Carbs (50-55% daily calories): Fruits and veggies except after workouts if you choose
Regardless of what you want to call this, this is a reasonable diet for the recreationally active person. In a lower-volume week, this describes my macronutrient distribution. My calories rise during higher volume and intensity weeks, with carbohydrate intake making up much of the difference. The percentages then change; around 70% carb is not unusual for endurance athletes.

We could argue all day about just how "Paleo" the Paleo diet really is. Your conclusions would depend on what part of the Paleolithic you're talking about, as well as the geographic region.
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Old 09-04-11, 12:42 PM   #4
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pretty much an awful book. it's not even a paleo diet and it's all common knowledge of what an ideal diet would be. eat protein and healthy stuff like fruits and nuts, don't eat junk food! got it.
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Old 09-04-11, 03:51 PM   #5
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it's all common knowledge of what an ideal diet would be. eat protein and healthy stuff like fruits and nuts, don't eat junk food! got it.
+1. My diet consists almost entirely of fresh poultry, fresh salmon, fresh vegetables, fresh fruit, and dried nuts. You don't need to buy a book to tell you that eating crap isn't good for you, athlete or not.
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If you have issues with higher than normal blood sugar (not diabetes) and you want to stay fueled properly for training this is an excellent source of information. Certainly not for everyone.
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But, but, I like crap.
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High fructose corn syrup tastes good.
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But, but, I like crap.
Me too. Yesterday, in a moment of weekness, I was talked into a tiramisu. It was so good!
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why do people think that threads about a specific diet are an invitation to tell everybody what they ate last week?

I haven't read the book but I think that cyclists more so than runners need a fair amount of energy from carbohydrates. It seems that eating them at the right times and avoiding them otherwise is a good call, and that all of us could stand to get more carbs from fruits/veggies than from grains and simple sugars.
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why do people think that threads about a specific diet are an invitation to tell everybody what they ate last week?
Because it doesn't take much brainpower to figure out what's good for you to eat and what's not. And all the books out there shilling a specific diet (like the one mentioned above) are just out to make money. So why not derail useless thread (like this one) with some funness.
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Because it doesn't take much brainpower to figure out what's good for you to eat and what's not.
We're all glad you're up to the task. Thanks.
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I just ate an apple.
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i own the book - i'm not following it's recommendations right now (*ahem*), but i thought it was informative and helpful. i'm not a diet expert beyond the already-espoused: eat more vegetables, eat less junk, etc., so i got some pretty good mileage out of it.
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