WHAT IS PALEO?
Paleo is essentially eating the foods we ate before the dawn of agriculture. As a CrossFitter you should look at Paleo as WHAT you eat. Certain foods and processing methods of modern day agriculture don’t align well with our goals of maximizing health & performance. Some people simply follow just the Paleo diet with no regard for portions (which is what Zone is about) and they still have very good results.
True Paleo-ists don’t eat any grains, dairy, or sugar.
Okay, so if we cut out the grains, almost all processed foods, sugar and dairy, you’re left with only things that occur naturally.
Meat - GRASS-FED, not grain-fed. Grain causes the same problem in animals as they do in humans.
Fowl - Chicken, duck, hen, turkey…things with wings that (try to) fly.
Fish - Wild fish, as mercury and other toxins can be an issue in farmed fish
Eggs - Look for Omega-3 enriched eggs.
Vegetables - As long as they’re not deep-fried, eat as many as you want.
Oils - Olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil
Fruits - Have natural sugar, and can be higher in calories, so limit if you’re trying to lose weight.
Nuts - High in calories, so they’re good for a snack, but don’t eat bags and bags of them.
Tubers - Sweet potatoes and yams. Higher in calories and carbs, so these are good for right after a workout to replenish your glycogen levels.