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Primal Paleo & Zone

3 Jan

With the new year comes new exercise routines and a new way of eating for many people. A popular diet (and one I have been following for three years) this year is the paleo diet. But what is paleo?

PALEO:

The paleo diet essentially allows lean meats, fish, veggies, some fruit, tree nuts (not peanuts) and seeds, little starch, and no sugar. This excludes… grains, legumes, white potatoes, dairy, and corn. Think about it this way… the things that are excluded are the food items that people are more often allergic to or just have issues digesting. White potatoes and corn just turn into sugar.

  1. The Beginner’s Guide to the Paleo Diet http://www.nerdfitness.com/blog/2010/10/04/the-beginners-guide-to-the-paleo-diet/
  2. The Paleo Diet – http://thepaleodiet.com/

 Another diet/lifestyle that is closely associated with paleo is Primal.

PRIMAL:

The primal plan allows foods like the paleo diet, but includes some dairy. Such as creams, butter, greek yogurts, and some cheese (but don’t go overboard).

  1. The Definitive Guide to the Primal Eating Plan – http://www.marksdailyapple.com/definitive-guide-to-the-primal-eating-plan/#axzz21dppwIBH
  2. Getting Started with Mark’s Daily Apple – http://www.marksdailyapple.com//welcome-to-marks-daily-apple/#axzz21dppwIBH

There is also the Zone diet, this one can be done with the two diets listed above.

ZONE:

This plan is much more rigid. There is weighing and measuring and lots of planning to this one because each meal or snack is in blocks. You have to really lay your meals out ahead of time. This is great for a person who wants to really watch everything they eat and is organized. It does allow for some grains, but some people will choose to do a cross of paleo/zone. This would exclude the grains and only include for the paleo foods. I am honestly not as familiar with this one. I am not organized enough to try it really!

  1. Zone Diet Explained – http://crossfitimpulse.com/the-zone-diet-explained-edited
  2. Zone Diet Meal Plans – http://library.crossfit.com/free/pdf/cfjissue21_May04.pdf

A couple good resources about eating right –

  1. The last days of the low-fat diet – http://grist.org/scary-food/2011-03-04-low-fat-diet-fad/
  2. YouTube Video – Mind your Mitochondria http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLjgBLwH3Wc