What is the Paleo way of eating? It’s actually very simple, take out grains, legumes (beans, peanuts, edamame, soy sauce), refined sugar, gluten (wheat products and most commercial sauces), and dairy (animal milk, cream) from what you eat and there you have it.
When you take out these “trigger” foods (because they can trigger allergies and sensitivities), you minimize damage to your gut because beans and grains can perforate the gut lining and can cause toxic products to enter the bloodstream and wreak havoc.
And because everything starts from the gut—you also eliminate a lot of auto immune diseases like asthma, psoriasis and eczema for example.
Why choose Paleo among all the eating plans available? When you choose the paleo protocol, you are choosing to eat quality, whole foods and can modify later on if you have already eliminated the so-called “trigger” foods,
You then can slowly start to add back some of the food that was taken out like some people add back dairy in the form of Greek yogurt and also some grains like non-inflammatory white rice.
So how can eating Paleo help you at the gym? Eat big, lift big—we always hear these words around the gym, but what does that really mean?
Can I eat anything in large amounts and be able to gain the strength needed for my performance/lifts? Will eating more help me gain strength and muscle mass?
More importantly, what should I eat before I work out? If you’re not one of those people who work out in a fasted state, then read on.
If you’ve had a meal two hours before working out, there’s actually no need to have a pre-workout, unless you are focused on being stronger or gaining mass.
A good pre-workout would be more of a fat and protein combination (not carbohydrates). Bulletproof Coffee (grassfed butter, XCT oil and coffee) is a good example.
It’s usually not advisable to eat carbohydrates before working out because it can cause lethargy.
Post-workout meals are always a protein and carbohydrate combination. You are refueling your depleted glycogen stores (energy reserves). This is where you can eat starchy carbohydrates like sweet potatoes, cassava, saba and non-inflammatory white rice with your protein sources.
Good sources of healthy fats are: grassfed butter, ghee (clarified grassfed butter), XCT oil, MCT oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, fish oil, eggs, avocado and nuts.
Protein sources are (organic as much as possible) beef, pork, chicken, fish and seafood, nut, butters, Starchy carbs like sweet potato, cassava, saba, gabi and non-inflammatory white rice.