I get a lot of questions from the Elevate Community regarding my nutrition plan and if there is a particular diet I follow and why. I myself have been on quite the journey of experimenting with different diet “fads” to discover what works best for me. Growing up as an athlete, nutrition has always been of interest and importance. While I am NOT a nutritionist or a Medical Practitioner, what I can tell you from my years of research and experience is following the Anti-Inflammatory Diet or what I like to call “Flexible Paleo” yields very positive results. What does that mean exactly?
Let’s first explore the Paleolithic diet (Paleo, for short). It is based on what is believed to be the diet of hunter-gatherers of the Paleolithic era. This was the time before humans began practicing agriculture and storing grain. While the Paleo diet is variable and subject to interpretation, it typically consists of meats, fish, nuts, roots, fruits and vegetables, and steers clear of grains, legumes, dairy products, sugar, alcohol, and coffee. It also completely eliminates processed foods, including processed oils. (As these things cause inflammation in the body). Prolonged inflammation can become chronic and cause more serious conditions in the body. It also hinders our progress and recovery time after a challenging workout.
Followers of Paleo credit it for their success at losing weight AND sustained energy levels. Since the diet is high in fat and protein and low in carbohydrates, its adherents feel fuller faster, allowing them to reduce their portions without loss of satisfaction. It also provides sufficient protein for someone with an active lifestyle to build and maintain muscle. While a diet high in fat may seem counterintuitive to weight loss and improved health, recent studies suggest conventional wisdom about fat in the diet is incorrect.
If we operate from the premise that “Food is Fuel”, and fuel needs to be burned then this way of eating actually makes a lot of sense. Now, the Paleo lifestyle can vary. Some adherents suggest eating at regular intervals. Others suggest an “eat when you’re hungry” approach. I also mentioned “flexible Paleo” earlier on. Yes, I do occasionally drink wine with dinner and enjoy cocktails on my nights out. Yes, I do have espresso when I need it (you have all seen me run next door to the Java shop). Yes, I also consider myself a “foodie” and will enjoy certain things, like sushi, when given the opportunity. I’ve added in the “flexibility” that works for my body.
Interested in exploring if this way of eating works for you or looking for additional support? Contact me directly and I’d be happy to set up a nutritional consultation with you. I also recommend reading up on a book by Rob Wolfe. Additionally, this is why Elevate has partnered with companies such as Power Supply (healthy, Paleo-Friendly Meals To-Go) and Arbonne (gluten free, dairy free nutrition products) as they help take out some of the guess work and provide you a road map of how to make this way of eating a true lifestyle change.