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How do you build a Paleo NFL player?

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Created May 01, 2011 at 4:16 AM

Apparently by eating lots and lots of wild game:

http://www.thepostgame.com/features/201104/allen-bailey-nfl-draft-kansas-city-chiefs-miami-hurricanes-sapelo-island

"The University of Miami product, picked in the third round of the draft by the Kansas City Chiefs, sits down to home-cooked meals of slow-roasted raccoon, parboiled possum and hickory-smoked armadillo."

I'd like to know more about what else they eat there, but it sounds mostly Paleo-ish. The kid is a monster though, so the raccoon diet works...

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on May 14, 2011
at 12:09 PM

Hey RG, could you please email me? Sherpamelissa at gmail dot com

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on May 01, 2011
at 05:29 PM

Well said. Linoleic acid LOWERS testosterone, actually. Athletes can't be expected to know these things, it has to be their trainers and coaches but often they are too deep in the superstition.

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at 04:46 PM

I was a pretty good hs football player(was recruited by division I schools before injury) and back in the early to mid-90s i wasn't given any info on nutrition and just told to eat alot and lift heavy. Ppl look at what these guys do on the gridiron and think they're healthy not knowing they live 10-15 years less than the rest of the population. Much of that is due to high impact injury but I'm also starting to believe that the horrible diets and the bad habits those teach also contribute.

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on May 01, 2011
at 03:42 PM

Pretty sure Welbourn was doing just fine in his playing days, before he ever met Robb.

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on May 01, 2011
at 02:57 PM

the NFL abuses their players bodies to unhealthy degrees in many ways. the whole circus makes me sick, frankly.

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on May 01, 2011
at 01:42 PM

Many people, especially from the crossfit community (from a couple of youtube videos I saw), put too much emphasis on protein, lean meats and high Omega-6 fats such as avocados, almonds, and olive oil, and often forget that saturated fat is much better at raising testosterone than both protein and carbohydrate.

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on May 01, 2011
at 12:38 PM

Robb wolf has made former NFL player John Welborne and animal. Go listen to that podcast to see how we optimize professional athletes. There are differences based upon your goals and starting point.

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at 04:46 AM

Again, this being the South, my guess (they only hint at in the article) is that the carbs come by way of the usual Southern delivery vehicles: rice, beans and corn. Probably very little wheat. But this is a little isolated rural island that has been living pretty traditionally for a very long time. I'm sure while he was at college he ate more carbs (and processed ones).

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at 04:39 AM

They try to spin it as the typical lean wild game diet in the article, but it is Southern food and probably snout to tail eating. I'm guessing there is plenty of butter involved and ample fat. Thanks for the Welbourn link, I didn't know about him.

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on May 01, 2011
at 01:28 PM

steak and potatoes, plyometrics and heavy lifting.

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on May 01, 2011
at 04:35 AM

Yep, that's one way to do it. Raccoons take pride in being especially nutritious animals. If you wanna snack you best be ready to fight, though. :D

John Welbourn is paleo and friends with Robb Wolf. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXz2dUprLAg A high fat diet with enough carbs for workouts and plenty of high-quality protein is how you build a winning body. Fat raises testosterone much more than carbohydrate and too much protein actually lowers it. Grain lectins damaging the microvilli in our guts would likely keep us from absorbing the nutrients that we need and a paleo diet provides plenty of nutrients, unlike poorly absorbed ones from grains and legumes.

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on May 01, 2011
at 04:39 AM

They try to spin it as the typical lean wild game diet in the article, but it is Southern food and probably snout to tail eating. I'm guessing there is plenty of butter involved and ample fat. Thanks for the Welbourn link, I didn't know about him.

Be1dbd31e4a3fccd4394494aa5db256d

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on May 01, 2011
at 05:29 PM

Well said. Linoleic acid LOWERS testosterone, actually. Athletes can't be expected to know these things, it has to be their trainers and coaches but often they are too deep in the superstition.

742ff8ba4ff55e84593ede14ac1c3cab

(3536)

on May 01, 2011
at 01:42 PM

Many people, especially from the crossfit community (from a couple of youtube videos I saw), put too much emphasis on protein, lean meats and high Omega-6 fats such as avocados, almonds, and olive oil, and often forget that saturated fat is much better at raising testosterone than both protein and carbohydrate.

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on May 01, 2011
at 02:52 PM

I doubt you can do it without using some serious carbs. My top weight (and it was intentional) was 230 pounds. I would have had a hard time getting there without carbs.

On another note, I think it would be a good thing if there was a weight limit in the NFL. Not an absolute weight limit, but say, one based upon height. Nothing too restrictive, but let's face it, they fatten up a lot of those linemen to an unhealthy degree, IMHO.

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on May 01, 2011
at 04:46 PM

I was a pretty good hs football player(was recruited by division I schools before injury) and back in the early to mid-90s i wasn't given any info on nutrition and just told to eat alot and lift heavy. Ppl look at what these guys do on the gridiron and think they're healthy not knowing they live 10-15 years less than the rest of the population. Much of that is due to high impact injury but I'm also starting to believe that the horrible diets and the bad habits those teach also contribute.

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on May 01, 2011
at 02:57 PM

the NFL abuses their players bodies to unhealthy degrees in many ways. the whole circus makes me sick, frankly.

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on May 01, 2011
at 04:36 AM

You make sure he eats tubers?

I don't see anyone going through such frequent anaerobic bursts and intense practices while maintaining a 280 pound bodyweight, while still being typical-carb paleo. A few of my residents while I was an RA in college were football players. The two that made it to the NFL ate so many calories, that paleo just might be too monotonous for the ridiculous amount they needed to take in.

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on May 01, 2011
at 04:46 AM

Again, this being the South, my guess (they only hint at in the article) is that the carbs come by way of the usual Southern delivery vehicles: rice, beans and corn. Probably very little wheat. But this is a little isolated rural island that has been living pretty traditionally for a very long time. I'm sure while he was at college he ate more carbs (and processed ones).

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on January 14, 2013
at 07:30 PM

With lots of off-season Paleo steroid abuse.

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on January 14, 2013
at 07:10 PM

I know a couple of the players prepping for the 2013 NFL Draft are eating paleo from The Primal Plan]1. Their facebook has pics of Carlos Boozer and a few Miami Dolphins getting their food. I also always see them delivering to the Miami Marlins... but after the season the marlins had The Primal Plan prob does not want that to get out :)

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on May 03, 2011
at 07:04 PM

It is commonly available knowledge that Welbourn has been caught using steroids in the past. Does anyone believe he's stopped now that he's no longer subject to testing?

So when Wolf raves about how big and strong Welbourn is, yet how he can work out so very hard and then recover to do it again the next day, think of that. Not mentioning even the possibility of steroids is less than honest. It's not as if steroid discussions are forbidden, since Wolf has talked about Stallone and his "pharmaceutical bag" or whatever exact term was used.

OTOH, if you think that you can duplicate what Welbourn does by diet alone, then good luck.

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on May 01, 2011
at 04:09 PM

On one of the podcasts (I didn't search for which one) Welbourn talked about how he had incredible muscle gains and relief of a kind of 'winter blues-funk' (aka mild depression?) after adding sweet potatoes & yams back into his diet.

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on May 01, 2011
at 03:39 PM

I've got tons of Raccoons down here, problem is they are all dumpster-divers so I wouldn't eat their flesh if I were paid to (although trappers will feed them nothing but corn for a month and sell them after they are "clean", gross but true).

Raccoon is an awesome meat, the iron-rich flavor similar to deer (but milder) with a texture like marbled pork... of course I've not eaten raccoon or squirrel since I was a little boy, but I remember raccoon being one of my favorites and squirrel/bear being my least. I'm sure wild-caught raccoon, with it's omnivorous diet would probably have a pretty decent o6/o3 ratio.

I think while possible to be strict, classic paleo (this is the original low-starch variety) it would be very difficult to maintain 30-40lbs of mass over ideal weight. You would need to pack on the starches to add and maintain the mass. Those starches would also help with the bursts of energy needed to play football.

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