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Questions on going primal?

Commented on October 02, 2013
Created October 02, 2013 at 1:59 AM

Hey! I attempted to go paleo about a month ago, but went back to eating normally due to doubt. I currently box, and may strive to become a pro someday. My question is, if i ever get that far, will being paleo / primal affect my career? When it comes to protein powder and stuff like that? Any information you could give me? Also, ive found that its hard for me to really get enough calories a day when eating paleo. I eat meat, fish, veggies, and nuts, but i honestly dont eat that much, so is it at a risk to my health if i dont start eating more? Should i just eat higher calorie foods when eating paleo? Adding to the low- calorie problem: exercising. They say when you're more active you my require more calories. But i really want to start exercising more. What should I do? And lastly, I assume I need to take supplements while living this way? Calcium supplements, vitamins, etc?

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You would have to eat a lot of oranges to get enough calcium, they are not a big source (3%). Have a kale & garlic stir fry for a big calcium boost.

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on October 02, 2013
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On paleo you shouldn't have to worry about not getting enough protein. It's and intentionally high protein diet and most people don't need protein shakes. What you may need to keep you feeling good is more carbs than other primal eaters. You can get these in the form of high carb fruits, like bananas and plaintains, and starchy veggies.

Alot of paleo eaters avoid supplements just on principle, but vitamin D is a good one to incorporate since our diet is kind of lacking in that. Calcium shouldn't be a problem if you are maki ng sure to include calcium rich fruits, like oranges, into your diet.

The simple answer is: if you feel you need more, eat more! We try not to count carbs paleo usually, which is one of the best parts of the diet. Listen to what your body wants and you will be rewarded

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on October 02, 2013
at 01:56 PM

You would have to eat a lot of oranges to get enough calcium, they are not a big source (3%). Have a kale & garlic stir fry for a big calcium boost.

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on October 02, 2013
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There is some literature regarding this topic. Cordain has a book entitled Paleo Diet for Athletes.

From my own experience, I train a lot, so I understand where you're coming from. I don't do protein powder. Too expensive, hard to find good product. Better to eat real food. Wanna stay lean and strong? Eat things high in protein and calories- sausage, eggs, chicken thighs, sweet potatoes, root vegetables, raisins, nuts.

After workouts your body turns acidic, if you let it stay that way too long your body pulls minerals from your bones to regain a more neutral ph - so I always take a bunch of jerky with me (protein for muscle breakdown), and a lot of alkalizing fruits and veggies(for ph). Baby carrots, watermelon, a bag of spinach, celery, raisins. If you eat your greens, stay alkaline, and get plenty of sunshine-you get and keep-calcium. You can also check out bone broth. I only supplement with a multi vitamin and fish oil.

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