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What is going on with the recommendations in "Paleo Diet for Athletes"?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 30, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Just got done with this book and feel like I wasted my money. I was floored by the continual demonization of saturated fats, coupled with what seemed like an embrace of PUFA along with recomendations promoting the use of canola oil and various other non-paleo and even grain based food-like substances(i.e.: maltodextrin).

I definitely understand that there needs to be some "bending of the rules" to fuel certain athletic endeavors but it seems like this book truly bastardizes the concept of paleo lifestyle beyond what is truly necessary.

Has anyone else who has read the book felt the same?

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on April 30, 2012
at 08:58 PM

I prefer to think that Paleo is a foundation, and you build on it. I have unflavored whey in my cupboard that I use to supplement protein - it's not Paleo, but it does help me get more protein when I need it. I also take a few supplements - again not paleo, but they are well chosen and suit my needs quite well.

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on April 30, 2012
at 08:21 PM

Yes so far it is working well. It is just a shame that the book seems to make eating whole and unprocessed food more complicated than necessary. It also doesn't help that it just seems to offer grounds for justifying not eating true to paleo if you are athlete or extremely active.

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at 05:37 PM

Sounds like you have made your own "Paleo Diet for Athletes", and it sounds like you are doing well with it. Kudos for continual experimentation/improvement.

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at 05:32 PM

I've been doing Paleo/Primal since Dec. 2011. Just getting back into som mountain biking and was hoping that Paleo Diet for Athletes would be enlightening. I am currently using sweet potato and some white rice when I need the carbs for workouts and it seems to be working well. Also experimenting with coconut water for hydration during workouts.

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at 03:56 PM

Yea, the book is based on Cordains original Paleo Diet, thus it reflects the older view of Paleo which has since changed due to new information.

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246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

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on April 30, 2012
at 11:44 AM

I don't think that the Paleo Diet for Athletes has been updated since Cordain changed his stances on Canola, Diet Colas, and Saturated Fat.

However, I find until he updates PDFA, that Robb Wolfe's "Paleo Solution" is a bit more geared toward the athlete and he collaborated with Cordain on that book (iirc).

Personally, I feel that a "Paleo Diet for Athletes" could be built as:

Classic 1.0 Paleo + Sweet Potatoes + Supplemental Protein and Vitamins

Robb's book (and podcast views) pretty much fit that above equation.

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

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on April 30, 2012
at 08:58 PM

I prefer to think that Paleo is a foundation, and you build on it. I have unflavored whey in my cupboard that I use to supplement protein - it's not Paleo, but it does help me get more protein when I need it. I also take a few supplements - again not paleo, but they are well chosen and suit my needs quite well.

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

(21420)

on April 30, 2012
at 05:37 PM

Sounds like you have made your own "Paleo Diet for Athletes", and it sounds like you are doing well with it. Kudos for continual experimentation/improvement.

D1728f99db66ff91d695a6df5cd38b02

(1368)

on April 30, 2012
at 03:56 PM

Yea, the book is based on Cordains original Paleo Diet, thus it reflects the older view of Paleo which has since changed due to new information.

83e08b3e7029521d4ae290a239b82d57

(250)

on April 30, 2012
at 05:32 PM

I've been doing Paleo/Primal since Dec. 2011. Just getting back into som mountain biking and was hoping that Paleo Diet for Athletes would be enlightening. I am currently using sweet potato and some white rice when I need the carbs for workouts and it seems to be working well. Also experimenting with coconut water for hydration during workouts.

83e08b3e7029521d4ae290a239b82d57

(250)

on April 30, 2012
at 08:21 PM

Yes so far it is working well. It is just a shame that the book seems to make eating whole and unprocessed food more complicated than necessary. It also doesn't help that it just seems to offer grounds for justifying not eating true to paleo if you are athlete or extremely active.

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on April 30, 2012
at 11:13 AM

I havent read it, and I don't need to, after have had read your opinion....

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