This may get interesting.
The writer is a trainer in pro motocross, one of the more strenuous sports you can pick. Paleo hasn't caught on in moto yet. It's a lot of throwing a heavy bike around and a lot of hard cardio.
I used to work in this sport as a photographer each weekend. I've watched them struggle with what to eat and drink and when for years. Trainers have been brought in from all over. The most success so far has been ex cyclists as trainers. I've been waiting to see who is going to go Paleo and figure this sport out.
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on May 12, 2012
at 09:59 PM
I think his approach is refreshing, especially considering how much Paleo nitpicking usually goes on.
What attracted me to Paleo in the first place was that it was simple, "eat like a caveman", and this philosophy provided a welcome foil for the chronic nutritionalism that I had been steeped in through my education and professional life.
Lately, it seems like nutritionalism is back firing on all cyclinders, with people freaking out about phytates, fatty acids, and other things found in whole foods.
All we really know is that the processed crap that most people eat nowadays (factory produced "food products" with ingredient labels that would make anyone but a chemist go cross-eyed) is not doing us any good. We also know that these foods are packaged in toxic wrappers, cans, etc., which compounds the problem.
When we get down to responsibly cultivated whole food, which to me is the essence of paleo, I think that it is pretty much up in the air with regards to what is "best."
Individual tolerances (genetic, microbiomic, epigenetic, etc.) come into play, and one person can do great with a ton of potatoes and another on a boat-load of fruit, another on beef hearts and everything in between.
For anyone who doesn't click through, here is Motocross Coach Seiji's take on the matter:
"My simple mindset is that if I can???t hunt it, fish it or gather it, then I am not going to eat it with a few exceptions to account for modern life. My diet has consisted of all meats (preferably organic or grass fed), all vegetables (preferably organic), eggs, nuts and fruits in moderation. I hold back on fruits a bit because I figure the only reason we can eat so much fruit is that it is shipped here from wherever in the world it is in season and they are relatively high glycemic compared to vegetables. I add a little bit of dairy in the forms of cheese and yogurt only because I am looking for fermented foods to provide the bacteria that we would normally be eating back in the day because we wouldn???t wash anything.
Some variations exist in the Paleo Diet world and my personal Caveman Diet follows these often debated tenets: I don???t differentiate between saturated and unsaturated fats which is a main arguing point amongst the Paleo crowd. Why? Because I don???t think Mr. Caveman did either, he wouldn???t even know the difference. This means that you have to disregard the modern cholesterol hypothesis of heart disease, which I debate internally all the time but I am starting to not believe in it. More on that later. I also think that Mr. Cavemen would have figured out that eating the fatty parts of animals made his energy last longer which is important when you don???t know when you get to eat next. Some versions of the Paleo diet have you avoiding tubers (potatoes) and legumes (beans). Those, they say, are products of agriculture. This is true for large quantities of potatoes or beans but my thinking is that Mr. Cavemen would come across them from time to time and try to eat them, I mean why not? So, on occasion I have a moderate amount of potatoes and legumes. Those are what I have found to be the major differences amongst Paleo based diets."
on November 06, 2012
at 09:27 PM
I have been on his paleo diet since the summer and being a lean person anyway have lost a lot of extra body fat by just changing the diet. I race motocross and enduro and have loads of energy, none of that bloated ness after meals. The biggest difference I have noticed is my energy throughout the day at work is just constant.