Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Channeling my inner cavewoman

I've been laying out all my cards for my upcoming marathon and i seem to be missing something.

Cross training. Check
800's. Check
Hills. Check
400 Repeats. Check
Long runs. Check
Short speed runs. Check
Hydration with electrolytes. Check
Sports massage therapy. Check
A rest day. Check
Proper nutrition. Ummm... kinda' check.

You can see where this is going.

I've started researching the Paleo diet (ugh, i hate the D word). After my CrossFit trainers told me they eat Paleo, i started digging around and found out Dean Karnazes also follows the Paleo diet. The research is indisputable, but more importantly it goes back to our natural god given roots. This is what my ancestors ate. Maybe they were onto something.

Below are some interesting facts about Paleo or aka Caveman diet.

-"70 percent of the calories we eat today come from refined sugars, flour and vegetable oils," says Dr. Loren Cordain, author of "The Paleo Diet," a tome of nutritional philosophies affectionately referred to as "The Caveman Diet" by skinny-jeans-wearing devotees. "We're hard-wired as primates to find something that's sweet. We've taken that sweet and put it together with fat and we call it a donut," he says.
I'm never eating another donut again, when it's put like that.

-Paleo is a simple dietary lifestyle that is based on foods being either in or out. In are the Paleolithic Era foods that we ate prior to agriculture and animal husbandry (meat, fish, shellfish, eggs, tree nuts, vegetables, roots, fruit, berries, mushrooms, etc.). Out are Neolithic Era foods that result from agriculture or animal husbandry (grains, dairy, beans/legumes, potatoes, sugar and fake foods).
There goes my Texas Roadhouse Rolls.

-The most vocal are the group that follows the paleo diet to get maximum athletic performance and health. Art DeVany was an early proponent of this. Then this group got a big boost with the publication in 2005 of The Paleo Diet for Athletes: A Nutritional Formula for Peak Athletic Performance by Loren Cordain and Joe Friel. Then the Crossfit: Forging Elite Fitness organization (with its 1,200 affiliates) picked up on it and incorporated the diet into their program. It is also becoming popular among triathletes.
Go CrossFitters!!

-Paleo Chicken recipe... i could so eat this!

Saut├ęd Orange Chicken with Ginger
3 pounds chicken legs and/or thighs
2 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 cup orange juice
2 navel oranges, peeled and sectioned
2 Tbsp minced fresh ginger
1 tsp dried basil
4 tsp lemon or lime juice (a substitute for vinegar in original recipe)

Season chicken with pepper. In a large fry pan, heat oil over medium heat.
Add chicken and cook, turning, until brown all over, about 10 minutes. Add
garlic and cook for one minute. Pour orange juice over chicken. Add orange
sections, ginger, lemon/lime juice, and basil. Stir well. Cover and simmer
for about 30 minutes, until chicken is tender.
Adapted from _365 Ways to Cook Chicken_ by Cheryl Sedaker

Well, there you have it.

Should i try it for a week or is it just a bunch of neanderthal nonsense??

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