While we were away last month I had a chance to read a few books. One of the books was called The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf. The Paleo Solution is a diet and nutrition book based on the diet of our paleolithic ancestors before the days of wide scale agriculture. The paleo diet, which our “hunter/gatherer” ancestors followed, consisted primarily of meat, fish, fat, seasonal vegetables and fruits, nuts and seeds.
Robb Wolf is an accomplished trainer and gym owner and has an extensive background in biochemistry. In the book, he explains why today’s modern diet is so bad for us and why we need to revert back to our ancestors way of eating. He talks about the negative effects of cortisol on the body, how gluten wreaks havoc to the digestive system and how eating refined sugars and processed foods can lead to cancer and a slew of different diseases.
The book gives step by step instructions on how to clean out your kitchen and re-stock your fridge and pantry with foods that will have your body functioning at an optimal level. The book includes a 30 day diet challenge that guarantees to change your life and has a bunch of great recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks!
Another great thing about the book is that it includes training and lifestyle tips. It has recommended exercises that you should be doing to maintain a respectable level of fitness. And it explains how much sleep you should be getting, how to properly manage your stress levels and how to avoid overtraining.
I’ve been following a modified version of the paleo diet for a few months now. I tried to go strict paleo but had a really hard time giving up cheese and dairy so I follow what they call the “moo paleo”. Giving up bread was also pretty hard because I love sandwiches but after a couple weeks without grains and trying different things like stir-frys, salads and omelets instead, it has gotten much easier.
I’m going to try to stick with the paleo way of eating from now on but allow myself some cheats once and awhile. I mean, there is no way that I could give up pizza for the rest of my life and summer is right around the corner and there’s nothing better than BBQ burgers!
Oh.. and I also read the Girl With The Dragon Tattoo trilogy while we were gone. We both did... I thought it was really, really good and would definitely recommend the entire series to anyone looking for a great murder/mystery story!