You may already be walking with one foot on the paleo path. Hop in with both feet, and perhaps you'll understand why so many people are engaged in clean eating. Processed food doesn't digest well, so why eat it? Paleo principles once sounded like niche morality, but as society matures, people are eager to reach back to their wholesome roots.
Jaquelyn Kastelic lives the life of a modern-day lifter. She runs a CrossFit box and abides by paleo principles 90 percent of the time. Even she breaks the rules, because seriously, Mexican food is so damn delicious. Learn her rules and maybe something about paleo, and you may discover that you're already part of the way there.
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The paleo diet urges its constituents to avoid foods that were created in the modern age. These "processed" foods are often padded by chemical chains of elements that do not exist in nature. Since they are new to the food chain, these chemical compounds are not easily broken down in the human digestive tract. They wreak havoc as a result.
The diet also avoids foods that result from the domestication of animals (dairy and CAFO meats), the mass-manufacturing of agriculture (grains, legumes, tubers) and the refinement of sugars, salts and oils.
The Paleolithic period began about 2.5 million years ago and lasted until about 10,000 years ago. It ended when hunter-gatherers began to domesticate animals and develop agriculture.
Jaquelyn follows a grain-free, dairy-free diet. "I'm 90 percent paleo, because to be 100 percent paleo you can't have anything artificial, and I take protein powders and whey proteins that have artificial sweeteners," Kastelic says. "In all my meals, I plan a protein, a carb, and a fat. I eat lean meats like chicken and fish and a lot of eggs, which are so quick and so easy. I eat a lot of fruit and vegetables and a lot of nuts and avocados—healthy fats."
Dairy is a gray area. She will eat raw cheeses and drink raw milk. One of her clients delivers fresh goat milk from a local farm. She will sometimes drink regular milk from the market, but only because her husband buys it and even then it's organic whole milk for her coffee. NBD.
"When I go to the grocery store, I try to find anything that is hormone-free," Kastelic says. "I like to go with grass-fed if it's not ridiculously expensive. I get everything fresh. I love fresh fruits and vegetables. However, that stuff goes bad fast, so I still eat a lot of frozen vegetables."
She usually eats 4-5 meals per day, about every three hours, but sometimes it drops to 2-2.5 hours when hunger strikes!
Jaquelyn and her husband eat a cheat meal together at least one time per week, a big paleo no-no. "We both love pizza and we both love Mexican food," Kastelic says. "We'll have that, usually on a Friday or Saturday night. If I'm trying to get ready for a show, an expo, or a shoot, I cut the cheat meal out. I won't have anything that isn't paleo; no Mexican food and no pizza."
Eat real food. Eat nothing boxed, processed or that you cannot pronounce. The fewer the ingredients, the better. Less is more.
1/5 cup with 2 teaspoons melted coconut oil and sea salt
3 ounces with Mrs. Dash seasonings
3 cups sauteed with: 3 tbsp shredded coconut, pepper, and ginger; 2 tsp melted coconut oil on top
That's it for Jaquelyn's nutrition. If you have any questions, go ahead and find her on BodySpace. If you want to follow her full program, including her training and supplemental regimens, you can find it on her Fitness 360 main page. For more content and videos just like this, keep coming back to Bodybuilding.com