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Paleo for Athletes Review and Giveaway

Posted Jan 23 2013 6:55am

A few weeks ago, I mentioned how intrigued I was with “It Starts with Food” and that I was considering experimenting with it.

I have no idea what I was thinking.  At the time, I was craving meat, and I satisfied that craving with our New Year’s Pork and Sauerkraut, roasting a turkey last week, and going out for a burger post-marathon.  But since then? Not craving it at all.  I’ve been very happy to be back to my beans and whole grains (which are not allowed on the Whole 30 plan).

I’ve been reminded again lately that we are all different, and what works well for one person will not necessarily work for the next. I don’t believe there is one diet that fits all.

I do support paelo’s basic tenets, that getting back to nature is best for our bodies.  Paleo defines the most natural foods as meat, vegetables, fruits, seeds, nuts and healthy fats. And I have no doubt that this plan can work well for some individuals.

Personally, I don’t do well with a diet that cuts out certain foods or food groups.  I would rather choose mostly healthy foods, and have room for fun as well. Like the ice cream I had this evening that didn’t make it into the collage of wiaw eats from the day…

When I let my body lead me, there is nothing very paleo about my eating habits! My body is not interested in giving up whole grains, beans, or yogurt.

Especially as a runner and endurance athlete.

Which is why I was intrigued by the opportunity to read this book:

Is it possible to be an endurance athlete on the Paleo diet?

Should one incorporate any carbs for fuel or recovery?

Paleo for Athletes is well written, well researched and quite thorough in their explanation of what paleo is and is not, and how it can benefit athletes.

My impression before reading this, was that paleo is a better fit for Crossfit atheltes or bodybuilders, but not appropriate for runners or cyclists.  The authors successfully convinced me that is not the case.

I was surprised to find that they recommend some simple carbs for the fastest recovery.  The book explains the range of eating phases before and after a race or a hard effort, and when to add in some of the carbohydrate foods for optimal performance and recovery.

As I’ve been looking into running coach certifications, I’m thankful to have the opportunity to have read this book and better understand how one might balance the diet with marathon training.  It certainly can be done.

It was a perfect balance to the Integrative Nutrition reading I’ve been doing.  Can you tell which is which? I certainly resonate more with the latter, but I like simultaneously reading contradictory material.

Who is this book appropriate for?

If you are a paleo-eater or find that your body prefers meat on a daily basis, definitely check it out. Or if you’re curious about paleo in general, it contains a very descriptive, research-based argument for the diet.  Honestly, anyone who is intrigued by nutrition or fitness can benefit from this read.

Plus, it has dozens of great recipes in the back.

I was also given two additional copies to giveaway!  Use the Rafflecopter to enter…


Have you experimented with paleo? Does your diet change based on your training?

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