Guest Post: Top tips to eat well and stay primal

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If you’re training and want to make the most of it by accompanying your regime with a good, balanced diet, then read on for a few foodie facts that you may not have known about before.

Foods you should eat…

Animal products

Packed with proteins, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals, animal products are the most nutritionally dense of all the food groups.

While vegetables are said to be packed with vitamins and minerals, animal products are actually a better source of nearly all but vitamin C – and they’re more digestible.

Seafood, wild fish, organic egg yolks and organ meats/bone broths from free range, grass-fed cows and sheep are the real super foods.

Saturated Fat

While it’s a contentious issue, it’s not actually been proven that saturated fat causes heart disease however – most fatty foods come packed with fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. Just avoid processed oils, and eat only cuts of meat from good, organic sources.

Plant products

All parts – the leaves, stalks, roots and fruits – of plants are very good for you.

Fermented Foods

The number of bacteria cells in your gut outnumber your bodily cells by more than 10:1, and  with their genetic make-up also having a huge impact.

Research shows that the types of bacteria living inside you affect your susceptibility to communicable diseases, obesity, chronic degenerative disease, and your mental health.

So: avoid sugar and processed foods, and make your own fermented foods such as sauerkraut and kefir.

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Foods to avoid…

Industrial seed/soybean/vegetable oils

Omega 6 fats, commonly found in nuts, seeds and legumes, are essential our health only in small quantities – this is because a) when processed they transform into carcinogenic oxidants, and b) they can cause depression, chronic inflammation, and hormone signalling/appetite regulation problems. These fats include:

Wheat/Soy products

As a natural defence mechanism against predators, grains, legumes, nuts and seeds contain phytates, which bind to the minerals in other foods, leading to diseases such as osteoporosis, osteoarthritis and tooth decay, for example.

They also contain lectins – plant proteins that can pass through the gut lining into the blood stream, causing an immune response that can itself cause chronic inflammation… Which is a major cause of heart disease, diabetes and other chronic diseases – and auto-immune conditions (e.g. multiple-sclerosis, coeliac disease, arthritis, lupus etc.) in genetically predisposed individuals.

Sugar or High Fructose Corn Syrup

Refined sugar (50% fructose/50% glucose) and high fructose corn syrup (56% fructose/44% glucose) has almost replaced natural fruit sugars. Fructose can only be processed by the liver, so high intake puts incredible strain on it, leading to conditions such as diabetes, insulin resistance and fatty liver disease.

Fructose has also been shown to be the primary fuel for cancer cells, and that it is around 10 times more likely than glucose to form advanced glycation end products, which are thought to be one of the major factors in chronic ageing and age-related diseases such as Alzheimer’s, cataracts, atherosclerosis, cardiovascular disease, arthritis  – and many more.

So there you have it – a list of foodie dos and don’ts that you can use as fuel for a successful diet and training regime.
This post was provided by Predator Nutrition.

2 thoughts on “Guest Post: Top tips to eat well and stay primal”

  1. Does the Paleo Diet take into consideration the issue of “Blood Group Type Nutrition” or “Blood Type Diets”. What effect would there be on a person’s diet plan when following a Paleo diet for the different blood groups ‘O’, ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘AB’.

    Which of these blood groups would be considered “Cave Man” and which would be “Modern” and therefore more able to digest products containing glutin?

    1. Hi Ian,

      Thanks for the questions!

      With regard to eating according to blood group and/or metabolic type diets, the promise these diets push isn’t as simple as they may want you to believe. Because we all have basically the same ancestors on earth, and even though we appear physically different across the globe, our biochemistry functions pretty much the same way. Taking this into account, one could in theory optimise their diet to be more in line with what they deal best with. For example, everyone can digest grains, lectins and fruit proteins, but some will do so better than others. The degree of how much better or worse a person may deal with certain macro food groups will be marginal, unless of course there is some outside modifier involved in the equation, such as disease, allergy or total intolerance.

      So in short, I don’t think that blood type diets or metabolic type diets have any real traction in terms of guiding a person in the correct nutritional direction, but I do think that applying a “what works for me might not work for you” mentality to macro food selection could be beneficial. Focusing on providing your body (and blood) with high quality nutrients from high quality foods will be more beneficial for all blood groups and metabolic types. I would go so far as to say that blood type should have little to no weight when dictating what you should eat, rather you should be selecting foods based on what works for you and if any; your intolerances. Also to be noted is that many intolerances or allergies can be treated very successfully with paleo and raw food eating philosophies. For example, I suffered from oral allergy syndrome, and I have completely cured myself from it through eating according to paleo and primal guidelines. Once upon a time a single raw almond would have left me grinding my palate with my tongue from irritation, now however I enjoy a handful or two of nuts every day without issue.

      Does this help?

      Thanks,
      Andrew

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