|April Working hard on her kettlebell swings|
|April after one of her workouts... |
she gives it her all every time!
Why Paleo, Why no Grains & Legumes or Carbs or dairy?
The consumption of any carbs creates a spike in insulin and thus the erratic cycle of high blood sugar and low blood sugar begins. Feeling hungry then eating cereal grains/legumes/processed food-type-carbs then crashing... you are hungry again and the cycle starts all over... and your blood sugar levels are on a roller coaster ride. Unfortunately processed carbs are the foundation of the typical American Diet... and as we all know most Adult Americans are overweight :(
By avoiding excess processed carbs like grains and legumes your body is spared these blood sugar spikes and crashes and leaves you feeling fuller (and happier) longer and allows your metabolism to run more efficiently. You get your energy from the food God put on the earth for us... LEAN proteins; Vegetables (which are favorable carbs) give you vitamins, minerals, calcium and fiber; Healthy fats like nuts are also a great energy source.
My favorite description of the Paleo approach can be found on the Whole9 site:
I eat “real” food -- fresh, natural food like meat, vegetables and fruit. I choose foods that are nutrient dense, with lots of naturally-occurring vitamins and minerals, over foods that have more calories but less nutrition. And food quality is important -- I’m careful about where my meat comes from, and buy produce locally and organically as often as possible.
It’s not a low calorie “diet” -- I eat as much as I need to maintain strength, energy and a healthy weight. In fact, my diet is probably much higher in fat than you’d imagine. Fat isn’t the enemy -- it’s a great energy source when it comes from high quality foods like avocado, coconut and nuts. And I’m not trying to do a “low carb” thing, but since I’m eating vegetables and fruits instead of bread, cereal and pasta, it just happens to work out that way.
Eating like this is good for maintaining a healthy metabolism, and reducing inflammation within the body. It’s been doing great things for my energy levels, body composition and performance in the gym. It also helps to minimize my risk for a whole host of lifestyle diseases and conditions, like diabetes, heart attack and stroke.
For the science and technical facts behind the way I eat and why visit these websites:
APRIL KEEP IT UP AND ...