Why diet labels are a problem – zone, vegan, gluten free, paleo
Often people simplify a diet to mean – ‘eat this and not that’ – rather than finding the diet that best suits them. Eating what is ‘allowed’ on a diet, but missing the point of the diet. Paleo is about maximising nutrients and minimising foods that YOU don’t do well on. This differs for each person. Lean CrossFitters with great insulin sensitivity and high activity levels will crash on a very low carb diet (Read Robb Wolf’s excellent series on carbs here). Some people tolerate well prepared legumes while others don’t. If you don’t have the genes for celiac disease, it is unlikely a little grain will cause you health issues, so being insanely pedantic about a miniscule amount of gluten when eating out, is a stress that’s not necessary.
Along the lines above – ‘eat this, not that’ gets translated into – “as long as we are eating the right ingredients we can make whatever we want with said ingredients” and we convince ourselves we are still eating a healthy diet. Paleo muffins, cakes, cookies, and pancakes anyone? Take lashings of ground nuts, soaked and puree dates or dried fruit and refined coconut fat, and combine them into numerous tasty treats, call it paleo, feel virtuous. Is is any wonder some fail to be healthy or lose excess fat? (I bet you are thinking of googling the recipe below?)
Here’s some questions to ask yourself about your own diet; these apply to any diet not just paleo:
1. Do you get all the nutrients your body needs from your diet? Is your diet supernutrient?
Here are a few examples: Vitamin A and copper – found in large amounts in liver. Selenium, low in New Zealand soils, and found in brazil nuts, kidneys and seafood. Iodine, also low in NZ soil and found in sea vegetables, seafood, thyroid support supplements, and iodised salt. Polyphenols – the colours in fruit and veg, great for their anti-inflammatory properties and gut bacteria nurturing nutrients – found in colourful fruit and vegetables. Sulphur – found in cruciferous and onion groups of veg. Omega 3 – found in oily seafood. Starches and fibre that support the growth of our healthy gut bacteria found in starchy and other vegetables, cooled potato and rice, green bananas and asparagus.
And that’s just for starters – build your diet around a large range of plant food, and healthy proteins from land and sea, and whole food fats.
2. Is your diet supporting your energy needs? Do you get the calories and starch required for your activity levels? Are you getting adequate – but not excess protein for maintaining your muscles and bone?
3. Are you eating an anti-inflammatory diet? Anti-oxidants, (both water-soluble like vitamin C, and fat soluble like vitamin E tocotrienols) polyphenols, omega 3 and adequate nutrients – vitamins, minerals and trace minerals are all essential.
4. Have you taken out the foods that don’t work for you? If you have an auto-immune condition you may need to remove not only grains and legumes, but all nuts, seeds, dairy, alcohol and nightshades.
5. Is your diet supporting a healthy microbiome? Kate has a good overview here. In a nutshell – remove medications like ant-acids, antibiotics, and oral contraception if possible, and eat foods that nourish your gut bacteria, like vegetables and fruit and fermented foods.
6. Are you eating in a way that supports healthy hormonal response to meals? For me what works is roughly along the lines of a zone diet: a palm of protein at EVERY meal for satiety, lots and I mean lots of vegetables – 3/4 of a plate full, and a little if any added fat. With the protein at each meal plus the veg, I get by on 3 meals a day and don’t need to snack, once I eat I don’t think about food for another 5 hours. Find what works for you.
7. Has your diet become one of “What treats can I eat with the ingredients allowed?” and when you eat those foods – you can’t stop eating them? If so it is time to reevaluate your diet and go back to a reset. Go back to basics and cut out all treats for 30 days.
Read the full article Authored by Julianne Taylor
CrossFit Auckland is putting on an
“Eat Clean for the Holiday Season and beyond” seminar,
FREE for Club Members.
Enjoy the silly season and indulge without derailing your hard earned gains…
Julianne will explore a number of topics that will set you up to enjoy the summer and holiday season without completely reversing the results you’ve earner throughout the year!
- Paleo eating, problem foods and why.
- Discover your tolerances and the science of appetite control.
- Learn how to work out your meal portions for performance and appetite control.
- What you should include – paleo is more than the food you take out, how to keep your diet highly nutritious and anti-inflammatory.
- She’ll discuss holiday pitfalls and how to manage them.
- Eating out, how to manage treats without overeating or eating damaging foods, indulging in treats but managing portions.
- Alcohol, mixers and the best way to indulge.
- Lifestyle tips for holidays.
- Reseting your circadian rhythm – the camping reset.
- Sun and vitamin D, dispelling the myths and rebooting your immunity safely.
WHEN: Monday 15th December, 6 – 8pm (2hrs), Free
NON-MEMBER GUESTS: $30
Register at Reception or reply email now to enrol.