Nutrition – It starts with food …
We are what we eat, it’s that simple. The foundation behind a healthy life and rewarding results is to eat clean and train smart. As we know food plays a massive part in this. It should increase our energy levels, make us lean and fit, enhance our physical performance, clear our minds and most importantly help reduce inflammation and prevent disease.
Is alcohol allowed?
This is probably the most frequently asked question. In short the answer is no. If you do drink do so responsibly and stay away from fizzy mixers (normal and diet) as they are laced with processed sugars.
Best option – tequila (from the agave plant), soda water and fresh lime… However, I’ve yet to meet someone who doesn’t cringe when I mention tequila!
Natural supplements, what & why?
Fish Oil (capsule or liquid form) – in short Omega-3 = good, Omega-6 = bad and it all comes down to your Omega-6:3 balance. A 1:1 Omega-6:3 dietary ratio helps keep dangerous inflammation in check. However Omega-6 is more commonly found in today’s foods and our diets of bad fats, processed vegetable oils and grain fed meats are severely unbalancing our ratio to levels as bad as 30:1. Restoring and maintaining a balanced ratio is the mission. The purest source of the essential Omega-3 fatty acids is fish oil.
Fish oil is high in EPA and DHA, two Omega-3 fatty acids that are necessary for normal growth. It is proven to reduce internal inflammation, assist in brain, nervous system and eyesight function and reduce the risk of heart disease. Tests have also shown fish oil to prevent various emotional conditions, assist in weight regulation and help minimize craving
Vitamin D – Very important for us Irish! Our lack of sunshine has left us nutrient deficient, especially in D3 which plays a vital role in calcium absorption and metabolism and boosting our immunity. Unless you are planning on moving to the equator any time soon get supplementing with a daily oral dose. It can be quite difficult to get adequate amounts from our diets alone.
Magnesium – Magnesium is a mineral that is crucial to our body’s function. Magnesium helps keep blood pressure normal, bones strong, and the heart rhythm steady. Studies have shown that people do not consume the RDA (400 milligrams daily) in their diets and therefore should supplement to help against heart disease, type 2 diabetes, asthma and osteoporosis. Great to take at night time as it helps relax the muscles and can aid sleep. Beware, magnesium is also found in laxatives and can have some side effects…
Aside – like every diet or change to your lifestyle there can be side effects. If you are keen to try Paleo we recommend you consult your doctor, especially if you have any pre-existing conditions.
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