What Can I Eat? The Paleo Diet

When you follow a new diet plan, it is important that you understand the nutritional needs of the diet.  Here is a guide as to what you can expect to eat on the Paleo diet

Meat, Fish and Eggs

These are a great source of protein which is needed for healthy muscles, immune function and bone health.  Grass fed meat is better, however if you can only find grain fed, this is also acceptable!

Fresh Fruit and Vegetables

The bulk of your meals will be filled out with vegetables and fruit.  These provide a high level of vitamins, minerals and essential fibre which helps the digestive system.

Nuts and Seeds

Nuts and seeds are a good source of healthy fats which can be good for the skin, hair and nails!

Healthy Fats and Oils

Olive oil, nut oils, avocado oils and coconut oil are all great sources of healthy fat, which provide omega-3 fatty acids which are good for the heart and brain.

 

On the Paleo plan, you should avoid eating:

  1. Cereal grains
  2. Legumes
  3. Dairy
  4. Sugar
  5. Potatoes
  6. Processed junk food
  7. Refined vegetable oils
  8. Salt

Spinning as a Great Fat Burner

You’ve probably heard of spinning.  It is an exciting and high energy indoor cycling class, featuring loud booming music and often flashing lights (a bit like a sweaty disco!).  Spin classes usually last between 45 minutes and 1 hour, although some gyms offer shorter 30 minute classes for when people are in a hurry.

You begin by setting up the bike to fit your body.  It is important that the bike seat is at the right height, and the handlebars are the right distance away, as if you have these incorrectly set up, you can easily injure yourself.

The first part of the workout class is often a warm up, where you get to know the controls of the bike.  There is often a handle which adjusts the resistance.  You normally start on a low resistance, and build up the resistance as you work through the class.

There is often a section for squats where you work your legs hard, and sometimes an upper body section.  Spinning is a whole body workout which burns a huge number of calories!

When is the Best Time to Exercise

Different people like to exercise at different times of the day, and there are benefits for both! The main thing is that we are doing some exercise at all, as this is always going to be better than none.  The main reasons people like to exercise in the morning are:

  • increase metabolism
  • burn more fat
  • wake up quickly
  • get it DONE

The benefits of exercising during the evening are:

  • can spend longer
  • wind down before bed
  • better sleep
  • no need to rush

As you can see, there will be different reasons to choose either morning or evening.  Personally, we like to get it done in the morning, as this means we can say we have done it before we start work.  No making excuses and chickening out when we are tired after work!