Caveman food: Healthful, primal

What is on a professional triathlete’s grocery list? And do they use coupons?!

World Champ Chris “Macca” McCormack

  • chilies
  • chocolate
  • tomatoes
  • eggs
  • cheese
  • grapes
  • onions
  • fresh orange juice
  • soy milk

Olympian Sarah Haskins

  • plain or vanilla yogurt
  • natural peanut butter
  • avocados
  • Newman’s Light Honey Mustard
  • organic milk
  • apples
  • Pure Bars
  • First Endurance liquid gel shots
  • liquid egg whites
  • green or red peppers

Team CTER Founder Jason Bahamundi

  • bananas
  • berries
  • granola
  • Bob’s Red Mill Muesli
  • tempeh
  • almond milk, unsweetened
  • tomatoes and beans
  • bread

How do the professionals do when their groceries are compared against the healthiest?

  • Spinach? Where are your greens?
  • Broccoli? Well, Husband doesn’t like broccoli either. I LOVE broccoli.
  • Tomatoes? Well done! Tomatoes truly are amazing.
  • Blueberries? zomg. I love blueberries.
  • Beans? Beans are amazing. Salad, soup, sandwiches (Shae, people don’t do that.)
  • Nuts? Does the buttered version count? Honey-roasted?
  • Grapefruit? Gross.
  • Hot peppers? The hotter, the better.
  • Protein? They meet the protein requirement, meat or otherwise.

What is common about these lists? What should we, as omnivores, be eating?

Fruit. Veg. Protein.

I am now inspired to do great things with food.

Dana, over at My Little Celebration, eats on the Paleo diet, a.k.a Primal diet, and it looks delicious and… primal.

In her Livestrong.com article Back to Basic: The Primal Diet, Donna Ploshay describes the eating habits of our far-back ancestors as far more healthful than our own.

Well, our ancestors were never tempted by French fries.

Paleo dieter Melissa Ott said the human body is not designed to burn grain for fuel, and especially not refined grains.

Primal dieting promotes eating fish, nuts, berries and vegetables. It cuts grains, even whole grains, legumes and dairy.

What?! No yogurt?

Snack timeThe Paleo diet worked for Ott; she lost weight, gained increased energy and clearer skin, and her migraines and stomach cramps disappeared.

I thought about it: What if my acne and blotchiness was not solely caused by stress? What if my diet, even if it is healthier, is hurting my body in other ways? Would I be able to make it without yogurt?!

I can cut dairy without blinking. I have done it before. No cheese, no milk, no ice cream. No problem. (But I love yogurt.)

What about legumes? And grain? I think the hardest thing I would have to give up would be Blue Moon and/or Mothership Wit.

Could I go… Paleo? For that matter, could Husband? (I am quite aware the cat would rather be fed raw chicken and beef.)

Ott’s daily menu looked a bit like this…

  • Breakfast: Protein smoothies with a handful of raw cashews
  • Lunch: Bison burger topped with avocado and nitrate-free bacon on wild greens
  • Dinner: Grass-fed sirloin kabobs w/ mushrooms, bell peppers, onion, zucchini and yellow squash
  • Snacks: Strawberries, banana cashew butter and unsweetened shaved coconut, berry and coconut milk popsicle or a few squares of dark chocolate

All that meat… I usually only eat meat once a day.

What else is Paleo? Eat when I am hungry, not when I am not. The body decides when it is hungry, just like the body decides when it is tired.

Is it healthy? Insanely! But a Paleo dieter doesn’t aim for weight loss – that’s a bonus!

Eating a Paleo diet reverses systematic inflammatory diseases. One vegan dieter – no offense – turned Paleo stopped getting viciously sick. Another added bonus: slower-aging. Blueberries are wrinkle-fighters.

Big problem? The cost. Organic produce, grass-fed beef and free range chicken tend to be pricier than their mass-produced twins.

Health tracking is recommended when switching to the Paleo diet and it is not wise to just turn off dairy, legumes and grains all at once. The body is used to your current diet; don’t scare the hell out of it! We shock our body with fitness, but changing diet takes time.

We were born hungry. We were fed wrong :)

8 thoughts on “Caveman food: Healthful, primal

  1. dana @ my little celebration

    Great post! Glad you’ve been inspired by my caveman diet. I’m VERY loosely following it right now, and it’s especially hard to do when you’re traveling. But, I am liking it OK so far. I’ll do a full review post soon-ish.

    Love you friend! So glad you’re slipping more into the ‘love all things healthy and fitness’ zone. It’s quite inspiring!

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    • skinnyshae

      Thank you!

      I tried this morning, but still had toast… Oops! I love toast! :(

      Let me know how you like it! I’m reading up on training for marathons and carbo-loading before the marathon and I’m sure cavemen didn’t do that. Well, I’m sure they didn’t run marathons, either ;)

      I’m happy in my slipping. I feel much better about myself when I’m fit. I even enjoyed my workout this morning. I didn’t hate one thing about it!

      Love you, too, friend!

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  2. Tara Shortle

    I just wanted to comment and say that I really enjoyed reading your blog post here. It was very informative and I also digg the way you write! Keep it up and I’ll be back to read more in the future

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