30 Days on the Paleo Diet

30 Days on the Paleo Diet

By: Ashley Reaver, RD

This article was originally posted on blog.insidetracker.com

I’ve never followed a specific diet. All foods agree with me and I generally agree with all foods. As a dietitian, health is always at the back of my mind but my philosophy is an additive one. Focus on the foods that you want to add in instead of the ones that you should cut out. If you are filling up on nutrient dense foods, eventually there won’t be any room left for the less healthy options. I don’t think there is necessarily a “perfect” diet. We are all different so, therefore, we all have different requirements. Trial and error is the best way to find the right eating pattern for you. Here’s a recap of my recent foray into a Paleo-esque diet challenge, the Whole30, and how my biomarkers were affected.

Recently I have worked with a fair amount of individuals that follow the Paleo diet. A simple explanation—Paleo is characterized primarily by the elimination of grains, dairy, soy and legumes. The nuts, protein, fruits and vegetables that remain make up the extent of your diet. The Whole30 follows these guidelines but it goes further to exclude any of the supplement/recovery/energy mumbo-jumbo flooding the market. It was all whole foods for those 30 days. Alcohol was also a no-go.

Throughout the 30 days I tracked my intake using MyFitnessPal. Before this I had never tracked my diet for more than a day or two. It was really interesting to see the breakdown of my nutrient intake. For the most part, my diet was about 40% fat, 40% carbohydrates and 20% protein. For me, this was a lot more protein and fat and way less carbohydrate than I was used to eating.

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