Mat forwarded this great post from Dr. Eades. I usually try to generate new content for the blog and not just re-cook what other folks have done but I’m making an exception in this case. For starters, Dr. Eades just kicks ass and this is a great piece when people start tongue waging about the diet wars. Whenever these approaches are compared head-to-head low carb ALWAYS wins out, both in results and perhaps most importantly compliance. In the case of a paleo diet we see a unique feature that this approach does not only reduce the signs and symptoms of diseases related to metabolic derangement and autoimmunity, it CURES them.
It has within it’s framework a theoretical framework that not only describes the mechanisms behind most degenerative diseases with which we are plagued, it offers predictive value that allows for additional scientific testing. None of the other approaches offer any of this.
Some will make the cry that the paleo diet is inadequate to the needs of producing elite performance. I think that’s been put to bed with examples like Laura Demarco and some other folks highlighted here. And, well, it’s easy as: try it, report your results. Occasionally I hear something to the effect “the paleo diet cannot provide enough carbs for large athletes…” I guess fruit, yams and sweet potatoes don’t count? I’m going to really put that notion to bed in a future post.
Hanging out in Denver on my way to Bozeman, MT for the CrossFit Nutrition cert. Keep thinking, keep tinkering. Trust your own experience.