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Today is the first day of a 6 week paleo challenge issued at our Crossfit gym. Beth and I have heeded the call and we will be eating strict paleo for the next 6 weeks. I imagine that many of our readers are already familiar with the concept of paleo nutrition, but in the case that you are not, here is a brief set of ground rules and key principles from one of the original proponents of the paleo diet, Loren Cordain.

Six Ground Rules of a Paleo Diet:

1. All the lean meats, fish, and seafood you can eat

2. All the fruits and nonstarchy vegetables you can eat

3. No cereals

4. No legumes

5. No dairy products

6. No processed foods

Seven Key Principles of a Paleo Diet:

1. Eat a relatively high amount of animal protein compared to that in a typical American diet

2. Eat fewer carbohydrates that most modern diets recommend, but eat lots of good carbohydrates – from fruits and vegetables, not from grains, starchy tubers, and refined sugars

3. Eat a large amount of fiber from nonstarchy fruits and vegetables

4. Eat a moderate amount of fat, with more good (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated) fats than bad (trans and certain saturated) fats, and nearly equal amounts of omega 3 and omega 6 fats

5. Eat foods with a high potassium content and a low sodium content

6. Eat a diet with a net alkaline load

7. Eat foods rich in plant phytochemicals, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants

Now, it should be noted that there are several variations of the paleo / evolutionary / ancestral / caveman / primal diet out there. This week, we’ll get into the nitty gritty of what they look like, how they differ, and why. In the meantime, we welcome any questions surrounding the paleo diet and paleo nutrition.