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A little dull, hard to plow through
on January 16, 2013
I'm an avid runner... I run at least 20-30 miles a week and have competed in several half marathons. When I started following a paleo lifestyle, I really struggled to maintain my energy while running. I got very weak and felt kind of foggy and off for the first couple of weeks. Gradually my body adapted to fewer carbs, but I wanted to get a resource that would help me train and eat smartly for when I was training for a race.
While this book has a TON of information, I just found it too hard to really absorb. This is coming from someone with an MA in English Lit and a certified holistic health coach, so I've done my fair share of both reading and studying the subject of nutrition. Even though I broke out a highlighter and made some notes in the margins, I just didn't walk away from this one with any firm idea of what to do or not to enjoy peak performance while still embracing a paleo lifestyle.
Instead I've realized the best thing for my body is to experiment and try to figure what feels right and fuels me the best. I do incorporate healthy carbs like sweet potato in my regular diet, and do sneak in some quinoa and millet when I'm race training. It's been working for me, and I think it's the simplest and best advice to give (not to eat what I do, but to experiment for yourself).
I wish I could recommend this book to others looking to balance their athleticism with paleo eating, but I didn't find the "ancient nutritional formula" in here no matter how hard I looked.