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Danielle Prestejohn
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Something to think about...

Just last week while I was talking to a new CrossFitter about the Paleo diet, the first question out of his mouth was, "But where do I get my fiber?" One of the arguments against a Paleo diet is a lack of fiber or vitamins by eliminating whole grains. Here's the thing - if Paleo is done right, adequate fruits and vegetables will provide you with equal, if not more, fiber and vitamins. Here are some examples:

Standard American Diet (SAD) Breakfast: 1/2 cup oatmeal with a medium banana and 6 oz orange juice…7.2 grams of fiber

Paleo Breakfast: 2 eggs with 1/2 sweet potato, 1/4 avocado, and 1/2-cup blueberries…7.4 grams of fiber

paleo breakfast
Simple Paleo Breakfast

SAD Lunch: 2 slices of wheat bread, 2 oz turkey and cheese, small apple, and serving of whole-wheat pretzels...9.6 grams of fiber

Paleo Lunch: Salad with carrots, spinach, pepper, oz almonds, and turkey; pear...12.3 grams of fiber

paleo lunch
Easy paleo lunch made of clean, whole foods

SAD Snack: Nature Valley Oats and Honey granola bar packet...2 grams of fiber

Paleo Snack: 1/2 oz of pistachios and 50 raisins, serving of baby carrots...4 grams of fiber

SAD Dinner: 1 serving whole wheat pasta with 1/2-cup tomato sauce, tbs. Parmesan cheese, and 3 oz chicken... 7.8 grams of fiber

Paleo Dinner: 2 cups spaghetti squash topped with cup cherry tomatoes, 2 cups spinach, cup of zucchini, and lean ground beef...8.8 grams of fiber

paleo dinner
Paleo "pasta"!

*Note: I tried to keep calories per meal within 10-20 calories of one another to represent an equal calorie: fiber ratio

See!!! Eating Paleo does not mean consuming an unbalanced diet or not enough fiber from whole grains.

Questions, thoughts, comments....

What are some misconceptions you think the general public has about eating healthy? 

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