Everybody I know who eats Paleo also supplements. Supplementation, by and large, has some little nuance in its development that somebody who proclaims to be ‘Eating Paleo’ may cry foul on. Supplementation, to get to the form that we all agree is ‘supplementation’ is altered goods, according to many. But is it? Does it matter?
If you’ve not read MEAT ROOT VEGETABLE FRUIT I encourage you to do so. While YOU may be that guy eating 100% Paleo Diet foodstuffs, I’d wager you’re still not getting the nutrients and vitamins you yourself really need. Unless your a registered nutritionist that regulates your Paleo Diet specifically to make sure you’re really getting what you should, you should be supplementing your diet in some fashion.
For example, let’s say I went all out Rambo Paleo on you for a day. I wrestle a bull elk to the ground with my bare hands while barefoot, kill him, gut him, process him, toss what I’m not eating immediately into a snow bank, and only eat Elk all day. Six meals, 100 grams of elk steak per meal and water right out of the river. Six hundred grams (about 21 ounces) of elk meat. What did I give my body? About 138 grams of Protein and 9 grams of total Fat, 3 of those Saturated.
But look at this…
Seems that Mr. Elk hands out plenty of Protein, but is missing more than a few things in the ‘nutrients’ department. No Calcium, no A, no C. It’s great Protein. But living on this fella means the cold & flu season is going to kick my arse!
As I’ve stated before in PALEO DIET SUPPLEMENTATION, there are two places I can find supplementation that works for my Paleo Lifestyle Design. US CELL WELLNESS is the ONLY place I’ve found serving up what I would consider 100% Paleo Supplementation. No added anything ever. Not even gelatin caps.
I’ve written of Max Muscle Sports Nutrition many times primarily because I am enamored with their level of professionalism and knowledge about all things Nutrition. They don’t have clerks…they have Certified Fitness Nutrition Coaches (CFNCs) who are schooled in Nutrition and what you – as a unique individual – need to supplement with based on your goals, current exercise and eating habits, etc.
I went to MMSN’s #1 store in its nationwide system in Nebraska to speak with owner Chad Case specifically about how Paleo Dieters use his store, staff and supplements to achieve proper nutrition.
“More and more the paleo diet seems to be picking up steam, and so many of our customers comment on how good they feel when consistent with it. For those who are paleo we generally will focus on these specific products- vitamin D, Fish Oil, probiotics, a softgel, capsule or liquid multi vitamin like Vita-Cell, and then pre and post workout.” said Chad Case, Max Muscle Sports Nutrition Nebraska’s Regional Director. “It seems that Paleo enthusiasts do have differing limitations as to what they will and will not “allow” into their regimen. The vitamin D, fish oil, probiotic, and mutli are simply ensuring we are getting everything we need to maximize natural energy, and aiding in the health of our immune system and other systems in our body. The pre and post workout is the variable, while some paleo will not subscribe to pre workouts, they will to post, some choose neither, and some both. We want to serve as a resource to paleo enthusiasts to assist them in this lifestyle. At the very least in regard to workout nutrition, we really try to educate the importance of post workout nutrition and how using a product like Max ARM, or Maxpro is far superior to a whole food option.”
SO you see, Paleo Diet is not an ‘either/or’ argument when it comes to nutrition and supplementation. It’s a “do it or do yourself in’ argument. Just pick the right partners and eat clean.