The guid­ing prin­ci­ple

Hong Kong Tatler - - The Great Debate -

of the Pa­leo diet is that we should eat the food early hu­mans would have eaten—meat, fish, veg­eta­bles and fruit—and ab­stain from dairy, ce­real prod­ucts and pro­cessed food. Not only does this con­cept seem log­i­cal, there’s also a sig­nif­i­cant amount of sci­en­tific ev­i­dence to sup­port it. The diet rec­om­mends eat­ing plenty of cold-wa­ter fish, lean meat, eggs, nuts and fresh sea­sonal veg­eta­bles, all of which pro­vide min­er­als and nu­tri­ents that are vi­tal to healthy bod­ily func­tion. It also asks you to cut out pack­aged and pro­cessed food, sweet­en­ers, sodium and preser­va­tives—now who says that’s not sen­si­ble? Ev­ery­one I know who has cut out the bad foods and upped the good has seen a sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ment in their phys­i­cal ap­pear­ance. How­ever, while I fully be­lieve in the power of this diet, I ac­tu­ally only fol­low it strictly dur­ing the week. At week­ends, I fo­cus more on catch­ing up with friends and indulging in non-pa­leo treats such as ice cream and pasta. Mak­ing sac­ri­fices for your health is im­por­tant, but the most im­por­tant thing is to en­sure a bal­anced and pos­i­tive lifestyle. You don’t want peo­ple to stop call­ing be­cause they as­sume you wouldn’t be up for a drink or sam­pling a new res­tau­rant.

Jamie is the co-founder of Crossfit 852

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