Following the Paleo Diet with Rowing Sensation Ursula Grobler

 

In 2003, Ursula Grobler recreated her life in Seattle. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Information Design in her native South Africa, and upon graduation moved to the U.S. as an au pair. Having taken a learn-to row class at Greenlake, Seattle, she added to her growing list of challenges a newly learned sport: rowing.

In the short span of four years, she progressed from being a novice rower with an unimpressive erg score to winning the Head of the Charles from a 19th seed in the open women’s single.
Not to mention a silver medal in the lightweight double at the Banyoles World Cup, an impressive 20 seconds win at the Royal Canadian Henley in the Champ single, and a gold medal at the US Nationals in 2008. Her last accomplishment was to break the World Record for the fastest lightweight woman on the Concept 2 Ergometer.

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Paleo diet and children


For those who are a fan of paleo-recipes.com on facebook, you'll have seen that there was a short discussion on the paleo diet and children.

When we are following any diet, the question of whether or not we want to include our family members inevitably arises. Luckily, the paleo diet is so rich in foods that it becomes very easy to include the entire family. No cooking two different meals on the same night to please everyone :o)

I had the luck of being raised in a family where healthy eating and regular exercise were very much part of our education. Looking back at how my parents handled it, I think they did fairly well.

They managed to find a healthy balance between ensuring we ate healthy meals at home, but didn't stop us from being free to eat what we were served when eating with friends or anywhere outside the house. 80% of the time, we'd eat at home and eat healthy, good meals. Out of the other 20 %, I suppose there was some junkfood involved.

Giving us this freedom allowed us to fully enjoy social activities without anything blocking us.

However dedicated we are towards our diet, I think it is important to recognize certain limits on how we impose our diet on younger family members. Giving them solid, healthy eatig habits as of a young age will surely motivate them in future to continue eating healthily. Stopping them alltogether from eating non-paleo when outside of the house however, might even lead to them discarding their healthy habits completely.

The question also arises at what age children can start eating according to the paleo diet. At a young age, calcium intake is very important. Here are some pointers from members from our facebook page:

"just watch they get enought calcium intake, a calcium supplement may help if no dairy/soy in their diet. Green veggies (eg collard greens, spinach, kale, broccoli), almonds are great calcium containing foods (but you do need alot. especially for teen girls). Also, the more frequent meals is a must for calorie intake and glucose maintenance for some."

So anyway, just some food for thought for when we set off on converting our family members to healthy modern cavemen ;)



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Kosher for Paleo?

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A few weeks back was the period of Pessah - the jewish holiday of passover. You might be wondering how this can be related to the paleo diet...But it is actually very interesting!

During passover, according to jewish faith, anything with enzymes, rice, pasta, etc, can not be consumed. They do eat "matza" bread - but I think they will agree when I say that this can not be considered "bread"...

So why am I telling you all of this? Well, kosher recipes during passover will never contain any mix between dairy and meat. No bread, pasta, or rice. Some recipes might have potatoes, but a lot of recipes don't.

When you are on the lookout for recipes, it is easy to find some inspiration in jewish "kosher for passover" cookbooks. Filter out anything with potatoes and matzas, and presto!

There are lots of kosher cookbooks out there. But very few paleo cookbooks! It's easy to find inspiration for recipes this way.

Anyway, thanks to my jewish friends for pointing this out to me!




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Planning Your Paleo Lifestyle


Have you had that feeling of just starting a new diet, only to be cheating on it within a day or two because you don't have the right ingredients at home? Or maybe a friend has invited you to a restaurant where nothing on the menu looks even remotely Paleo friendly?

Most people on the Paleo diet tend to give up on it after a couple of days, claiming it is to hard to follow. They "sin" within the first week and figure that if they can not perfectly respect their diet, then what is the point of following it all?

Nothing could be more wrong. First of all, let me tell you that unless you never go out eating at a friends house or at a restaurant, you're going to be cheating on your diet every now and again. If you stop doing this type of thing, your social life will quickly suffer up to the point that your newly gained quality of life thanks to your diet becomes completely overshadowed by your neglected social life.

Don't get me wrong - I'm not telling you to go out and eat whatever is put in front of you. The trick is to plan things right and create a healthy balance in your life.



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