This blog is specifically about me (Lana Z.) and my journey toward better health, stronger legs, and bigger delts 😉 I am a competitive powerlifter, a hiker, a lover of adventures, a lover of food, an ex-Brooklynite turned Montanan, a dog lover, and an architect.
Paleo for Powerlifters
I go in an out of phases with paleo. Sometimes I am strict, sometimes I’m not even paleo at all. Strict or not strict with “the rules”, I ALWAYS focus on eating healthy foods that make me feel good, strong, and ready to lift. If I am trying to lose weight, I will be tighter on my diet. If I am trying to add muscle mass, I will let myself eat as much home made bread and butter as I want. While I don’t always eat strict paleo, I do consider this a paleo blog since that is what it started as, and that is the diet I feel most attached to (I just love meat and vegetables).
Unlike many paleo bloggers, I focus my diet very specifically on fueling my lifts, making my numbers go up, and getting as strong as possible. What’s the difference between the paleo you read about on other sites and my average diet? In a nut shell, a little extra emphasis on protein and carbs. Because the goals of a powerlifters and weightlifters are typically focused more around muscle growth than fat loss, I place a strong emphasis on adequate protein intake and a higher percentage of carbs through out the day. For these reasons I am not against the occasional potato or bowl of rice and beans. Depending on my goals for the month, I will eat eat dairy, white rice, and home made wheat products as I see fit. My meals are not always strict paleo, but I almost ALWAYS cook them myself. I love to cook and I feel preparing your own food is the absolute best way to stay healthy
In the context of powerlifting and weightlifting, eating real foods can allow you to fuel your lifts and grow your body in the healthiest way possible. It will also help you stay lean, well recovered, and ready for tomorrow’s lifting session.