There’s no denying the strong link between Cross-Training and Paleo dieting. While I am not a strict adherent to the Paleo Diet I do believe in maximizing my workout gains by providing my body with only the best and most wholesome natural ingredients. As a trainer I’ve seen far too many clients throw away their hard-earned gains in the gym with a crappy diet. A lot of people truly believe that a frantic workout schedule and hours in the gym is license to graze on garbage. I see these people in Cross Training all the time; they’re beasts during the workout and blow my mind with what they can accomplish in an hour’s time but can’t understand why they just can’t get rid of that stubborn belly bulge and love handles.
I’ve written many articles on the importance of combining a sound diet with an effective exercise routine and have no desire to repeat them here but I would like to give you an example of the type of food you can enjoy on a healthy diet. Eating healthy isn’t about starving yourself or eliminating this or that but about making good choices about the quality and origin of your food. Whether we want to admit it or not most of us know junk when we see and eat it, but it’s convenient and it tastes so good; so we indulge and manufacture excuses to cover it. Well, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy great tasting food and be healthy too. Fans of Legion Fitness, I give you: Paleo Meatballs.
• 2 pounds ground beef or turkey
• 1 pound mild or spicy Italian sausage
• 3 celery stalks, diced
• 1 white onion, diced
• 2 carrots, diced
• 3 whole eggs
• ½ cup almond or flaxseed meal
• 2 tablespoons dried oregano
• 1 tablespoon garlic powder
• ½ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
• Sea Salt and Fresh Ground Black Pepper to taste
Place all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and knead together with your hands. Once mixture is uniform; shape into baseball sized meatballs and place in the bottom of a slow cooker, Dutch oven, or large Crockpot. Stacking will probably be necessary.
• 16 ounce can diced tomatoes
• 1 can tomato paste
• 3 cups fresh basil, chopped
• 5-6 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
• Sea Salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
Mix the sauce ingredients together and pour over meatballs in slow cooker. Cook for 6-8 hours on low. Garnish with Parsley and Parmesan Cheese if desired and serve.
For this and other simple recipes for a healthy diet, check out the book “Everyday Paleo” by Sarah Fragoso.