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Although it sounds like a made-up star-sign, paleo (or the paleolithic diet) is actually one of the healthiest guidelines to making dietary choices.

Also popularly referred to as the caveman diet, Stone Age diet and hunter-gatherer diet, is a modern nutritional plan based on the presumed ancient diet of wild plants and animals that various species of early man habitually consumed during the Paleolithic era—a period of about 2.5 million years duration that ended around 10,000 years ago with the development of agriculture. In common usage, such terms as the “Paleolithic diet” also refer to the actual ancestral human diet.

Centered on commonly available modern foods, the “contemporary” Paleolithic diet consists mainly of fish, grass-fed pasture raised meats, vegetables, fruit, roots, and nuts, and excludes grains, legumes, dairy products, salt, refined sugar, and processed oils.

If you’re looking to get started on paleo, this is a great article.

A personal account of eating paleo and training CrossFit by Andrew Hyde.

A paleo diet food list compiled by CrossFit Denver.

And some great articles on eating paleo by LiveStrong.com and The Denver Post.

This video follows CrossFit Games champion Chris Spealler around for a day, on his paleo diet:

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