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I've been doing strength and conditioning training for the last 4 months whilst adopting the Paleo diet from the outset, this has yielded positive results and I'm very happy with how things have gone. I will soon be starting to train for my first marathon (eek!) and when I do my training regime will alter dramatically. Instead of doing weights 3 days a week I'll be running 3 days a week with a side helping of strength training at weekends.

Is the Paleo diet still a good choice for marathon training?

Update: My typical daily diet


  • 3 x Eggs
  • Optionally 2 x Bacon Rashers

Post Training Snack

  • Protein Shake w/whole milk


  • Large portion of Chicken
  • 2-3 Portions of cooked vegetables
  • Optionally a flaked Salmon Fillet on the side if I've trained particularly hard in the morning


  • Pork Medallions
  • 2-3 Portions of cooked vegetables
  • Optionally some Sweet Potato Mash

Protein Shake before bed

Thanks in advance

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There is no single "paleo diet", as paleolithic humans ate various things based on location, season, exact time period, culture, etc. Could you provide the exact details of the diet you're following? – Matthew Read Apr 8 '11 at 13:49
Not that this Stack Exchange site isn't a great source for info, but you may want to check out They have a similar Q/A engine for Paleo-specific questions. – blue Apr 9 '11 at 4:51
@Matthew-Read - have updated my question with a typical daily diet. – Gavin Osborn Apr 9 '11 at 21:05

You'll need to pay attention to the amount of carbs you're eating; while the basic paleo prescription tends to run lower carb, you'll want to eat things like yams and sweet potatoes pretty frequently. I would recommend Loren Cordain's The Paleo Diet for Athletes as a good resource for more specifics.

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The phrase that comes to mind is "earn your carbs". If you're training for a marathon you're certainly earning 'em. I'd add yams, potatoes, or fruit to every single meal you listed.

I'm not sure why you're relying on another protein shake before bed. Real food would be superior for the simple reason that supplements are meant to be, well, supplementary.

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