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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -

Feeling like a piece of the puzzle was missing, CrossFit901 Trainer Rob Yahn started the Paleo diet.

“I’ve been doing it about two, three years,” he said, “You don’t have to measure stuff. As a hefty appetite guy, I can eat as much as I want. If I miss a meal, that’s not going to kill me.”

The goal is to eat like our hunter-gather ancestors did: fruits, vegetables, healthy fats, fish and meat. No grains, starchy vegetables, peanuts or beans.

“Particularly if you look at beans, that causes gas and thing like that, it’s kind of the body’s response to not being able to break down some of the things that are in that as well,” said Dr. Jeannine Hogg, Director of Pediatrics at Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women.

By adopting Paleo, it means adopting health benefits including weight loss, improved athletic performance and reverse progression of autoimmune diseases.

But as with any diet, especially one that focuses on protein like the Paleo, it also serves up a side of controversy.

“Some people go overboard a little bit on the animal based proteins and fats and that could possibly cause elevated cholesterol, all the things that happen when you do eat those things,” said Hogg.

As adults get involved, they have their children on board as well. But doctors said parents need to make sure their children receive a balanced diet.

“That they’re getting enough protein, they’re getting enough calcium and they’re getting enough vitamins, all of those things,” said Hogg, “So if you as a family are choosing to do this, you need to keep that in mind and make sure your children get a balanced and varied diet.”

With diary on the Paleo “do not eat” list, where do kids get calcium?

Hogg said, “There’s actually more calcium and probably more available calcium in a lot of vegetable sources and non-diary sources: green leafy vegetables are one.”

Yahn has been keeping it in balance, adding it’s about healthier lifestyle choices.

“I went to Kroger, to the grocery store, and I got baked chicken, double greens and then I got some olives from the salad bar,” he said, “And the money was about the same as it would’ve been for fast food.”

Within 30 days he noticed differences, adding his endurance improved and could lift heavier weights.

When he went for his annual physical, he said, “My cholesterol had gotten better, my blood pressure had gotten better, my liver function … Everything had gone from good to stellar.”

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