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article imageOp-Ed: Ex-NBA star getting Paleo dieters off the bench and into the game

By Michael Essany     Oct 31, 2014 in Health
Mike Doleac is one of those rare breeds. The kind of person who can see the possibilities on a basketball court, but also the potentialities in other life pursuits.
A retired NBA player who got his feet wet while in college at the University of Utah, Doleac won a championship in 2006 with the Miami Heat, coming off the bench to back up Shaquille O'Neal. Before that, he was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team.
Like many sports figures, after retirement in 2008 Doleac could have plowed his energies and savings into real estate, a car dealership, or some other typical venture that former sports pros pursue. But this cerebral b-baller — who always paid as much attention in class as on the court — went back to school to become a physics teacher.
Doleac also thought. It's what he does.
It's one reason why he played a key role in the development of Paleo Challenge, a groundbreaking app for iOS and Android that recently launched, bringing to the modern mobile age an empowering and unique resource.
Designed as a multi-functional app for people who want to eat a healthier diet attuned to the ways of ancient hunter-gathers, Paleo Challenge’s signature feature is a unique game that allows multiple family members, friends, or coworkers to compete.
Paleo Challenge also includes a vast array of educational nutrition information, meal plan and menu suggestions, and healthy eating tips. The Paleo diet, deemed by many nutrition experts to be the world’s healthiest, is based upon the fundamental concept that the optimal diet is the one to which we are genetically adapted.
The Paleo Diet recommends the available modern day foods that are most similar to the foods that hunter/gatherers in pre-agricultural society consumed on a daily basis.
No one knows better than Doleac that "we are what we eat." As a result, Doleac’s days, once spent concentrating on field goal percentage, are now dedicated to slashing the dangerously elevated percentage of highly processed and sugar-dense foods that comprises the average American’s diet.
Beyond the unique benefits of social accountability that Paleo Challenge users can expect, this innovative app also guides users toward consuming that which enriches and empowers the human body — real foods spanning meat and veggies to a wide range of nuts, seeds, fruit, and critically important healthy fats and starches.
Paleo Challenge is available now for iOS and Android.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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