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A Paleo Challenge?? At this time of year?? What, you’ve got to be kidding, right??? Heck no … think about it … the next eight weeks are filled with stress, shopping, travel and some of the most temptation filled, party-laden, lack of sleep times of the year.
But why now, you ask? What better time to hone in your habits. Having the help of a great diet as well as work out routines can sustain you in so many ways. Do we think you’re going to be perfect? Absolutely not. Do we hope you’re going to make thoughtful, educated choices about what you eat and drink between Halloween and New Years? You bet!
We’d like to see as many of you as possible giving this a go as the more people we have, the more support everyone will get from each other.
So what is the Paleo Challenge?
What To Eat
- Eat real food. Meat, eggs, vegetables, nuts, seeds, fruit, oils (like EVOO or coconut). Eat foods with very few ingredients, all pronounceable ingredients, or better yet, no ingredients listed at all because they’re fresh and natural.
- No to processed foods. Pretty much anything in the middle of the grocery store. This includes protein shakes, processed bars (like protein bars), dairy-free creamers, etc. Can’t recognize it growing or running around in the wild? Don’t eat it.
- No to sugar. No fake sugar, no real sugar – need we say more?
- No grains. This includes bread, rice, pasta, cereal, oatmeal, corn and all of those gluten-free pseudo-grains like quinoa and sprouted grains
- No to legumes. Peanuts, peanut-butter, beans, peas, lentils.
- No to dairy. Milk, cheese, yogurt, etc
- Less alcohol. No sugary mixers, no beer or alcohols containing gluten.
- Fewer sweet fruits and starchy vegetables. Bananas, eating a bunch of apples, dried fruit, or white potatoes. (If you have serious inflammation issues like arthritis, you may want to consider avoiding all nightshades for 30 days.)
- Cook with real fats. If you’re cooking, then cook with lard or animal fat. If you don’t have that, then cook with coconut oil, olive oil, or butter.
And Don’t Forget
And it’s not just about your nutrition. Getting consistent with your work outs and sleep will improve your success all around!
- Get 8+ hours sleep
- Take appropriate rest between workouts
- Drink plenty of water
Commit yourself & put your name on the white board at the gym as there will be one lecture / information session to educate and prep people to get the best results plus weight in, measurements & photos for those who want to join so there’s support all around. Check the next post following this to get the initial meeting date (11/5), time (10:00 am) and details!
Remember that awareness of how our bodies feel and perform with and without certain foods is the most important aspect of these next 60 days. If you are eating in a fashion that is 100% in line with the strictest Paleo guidelines and you feel like crap for weeks on end with your performance levels dropping, then please don’t continue for the sake of completing the 60 days – talk with Jesse or Randy.
Here are some web sites for more information on Paleo in general:
Paleo Mama – paleo recipes
Fast Paleo – paleo recipes on “speed”
Everyday Paleo – paleo recipes, family oriented
Primal Palate – paleo recipes, great cook book
Robb Wolf – all you ever wanted to know about no dairy, no grains, no legumes & why
The Paleo Diet – Robb’s mentor Dr. Cordain’s web site & tips
Habit Forge – a free web site to track your progress, 21 days to build a new habit – this will help with daily reminders & emails!