The Paleo Challenge

Good morning friends!

I just ordered a book called Wheat Belly and I am soo excited about it!

Even the cover gets me all amped up. As many of you know, I live a grain free lifestyle (going on month 4!) and it has made a lot of difference for me not on the outside as much as on the inside. If you have read my story then you know that my tummy troubles used to be horrendous. Just ask Tim or Anji. It was real bad.

Real. Bad.

But, not anymore! Unless I slip and have something grainy and boy does it stink, literally! I am excited to see what this guy has to say about giving up wheat. I will let you know all about it when I am finished.

So, next week, my Crossfit group is starting an official Paleo Challenge! The Paleo Diet is the official lifestyle for those who do Crossfit and many others. Ridding the body of grains, sugars and dairy helps reduce the puffiness of water retention, ease and eliminate the sensitivities to foods, relieve joint pain, increase energy, help you sleep better, wake up refreshed and to lose fat!

I’m pretty sure I have Tim talked into it, so now it’s your turn! I am throwing down the gantlet and asking you to give me 4 weeks of your life. That is it.

4 Weeks. 28 days. 2 pay periods.

Now, here is a wonderful little FAQ for all of your musings and curious questions!

– What is Paleo?

The Paleo diet is simple yet remarkably effective for fat loss and halting or preventing a number of degenerative diseases. To reap the benefits of the most effective nutritional strategy known, one need simply build meals from the following:

  • Lean proteins (ideally) grass fed meat, free range fowl and wild caught fish
  • Seasonal fruits and vegetables
  • Healthy fats such as nuts, seeds, avocado, olive oil, and coconut oil

For most people the fact the Paleo diet delivers the best results is enough. Improved blood lipids, weight loss and reduced pain from autoimmunity is proof enough.  Many people however are not satisfied with blindly following any recommendations, be they nutrition or exercise related. Some folks like to know WHY they are doing something. Fortunately, the Paleo diet has stood not only the test of time, but also the rigors of scientific scrutiny.

How is this different from Primal Blueprint?

Essentially, the role of saturated fat in the diet. Paleo seeks to limit sat fats while the Primal Blueprint goes with the idea that the caveman left nothing behind, including bone marrow and organs (gross). Other than that, the differences are minor.

What Can’t I Eat?

First off, you have to get in the mindset of “what I don’t want to eat” versus “what I can’t eat” because we are human and deprivation does not bode well for us, especially in our culture. Here is a small list of what you won’t want to eat, especially after 30 days.

Bread (even Dave’s Killer Bread), rice(the brown too), pasta (even if it’s gluten free), cookies, crackers(even if they’re multigrain), chips, puddings, waffles/pancakes, oatmeal(yup, all kinds), juice, soda(even diet), cereal(Sorry Kashi), artificial sweeteners(including Stevia, if you’re head core), yogurt (sheep, greek, soy), soy sauce(even low sodium), teriyaki sauce, canned soups (even organic), apple sauce(even no sugar added), noodles and all processed (boxed/bagged) foods.

No excuses. Now if ands or buts about it. Trust me on this one…

What Can I Eat?

Protein: pork, turkey, chicken, beef, fish, lamb, duck. Try 4-8 oz per meal.

Vegetables: Any!! Watch out for squash and potatoes as those are higher starch. Aim for 5 servings or more per day!

Fruit: Any locally grown fruit (no tropical). For fat loss, limit to one serving per day.

Fats: Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Coconut oil, avocado, macadamia nuts, walnuts and almonds. For fat loss, limit to 1-2 oz per day of nuts.

Check out this page to see more detailed options!

What About Legumes?

Legumes are a big no no on Paleo. Steer clear of things like lentils, beans, peanuts and soy.

Wait! No Peanut Butter??

Yup, try almond butter!

What About Dairy??

When it comes to dairy and the Paleo diet, some debates pop-up and dairy definitely is in a grey zone. In the strict Paleo sense, dairy of any form was not consumed in the paleolithic era, other than human milk in infancy of course. It just wasn’t very practical to milk wild game. The mere fact that something wasn’t  consumed during the paleolithic era doesn’t make it bad, but experience as shown us that it’s unfortunatly often the case. Dairy is no exception. (Read more about it here)

Have more questions?? Feel free to email me or check out Robb Wolf’s awesome page on starting Paleo.

Can you handle it? 30 Days to a lighter healthier you!

5 thoughts on “The Paleo Challenge

  1. Hi Kim, My naturopath has also recommended this diet for my stomach issues, but I live with my boyfriend and he’s definitely not ready to eat this way. How can I do this challenge without complicating dinner time? Also, how do you handle social gatherings with foods you can’t eat?

    • That is an awesome question!! My husband is definitely not Paleo, so I will usually make a main dish and add grains for him. Just explainto him why you want to do the challenge and ask for his support. Social gatherings can be tough. I usually try to eatsomething before I go or I pack something extra. If anyone asks, it’s an awesome opportunity to share about how I am trying to eat healthier. You can do it!!

    • Great Question! I actually started with Clean Eating which led me to Paleo. I think it is an awesome way to live- getting out the processed junk and eating natural foods the way they come!

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