You have all heard it before. Abs start in the kitchen. Whether you are looking to get a six pack or not, most of us are athletic because we want to look good naked! There is a large misconception in the United States that in order to get that look, you need to neurotically count calories and eat “Diet” foods.
I want to dispel all of this piss poor information that is being shoved on to us once and for all and help you discover what it takes to actually achieve the results you are looking for.
When I first started CrossFit, my ultimate goal was to be able to eat-what-ever-the-hell-I-wanted-to. I figured that CrossFit would allow me to do that. I was wrong. I started hitting all these new goals that I never saw myself capable of. I could see myself hitting even larger goals, but there was something holding me back. It was the foods that I was putting into my body.
After working as a nurse and pedaling all sorts of tasty pharmaceuticals to my patients, I realized that the true pharmaceutical is food. The foods that we eat directly affect the way our bodies behave. Poor foods contribute to improper hormone balancing, blood sugar management and even sleep patterns. Just because we have evolved to the point of surviving long enough to mate on the foods that are available to us in our modern diet, does not mean that we will live a long life of wellness.
The Paleo Diet is an effort to eat like we used to back in the day… WAY back in the day. If caveman couldn’t eat it, neither can you. This means anything we could hunt or find– meats, fish, nuts, leafy greens, regional fruits and veggies, and seeds. Sorry, the pasta, cereal, and candy will have to go! Instead, you’ll be making things like chicken stir fry and Paleo spaghetti. Yum!
THE PALEO DIET OUTLINE
The rules of the Paleo Diet are to eat foods with very few and all pronounceable ingredients, or better yet, no ingredients listed at all because they’re totally natural and unprocessed.
Omitting all of the following foods and beverages will help you regain your healthy metabolism, reduce systemic inflammation, and help you discover how these foods are truly impacting your health, fitness, and quality of life. Obviously, since we are going off of a point system in this challenge, you can eat these foods. However, the more you indulge in them, the more you are limiting the extent of your results.
You will have a possible total of 20 points per day. You will start with 15 points. You will add bonus points based on fish oil consumption, mobility, CrossFit, and sleep. You will subtract points based on the quality of foods you eat. Here’s the breakdown:
15 points for a full day of all Paleo-friendly meals and snacks
+2 for CrossFit
+1 for extra mobility (outside of class)(15 minutes +)
+1 for at least 6 grams of a quality fish oil
+1 for 7+ hours of sleep
20 possible points per day
-1 point off for every serving of: deli meats, bacon, sausage, beans, hummus, peanuts, agave, honey, salt, peas, dried fruit, most salad dressings, red wine
-2 points off for every serving of: dairy (milk, yogurt, cheese, butter), soy products, quinoa
-3 points off for every serving of: cereal, grains, wheat, oats, corn, tortilla chips, bread, rice, pasta, noodles, hot dogs
-4 points for every serving of: soda, juice, sports drinks, potatoes, fried food, chicken wings, most restaurant appetizers, pizza, cookies, baked goods, ice cream, frozen yogurt, sweets, pancakes, ketchup, processed marinades, BBQ sauce, sugar-added dried fruit, beer, and ALL alcoholic drinks
Note: If you are going off the reservation, it’s important to know how many servings you are eating. For example, 1 can of soda is 2 servings. This means that if you drink an entire can, you must subtract 8 points. Moral of the story: don’t do that.
Note #2: There are no portion restrictions in the challenge, but be smart. If you are eating an entire bag of trail mix, you are not eating Paleo; you are doing more of the same stuff you did before. Use this challenge to change your habits.
There is a potential for 5 extra bonus points per day (as shown above). Here’s how to get them:
Paleo Challenge Rules
LENGTH: Wednesday, January 15th, 2014 to Sunday, March 16th (61 days in total)
For entry and a chance to win the first place prize, all participants MUST:
*Your goal can be measured by “inches”, “pounds”, “time for benchmark workout”, “strength increase”, or “clothing sizes”
* At the end of the Challenge, if you have reached the goal that you wrote for yourself, your check will be ripped up. If you do not, your check will go toward the winners.
*Record your goal in both the SMART goals sheet of your log and in Myfitnesspal.com
There will be a Female and Male Winner. Prize money will be based off the amount of money in the “Pot” at the end of this challenge. The “Pot” will be split 50/50 between the two top competitors. The 3 runner ups per sex category will be announced and the winner will be chosen by vote for your peers at the box.
Have fun with this! We want to improve your wellness, and state of mind. Stressing over this will only negate your results!