PALEO CHALLENGE 2014
In the spirit of New Year’s Resolutions we will be kicking off the New Year with a CrossFit Breed Paleo Challenge.
Diet vs. Lifestyle
The Paleo Diet is a lifestyle. It is an approach to diet that is based on the quality of foods you eat. It mimics the diets of our hunter-gatherer ancestors – consisting of lean meats, seafood, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds. It excludes foods that came from agriculture or processing – dairy, grains, refined sugar, etc.
The basic concept is that these foods are the foods that we are genetically adapted to – after all, our diets have evolved and “modernized”, our bodies haven’t. There are many benefits to eating this way, including a naturally lean body, acne-free skin, improved athletic performance and recovery, and relief from numerous metabolic-related and autoimmune diseases.
The Hardest Part of Any Journey is the First Step. A New Diet is No Different.
Making the paleo switch comes with challenges. Depending on how heavy your diet is with grains
and sugar before you switch, you will experience an adjustment period of varying degrees of intensity.
You will experience a dip in your athletic performance and have times when feel lethargic, cranky,
This period usually lasts about two weeks. Keep in mind that your body is going through withdrawals
and there is a light at the end of the adjustment tunnel.
It’s Only 30 Days – No Cheating!
People often ask about a cheat meal or a cheat day. During the 30-day challenge, stay focused and
strong. Try not to cheat. Instead of going for a cookie when you are having cravings, reach for a
sweet, in season apple. If you do fall off the wagon – own up to it in your food log, and no – one time
off the wagon doesn’t kick you out of the challenge. But try to keep with it for all 30 days. Tell your
friends your mean old coach is making you do it.
Once you have completed your 30 day challenge, the occasional
cheat meal is fine. If you can let it be something that happens
organically (i.e. you are out with friends and everyone really wants
pizza and margaritas) once in a while rather than a scheduled
meal or day, you will probably feel the need to cheat less.
Scheduling it out can turn your mind, once open and free for
thinking about other things, into an obsessive “heroin addict”
cheat meal obsessed mentality. When you do have the occasional
non-paleo moment, don’t gorge yourself either.
Part of the difficulty of starting paleo is the amount of preparation
involved. Make sure you plan ahead so you aren’t stuck in a
situation where you are left with no options. A lot of people like
to use Sunday to prep for the week. Other people make lunch for
the next day at the same time as they are making dinner, so they
don’t feel like they are spending too much time in the kitchen. Find a system that works and stick to
it. There will be places or situations where you know you have difficulty staying on diet (i.e. at the office
working late, where there is an endless supply of bagels, donuts and nothing else) – make sure you
have options ready available to you. Talk to your family so they know what you are doing and you
don’t come home to a meal filled with food you aren’t supposed to be eating.
More Information and Rules Coming Soon
The entire Rules for the Challenge will be laid out in the weeks to come. Below are resources to educate yourself and better understand our body.
The Paleo Solution, Robb Wolf
The Primal Blueprint, Mark Sisson
The Paleo Diet for Athletes, Loren Cordain
Lights Out: Sleep, Sugar, and Survival, T.S Wiley
Why We Get Fat, Gary Taubes
Manifestos By Whole 9 Life