Saturday, December 29, 2012

Paleo Challenge!!!

Paleo Challenge numéro dos is going into full swing on Jan 2nd, 2013! I have also convinced some friends and the hubby to join in the fun. It will be a 30 day challenge that will last from Wednesday January 2nd to Friday February1st. We have decided to make it a little fun and add in points and an end prize.

So what is Paleo?
Paleo is a way of eating, therefore it is a diet in the noun sense of the word. We are not on a diet in the verb sense of the word. The definition of "diet" is:
Noun
The kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats.

Verb
Restrict oneself to small amounts or special kinds of food in order to lose weight: "it is difficult to diet in a house full of cupcakes".

We are not going to restrict the amount of food we eat while we do this Paleo challenge. We will not count calories. This challenge is not for the purpose of losing weight- although that does end up being a nice bonus. Paleo is going back to the way our ancestors ate before the agricultural revolution. It is eating food in its purest form. Whole vegetables, grass fed and hormone free meat, fruit, nuts and that is pretty much it. No dairy, no grains (sorry no rice, no quinoa, none of it!), no wheat, no legumes (yes that means peanuts), no processed foods, no sugar, no soda and no foods you KNOW are bad for you. 

Read this article: Read Me!

What are the rules for this challenge?

I have looked at a few different rules from different challenges but I wanted to make ours a little different. For example- in some challenges there is NO sweeteners allowed what so ever. I agree- no plain sugar, no stevia, no artificial crap- BUT if you want to add a little honey, or a little maple syrup to your almond flour pancakes- feel free. Just be sure not to go overboard. I would not suggest a 1/2 cup of honey to every recipe, but if you want a little here and a little there then do so.

RULES:

FOODS YOU CANNOT HAVE:
-Wheat (no bread, crackers, etc)
-Grain (no rice, quinoa, etc)
-Legumes (no peanuts, no beans)
-Dairy (no yogurt, etc)
-Soda
-Processed foods (no chemical additives, if you can't pronounce it you can't eat it)
-No soy
-No roots (no potatoes)

FOODS YOU CAN HAVE:
-Vegetables (as many as you can eat)
-Meat (grass-fed beef and hormone, free-range meat is preferred. Lean meat mostly)
-Fruit (limit amount of fruit to a few pieces a day because of sugar content)
-Nuts (again- don't eat an entire container of nuts, but eat a reasonable amount daily)
-Coconut oil and Olive oil for cooking
-Sweet Potatoes (preferably post work out meal)
-Herbs
-WATER!
-Also, like I mentioned earlier a small amount of honey and maple syrup for sweetening purposes

We will also have a point system and a money pot for this challenge! To keep track of the foods you eat and to help hold everyone responsible. Everyone will put in 10 bucks and the winner with the most points gets the cash!

Point System:
Everyone starts with 15 points every day. You get bonus points for:
+2 points for sleeping 8 hours or more a night
+1 point for drinking 64 ounces of water or more a day
+1 point for working out once a day (this includes a class, yoga, going on a run- 30 min or more of one workout- doing one push up will not count)
+1 point for taking a fish oil supplement

You can have a total of 20 points maximum everyday and a minimum of 0 points.

You will have points subtracted for:
-5 points for every one thing you eat non-paleo
-5 points for drinking an alcoholic beverage
 *you will stop at 0 points if you have a day where you eat everything non-paleo and drink

So how in the world do I get started? I would suggest researching Paleo like crazy to begin with. Then I would prepare myself for a rough first week if this way of eating is far from what you are used to. You will be tired. You will have intense sugar cravings. You will live and you will be so thankful you stayed strong by the the mid point of the second week.

The next post I make will be my grocery list for Tuesday :) along with some Paleo Friendly things to eat when you are out to eat and in a bind.


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