How this is going to work (i.e Rules)

30 Aug

This “Paleo for 6 weeks” Challenge will start on Aug 30th until October 4th. During these times participants must follow the following simple rules:

  • Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit. For example: chicken, pork and fish, eggs, fruit, vegetables – including lots of avocado, nuts (excluding peanuts or cashews), spices… lots of spices, and berries (strawberries, blackberries, blueberries).
  • Eat absolutely NO SUGAR (besides fruit). This includes ice cream, chocolates, candy, soda. You know what contains sugar. Stay away from it.
  • DO NOT eat the following: rice, grains such as bread, pasta, noodles, beans, potatoes, dairy (excluding eggs), sugar. Salt and pepper to taste is ok.
  • Complete a WOD at least 2-3 times a week. If you don’t have time to your CrossFit box for some reason, keep your workout short and intense. Click here for WODs you can do yourself at home or at a local park.
  • Post your breakfast, lunch and dinner to this blog. Technology is so awesome, with WordPress, you can post what you ate or a picture of your meal through email (see the address on the top right of this website) and even through your phone.  So no excuses. Use the following format: MM/DD Breakfast, MM/DD – Lunch or MM/DD – Dinner where MM is month and DD is day.

Tips and things to remember:

  • When you are used to a high carb diet (lots of rice, pasta, bread), it will feel like you are not full after a meal of steak and salad for example. To prevent this from happening, make sure you eat enough fat to get you full. You can do this by choosing marbled meats.
  • Snack on nuts and seeds. Go to Costco and get a container full of almonds is the easiest. Distribute to small plastic containers or ziplocs and put it in places you usually snack in, like the car, your office desk, near the TV …
  • Eat a good breakfast to start your day. 2 eggs, bacon and sausage is always a good choice. Or if you don’t have time to cook in the morning, invest in a blender and make juices with berries or avocado. I like the Banana Avocado Coconut Milk Shake
  • If you only have time to make a protein shake, then better eat that than a bowl of cereal or toast. Pick 100% Whey Protein. You can also mix it up with fruites like banana or strawberries. Here’s what I recommend.
  • Eat within 1 hour after a workout. Your body is very efficient in distributing the food you eat to the right muscles 1 hour after your workouts. So make sure you take advantage of it. If you still have to commute home, shower, etc before you can go to dinner, then take the Protein shake (previous bulletpoint) so at least your muscles get the protein it needs. And at dinner time, eat again. You won’t be starving at this point, so you will make better choices.
  • Cheat Days. Try to limit your cheat days to none to 1 day a week. The less you have cheat days, the more effective the diet will be. Just look at it that way. After a while those cheat days won’t be as desirable anyways.

Remember, it is only for 6 weeks! It is NOT FOREVER. If you really want to lose weight and look great but you will not try to do this for 6 weeks at least ONCE in your life, then maybe you don’t really want it that bad.

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