It’s that time again! We have all enjoyed the summer. Deep Fried Calamari, White Wine, and Gelato for Desert! Time to get back to reality and eat well for the Fall. What better way to kick start it, a Paleo Challenge!! The rules of the challenge are simple. Eat Clean. Eat Paleo. When in doubt, don’t eat it!
There are foods that have been open for debate. Examples are Yams/Sweet Potatoes, Vinegar and Pickled Items. When contemplating fringe items keep in mind your reason for doing the diet. If you are following to make changes in your body composition, you should be very strict. If you are following to avoid disease and be generally healthy it is acceptable to eat some of the fringe items in moderation.
There are many other food items out there which people try to find the good in. Ie. Quinoa. In terms of the challenge and the Paleo Diet they are a NO! Plain and Simple. The only 100% effective diet for each individual is an elimination/reintegration diet. Cut things out for 30 days, see how you feel, add them back. If you feel worse, goodbye. If you feel great, keep them. Just remember to keep them in moderation. A great example of this is myself. Dairy makes me feel awful. Similar to a hangover from drinking along with bloat and other GI issues. From time to time I will have a slice of cheese and I usually have a small amount of cream in my coffee. No Problem. If you see me out indulging in Nachos, this is a once or twice a year thing and I pay for it dearly!!
Yams and Sweet Potatoes They are allowed, specially in the post-workout period if you are an athlete. Sweet potatoes are different from potatoes in that they do not contain several harmful substances such as saponins and lectins, which may increase your intestinal permeability (if consumed regularly) and rev-up your immune system. But on the other hand, sweet potatoes are high glycemic index foods and should be restricted if you are struggling with overweight, at least until your body weight normalizes. Body Comp – Bad, Health – OK in moderation.
Vinegar and Pickled Items Pickled tomatoes and/or peppers should be cut down as they may increase intestinal permeability. Intestinal hyperpermeability allows increased passage of intestinal food or bacterial antigens into peripheral circulation. Specially, certain bacterial cell wall antigens namely Lipopolysaccharide (LPS), are potent immune stimulators leading to chronic low grade inflammation which is at the root of many diseases and particularly insulin resistance (IR). IR is something you may want to correct in order to regulate your hormones. Body Comp – OK in moderation, Health – Bad. Use in moderation.
What to Drink
Water, water, water. Coffee and Tea. (no milk, cream, or sugar!)
Red Wine, 2 glasses per week!
Nothing derived from grains, Nothing with sugar or sweetener!
Use the KISS Method – kEEP iT sIMPLE sTUPID
The 30 Day Challenge (September 12th to October 11th)
A – weigh yourself (make sure to use the same scale every time you weigh)
B – take measurements of the your body (bust, waist, hips, thighs, arms, calves)
C – journal your food daily (piece of paper, spreadsheet, food journal online)
D – take pictures *optional*
*submissions will be made at the end of the challenge. They are 100% confidential*
*record all cheats, you may still win*
The prizes are yet to be confirmed, but, you can expect some Starbucks Stuff, CFNV Gear, Membership Gift Certificates, and fish oil, Q Energy Drink etc…
There will be prizes for adherence, weight loss, and performance.
Intro, Outline, FAQ, and Resources (PDF Documents)
GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!!!