PALEO & The Challenge
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
I have feared it since I first heard about it. When I first started Crossfitting, there was a lot of talk about Paleo and Primal ways of living. (I love how they dont call it a diet. Truely. Its a Paleo 'way of living')
I wanted to know more, and the more I knew, the less I wanted to try it.
Primal seemed the way to start. Its a more laid back form of Paleo, and allows dairy and some other things that Paleo doesnt. I heart cheese, ya know. I tried it, then I ditched it. Tried it, ditched it. Etc etc.
On Monday, our Crossfit Box started a challenge. Its 3 months long. Crossfit 3-5x a week, eat Paleo, dont drink alcohol, stay away from grains and dairy, drink 64oz or more of water each day. Its pretty simple actually. The challenge, I think, is a way to get more of us started on Paleo with some incentives to push us harder.
We get points for certain things. -1 point for each alcoholic beverage. -1 point for getting less than 8 hours of sleep. +1 point for taking 3 grams of fish oils a day. +20 points a week for Crossfitting (or working out) at least 5 times a week.
So I quit 'my' way of eating cold turkey and I'm now on day 3 of eating Paleo. The only thing I've cheated with so far is my daily 1/3 cup of Greek yogurt with berries. (yogurt is dairy).
You can eat as much as you want of the right things. You 'shouldn't' be hungry. You must eat 5x a day.
So far, I actually feel pretty damn good! Spinach and grilled chicken, BACON!, lots of eggs, almonds and veggies. Still learning how to prepare and cook these things. And still struggling on occasion about deciding WHAT to eat.
We grilled out last night. Normally I'm a bratwurst person. Thats all I eat on the grill. But no more brats. I'm paleo now. So I had grilled pork ribs for the first time in my life. And you know what? They were delicious, and paleo! My biggest struggle so far is getting in enough calories, oddly enough.
Maybe this wont be as hard as I thought. No, it will be tough. This I know. But I've got the support of my box and the other challenge participants to help me along.
We're on day 3 of 90! Bring it!
Does anybody else eat paleo? I've heard the first 10-14 days suck. You dont feel well and will be weaker than normal. But I feel okay yet, just really craving some sugar! Lol!