October Paleo Challenge

I. can’t. believe. it’s. already. October. (well, tomorrow) BUT REALLY. Time is going by too fast for me. I feel like I blink my eyes and the month is gone. My niece is almost five. I’m almost 22. It’s almost Thanksgiving. It’s almost time for cold weather clothes. ooooff. I need time to slow down A LOT. But anyway… enough of my ranting about things I have no control over. Since it’s the start of a new month tomorrow, and I’ve officially been doing crossfit at Crossfit Integrity for 3 weeks and 1 day (!!!), and the Paleo diet is a HUGE part to most crossfit promotion, I’ve decided that for the month of October I will be doing a 31 day Paleo Challenge. The only exception I’m going to allow myself is for my birthday, but I may decide different, we’ll see 😉

So here are the general rules I’m going to follow:
• You can eat all lean meat, fish, seafood & eggs
• You can eat all non-starchy seasonal vegetables
• Plenty of seasonal fruit
• Moderate healthy fats
• Moderate nuts and seeds
No grains or cereals at all
No legumes
No dairy products (eggs are not dairy)
No processed foods
No added sugars
No artificial sweeteners

DO EAT:

Protein
Eggs (omega3 enhanced)
Fish
– bass – bluefish
– cod – drum
– eel – flatfish
– grouper – haddock
– halibut – herring
– mackerel – monkfish
– mullet – N. pike
– orange roughy
– perch – red snapper
– rockfish – salmon
– scrod – striped bass
– sunfish – tilapia
– tuna – turbot
– walleye
– any other wild fish
Lean Beef
– chuck steak
– flank steak
– extra lean hamburger
– lean veal
– london broil
– top sirloin
– any other lean cut
Lean Pork
– lean cuts – pork chops
– pork loin
Lean Poultry
– chicken breast
– hen breasts
– turkey breasts
Organ Meat
– liver (beef, lamb, pork, chicken)
– marrow (beef, lamb, pork)
– “sweetbreads” (beef, lamb, pork)
– tongue (beef, lamb, pork)
Other Meat
– alligator – bear
– bison – caribou
– elk – emu
– goat – goose
– kangaroo – ostrich
– pheasant – quail
– rabbit – rattlesnake
– reindeer – squab
– turtle – venison
– wild boar – wild turkey
Shellfish
– abalone – clams
– crab – crayfish
– lobster – mussels
– oysters – scallops
– shrimp

Fats
– avocado – almonds
– brazil nuts
– cashews – chestnuts
– coconut – coconut oil
– flaxseed oil (refrigerated)
– macadamia nuts
– olive oil (extra virgin, cold pressed
– pecans – pine nuts
– pistachios
– pumpkin seeds
– sesame seeds
– sunflower seeds
– walnuts

Carbohydrates
Vegetables
– artichoke – asparagus
– beet greens
– beets – bell pepper
– broccoli
– brussels sprouts
– cabbage – carrots
– cauliflower – celery
– collards – cucumber
– dandelion – eggplant
– endive – green onion
– kale – kohlrab
– lettuce – mushroom
– mustard greens
– onions – parsley
– parsnip – peppers
– pumpkin – purslane
– radish – rutabaga
– seaweed – seaweed
– spinach – squash
– swiss chard – tomatillos
– tomato – turnips
– turnip greens
– watercress
Fruits
– apple – apricot
– banana – blackberry
– boysenberry
– cantaloupe – carambola
– cassava melon
– cherimoya – cherries
– cranberry – figs
– gooseberry – grapefruit
– grapes – guava
– honeydew – kiwi
– lemon – lime
– lychee – mango
– nectarine – orange
– papaya
– passion fruit
– peaches – pears
– persimmon – pineapple
– plums
– pomegranate
– raspberry – rhubarb
– star fruit – star fruit
– strawberry – tangerine
– watermelon

EAT IN MODERATION:
– Diet sodas (if you must)
– Dry Wine
– Spirits (tequilla, gin)
– Dried fruits

DON’T EAT:
Dairy
– butter – cheese
– creamer – ice cream
– milk – yogurt
Grains
– barley – corn
– maize – millet
– oats – rye
– rice – sorghum
– wheat – wild rice
Grain-like Seeds
– amaranth
– buckwheat
– quinoa
High Glycemic Vegetables
– cassava root
– manioc – potatoes
– tapioca
Legumes
– all beans
– black-eyed peas
– cashews – chickpeas
– lentils – miso
– peas
– peanuts/peanut butter
– soybean and soy products
Sugar
– candy – fruit drinks
– honey – soft drink

Doesn’t seem too hard, right?! I think I can do it, and I’m excited to see how my body responds 🙂

Here are a couple recipes I’m super excited to try!

Pumpkin Pie Espresso Hazelnut Butter

Blueberry Breakfast Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Morning Glory Muffins

Orange Chicken

Asian Pork Meatballs

I’ve already prepped a bunch of food for the week, including: chicken breast, roasted green beans, bacon, baked sweet potatoes, sauteed steak, and turkey sausage. I also wrote down a list of EVERYTHING I could think of that I have that is Paleo so that I’ll have a list on hand for easy meal ideas. I’m going to work on a menu for the week later tonight, so the list will help in deciding for sure!

While doing this Paleo diet challenge, I will continue to do crossfit 4-5 x a week! I am really excited to see if I notice any results. I’ve heard a lot of good things, so I have high expectations.

Well, I’m off to go eat sushi, read a little, relax a little, and spend time with my family 🙂

stay beautiful! xoxo

chels

Who wants to do this with me? What do you think about the Paleo diet?

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