A few years ago, I was your typical office-worker: stressed out, uneven energy, overweight, and inconsistent complexion. Now I'm just your typical 28-year old urban hunter-gatherer on a quest to be healthy, and having a few adventures along the way. See my full bio.
Get ready for the 2011 Paleo Challenge
Looking for a New Year's resolution? Look no further. Go Paleo for 30 days. Make the commitment. See how you change. The fun starts on Monday, January 3rd.
- This is going to be big. Folks all over the country are doing it: CrossFit NYC - The Black Box, CrossFit Love (Philadelphia), Melissa McEwen at HuntGatherLove, Diane at Balanced Bites, Robb Wolf and 1 month of gluten-free, and tons more.
- Follow the action. Follow me on Twitter and give some love to Hunter-Gatherer on facebook. And I'll be blogging here daily with a focus on fundamentals.
- Live events in NYC. We've got an intro session planned in NYC for Tuesday, January 4th -- sign up here. We also are going to be doing a trip to the grocery store, meet the butcher, a book signing with Art De Vany (80 people already signed up), a talk on high intensity training by Fred Hahn, and more. We'll video it whenever possible and post.
- What are the rules? I'm going to take an orthodox approach. Over time, after the challenge, you can tweak this and see how your body responds, but the purpose is to repair your metabolism. And that means we go back to basics.
Paleo Challenge: What to eat
- YES to meat, seafood, vegetables, some fruit, eggs, nuts, and seeds. Beef, pork, chicken, lamb, seafood, tuna, salmon, shrimp. Avocado, asparagus, arugula, spinach, broccoli, celery, sweet potatoes, yams, any type of leafy green, red cabbage, artichoke. Berries, melon, pomegranate. Chicken eggs, ostrich eggs. (no Do Do eggs). Almonds, brazil nuts, walnuts.
- No to processed foods. Pretty much anything in the middle of the grocery store. Can't recognize it growing or running around in the wild? Don't eat it.
- No to sugar. I don't care whether it's super natural 100% organic fair trade sugar from the honey of communitarian bees, ITS STILL SUGAR. No sweeteners, no agave nectar, honey or maple syrup.
- No grains. This includes bread, rice, pasta, cereal, oatmeal, corn and all of those gluten-free pseudo-grains like quinoa and sprouted grains.
- No to legumes. Peanuts, peanut-butter, beans, peas, lentils.
- No to dairy. Milk, cheese, yogurt, etc.
- Less alcohol. No sugary mixers, no beer or alcohols containing gluten.
- Fewer sweet fruits and starchy vegetables. Bananas, eating a bunch of apples, dried fruit, or white potatoes. (If you have serious inflammation issues like arthritis, you may want to consider avoiding all nightshades for 30 days.)
- Cook with real fats. If you're cooking, then cook with lard or animal fat. If you don't have that, then cook with coconut oil, olive oil, or butter.
Still got questions? I'll be posting more on all the great things you can eat, how to shop, snacks, and more. In a nutshell, eat eggs and bacon for breakfast. A salad with meat on it for lunch. And meat and veggies for dinner. Easy!
Note: The initial rules I had up here I had grabbed from Joe Petrusky at CrossFit Love, who had grabbed them from Whole9Life. I attributed them to Petrusky, not Whole9Life. Rules are changed, now my own. Apologies!
Do some form of high-intensity training (HIT) two or three times a week. At the simplest, that could mean intervals on a stationary bike for 15 minutes, or sprinting (don't if it's icy), or CrossFit, or anything that gets your heart rate up for 20 minutes or so. That's about an hour or so of actual working out a week -- very doable.