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Old 09-26-2012, 03:22 PM
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Thumbs up Anybody up for the Paleo Challenge?

Some of you guys follow me on FB and MFP... and in 4 Days we are OFFICIALLY starting our Paleo Challenge. After some *ahem* unfortunate side effects from my Clean Eating 90 Day Challenge, we got introduced to Paleo Eating by my two besties. We have roughly 90 days left in the year to change our body, our health, and our energy - so we're going to end with a bang!



Paleo is simple and we've already been eating that way 90% of the time for weeks. It's shocking how simple it is to follow, and I cannot believe how much my digestion has improved and how much lighter I feel after my meals!

No grains
no gluten
no lactose
no legumes

Focusing on lean meats, seafood, eggs, veggies, fruits and healthy fats

Who's on board?
Who wants to take on THE CHALLENGE?
Who wants to FEEL lighter and lose weight? Tone up?

Some yummy paleo meals we've been enjoying:

-Eggs, bacon, fresh fruit
-Hefty salads with nuts, avocado, lean protein
-Pecan crusted chicken
-Paleo spaghetti and meatballs
-Salmon burgers
-Home-made trail mix
-Cake mix smoothies packed with fruits and veggies

STAY TUNED TO HEAR OUR GOALS AND SEE OUR BEFORE PICS! Some of us focusing on weight loss, others on toning up and building muscle.

WHO'S UP FOR THE CHALLENGE?
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I'm in!

I've been mainly Paleo for weeks and I love it. I think this would be perfect to keep myself extra accountable since my real life Paleo buddy fell off the wagon.

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I am interested! Where can I find more info on what I can/can't eat!

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Sounds like a modified Atkin's diet. I lost a ton of weight doing that but gained most of it back when I started eating normally. Started calorie counting after that and find it more satisfying since I get to eat whatever I want but hold myself accountable when I go off the reservation. I was told that's basically weight watchers.

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Sounds like a modified Atkin's diet. I lost a ton of weight doing that but gained most of it back when I started eating normally. Started calorie counting after that and find it more satisfying since I get to eat whatever I want but hold myself accountable when I go off the reservation. I was told that's basically weight watchers.
To be fair though, Atkins also allowed for a lot of fatty processed things (high fat meats/bacon, cheeses, etc) as long as you were low carb (which eliminated most fruits). So while it was effective for weightloss in that sense, it was an unhealthy way of doing so.

Much of Paleo is formed around the thought of if you can't "pick or or kill it" don't eat it. It eliminates processed and convenience foods (yes, like bread and pasta), refined sugars, etc. It might be considered limiting to some, but I wouldn't label it unhealthy by any stretch of the imagination.

Personally I haven't found it difficult to cut out the wheat/gluten, processed/refined sugars (in the sense of cravings)...but it has been challenging to avoid these things because so many of our foods are like this, even when we didn't think they we so bad.

I've replaced dairy milk with almond milk, pasta and rice with spaghetti squash and (homemade) cauliflower rice, sugar and sweetening agents with raw honey, and so on.

I've made some absolutely incredible meals that follow the Paleo lifestyle. I've done Weight Watchers and I find this much more satisfying and like I'm actually doing something good for my body, not just losing weight.

Excited to join you *toas*!

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Love paleo! My husband and I were on a strict paleo diet for a couple of months and I felt AMAZING! I woke up with so much energy! Now that I'm across country visiting family for a few weeks and not sticking to it, ive noticed an extreme drop in energy! I cant wait to get back to it and feel great again!

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Originally Posted by dc02112 View Post
I am interested! Where can I find more info on what I can/can't eat!
Check out marksdailyapple.com. I've found that is a great resourse for info, recipes, workout ideas and more!
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I am interested! Where can I find more info on what I can/can't eat!
WEBSITES:

http://www.paleomama.com/
http://www.nomnompaleo.com/
http://www.30daysofpaleo.com/
http://www.paleoperfectly.blogspot.com/
http://www.paleofood.com/
http://www.fitdaffy.blogspot.com/
http://www.jensgonepaleo.blogspot.com/
http://www.health-bent.com/
http://www.paleoplan.com/
http://www.paleomama.com


BOOKS I HAVE:

http://www.amazon.com/The-Paleo-Diet...The+paleo+diet

http://www.amazon.com/Paleo-Comfort-...The+paleo+diet

http://www.amazon.com/Everyday-Paleo...The+paleo+diet
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I have considered doing this. My eating habits are really clean so I would just have to cut out grains. The only thing that bothers me is when people want to lose weight and they go on these diets for so many days. In order to lose weight and maintain you need to make a lifestyle change FOREVER. You can't do a diet for so many days an then once it's over then go back to your normal eating habits because you will gain all that weight back. If the paleo diet sounds like something you would like then make the commitment to yourself to stick with that type of lifestyle lifelong. It's all about eating the right things and never going back to old bad habits!
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Is bacon a lean meat? I didn't think it was but maybe I'm wrong I'm no expert

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Is bacon a lean meat? I didn't think it was but maybe I'm wrong I'm no expert
I think bacon is more of a treat, but certainly allowed in most paleo circles. Meaning, I wouldn't have it 5x a day.
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Bacon is not a "lean" meat... it's generally loaded with saturated fat, and nitrates. I agree with not eating it 5x a day... I would think more like once a week or so? If that.

I am wondering how soy and whey protein fits into the Paleo lifestyle? I have looked up Paleo protein on Amazon before, and found the meat-based powder like "CFBacon" here uses. Also protein bars made with bison meat. But whey is dairy, and soy is a legume. So how does that work?
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Bacon is not a "lean" meat... it's generally loaded with saturated fat, and nitrates. I agree with not eating it 5x a day... I would think more like once a week or so? If that.

I am wondering how soy and whey protein fits into the Paleo lifestyle? I have looked up Paleo protein on Amazon before, and found the meat-based powder like "CFBacon" here uses. Also protein bars made with bison meat. But whey is dairy, and soy is a legume. So how does that work?
For me, if I eat bacon at all I'm sure to include it in my "cheat" meal. But even with my cheat I try not to stray too far from the Paleo part because it just causes me to feel crappy anyways. So my cheat might be a "normal" Sunday morning breakfast...bacon, eggs, hashbrowns.

I know for myself I couldn't switch to the meat based protein for protein powder. All the power to people who can do this, but it's just not for me. Ultimately it's about making something work for you. I'm eating SO much better than I used to and this is something I could MAINTAIN and that's what key. If you're restrictve beyond a point you're comfortable with you're more likely to quit all together.

So no, soy and whey don't fit...but unless you're living 100% off soy and whey products you've probably still managed a good balance.

I used pumpkin protein which isn't soy or whey based...but I do usually cut it with my soy protein.

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All the power to people who can do this, but it's just not for me.
Have you tried it? I am so tempted to try it, on one hand -- and on the other hand, it just sounds AWFUL. lol
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I do a Gluten/Wheat free Ketogenic WOE, which can be Paleo.
It has done me a world of good!!
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I have 2 carb refeed days a month, it helps me maintain my weight:
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Have you tried it? I am so tempted to try it, on one hand -- and on the other hand, it just sounds AWFUL. lol
Nope! I just cannot wrap my head around it. I just picture meat smoothies and I gag. I know it's so far from that, but not in my mind lol. I'm sure if someone secretly gave me some I probably couldn't tell the difference.

But given that I don't have soy sensitivities I choose to use that in moderation.

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Nope! I just cannot wrap my head around it. I just picture meat smoothies and I gag. I know it's so far from that, but not in my mind lol. I'm sure if someone secretly gave me some I probably couldn't tell the difference.

But given that I don't have soy sensitivities I choose to use that in moderation.
What the eff is a meat smoothie?

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Have you tried it? I am so tempted to try it, on one hand -- and on the other hand, it just sounds AWFUL. lol
Girl, it's NOT awful.

My last few days have been filled with fun sorts of frittatas, smoothies, sirloin steak, today my lunch was chicken drumsticks, broccoli and sweet potato slaw (leftovers) was too DIE for.

Tonight I'm making seafood marinara with spaghetti squash!

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What the eff is a meat smoothie?
There are meat protein based protein powders. I know it probably would taste nothing like that in a shake, but the thought is too much for me!
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Girl, it's NOT awful.

My last few days have been filled with fun sorts of frittatas, smoothies, sirloin steak, today my lunch was chicken drumsticks, broccoli and sweet potato slaw (leftovers) was too DIE for.

Tonight I'm making seafood marinara with spaghetti squash!
haha she was referring to my post about the meat protein powder, not Paleo!

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