The Paleo Project 2.0 is a 30 day diet and fitness challenge starting Feb 11th 2013 and ending March 12th 2013. The buy in for this challenge is set at $50. We will be Tracking Fat Loss, And total Body Weight.
Here is a overview of the diet.
The Paleo Diet is a lifestyle. It is an approach to diet that is based on the quality of foods you eat. It mimics the diets of our hunter-gatherer ancestors – consisting of lean meats, seafood, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds. It excludes foods that came from agriculture or processing – dairy, grains, refined sugars, etc.
The basic concept is that these foods are the foods that we are genetically adapted to – after all, our diets have evolved and “modernized,” our bodies haven’t. There are many benefits to eating this way, including a naturally lean body, acne-free skin, improved athletic performance and recovery, and relief from numerous metabolic-related and autoimmune diseases.
There is a specific food guide provided on page 6, and some recipe ideas on page 8, but here are the general rules:
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 dairy products (eggs are not dairy)
No processed foods – make it yourself!
No sugars. Agave, organic honey, molasses, pure spun golden sunshine….it doesn’t matter. They are all out.No artificial sweeteners. These are not food! They are out too.
Protein should be the first thing making up your meal or snack. When it comes to what kind of protein you should eat, remember that free range animals are healthier than commercially raised animals. Keeping that in mind, here are the general rules to follow:
Buy your meat local, grass-fed and USDA organic
Buy eggs from free roaming chickens
Buy your fish wild
Wild game (buffalo, venison.. etc.) is always a good option
Veggies You want to focus most of your meal with non-starchy carbs. Make sure you get variation, and eat a lot of them! Here are some things to keep in mind with vegetables:
Buy local, in season, organic veggies
Avoid starchy vegetables (i.e. potatoes).
Avoid legumes (i.e. peanuts, beans, peas, soybeans etc.) Carbs: Fruit Fruit is good for you in moderation. There is a hierarchy of fruit based on the fruits nutrient value and glycemic load. You should also consider how the fruit was grown. Think about the following in regards to fruit:
Try to grow your own if possible
Buy local, seasonal, organic fruit
Avoid genetically modified organism fruit
Avoid fruit juices
Make sure to wash any fruit thoroughly to minimize pesticides
Despite what modern society has taught us to believe, fats are good for you. It is important to have the right balance of fats and the right kind of fats in your diet. On the paleo diet, your body is trained to burn fat instead of carbs for energy (this will make your energy levels more stable), so don’t skip the fat in your meals!
Buy oils (coconut, olive) organic and cold pressed so they remain chemically unchanged
Buy organic and local avocados
Buy coconut in all forms
Nuts are good in moderation (walnuts, pecans and macadamia nuts are your best choice). Buy them raw and unsalted, and be wary of the packaging
Avoid canola (the oil is genetically modified, partially hydrogenated and highly refined), peanut, cottonseed, soybean, and wheat germ oils
Avoid trans fats (fats damaged by heat – can be made at home) and hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils
Water! Drink Water! at least 100oz a day. I guarantee that most of you are way under hydrated
Coffee, and Tea are acceptable drinks, but should not be used for hydration. If you drink coffee, drink it black or with unsweetened almond milk.
Overview of the point system
This year we are running our points system through WOD together. Her is the basic rundown of the point system. (WOD Together Food log DEMO)
There is 180 points available. 2 points per meal
A Paleo meal is worth 1 point
A Zone meal (Protein/Fat/Carb) is worth 1 point
A Cheat meal is -2 point
If you score 90%+ (162 points) you will Receive a free bottle of Original Nutritional s Fish Oil, A CFI T-Shirt, And Self Respect.