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The end of the summer challenge! My 2nd paleoaversary!

Posted Sep 24 2013 8:36pm

This week marked the beginning of fall.  What better way to start off a new season than with a quick 30 day paleo challenge?! It’s taken us all summer to get here. We took our time and became familiar with paleo in baby steps so as not to be overwhelmed. How was it? How did you do? I would LOVE to hear from you if you followed my summer plan, even if it was just bits and pieces. I am looking for any feedback so I can package the plan up nicely for the future. Please email me in the contact section or leave a comment here.

There are many paleo challenges out there to choose from, but I couldn’t find any that broke it down and walked you through the tenets of the paleo diet in a step-wise approach. As I’ve said before, there are 2 schools for trying out a paleo lifestyle. One is the “jump right in” approach as you eliminate all the no-no foods in one fell swoop. The second is the “dip a toe in” approach. and Lurong are 2 “dive right in” challenges. I know that these types of a challenges intimidate many. The thought of having to eliminate grains, legumes, dairy, sugar, and alcohol in one day is overwhelming to say the least.

As I mentioned last week, I have already started another personal challenge. I call it my no alcohol and processed food challenge. So far it’s been about 3 weeks and I am feeling great. It’s times like this that I really get a sense for how my snacking is more out of a boredom habit and not out of need. It’s like because the Pop Corners (my most recent junk food kryptonite)

Damn you Pop Corners with your evil ways!

Damn you Pop Corners with your evil ways!

are there I must eat them. I don’t need them; I just want them…the salt, the crunch, I could eat the whole bag.  I really have no off button when it comes to that stuff so I try to not even start.

When I am asked to come up with the one tenet of paleo that should be non-negotiable for everyone, the one individual thing that a person could do immediately that would have the biggest health promoting impact on their life, I always say eliminate grains. In a perfect world I say grains, but in reality a huge step towards improving one’s health would be at least removing gluten. Have you heard that Alzheimer’s disease is now being called Type 3 Diabetes? Yup, plug in “Alzheimer’s +type 3 diabetes” into a search engine and see what you get. I found this and this which helps to reinforce what I already know:

a diet based on whole unprocessed foods, which eliminates processed junk, is anti-inflammatory by nature and can help to prevent anything from acne, to infertility, to cancer and everything in between.

I have been in the fitness, health, and nutrition field my entire life. I know no other field. In my almost 20 years of experience, I have never, ever, endorsed any type of “diet” before. Paleo is not a diet. I hate to be cliché and use the ol’ “it’s not a diet it’s a lifestyle” BUT I will. This week marks my 2 year anniversary of changing my life and my family’s life for the better. I started my first paleo challenge on September 26, 2011 and haven’t looked back.

Are you ready?


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