Hope ye all had a great Christmas and New years. I let the clean eating off for the holidays and ate and drank pretty much everything and anything. I trained a few times but nothing much, did some classic weight lifting and a few sprints with a friend. So my body got physically rested but nutritionally abused.
Coming into January myself and my girlfriend said we wanted to clean up so we started a 21 day paleo challenge on the 3rd. We chose 21 days because we are going to use the last week to SLOWLY reintroduce foods back in and see how we react (ie have a glass of milk on day one, see how you feel day 2 etc). I’ve tended to just binge at the end of a challenge before so never knew what food is doing what to me. The only exceptions I’ve made on this challenge is that I’ve kept in real butter (Robb Wolf says its “paleo” so good enough for me) and potatoes every so often (Kevin says they are now good so good enough for me). I’ll only eat spuds (baked, boiled, mashed) 1-2 times per week on tough training days and they’ll probably be the only carb of the day, I won’t be eating burgers and chips for 21days!
Besides that I’ll be taking fish oil and vitamin D daily and drinking lots of water (and a fair bit of black coffee). I’ll continue training as I normally do and try to post here on the website of how everything is going. I didn’t weigh myself, I didn’t take pictures. I’m going by how I feel, perform and look in the mirror.
We have done challenges in the gym before but it’s always the same people that join in and these same people would probably do it even if we didn’t. So if this is something you’d like to try then I’ll put up some links here (mostly Robb Wolf) and you can set yourself your own challenge if you’d like.
The general “do nots” are:
- No sugar (sweets, chocolate, table sugar, etc)
- No alcohol
- No dairy (milk, cream, cheese, yoghurt)
- No grains (bread, pasta, cereal, rice etc)
- No legumes (beans, peas, peanuts, lentils)
- No processed foods (bacon grows in that shaped right??, if you can read the ingredients then more often than not you should not be eating it)
What I will be eating:Here is what I ate yesterday.
- Breakfast: 1/2 a steak from dinner the night before, stir fried veg and scrambled eggs, coffee, water
- Lunch: Baked potato with onions and bacon, water.
- 2nd lunch (I was up since 6am so needed a little bit more) A small chicken curry made from scratch with multiple veg, coconut milk and spices and herbs galore (we made about 6 portions of this on Tuesday along with 6 portions of a paleo chili and have them bagged and in the freezer for meals during the week.
- Dinner: Beef burgers made with steak mince, spring onions, garlic, thyme and chili powder, some broccoli and rocket on the side with some olive oil and balsamic vinegar dressing, water.
- Snacks, an orange and a handful of almonds.
Well I just thought I’d share that if anyone else was thinking of giving it a go. You don’t need to go 100% strict to get good results but its a challenge and only a short time to learn something about your body and how it reacts to different foods.