Posted by Ian: Friday, January 4th, 2013
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:
What I will be eating:Here is what I ate yesterday.
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.