The Paleo challenge is our attempt to mimic the Paleolithic “hunter gatherer” diet.  The clue is in the name ‘hunter gatherer’. Keep this challenge simple, keep your food selection to choices of food that you can hunt your food (meats/fish/poultry), or gather your food (Veges/Fruit/Nuts/Seeds) Sorry team, Grains, pasta, and Tim Tams are out!  We’ve written up the guide below, which should give you an quite a few options, atleast for the next 30 days!

If you’re ever in doubt about a certain type of food, stay on the safe side, and reach for the bacon and spinach!

Do Eat

  • beef / chicken / fish / pork / lamb / game meats
  • Eggs
  • organ meats
  • fresh vegetables
  • sweet potatoes
  • pumpkin/squash
  • nuts*
  • seeds*
  • coconuts
    milk, oil and flesh
  • fruits**
  • good fats
    virgin olive, macadamia nut, avocado, coconut, fish and organic butter are all great choices

*Unless you are trying to gain weight, watch the amount of nuts and seeds you are eating. They are VERY calorie dense and are very easy to over-eat. Also, stick to the raw versions, which are much better for your body.

**Again, for weight loss, limit fruit to 1 serving immediately post-workout

http://desertcrossfit.typepad.com/Paleo_Food_List.pdf
http://robbwolf.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/thePaleoSolution_QuickStart.pdf

Don’t Eat

  • Grains
    wheat, rice, oats, quinoa, spelt, amaranth, buckwheat, etc. That means pasta, bread, cookies, pastries, oatmeal, cake, etc
  • Gluten containing items
  • white potatoes
  • legumes
  • Processed food
  • Refined sugars
    This includes ‘healthy sugars’ like agave syrup. It’s still a refined sugar
  • vegetable oils
    canola, corn, rapeseed, sunflower, soy
  • Soy Products
  • Dairy
    For those who are naturally lean and looking to add bulk. It is not for people who just can’t give up having milk in their coffee. If you’re looking for fat loss,  DAIRY IS NOT YOUR FRIEND
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