Monday, January 24, 2011

I will follow the rules.

I am not generally a rule follower – if you put a fence in front of me, I want to jump over it. However, for this challenge we will set forth the rules and I will follow them. So, here’s the food rules. Pretty straightforward in terms of what is considered paleo and what is not. I do believe that you have to decide how paleo ‘works’ for you on an individual basis. (a great post from Everyday Paleo on this topic) For that reason, I think our alcohol rules are pretty lenient – but it’s what is going to work for us and our lifestyle – since my hope is that our post-challenge habits are not that far off from the challenge rules.

Absolutely will be eaten
  • Lean meats (grass-fed as much as possible)
  • Poultry
  • Fish
  • Shellfish
  • Omega-3 eggs
  • Veggies (non-starchy)
  • Berries
  • Nuts - primarily walnuts & macadamias
  • Oils – olive, coconut and walnut

Not a bit, none!
  • All dairy
  • All grains
  • All legumes
  • Corn & corn products
  • Refined sugars
  • All other oils

Thoughtfully consumed
  • Fruit – 2 servings per day max
  • Sweet Potatoes – only on big workout days
  • Almonds – last resort nut, all nuts limited to 4oz max per day
  • Honey/Agave – Barely any, couple tablespoons per week (just enough to enjoy a very rare ‘paleo candy bar’)
  • Nut flours – only walnut; max two nut flour ‘breaded’ meals per week


  • Vodka – preferably Ciroc (gluten free, distilled from grapes), rocks or with club soda
  • Tequila – (will be trying Robb Wolf’s NorCal Margarita recipe)
  • Wine & Ciders – preferably organic and low sugar on the cider
  • Limit 1 drink per night, no more than 3 nights per week.
  • Max 1 night a weekend multiple drinks are ok if out for a social drinking occasion.
  • Remain cognizant of time before bed, allow 2-3 hours between a drink and bed time. If not, have a small, protein-laden snack.

Supplements (Ryan’s plan)
  • Fish oils – personalized quantity: use Robb Wolf's fish oil calculator
  • Vitamin D - maybe, will do more research, but something should be done because the sunlight is elusive right now.
  • CLA - 2000-3000mg/daily

I will take the fish oils, and may dabble in some fish oils that include flax and CLA, but overall I am just not as sold on the concept of supplements as Ryan.

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