Some of my Co-workers had expressed an interest in trying Paleo, I mean how can you not want to try it when you see all of the deliciousness that I bring for lunch everyday?!?! Since I will be posting regularly on my blog to help keep them going, I thought I would open it up to anyone who wants to join in.
Our Challenge starts February 25 and ends March 26. If you want to join us, leave a comment on the post to let me know that your up for the challenge! Keep us updated in the comments by letting us know what you are eating and how you are feeling. It is much easier to make it through a challenge when you have a team to support you.
Below is the information I am sharing with my co-workers, so I can also share it with you!
PALEO – 30 Day Challenge
What is Paleo?
Also known as the Paleolithic diet or caveman diet, the Paleo diet consists of eating as our ancestors did. This means your diet should include:
· Meat from animals (preferably grass fed)
· Eat both fruits and vegetables, but favor the vegetables
· Eat quality fats (avocado, coconut oil, nuts and seeds)
What Foods To Avoid:
· Processed – prepackaged foods
· Grains – wheat, rice, barley, quinoa, oats, etc
· Legumes – beans, chickpeas, peanuts
· Sugar - high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, sugar
· Dairy – milk, cheese, yogurt
Why Eat Paleo?
Grains contain gut-irritating lectins that damage the microvilli in our intestines, which leads to the widening of tight junctions (leaky gut). This allows particles (especially lectins) into your body. Your immune system responds to these particles by destroying them and creating antibodies to go and search for more. Some of these particles “interpolars” can resemble various tissues in your body so you become autoimmune (your immune system has waged war on your own tissue). Gut damage elevates systematic inflammation.
Milk elevates serum levels of Insulin-Like Growth factors, which increase the risk of cancer. Milk also raises insulin levels and contributes to insulin resistance, which is associated with metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease and obesity.
Cottage cheese, butter, sour cream? (Providing they are full fat) they have had mostly everything but the fat removed, but they can still be problematic if they come from grain fed cows or if you have autoimmune issues.
Legumes although less problematic, they should be avoided because they contain similar properties to grains and can cause the same gut irritation.
Sugar is one of the main culprits that leads to obesity, diabetes, systematic inflammation and many other health conditions.
Beyond the scientific mumbo-jumbo, what most people find the most convincing is their own experiences, or listening to a friend or co-workers experiences. So give it a go, what have you got to lose?
Info courtesy of Everyday Paleo
THE PALEO CHALLENGE:
Monday February 25 – Tuesday March 26
My Challenge to you is to eat Paleo for 30 days.
Keep track of what you eat, and how your body feels.
Its not an easy challenge, but it wouldn’t be a challenge if it was. We are doing it as a team in order to support one another. There will be moments of struggle and weakness, but it helps having others there to support you.
During the first 2 weeks of changing your diet, don’t be surprised or discouraged if you have moments of feeling sluggish and tired. This is your body adjusting to burning protein and fat as opposed to sugar! You will snap out of it I promise so stay strong!
Most challenges say you should go hard core Paleo for 30 days and see how your body feels. We are doing things a little differently. Cold Turkey is often hard, especially if you have a family who may not be on board. (my 2 year old certainly isn’t). So have some liquid whipping cream (35% fat) in your coffee, make some Paleo “Treats” (using raw honey and pure maple syrup) in moderation.
I will update my blog (listed below) with some of the recipes I have tried and were delicious! http://jojosmadhouse.blogspot.ca/
Start cleaning out your pantry. Donate all the stuff with a bar code on it to your local food bank (perhaps we can put a pantry cleanse box in the office and make one giant donation)
Useful Books: (I got all at Costco except Eat like a Dinosaur)
Practical Paleo – Diane Sanfilippo
Everyday Paleo – Sarah Fragoso
Everyday Paleo Family Cookbook – Sarah Fragoso
Paleo Slow Cooiking – Gluten Free Recipes Made Simple – Chrissy Gower
Eat Like a Dinosaur – Recipe and Guidebook for Gluten Free Kids – Paleo Parents