Today is Day 12 of your Paleo Challenge you will post points from January 14th. Congratulations on your  situps!

“Think of Paleo as a template, not a rigid prescription.  There’s no one size fits all approach,”

Chris Kresser.

Food For Thought:

  • Do not try to re-create baked goods, junk foods, or treats with “approved” ingredients. Continuing to eat your old, unhealthy foods made with Paleo ingredients is totally missing the point, and will tank your results faster than you can say “Paleo Pop-Tarts.” Remember, these are the same foods that got you into health-trouble in the first place—and a pancake is still a pancake, regardless of the ingredients.
  • A good rule: You are not allowed to step on the scale or take any body measurements for the duration of the program. This is about so much more than just weight loss, and to focus on your body composition means you’ll miss out on the most dramatic and lifelong benefits this plan has to offer. So, no weighing yourself, analyzing body fat or taking comparative measurements during your Challenge. (We do encourage you to weigh yourself before and after, however, so you can see one of the more tangible results of your efforts when your program is over.)
  • You never, ever, ever have to eat anything you don’t want to eat. You’re all big boys and girls. Toughen up. Learn to say no (or make your mom proud and say, “No, thank you”). Learn to stick up for yourself. Just because it’s your sister’s birthday, or your best friend’s wedding, or your company picnic does not mean you have to eat anything. It’s always a choice, and we would hope that you stopped succumbing to peer pressure in 7th grade.
  • This does require a bit of effort. Grocery shopping, meal planning, dining out, explaining the program to friends and family, and dealing with stress will all prove challenging at some point during your program. We’ve given you all the tools, guidelines and resources you’ll need, but take responsibility for your own plan. Improved health, fitness, and quality of life doesn’t happen automatically just because you’re now taking a pass on bread.

These Thoughts are adopted from Whole30 Program.

Please take the time to download and read later if you must this great article Top 5 Road Blocks of the Paleo Movement

A side note and my opinion:

1. Peanuts are not allowed on the Paleo Plan. They are a legume. The most common culprits of food sensitivities are Gluten. Grains (with or without gluten) Dairy. Soy. Legumes. Fructose. Nuts and Seeds. Nightshades. Natural Food Chemicals. Artificial Food Chemicals. Yeast. Alcohol.

2. Quinoa: is a Pseudo-Grain. It is grown like wheat and picked and processed like wheat. You ingest the seeds. Psuedo grains do not contain the same potentially problematic protein for people with sensitivities, they contain other forms of gluten and other hard-to-digest compounds that can irritate a damaged digestive system. Many gluten-free grains like corn and quinoa often come genetically modified. According to a 2011 study the short term effect showed levels of toxins in the blood of women who had consume these GMO products. Long term effect is unknown but there are potential health risks that could effect you. And further more it is not allowed during this challenge. :)

3. If you are craving something sweet. Eat Raisins. Frozen Blended Banana. Frozen berries. Frozen Grapes. You get the drift.

4. Eat more variety. And for pete sakes start your morning off with some protein!!

5. DON'T Eat Fruit alone!


7. EAT LESS Packaged foods and blended foods. Try to eat food in their whole form, when possible.

8. Turn OFF your electronics. Seriously what can you do past 9 pm from the internet and facebook?? Go to Bed!