I notice that lately alot of my friends, family, clients, and random people I hear in coffee shops and yoga classes are all doing their own version of Spring cleanses. This goes anywhere from the Dr. Oz three day shake cleanse to juice fasts to “I am not eating anything until I faint”. Since some of these “cleanses” are not exactly healthy or sustainable I thought I’d introduce something that is not only super healthy but also incredibly sustainable. Say hello to Paleo. But first of all..what the heck is Paleo?
The above image will give you a sort of an idea of what Paleo really is. Its not Atkins or South beach, instead its incredibly healthy, it will boost your immune system, give you tons of energy, and great skin! Need some more clarification? The chart below will help with that….
Now, on to the challenge! This challenge is in leiu of all these crazy and slightly extreme spring “cleanses” I have been hearing about so much lately. On top of that, its fun! And maybe you can win something. For this clean eating/living “Paleo” challenge I would like you, yes YOU, to vow for 30 days to eat a clean diet based on vegetables, fruit, healthy fats, lean meat, and NO grains, dairy, added sugars, or artificial/processed foods. I will be extending this challenge to my friends, family, clients, and any one else who I hear talking about a random spring cleanse at the grocery store.
For any of you out there would like to participate in the challenge this is how it goes.
How the Challenge Works
You can gain a total of 10 points per day and lose an unlimited number of points. The person with the most points at the end of the challenge wins. You can do this with your family, friends, co-workers, the list goes on. Invite everyone to do the challenge with you!
You Gain: +1 point per “Clean/Paleo” meal or snack (with a max of 5 points per day). If every meal/snack you have is a “Clean Paleo” option you gain an extra bonus point of +1.
You Lose: -1 point every time you have a serving of a “Non-Clean/Paleo” meal/drink/snack. Or you consume red meat more than once per week (this is my little addition we are doing at home). You can receive an unlimited amount of negative points in a day. (Example: Eating a turkey sandwich is -1 point, having 4 beers is -4 points)
You Gain: +1 point for 20 minutes of stretching or yoga, +1 point for doing 30 minutes of cardio, and +2 points if you do a total of 60 minutes of exercise throughout the day (ex: 20 min stretch, 30 minute cardio, and 15 minutes of strength training would get you 4 points. Running or playing a sport for 60 minutes would get you +2 points)
What you have to do
Eat Clean, Workout, Limit Red Meat to Once a Week, and Set a Personal Goal: One or two that you think are challenging but also realistic to complete in a 30 day time frame.
What to Eat and NOT to Eat
Do Eat: Fruit, Vegetables, Lean Meat and Eggs, Nuts, Seeds, Olive Oil, Tea, Dark Chocolate (No added sugar), Red Wine, Potato Vodka, Tequila (can all be consumed in moderation).
Do Not Eat: Grains (corn, oats, rice, wheat), Dairy (cheese, milk), Legumes (beans, soy, peanuts),Added Sugar (fructose, dextrose, table sugar, high fructose corn syrup, etc), Anything Processed (if you cant understand the label don’t eat it), Alcohol (that is not Red Wine, Potato Vodka, or Tequila).
For shopping lists that will help make deciding what is okay and not okay to eat check out either of these shopping lists below. The Vegetarian Shopping List is a great option for those individuals out there who are primarily vegetarians but would like to try a challenge such as this.
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