Wednesday, February 27, 2013

WIAW...Paelo 30 day Challenge

So as if someone was sending me a very clear message from above, I got an email at work the week before vacation about a 30 Day Paelo Challenge.  We were to eat following the Paleo guidelines for 30 days while keeping a journal of what we are eating, how we are feeling, and and cheats starting the Monday we returned (Feb. 25th).  Of course I signed up...I mean is there a challenge I don't sign up for?!  I spent my vacation researching recipes and substitutions I could use and actually getting excited to start the challenge.  Here are the guidelines for those of you who are unsure what Paleo is all about:
Here are some of my eats thus far as I navigate these next 30 days.
Breakfast: My old standby a mongo green monster
snack: almonds
Lunch: Paleo Chili and a giant orange
Dinner #1: Huge salad with a turkey burger and avocado (clearly I was too hungry to wait!)
Dinner #2: steamed veggies and Chili Lime Chicken I omitted the flour
My biggest stress is what to eat before my long run.  I have perfected the bagel and peanut butter but both are no nos on Paleo.  Any suggestions?

I also wanted to give a shout out to a new blogger named Lindsey who blogs over at Food Behavior.  She's an amazing CrossFit chickie and I can't wait to try out some of her Paleo recipes!  YUM!  Head on over and check her out!!

Linking up with Peas and Crayons for many amazing eats linking up there!!


  1. Everything looks yummy! As far as a pre long run 'bout roasted or baked sweet potato with almond butter?

  2. AWESOME! For workout-surrounding foods, try bananas, sweet potatoes, or even paleo-safe bars like larabars or .. Nana? I forget the other one's name. Although, honestly, if you're new to the whole paleo thing, you may want to ease up on the long runs or particularly exhausting workouts until your body adjusts to your new fuel, and then ease back in.

    Can't wait to hear how it goes!

  3. Paleo is similar to vegan except for the grains and legumes. I'm fascinated by the difference between paleo and vegan and the people that seriously promote one way or the other. It makes for interesting reading :)

  4. I loved my paleo challenge, but I do feel like my running suffered... I tried to eat lots of squash and sweet potatoes to help. I think given more time my body would have adjusted better, I do also feel like once I added carbs back in I felt supercharged from all the paleo eating. I now eat way reduced grains but still do eat some. I should blog about that. I did try raisins for fueling and that seemed to help. Can't wait to hear what you think about it.

  5. I DO laugh at ME when I see AVOID and LEGUMES and think I CAINT I CAINT!!!!

  6. how about banana and almond butter? or almonds and raisins?

  7. I love hummus so legumes would be hard to avoid if I were to follow a Paleo regime to a T.

    Good luck with the challenge!

  8. I am intrigued by Paleo but also don't think I could give up some of the no-nos. I'll be interested to see how it works for you!

  9. Looks like you're finding great ways to stick to this challenge! I honestly don't know if I could make those eats while feeding my kiddos? I guess I need to look into it a little more!

    1. One of the hardest things is finding food for my wicked picky toddler while making's making me realize how much I used to pick on her foods!!!

  10. Can you eat potatoes? I would have a nice potato snack before a long run. I also eat a lot of fruit as a pre-run snack. It gives me some carbs for the long haul! In looking at this list, I think I pretty much eat like that anyway, except for legumes!

  11. I cant wait to hear how this goes! I am not a paleo girl but have thought about it, Although i love some legumes!

  12. I'm just going to eat at your house from NOW ON! :) Lol That all looks awesome!


  13. Your food looks very yummy - but that last item on the "no" list would do me in. No alcohol? No carbs? That means no beer which would make B a very sad girl. Also, my carb-addicted family would probably stage a revolt.

    I'm sure you will do great with this!

  14. Glad to see you are doing a paleo challenge! A good substitution would be a paleo pumpkin pancake with almond or sunflower seed butter on it, I'll post that recipe this week! Good luck!

  15. Mhhh looks,yummy! Nutrition is a big topic for me right now. I have stomach issues, especially during my runs. I dread the preparation though. I wish I would have a personal chef!! :) Good luck with your challenge!