How to Kick Paleo Diet Challenge Butt

Posted on 08. Jan, 2013 by in Get Motivated, SUPERHUMAN30 Challenge

If you haven’t ever challenged yourself by following the Paleo Diet strictly for 30-40 days…Start one right now!!!  You can download our Superhuman Challenge diet guides here for all the help you’ll need getting started.

Here are my Top 10 Tips to Kick this Paleo Diet Challenge’s Butt

1. Get it out of sight. Get it out of mind.

This tip is first because it’s the most important. You can’t change the way you eat, without changing the way you shop. I don’t care how much willpower you think you have. If you see something every day than you will break down and crave it. Get used to reaching into your fridge more, and put all your paleo-approved goods in one cabinet.  Throw it out, donate it, cover it with a towel;  whatever it takes to not see it every day

2. Get a partner in crime.

Two of the biggest paleo pitfalls I hear about involve either a really sucky job or a really sucky spouse. While both may be speed bumps in your paleo journey, they certainly should NOT be deal breakers. Find some friends to take the paleo leap with you. If none of your current friends desire good health, make some new ones. You will definitely be able to make some great friends by joining a CrossFit gym like ours, CrossFit Palm Beach. Surround yourself with people who will impact your life in a positive way.

3. Write down your goals and action steps you will take to achieve those goals.

You probably didn’t know this but goals are freakin magical. In order to activate that magic, you have to tell another living human your goals.  Once the magic is activated, your goals will be a guiding force. Your goals should be measurable and reasonable. Your action steps will be something you vow to do every day or every week to be the building blocks towards goal achievement. We made you a blank goal sheet here.

4. Log everything.

Holding yourself accountable and truthful to a little piece of paper can be incredibly helpful.  It’s also very inspiring to write down how well you’ve eaten or worked out, and to reflect on it often.  Your positive habits and small victories will snowball into bigger wins with amazing results.  Taking before pictures is also a great motivating factor that will hold you accountable to make some visible changes. We made you a blank food log here.

5. Splurge a little on the good stuff.

One of the biggest mistakes I made as I ventured into Paleo was that I let money get in the way of eating well.  I refused to switch from peanut butter to almond butter because of the cost ( I did not realize what a great deal Costco sold almond butter for then.) I also refused to buy grass-fed beef because I thought conventionally raised, grain-fed beef was just as good tasting and almost as good for you. I could not have been further off from the truth.  Grass-fed meats are much healthier for you and taste noticeably better.  Remember, you are what your animal eats! We buy our grass-fed meats from US Wellness meats online  (Purchasing through this link helps support our site. We appreciate your support very much.)

6. Make every meal you eat.

I just heard half of you reading this say, “impossible”.  Ok, that’s fair, but the only way to 100% know you are eating paleo is by choosing the ingredients yourself.  You’d be shocked by what’s really in those “healthy” meals you think you are eating at a restaurant. You’d also be shocked by the nutrition facts of the un-healthy ones. Don’t be intimidated by cooking. Becoming a good cook is as easy as following directions. If your schedule or job keeps you away from home for long periods of time, do your best to pack pre-made or pre-portioned meals.

7. Eat what you like, eat what you know.

Similar to the last point, but rightfully deserves its own spot. Don’t overwhelm yourself trying to become a chef overnight.  Also, don’t feel like you have to try every food on the approved list we provide in our guides.  Start with simple meal templates based around some hardboiled eggs or grilled chicken made in bulk for the week. I use to be disgusted by just eating avocado or tomatoes plain, but now I love adding them to my salads. Your tastes and cooking skills will grow with patience and time.

8. Keep cheats small and bounce back quickly.

Holidays, birthdays, weddings, could all derail your paleo diet in the blink of an eye. But even if you had one of each in the span of your 40-day challenge, that’s only like 2.5% of your meals eaten.  This is why it’s extremely important to only allow that 2.5% to be exactly what it is and get right back on track. Don’t let it grow to 5-10%, and most importantly don’t let it become the knockout blow to your diet challenge.  Try to minimize the damage by choosing sensible cheats, and don’t overload the body with an onslaught of crap all at once.

9. Drink Lots of Water.

I think water is so important to paleo that I wrote an article titled, “8 Reasons Why Water Is The Most Important Part of Paleo”.  It’s also the most underrated in my mind. I’m constantly asked questions from our CrossFit members and fellow Superhumans concerning their current health problems pertaining to injury, sickness, headaches, lethargy, hunger cravings, etc. A lot of the times I find myself asking the same reply over and over, “Are you going out of your way to drink water?”  You have to do more than just wait until dehydration hits to drink. A bottle of water should be with you more often than your cell phone. It’s that important to your health.

10.  Eat More FAT!

This is one of the biggest secrets of the paleo pros, especially your active ones like CrossFitters.  Your body was made to run on fat. Your muscles, your organs, your brain, will all begin function better when your body stops running on carbs, and starts running on healthy fats.  We highly recommend this book to our fellow CrossFitters and athletes… The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance.
Additional benefits include higher and longer lasting energy levels.  Your mood and mind will also improve considerably.  You can also reduce the amount of systemic inflammation in the body by eating more healthy omega-3 fats and less inflammatory omega-6 fats. We don’t recommend many supplements but Fish Oil is definitely worth purchasing. (Purchasing goods on Amazon through our links helps support our site and keep it goin! Thank you all!)

We strongly encourage you to try out a 30 or 40 day paleo diet challenge yourself. We promise you will know what Superhuman health feels like once you complete this challenge!

Happy 2013!!

-Tony Frezza

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3 Responses to “How to Kick Paleo Diet Challenge Butt”

  1. Jenna Dixon

    30. Jan, 2013

    There is a yeast & dairy free diet / lifestyle buzzing right now, it seems to be basically the same thing as the Paleo diet / lifestyle.  Would you be able to offer any insight as to differences between the two and also the benefit, if any of Paleo over yeast free?

    • Tony Frezza

      21. Jun, 2013

      Thanks for the comment Jenna. I think both those diets (yeast or dairy free) are mostly used for medical purposes when people have gastrointestinal issues or infections they need to cure. They are basically the same thing as paleo with the same recommendations of avoiding yeast full foods like breads and pasta and eating a ton of yeast free foods like veggies. Some people have to avoid yeast or gluten or dairy due to their bodies, but those same recommendations are working for people who want a level of health beyond “fair” or “good”

      • Jenna Dixon

        21. Jun, 2013

        Thanks for the response.