The CrossFit Glendora Paleo Challenge
When: February 1st – March 31st
Why: To reach your goals!
Paleo Challenge Point System
We have two versions of the challenge; PERFORMANCE AND WEIGHT LOSS. You can enter one or both, but it will be $15 for each entry. If you only want to enter one, you will have the opportunity to win that prize. If you enter both you can potentially win both.
There will be a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winner of each competition. Prize money will be split according to how many people enter the competition.
You will be placed into an accountability team. The team with the best results (as judged by the coaches) will win extra prizes.
There will also be a “spirit” award. We understand that it is possible to become paleo and gain weight, but become leaner. So if you join the WEIGHT LOSS competition this is another alternative to winning.
As CrossFitters we love points, so yes we have a point system.
You have the potential for two “free” points every day, you can achieve these points by doing the following:
-On the CrossFit Glendora Paleo Page (cfgpaleo.blogspot.com), write all of the foods that you have consumed in that day. Not the amount or the time, just the types of food.
-Show up to CrossFit Glendora and sign your name in on the sheet
-If you take a rest day, but you still dedicate 20+ minutes to foam rolling, or stretching at the gym.
10 Points for every pound lost, measured at the end of the competition
3 Points for every second of improvement on the baseline WODS – “Fran” & “Helen”
3 Points for every pound of improvement on the baseline LIFTS – Deadlift & Clean (power or squat)
I highly recommend the following books to read about paleo and diet and performance.
The Paleo Solution – Robb Wolf
Enter the Zone – Barry Sears
CrossFit Paleo Food List
There are lots of books and websites out there on the Paleo Diet. Our standards include and exclude certain foods due to the fact that we are all athletes and can use certain foods for recovery and energy. All meats are recommended to be grass-fead and “all organic” but we understand that this is unrealistic for a lot of you. Trader Joes, Sprouts and Whole foods sell organic meats and other organic foods. We encourage you to shop there, but you will not lose points if you cannot.
For the sake of optimal results, I implore you to give up coffee, caffeine, and all other stimulants. Caffeine spikes the blood sugar, causing our body to store fat. It’s tough, I know, but it will be worth it!
Do not eat fruit after noon for very similar reasons to the caffeine rule. If you are trying to gain weight you can eat whatever fruit you want.
Paleo Foods/Highly Encouraged
Lean beef (trimmed of visible fat)
Beef Jerky (check label for added sugar)
Top sirloin steak
Lean pork (trimmed of visible fat)
Pork chopsLean poultry
(Wild Caught) Fish & Seafood:
Fruits in moderation (high in sugar):
Peppers (all kinds)
Squash (all kinds)
Nuts and Seeds:
Whey Protein powder
Foods that should be eaten in moderation
(not cheats unless in excess)
• Chicken wings
• Canola oil
• Flaxseed oil
• Dried fruit
• Sweet potatoes
• Deli meat
All processed foods made with any dairy products
Nonfat dairy creamer
Barley (barley soup, barley bread, and all processed foods made with barley)
Corn (corn on the cob, corn tortillas, corn chips, corn starch, corn syrup)
Oats (steel-cut oats, rolled oats, and all processed foods made with oats) ***Subtract 3 instead of 5 points for plain oatmeal.
Rice (brown rice, white rice, top ramen, rice noodles, bas mati rice, rice cakes, rice cakes, Rice flour (all processed foods made with rice)
Rye (rye bread, rye crackers, and all processed foods made with rye)
Wheat (bread, rolls, muffins, noodles, crackers, cookies, cake, doughnuts, pancakes, waffles, pasta, spaghetti,lasagna, wheat tortillas, pizza, pita bread, flat bread, and all processed foods made with wheat or wheat flour)
Cereal Grain-like Seeds:
Legumes and ALL soy products (including tofu):
All beans (adzuki beans, black beans, broad beans, fava beans, field beans, garbanzo beans, horse beans, kidneybeans, lima beans, mung beans, navy beans, pinto beans, red beans, string beans, white beans)
Sugar snap peas
Soybeans and all soybean products
Soft Drinks and Fruit Juices:
All sugary soft drinks and diet beverages
Canned, bottled, and freshly squeezed fruit drinks (which lack the fiber of fresh fruit and have a much higher glycemic index)
Sweet and Low
(just stay away from most condiments, it’s easier that way)
Processed salad dressings
Mustard (unless just mustard seeds and vinegar; check the label)
Anything made with soybean oil
Anything made with high frutose corn syrup
Anything with added sugar
Paleo Challenge Questions
Okay. I am going to try to address most of the questions I have gotten since Saturday. I am happy that you all have so many questions and want to do this right. If you search online you will find Paleo lists that exclude some of the foods we have made exceptions for. For example, the Cordain version of the Paleo diet doesn’t allow you to eat the skin off the chicken, which doesn’t make much sense to me because I doubt 40,000 years ago they were stripping their meat of the skin for a leaner option. Robb Wolf has his own athletic/crossfit version of the Paleo diet that most crossfitters follow. If you are looking to do some reading today, go to http://robbwolf.com.
On Robb Wolf’s version of the Paleo diet, the following foods are allowed: sweet potatoes, bacon, vinegar, deli meat, and whey protein. Why are these things expectable? Well, because we want to make this realistic for most of you. You are all athletes and need more food and energy than the average person. Sweet potatoes are a great recovery food and help satisfy your craving for something sweet. Bacon has a ton of fat, but it will keep you full and give you energy. Vinegar, though very acidic, is essential to many recipes including salad dressings, and it is a natural substance. Deli meat isn’t encouraged, because it is loaded with salt and certain kinds are processed, but it is a quick and easy dense form of protein that will help you stay on track. Protein powder is a great dense source of protein and great for post workout.
Green tea? You may have decaffeinated green tea.
What if I go out to eat?
Say you go out to breakfast and order an omelet with veggies. You may not know exactly how it is cooked, but it’s okay. That is one thing you can turn a blind eye to. BUT if you order steak make sure it doesn’t have some odd sauce.
What oils should I be using?
Coconut oil and olive oil are preferred. Stay away from soybean oil!