Starting to Eat Paleo Tips

Posted: January 9, 2011 in Uncategorized

Since it is January there are a ton of Boxes running their own Paleo Challenges, most are the typical 30 days because that is all you need to truly feel some awesome results. At SnoRidge CrossFit our is called Stop the Slop and includes a benchmark WOD of Jackie and strict trainer and self-imposed focus on correct form while doing any movement. Also since it is January there are a lot of new people at the CrossFit boxes due to everyone’s New Years resolutions. That being the case, I saw a lot of people who are not only new to CrossFit, but that are new to hearing about Paleo and they looked a little nervous. This post is to help alleviate that nervousness with some tips on how to tackle this Paleo Challenge and hopefully make some life changes. The first this I will start with is if you are going to attempt this your really do need to dive in and commit to doing it 100%, because if you don’t you will just be wasting your time. The whole point of going hardcore for 30 days is to get your body to respond to the food you eat they way it was designed to and let your inflamed gut heal. Once you have gone the distance for real without cheating you can then start introducing some of your old favorites on a limited basis and still enjoy the benefits of feeling great everyday. From my experience when I am eating a good Paleo diet I feel great, am a lot less tired, and my endurance in WODs is way better. That is 100% clear to me now because we just finished up with the holiday season and I have been tired every single day and have not had that extra umpf for any of the WODs since I have been loading up on all sorts of homemade and holiday goodies. Tastes great going down, but 10 minutes after I want a nap. Anyway, I am excited to get my own butt back on track because life is so much better, sounds crazy, but it is totally true. Now that I have cleared the air with that here are some quick tips that will make your first experience or newest experience with Paleo a ton better:

1. Know it is going to suck – For the first 1 to 3 weeks depending on the person, it is going to suck. You are going to feel sluggish and cranky and your WOD times will go down. But once you start turning the corner you start feeling better very quickly and you will feel awesome. You will start noticing that once you hit that point in a WOD where you would normally start struggling you will have extra juice. I believe if you know it will be difficult you can prepare mentally and prepare your family and friends that you may not be yourself and tell them to encourage you.

2. Plan it out – Your best chance for success is to be prepared, there is nothing worse that being starving and not knowing what the heck you are going to or can eat that is Paleo. Look up recipes on the internet and ask other at your box for recipes. Decide what you can use for snacks, like veggies and fruit and if you absolutely have to because you are in a pinch you can have something like a Larabar. Technically Larabars are Paleo, but they have a lot of natural sugar so they aren’t the highest quality of food you could be putting in your body. Also plan your meal and make extra to have on hand for lunches or for when you get home late and don’t feel like cooking. Along with planning your meal, buy all the food you need for them so you aren’t scrambling around to get what you need.

3. It is still ok to eat out – Until you really get the hang of things it is kind of difficult to eat out, but never the less you can eat something Paleo almost anywhere. Here are a couple of good examples, Chiplotle has very high quality meat and their salads are great even without the beans and rice. Red Robin you can get a bunless burger and a salad with olive oil and balsamic vinegar to replace your fries. Or for some higher quality ingredients you can get a bunless burger at The Counter in Ballard. Try Ipanema in Seattle, a Brazilian Steak house that is fantastic. Just be diligent and order your food without all the stuff the isn’t Paleo.

4. Utilize your peers – You are doing this new challenge with a ton of people at your box, so use them as your people to complain and commiserate with, it just makes you feel better to talk to someone who understands. Also like I mentioned above, share recipes so your don’t have to search out everything yourself. Paleo dinner parties are fantastic, for example you can trade nights of having dinner at someone’s house so you feel like you get a break from thinking about what you need to make. Or have a pot luck where everyone brings a Paleo dish. Just keep in touch because they are your support group.

5. Don’t cheat – This is the type of thing that if you cheat you pretty much negate all the other hard work you have put in. It is only 30 days, you can do this and you can make this happen. If you can trudge through WODs like Fran, Jackie, Cindy, etc…. You can eat clean for 30 days. Your body, your partner, your kids, will thank you for it.

6. Kids eat Paleo – There is nothing wrong with introducing your kids to new things. A child has never starved to death when there has been food on the table. And if your kids are a bit finicky then at least try to use things for them that are gluten-free, it is not perfect, but it is a whole lot better for them. To make things fun for them make you Paleo meal look cool, like on their plate in the morning you can make the scrambled eggs look like hair, a strip of bacon a mouth, 3 macadamia nuts together as a nose, you get the idea. Also I heard a fantastic idea from a friend at the box named Moe, get your kids involved. You know how I said to plan your meals, well review those recipes with them and ask them what they think sounds good and want to have you try to make. Get them invested.

7. Learn More – Lastly, learn as much as you can about the Paleo Diet, the number one source right now in my eyes is the new Robb Wolf Paleo Solution book. It is currently on sale on Amazon for $13.95. I just ordered two more to pass around to my family and friends, it is an easy ready and it is really amazing learning about how much of what we believed was healthy is not and he give you the details on why. I can’t stress enough the importance of getting into the details with a book like this, it is really eye-opening.

I wanted to keep this post somewhat short, so as not to seem any more daunting that it already may. I will try to post up some recipes and suggestions for sites over the next few days as I get back to good with my diet as well. Good luck and I would love to hear about your success stories. You CAN do this and you WILL feel awesome, if you put the time and enegry in.


  1. Tom N. says:

    Well said! 6 weeks to go. As Rob Schneider says: “You can do it!”

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