Paleo Challenge – Day 13 Journal (1/26/13)

Ok, so today I get back on track!! No sweets, no cheats, all Paleo!!

I was very excited to try a recipe that I found online, and it was amazing! I’ve copied the link the recipe so you can check it out and to also give credit where credit is due. I was very proud it turned out to be so delicious…but, it was a crock pot meal so once I cut everything up and threw it in the crock pot it was pretty easy. Nonetheless, a new meal has been discovered for the Castelli household.

Today’s Summary:

Workout (10 AM): WorkoutStrength workout- 5 sets 5 back squats and WOD (visit www.crossfitfishers.com for the workout details)

Meals:

Breakfast: 2 scrambled eggs, 2 pieces of bacon

Pre-workout- Pre-workout drink

Post-workout: Protein shake (mixed with coconut water) and 32 oz. of water

Lunch: 6 oz. Turkey (with Frank’s hot sauce), avocado, 1 clementine, 2 handfuls of grapes, 1/2 can coconut water, fish oil, multivitamin 

Snack: 2 oz. Jerky

Dinner: Chicken enchilada stew (recipe on http://paleomg.com/enchilada-chicken-stew/) topped with avocado and cilantro, water

Chicken Enchilada Stew

Dessert: 2 Homemade coconut banana cookies (recipe: http://cavemanstrong.com/2012/08/coconut-banana-cookies/)

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Why this all started…

This has been a post that I’ve wanted to do for a while, but for numerous reasons I haven’t had a chance to get it done…until today. I wanted to share with you why I am doing this Paleo Challenge and how I got to it.

About a year ago my wife and I began paying more attention of the foods we were buying, their ingredients and how they affected us. At first our research wasn’t too in depth…it was more going off different things we heard in the news or on TV shows. Those are the best sources to learn about anything, right?? After talking with some friends who were vegan I decided to take my research to the next level. I watched a few documentaries (I know documentaries are usually skewed, but they still provide good information and new ways of thinking) and read a few books. I plan to have future posts about the books that I read, my thoughts and links to amazon for you to purchase should you like. After doing all of my “research” we decided that we were going to eliminate meat from our diet and try a vegan diet.

Our veganism (if that’s even a word) lasted less than a week. I applaud those that live a vegan lifestyle because we found it nearly impossible to find enough food and meals that didn’t violate the vegan way. Some dairy was reintroduced into our lives and we became vegetarians, and this lasted for me until I started this Paleo Challenge.

My CrossFit box (CrossFit Fishers) issued the Paleo challenge to everyone and a handful of us decided to take it. The Paleo Diet reintroduced meat and eggs to my diet which was honestly a little difficult to do. Not because they no longer taste good to me, but because I stopped eating them for specific reasons, and my research into the Paleo Diet suggest that those reasons were not correct (the frustration of conflicting information is yet another post to come). I decided to give it a try; I figured with my new workout routine I could probably use a change in diet. I’m excited to rid my diet of processed foods and sugars, which I still consumed on my vegetarian diet. I will miss pasta (after all my last name is Castelli) andpizza during the challenge, but it will be worth it (I’ll probably sneak those from time to time as a treat after the 60 days). I plan to pay attention to what my body tells me and continue to read up on how food affects the body and eventually come up with a diet that I can enjoy and feel comfortable will help me stay as healthy as possible, which leads me to why this all started…

The whole reason for me worrying about the food I put in my body is because I want to give myself the best possible chance at living a long healthy life of growing old with Ang and watching our boys grow up. And THAT is why I started this…JS_1377600_0035

Paleo Challenge – Day 12 Journal (1/25/13)

I guess deviating from the Paleo Diet is a slippery slope. Last night I cheated (although a small cheat) and had a few Peanut M&M’s with my son at Disney at Ice. Tonight was a much bigger cheat and I’m actually kind of pissed at myself. Let me set the stage…

My parents had just left because my dad helped me move the treadmill we just bought downstairs and put most of it together. I was gathering all of the ingredients to begin making a Paleo pizza crust recipe that I was excited to try. I actually was going to make a regular crust for my wife and son and make the Paleo crust for myself. Before I got a chance to start pouring the ingredients my wife got a text that her brother was in town from college and wanted to see his nephews. So, the homemade pizza was scratched and we headed to the southside of town to visit with him and my in-laws. My Paleo pizza was replaced by Papa Johns.

I’ve come to realize that one of the hardest parts of eating a clean, healthy, Paleo diet is eating away from home with others that don’t eat the same way. Take tonight for instance, I could either not eat dinner, which would not be healthy, or eat the Papa John’s pizza that was ordered and deviate from my diet. I chose to eat the “bad” pizza.  I felt that was the lesser of the two evils…I’m sure it will cost me some points on my Pale Challenge.

The only positive I see about tonight was that I didn’t choose to eat Papa John’s because I didn’t care about the challenge and diet, but because of the circumstance. And interestingly enough I didn’t enjoy the pizza like I used to…not sure if it’s because my tastes and body have changed, or because I felt guilty. Nonetheless, I don’t plan on anymore posts like today for a long time!!

Today’s summary:

Workout (6 AM): WorkoutStrength workout- 5 sets 3 jerks and WOD (visit www.crossfitfishers.com for the workout details)

Meals:

Pre-workout snack: 1 scrambled egg, 1 tbslp. almond butter and pre-workout drink (not protein)

Post-workout: Protein shake (mixed with coconut water) and 32 oz. of water

Breakfast: 3 eggs scrambled with red peppers and spinach, 1/2 can coconut water, blueberries and raspberries, multivitamin, fish oil and more water

Snack: 2 oz. Jerky

Lunch: 4 oz. Turkey, banana, handful almonds

Dinner: 3 pieces Papa John’s pepperoni pizza, water

Paleo Challenge – Day 11 Journal (1/24/13)

Today was my first day with a cheat….we took the kiddos to Disney on Ice and Roman, Ang, and I shared a package of Peanut M&M’s. For what it’s worth I was mad at myself after they were all gone.

My energy level has begun to pick back up due to being able to get to sleep a little earlier every night. I feel better that I’m not questioning my diet affecting my energy. I actually think that the new diet is helping my energy.

Today’s summary:

Workout (6 AM): WorkoutStrength workout- 5 sets 3 Squat deadlift and WOD (visit www.crossfitfishers.com for the workout details)

Meals:

Pre-workout snack: 1 scrambled egg, 1 tbslp. almond butter and pre-workout drink (not protein)

Post-workout: Protein shake (mixed with coconut water) and 32 oz. of water

Breakfast: 3 eggs scrambled, 1/2 can coconut water, blueberries and raspberries, multivitamin, fish oil and more water

Snack: 2 clementines

Lunch: Leftover ground turkey and peppers

Snack: Banana with almond butter

Dinner: Thai Grilled Chicken Salad (1/2 size, no wontons), cup of tomato soup (no croutons) and water

Evening Snack: Water and handful of peanut M&M’s

Paleo Challenge – Day 10 Journal (1/23/13)

Today’s summary:

Workout (6 AM): Rest Day

Meals:

Breakfast: Sausage biscuit (no biscuit), clementine, water, multivitamin, fish oil

Snack: Banana

Lunch: Grilled chicken breast, cup of chili (it did have beans, but couldn’t be avoided–not a lot of beans though) water

Dinner: Spaghetti Squash with shrimp, spinach, tomatoes and red peppers, water, and fish oil

Paleo Challenge – Day 9 Journal (1/22/13)

Today’s summary:

Workout (6 AM): Skill workout-Snatches (Every minute on the minute 3 reps)

Meals:

Pre-workout snack: 1 scrambled egg, 1 tbslp. almond butter and pre-workout drink (not protein)

Post-workout: Protein shake (mixed with water) and 32 oz. of water

Breakfast: 3 eggs scrambled, 4 oz. leftover ground turkey, 1/2 can coconut water, 1 banana, multivitamin and more water

Snack: 3 oz. Beef Jerky

Lunch: Qdoba grilled chicken, grilled veggies and salsa, water

Dinner: Vegetarian tortilla soup

Evening Snack: Clementine and handful of almonds

Paleo Challenge – Day 8 Journal (1/21/13)

Today’s summary:

Workout (6 AM): Strength workout- 5 sets 3 Squat clean and jerk and WOD (visit www.crossfitfishers.com for the workout details)

Meals:

Pre-workout snack: 1 scrambled egg and 1 tblsp. almond butter, pre-workout drink (not protein)

Post-workout: Protein shake (mixed with coconut water) and 32 oz. of water

Breakfast: 3 eggs scrambled, 1 almond flour chicken strip,1 tsp. fish oil, multivitamin and more water

Lunch: 6 oz. Coconut chicken tenders (courtesy of The Paleo Recipe Book), 2 handfuls of blueberries, 1 tsp. fish oil

Snacks: 2 clementines

Dinner: Chili (Paleo recipe)