November Paleo Challenge ~ Join Me!

paleoPyramidLG-e1330885868109Hi everyone! I’ve decided to do a Paleo challenge for the month of November and would love if you could join me.   So slam back all that Halloween candy because as of November 1st refined sugars are off the list!

If you haven’t heard of Paleo I’ll give you a little breakdown.  The paleolithic diet (abbreviated paleo diet), also popularly referred to as the caveman diet, Stone Age diet and hunter-gatherer diet, is a modern nutritional plan based on the presumed ancient diet of wild plants and animals that various hominid species habitually consumed during the Paleolithic era—a period of about 2.5 million years which ended around 10,000 years ago with the development of agriculture and grain-based diets. In common usage, the term “paleolithic diet” can also refer to actual ancestral human diets, insofar as these can be reconstructed.

Centered on commonly available modern foods, the contemporary “Paleolithic diet” consists mainly of fish, grass-fed pasture raised meats, eggs, vegetables, fruit, fungi, roots, and nuts, and excludes grains, legumes, dairy products, potatoes, refined salt, refined sugar, and processed oils. 1

I know my biggest challenge will be no legumes.  I love my beans and since I don’t eat a lot of meat that part may be hard.  I think I’ll mostly stick to chicken and fish.  I even have my husband on board! I think I sold him with “I promise there are NO green smoothies and you can even have bacon!”.  Yup. Pretty sure “bacon” sold him on the idea seeing as it hasn’t been in our household for months, maybe even years – sorry babe.

Please check out my friend’s page, Healthy Mama Hippie Artist, for more info (and the creator Robin’s Sweet Confessions and her website).  There is also a Facebook Group you can request to join as well.

To get you started here are the Word documents with all the recipes and meal plans.

Paleo Challenge Recipes
Paleo Challenge

You don’t have to stick to these exactly but refer to this chart for the Paleo Do’s and Dont’s.paleo-diet1

If you have any questions, please ask! I’ll be sure to post about the recipes and my progress. Wish me luck 🙂

Source: 1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paleolithic_diet

2 Comments

  • Serif and Spice November 4, 2013 at 8:11 am

    Good luck!
    My husband and I started the Paleo diet last month. We’ve really enjoyed it so far. Since I’m already gluten free, the hardest thing for me has been no dairy and beans. We’re also lenient with the organic part, but try to eat as healthy as possible, lots of vegetables. I find that “paleo” can be confusing sometimes because many people have different definitions of what they deem is correct. For instance, we also eat starchy squashes like butternut and acorn, but limit them to stay on the lower carb side of the diet when possible. Both of us have fallen in love with spaghetti squash though and it has become a staple in our house. I look forward to seeing your recipes and progress!

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    • thehappyhealthfreak November 4, 2013 at 10:33 am

      Thanks! The hardest thing for me is definitely beans!!! I love spaghetti squash too, one of my favs. I’m with you on the starchy squash. It is still paleo, but “they” say if you’re doing it to lose weight then you should have it in limited quantities, otherwise it’s a root veggie from the ground so it’s A-ok!

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