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30 Day Challenge Announcement!

Posted on by Alycia

We are less than 4 weeks away from our next 30 Day Challenge!!

Starting January 3rd, we’ll all be eating clean and abstaining from alcohol for 30 days. Sounds like a party, right?

At this point, you are probably having some type of reaction to this news.

FIND YOUR REACTION AND READ ON!

IF YOUR REACTION IS,                                                                                                      

“WHAT THE HECK IS A 30 DAY CHALLENGE AND WHY WOULD I DO IT?”

Your answer is,                                                                                                                            

It will make you look better naked. That’s most likely why you joined the gym in the first place, right? Oh, and in addition to that, it’ll make you so damn healthy that you’ll feel better all day every day, recover faster from workouts, perform better in the gym and you will live longer. Those are some pretty good side effects!

It’s a cleanse of sorts, as it will help rid your system of common toxins that are found in the foods you eat now, but instead of restricting what you eat, it allows you to eat ANY FOOD or DRINK YOU WANT.*

* FOOD: All animals and fish, all vegetables (little to no white potatoes), all fruits, nuts and seeds (in moderation) *DRINK: Water/Seltzer Water, Tea or Coffee

If doesn’t fit into the above categories, it’s not a food, and you won’t be eating it for those 30 days.

WE KNOW YOU HAVE A LOT OF QUESTIONS, such as “Is this Paleo?!”as you hold up a can of beans. We’ll address all of that in another post. For now, just know that if it’s a grain (flour, rice, corn, etc), legume, sugar or sweetener, dairy product or alcohol, you won’t be eating it during those 30 days. Just about every packaged item in the food store fits into this category. On the other hand, if the ingredient list has 1-2 ingredients and doesn’t come in a package, it’s likely a food and you can eat it. If it was alive at some point, it’s likely a food.

YOUR HOMEWORK: Start collecting recipes that use only ŕeal foods’. A good place to start is by typing in the names of your favorite meats and veggies, and also the word Paleo. (ie: Chicken + spinach + garlic + Paleo)

Also, check out our Member Resources page for cookbooks, websites, local restaurants and Paleo food options. Also look at our Nutrition Page for lots of articles, recipes, and testimonials from people who have done this challenge before.

Also, talk to people at the gym about what they typically eat and how they cook it. USE YOUR RESOURCES to come up with a big group of recipes so you aren’t lost on Day 1!

 

IF YOUR REACTION IS,                                                                                            

“AGAIN?? OK, I’LL DO THE FOOD PART, BUT I STILL WANT TO DRINK EVERY ONCE IN AWHILE. AND I WANT TO KEEP THE CHEESE IN. AND MAYBE SOME DARK CHOCOLATE.”

The answer is,                                                                                                                          

OH HELL NO. That’s not even very challenging. You know as well as we do (or you should) that going 100% clean is the only way to reap the benefits of a 30 day challenge. Exceptions for a wedding or something that’s truly one-in-a-lifetime are possibly acceptable, but birthday parties, happy hours, Saturday nights, Sunday football,’a bad day at work, or other weekly occurrences are not.

Just (wo)man up and do this the RIGHT WAY. If you half ass the challenge, then you won’t get great results. You know this already. Its only 30 days out of your entire life. Just suck it up. Weŕe all in this together.

YOUR HOMEWORK: Write down your reasons for doing this challenge. You won’t want to stick to it if you aren’t doing it for a specific reason. Stick this reason or list of reasons to your fridge, or set it as a reminder in your phone, or your desktop background. The point is, if you know WHY you are doing this, the HOW becomes a lot easier.

IF YOUR REACTION IS,                                                                                                    

“BUT IT DIDN’T WORK FOR ME LAST TIME. WHY SHOULD I TRY IT AGAIN?”

Your answer is,                                                                                                                

Everyone is different, and if your body, genetic makeup, autoimmune health, or lifestyle dictate that you need a different solution, there are plenty of ways to tweak this protocol. Before claiming that it didn’t work, though, think back to other factors in your life such as stress or sleep schedule. If those are way off, your attempts to change your body composition via food and the gym won’t help you reach your goals.

After doing the homework below, we may recommend alternative solution that will likely be a variation of the Paleo diet. It might be stricter, or might even include additional ingredients that will allow you to reach your goals and stay healthy for the 30 days.

YOUR HOMEWORK: Outline a typical 1-3 days of eating from the last 30 day challenge, as well as a 1-3 days of how you currently eat. Bring this to Alycia, Justin or Steve Kirsch before January 1st, along with a clear goal for this challenge, and we will help you!

 

IF YOUR REACTION IS,                                                                                                    

“OK. I’VE DONE THIS IN THE PAST AND I’M TOTALLY DUE FOR ANOTHER CHALLENGE. LETS DO THIS!”

Your answer is,                                                                                                                  

Great! Do it right,and consider taking a new challenger under your wing. We will have a list of challengers on the whiteboard. We will note who is a first time challenger. Try to meet someone new and help them through their first challenge. Often, setting a good example for others is a great way to make sure you do the same for yourself. You’ve already reaped the benefits of a challenge, so use this as an opportunity to help others do the same. This is a community. Do your part to help it thrive!

YOUR HOMEWORK: Find NEW recipes. One of the reasons you aren’t eating 100% paleo right now is that you are bored with the food you have at home. Spice things up a bit, literally. Buy a new cookbook (Well Fed 2 and Nom Nom Paleo are great new options!)

Encourage new people at the gym to join the challenge. The more people that are talking, sharing recipes, etc, the easier this challenge becomes!

MORE INFO WILL BE POSTED SOON. STAY TUNED. FOR NOW, BE QUIET AND DO YOUR HOMEWORK!!

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