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Week 4: Spring 2012 30 Day Real Food Challenge

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Welcome to the last FULL week of the challenge! Next Wednesday, May 23rd will be the first non-challenge day!

By now you should have started to see some physical, mental and systemic changes. You might be sleeping better, you might have more energy throughout the day, and maybe something in your digestion has cleared up. Either way, you should have noticed that by altering what you put into your body, you are changing how your body works and reacts.

What you put into your body affects what you get out of your body.

Want rock hard abs? Minimized muscle soreness? Pain-free joints? A more optimistic outlook? Better sleep? Less ‘hunger pains’ and ‘food babies’? A generally better life?

Treat your body well and it will reward you.

Wondering what do to AFTER the 30 days is over? First read this blog post that I wrote after the last 30 day challenge.  It’s applicable here, and should provide you with some general guidelines for venturing back out into the fake food jungle.  It also goes into detail about what I typically eat while not on a 30 day challenge, for those of you who are looking for extra guidelines or examples.

OR you could just decide that you like yourself, your body, your energy so much more while eating perfectly, that you don’t want to mess that up, and you feel like staying on a strict real food diet forever.

That is, after all, the point of these 30 days. It wasn’t to starve you and make you lose tons of weight for a before/after photo. It wasn’t to make you ‘skinny’ or give you a magic pill that will solve all of your problems.

It was to help you make a very significant lifestyle change. Food is all around us. We eat multiple times every single day. We associate food with special events, family gatherings, social activities, and emotions.  It’s a BIG deal. And it’s hard to make a shift in the way that you think about food.

During these 30 days, we told you over and over that it’s not really that hard to make this change. Except it was. It was really tough to throw everything you’ve been told by the government and your doctor out the window. It’s been tough to come to the realization that ‘food stores’ rarely carry any food. It’s been uncomfortable to endure social events, surrounded by non-foods and booze. It’s been weird to feel all of these changes to your own body – a body that you thought would always be achy, tired or cranky.

You are making your way through a very important, and very challenging month. This month will change your life. The things that you’ve learned about nutrition, your body, disease, aging, sleep, recovery, etc will help you to make much better decisions in the future, and will hopefully allow you to spread the word to others who need some help.


Friday, May 18th, 7:30pm:  Paleo Potluck.

Wednesday, May 22nd, all classes: 30 Day Challenge Workout Re-Test.  Be there! You can make up this workout on Thursday, May 23rd if you miss it.


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7 Responses to Week 4: Spring 2012 30 Day Real Food Challenge

  1. Steve says:

    Some more thoughts on what to do when the challenge ends: http://www.thepaleodrummer.com/2012/05/30-day-paleo-challenges-are-easy-but.html

    Sadly, my suggestion is not pizza.

  2. Ashley says:

    What is everyone making for the potluck tomorrow night!?

  3. Alycia says:

    I made a jambalaya with chicken and andouille sausage today, from Paleo Comfort Foods. I altered the recipe quite a bit, and I doubled the meat and seasonings. Somewhere along the way is got REALLY spicy. So I’ll probably still serve it, with a note that warns people. :)

    If it gets too spicy to serve tomorrow , I’ll be making a chocolate chili from Well Fed.

  4. Jamie says:

    I think I’m making crockpot beef with coconut milk, cumin and broccoli. Sadly, the plantains aren’t going to be ripe enough in time.

  5. Brianna says:

    Sounds good Alycia and Jamie!

    I am making mini burgers with onion, apple, bacon, balsamic “Chutney Topping” (woo that was a long title)

  6. Jamie says:

    Ooooh. Those sound very yummy. What’s in the chutney besides balsamic vinegar?

  7. Brianna says:

    All it is made from is 1 apple, 1 red onion, bacon, and then it cooks down in the balsamic vinegar.

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