30 March 2014

Paleo Challenge (#CFUpaleo)

It goes without saying that the 1st rule of CrossFit is to tell everyone you CrossFit (hello? #crossfitundisclosed, much?) :) But what's the 2nd rule, you ask? Paleo, my friends.

And with that...we introduce CrossFit Undisclosed's inaugural PALEO CHALLENGE!!  The month of April will be a chance for us all to increase our fitness AND change the way we look at the foods that fuel this CrossFit addiction.  If you'd like to read more about the "why" behind the Paleo lifestyle I recommend flexing the Google machine...or wiki.

How's this gonna go down?
Step 1:  Sign up at the box tonight (30 Mar) @1900, at Monday's class OR email us if you can't make either of those two options work.

Step 2:  Optional but "highly encouraged" (we all know what that means) -- During sign up, get measure to estimate body fat and take your "before" photos.  Note:  body fat and weight will not be pare of the points earned for this challenge.  Eating Paleo is primarily about feeling your absolute best, mentally and physically...looking better at the pool will be a bonus.

Step 3:  Download or get a printed copy of the Paleo Challenge Log to keep track of your score.

Step 4:  Complete the benchmark WOD (Crossfit Open 14.5) on Monday 31 March or use your time from this past weekend's competition.

Step 5+:  Eat paleo (info below), sleep a lot, don't cheat and record your points on your log sheet.

Step 6:  Report your points weekly via email or leave a comment below.

How do you earn these "points"?
Great question, BTW.  3 ways -- Daily Points, Bonus Points and Benchmark WOD improvement.

Daily Points
Start each day with 7 points.  These points represent the 7 aspects of the Paleo diet and are explained below:

1. Eat real food.  Lean meat, seafood, eggs, veggies, nuts, seeds, fruit, oils (olive, coconut, walnut, avocado).  
2. Do not eat dairy.  This includes butter, cheese, yogurt and animal milk (including cream in your coffee)
3. Do not eat grains.  This includes bread, rice, pasta, corn, oatmeal and also any gluten-free pseudo-grains such as quinoa.
4.  Do not eat legumes.  This includes beans of all kinds, lentils and PEANUTS.  No peanut butter, kids.
5.  Do not eat sugar; real or artificial.  No maple syrup, honey, agave nectar, Splenda, Truvia, Stevia, etc.
6.  Do not eat processed foods.  This includes protein shakes, processed bars, dairy-free creamers, etc.
7.  Do not drink alcohol in any form.

You keep your 7 points if you follow all the rules above.  If you put cream and sugar in your coffee that's minus 2 points for eating dairy and sugar.  Finish the day at the Fox and have one (or three) drinks?  Subtract another point from your daily 7.  If you have questions about whether something would cost you a point or not email us and Franke will figure it out...she's good at making stuff up. 

Two helpful sites to explain food rules in more detail (plenty more available, just search):
1. Trevor Steen helps us make good DFAC choices (thanks, Trevor, we miss you!)
2. Ultimate Paleo Guide (list of paleo and not-so-paleo choices all in one spot)

Bonus Points
1.  Earn 1 point/day that you get 8.5+ hours of sleep
2.  Earn 1 point/day (max 5/wk) for each WOD you crush at CrossFit Undisclosed

Benchmark WOD
Scored by subtracting your time at the beginning of the month from the time at the end of the month. Each second of improvement equals 1 point.

How do you win?
Don't you feel great?  You win.

OK, OK...yep, gotta have a prize.  Two competitors (1 male/1 female) with the most total points will receive a free CFU t-shirt.  In the case of a tie, you'll have to complete 14.5 again head-to-head. AHHH!! Just kidding.  We'll figure out a tiebreaker involving a burpee-off or something sane like that. TBD...just go with it. :)

So that about wraps it up.  If you have questions we have multiple ways of getting you an answer...email, comment below, Facebook, Instagram, etc. We're easy to find!

Gene's on to something here... If you have a "go-to" paleo meal at the DFAC or anywhere else on base snap a photo and post it to Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #CFUpaleo so we can share across the community!

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