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Paleo Potluck Brunch

Team The Label Says Paleo + paleo-loving friends gathered Saturday morning for a potluck brunch.

brunch spread 11-14

From left to right: bacon, BBQ chicken, pumpkin-zucchini muffins, pumpkin pancakes, quiche, salmon and cucumber-tomato awesomeness, strawberries, and bison-pepper fritatta. No grains, no sugar, no dairy- just delicious, real food.

I ate a little bit of everything, and went back for seconds on a few favorites. (Ok, everything that hadn’t already been cleaned out!) I will personally vouch for the deliciousness of every dish. And you’ll have to take my word for it, because we didn’t leave any leftovers. The best part- I left feeling completely full, but without that annoying, over-stuffed, i-need-to-lay-down feeling that brunch often leaves behind.

Special thanks to our wonderful friends who came out and played by our strict-paleo rules. Yes, mimosas would have been nice, and cheese does go well with eggs- but it’s also nice to not have to worry about what we can or cannot eat.

Zucchini-Pumpkin Muffins

Pumpkin Pancakes

MORE Recipes coming soon!

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Introducing you to your fearless Paleo Challengers, meet …

Athlete Profile: Lisa O’Dea

Lisa kettlebelling

Age: 26
Height: 5’4”
Weight: 140 lbs

Date of Birth: 12/08/82
Place of Birth: Hackensack, NJ
Started CrossFit: February 2009 (bootcamp), July 2009 (indoors)
Fran: 6:04 (45 lbs)
Fight Gone Bad: 147 (2 rds, RX)

Deadlift: 155
Press: 65
Back Squat: 105

Favorite WOD: Bear complex
Favorite Lift: Power snatch
Least Favorite WOD: Anything with wallballs
Least Favorite Lift: Deadlift

Why do the Paleo Challenge?
I know that I feel and look better when I eat well. Lately, the crazy weekends and upcoming dessert season have had a nasty influence on my eating habits.  I’m looking for a reset button to help me kick the sugar habit.
Also, with my birthday and Christmas coming up, I figure this is about the best present I can give to myself. Super hot 27 here I come :)

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The past two days have been eye-opening for me. Even before this challenge, I believed I was leading a “pretty Paleo” lifestyle–no grains, no sugar, some milk and cheese. But had I not been doing this challenge, I would have eaten:

- Some of my friend’s chips & queso at lunch. I definitely wouldn’t have ordered them, but when she offered me bites I would have accepted.

- Dessert at Bess – we ordered a prix fixe and they refused to sub veggies for the dessert (whaaaa??), so the waitress brought me out a dessert anyway. It was cheesecake and didn’t look that good, but I would have had a bite, but the ice cream trio my friend had looked awesome–and again, I would have accepted many bites of that ice cream.

- Perhaps even part of a Chipotle burrito, with the killer combo of white rice, white tortilla, and cheese. I transported them to a high school tailgate, and by the time it was all said and done I was ravenous. I don’t think I would have eaten all three of those things, but perhaps … instead, I ate some pumpkin seeds stashed in my car and waited for Team The Label Says Paleo’s dinner at Georgia’s (what a delicious dinner it was!).

And, of course, I probably woulda drank a lot of milk. I really could have used a latte today. It definitely wasn’t a pumpkin spice latte day, it woulda been a just-the-milk-and-the-double-shot-please kind of latte day. Lattes are my main source of milk, but since I’ve never suffered from the “milk bloat” or any stomachaches from milk, I thought it was an okay thing for me to eat. Since I’m giving it up for the challenge, we shall see if it makes a difference.

Bottom line? Even if you think you’re doing the right things–and you ARE–you might be “fudging” a little too much. Food logging can help, but I food log and even I missed this (erm, might help to go back and READ them) … so just keep it mind next time you reach for one little nibble …

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Athlete Profile: Arun Dev

Introducing you to your fearless Paleo Challengers, meet …

Athlete Profile: Arun Dev

Arun DevAge: 33
Height: 5′ 9″
Weight: 145

Date of Birth: Feb 23, 1976
Place of Birth: India
Started CrossFit: Dabbled in Nov 2008 – Started Jan 2009

Cindy: 14 1/2
Helen: 11:09 (1 pood)
Grace: 6:54 (95lbs)
Fight Gone Bad: 173 (2 Rounds Rx)

Deadlift: 305
Press: 105
Back Squat: 205
Max Pull-ups: 21

Favorite WOD: 5k for time or anything with a run in it
Favorite Lift: Deadlift
Least Favorite WOD: Eva
Least Favorite Lift: Snatch and OHS

Why do the Paleo Challenge?
For a while now I’ve been planning to go completely paleo to improve my race times and build strength/power. When I first made the move to partial paleo with Crossfit workouts, I dropped minutes off my 5K/10K race times and noticed big jumps in strength and post workout recovery. My goal is to use the Paleo challenge to run a sub 6 minute a mile 5K  – I’m close currently and I know this will help me get there. Oh I want to shoot for that 350lbs Deadlift which is still 45lbs away.
When I saw Lisa, Georgia and Eric discussing the Paleo Challenge on my twitter feed, I kinda crashed their party. I love a challenge any day and I’m thrilled with the fact that the other 4 are going to keep me accountable. I’ve got obstacles  along the way including trips to NYC and Vegas which will make things very interesting – Stay Tuned


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Athlete Profile: Eric Wood

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Athlete Profile: Eric Wood

Eric kettlebelling
Age: 30
Height: 5’10
Weight: 175

Date of Birth: March 15, 1979
Place of Birth: San Jose, CA
Started CrossFit: April 2008

Fran: 4:51
Cindy: 17 2/3 rounds
Helen: 9:28

Deadlift: 385
Press: 145
Back Squat: 265
Snatch: 115
Max Pull-ups: never tried …

Favorite WOD: Jackie
Favorite Lift: Front squat
Least Favorite WOD: Kelly
Least Favorite Lift: Snatch

Why do the Paleo Challenge?
It gives me an opportunity to get back to something I know makes me feel good, perform well, and look good. It also gives me a chance to try to “stop the madness” and get back to a routine that brings me to the grocery store regularly and keeps me away from the bars a bit more.

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Introducing you to your fearless Paleo Challengers, meet …

Athlete Profile: Georgia Nixon

Georgia + kettlebell

Age: 29
Height: 5’4″
Weight: 138

Date of Birth: 10/09/80
Place of Birth: San Antonio, TX
Started CrossFit: November 7, 2009
Fran: 5:13 (at beginning of Fran Challenge)
Helen: 10:05
Grace: 4:53
Fight Gone Bad: 221

Deadlift: 205
Press: 85
Back Squat: 145
Max Pull-ups: 30

Favorite WOD: Mary
Favorite Lift: Snatch
Least Favorite WOD: Anything that involves any running
Least Favorite Lift: Deadlift

Why do the Paleo Challenge?
Two reasons for joining in the Paleo Challenge:
1) Because my weekend fun is polluting the rest of my week. There’s so much stuff I want to do but I can’t get it all done (weekend or weekday) with the way I’m spending my weekends now. It’s time to settle it down a bit, refocus, and attack those goals!
2) Because I’m vain. Plain and simple.

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Introducing you to your fearless Paleo Challengers, meet …

Athlete Profile: Lyssa Myska Allen

Lyssa pullup

Age: 25
Height: 5’9″
Weight: 163

Date of Birth: 9/1/84
Place of Birth: Sugar Land, TX
Started CrossFit: February 2009

Linda: 29:58
Fight Gone Bad: 333
Filthy Fifty: DNF–but close!

Deadlift: 285
Press: 90
Back Squat: 230
Clean and jerk: 125
Max Pull-ups: 15? 20?

Favorite WOD: anything with handstand pushups
Favorite Lift: power clean
Least Favorite WOD: burpees. in anything.
Least Favorite Lift: back squats

Honors: Austin FGB female elite winner

Why do the Paleo Challenge?
I’m competitive–I’m sure as hell not gonna let my friends take on a challenge without me! Oh, and I want to look hot. By losing some love handles. It might make my pullups easier too?

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