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Energy Levels

Week 1 is down and, up until lunch yesterday, I thought things were going pretty well. Uh, wrong! Hello headache and low energy. It’s not that I expected to be riding high for 30 days but jeez Louise, I needed a nap. (I took one at lunch, another after work, and went to bed at 9:15.) I can’t say that I wasn’t expecting this. Coach Mike Winchester was the first to be brutally honest with me about the energy dips and spikes he experienced when going Paleo. On Saturday, both Erika and Melicious shared their experiences with me of the nitty-gritty-not-so-pretty side of going Paleo. What I heard from all three was that while some lucky people do get that soaring high feeling and crazy energy from going Paleo, (Coach Jessica Sharratt seemed to be one of these lucky ones) others don’t (me). Instead, it’s a rollercoaster of up and down days until, at some point, the energy levels plateau a notch above pre-Paleo levels.

Energy goes to just a notch above pre-Paleo levels? Is that even worth all the change? Please, someone tell me that it is because there’s a Brooklyn Chocolate Stout in the fridge that keeps whispering sweet, delicious nothings to me every time I open my fridge.  I’ve made a commitment to my friends, and we put it on the internet, so I’m not going to waiver. However, the low days really bite. Last night I was on the phone with my best friend for an hour complaining about my current predicament. She deserves a medal sometimes, putting up with me the way she does.

Fortunately, it does, turn around. While Day 9 was low energy, Day 10 is super high energy. If there’s anything I’ve learned in the past year it’s to be gentle with myself. On Day9 I got diddly-squat done all day. Seriously, I stared at my computer screen and prayed no one would email or call. Today, I’m attacking my workload (personal AND professional) with purpose & enjoyment. What a difference a day makes! Lesson: Keep the faith and stay the course.


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Week 1 recap

Team The Label Says Paleo… it’s time for our week 1 recap! Post to comments your progress and realizations this week?

We had a great dinner on Thursday, and an awesome brunch on Sunday.  The site peaked at over 300 views one day this week.

My week?

  • Sunbutter Organic is totally different (and doesn’t taste as awesome) from Sunbutter “crunchy.”
  • Raw fake cheesecake from Whole Foods is NOT paleo.
  • Neither is Agave Nectar.
  • Never change your diet the week of a race (and if you do, remember to eat very well and according to your nutrition plans).
  • The Austin Airport has good food, but you have to be careful.
  • Thank God there’s a grocery store that’s vaguely in walking distance from my hotel in San Diego.

Happy clean eating!

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I am horrible at following recipes. Usually when it comes to baking, it’s important to follow the recipe exactly- and so I’ve generally stayed away from baking. However, these paleo pancakes were perhaps one of the easiest things I have ever made. My recipe is adapted from Melicious, who adapted from Paleo Steve– both excellent sources for paleo kitchen ideas!

Pumpkin Paleo Pancakes

  • 1 whole egg
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup smooth almond butter
  • 1/2 cup pureed pumpkin
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • I also sprinkled in some ginger and cloves, but didn’t measure…probably 1/4 tsp or less
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened applesauce (read the label! apples only)

photoThis is really the easiest recipe ever. Step 1: Put all ingredients in a bowl. Step 2: Mix thoroughly. I used a whisk, and at first I didn’t think it was going to work. All of a sudden, everything came together to form a thick, creamy batter. See?

Since the batter is so thick, I made silver-dollar pancakes. I think these were the perfect size for brunch, plus they were super easy to flip. Just heat a pan or skillet, add some coconut oil, and cook about 3 minutes on each side.

I served my pancakes with chopped pecans and a blackberry “jam” (blended blackberries and unsweetened applesauce in the food processor). There’s a lot of room for creativity here- I think next time I might try some baked apples with cinnamon.photo(3)

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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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