Today marks day one of a forty day paleo challenge. I cannot express how excited I am. Because I’m not. My favorite food is pizza, and based on the prohibition of flour and cheese imposed by paleo, I can have a pile of pizza sauce with veggies. Woohoo.
To be clear, while I plan on following the spirit of paleo, I am not going to follow it to the letter. My meat will not be organic, grass-fed creatures who were hunted down with sharpened sticks. Nor am I going to seek out condiments (think ketchup, mustard, etc) that contain nothing but organic veggies and the sweat of angels. But I am going to avoid grains, dairy, sugar and as much processed food as possible.
I am doing this because while I am pretty good about staying active, my diet is lacking in discipline. I love pasta, rice, cookies, cheese, pizza, milkshakes, fried food, etc… Done well, it’s delicious (and let’s face it, mediocre pizza is still pretty good). But I’ve wondered if I could get better gains if I paired working out (currently a mix of running and Crossfit) with a seriously planned diet. There’s a certain amount of vanity here, I’ll admit. I think of the statements “bodies are built in the kitchen, not the gym” and that “gains are 80% diet based” and the like, and while I don’t quite believe it, what’s the harm in looking into it.
A bunch of the other people at Village Crossfit have also bought into this challenge, so hopefully the group as a whole will help keep me honest. Also, there’s the 1 mile run + 50 burpee penalty for cheating. So here’s hoping I’ll see some results in April.