Paleo Challenge Starter Tips

Check out Coach Brandon’s quick story and awesome tips for the Paleo Challenge!

Starter Tips for Doing a Paleo Challenge

So Wednesday I woke up feeling like crap with a headache. Imagine a migraine and a sinus infection combined.
If was neither, but rather something I think is worse — sugar.  Yep, that’s right. It was a sugar crash for me.
I’ll go ahead and be honest I had a few Coke’s to help me stay up and watch the Atlanta Falcons’ Monday Night Football game. I was paying for it on Wednesday.  It wasn’t until the late afternoon that my body went into a cold sweat and I felt better. As Coach Ben called it ‘It was like a demon leaving your body.” If that’s not a sign that sugar is bad for your body, then I don’t what is.  Anyways, as you begin the Paleo Challenge. Here’s a few tips I’ve picked up over the last year or so eating Paleo.

1. Plan out your meals.
Every Sunday I plan out my lunch and dinner meals for the week. (breakfast is usually eggs and turkey bacon/sausage). I have about 15-20 go-to Paleo meals that I like and know how to cook pretty quickly. I like to try one or two new meals every week or so, if possible.

When planning your meals, make sure you cook enough for leftovers. To me, it makes no sense to cook something for just that one night. If the recipe calls for just two chicken breasts, double it and cook four. You’ll be glad later in the week when you have that Paleo meal waiting for you in the fridge.

2. Order food from Pre-Made Paleo
You know that little white freezer in the gym? That’s for Pre-Made Paleo meals that are delivered to the gym once a week.  These things are clutch when you are in a hurry, haven’t gone to the grocery story and need something healthy to eat. The average cost of one meal is $6-8, which is cheaper than if you were to go to a restaurant and get a salad or some other “healthy” meal. Those are going to run you about $9-11. Also, you don’t know what has been added to them. Pre-Made Paleo meals are 100% Paleo, so you have nothing to worry about.

3. Don’t go cold turkey for nine weeks
It would be nice to think you can go the whole challenge without a cheat meal, but that’s not realistic. Have a cheat meal if you need one. But be wise about it. Don’t turn a cheat meal into a cheat weekend or week.

Coach Brandon