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10 Reasons To Join Our Paleo Challenge (Part 1)

Please excuse the late post today; I was distracted this morning by trying out a 2-ingredient Paleo pancake recipe Becky recommended last week. They tasted pretty yummy! Here’s the photo from the original website with the recipe; my first attempt didn’t come out quite so picture-perfect, but were tasty nonetheless. :)

Paleo pancakes made with just 2 ingredients. Score!

Speaking of Paleo–our Paleo Challenge is coming up FAST. We’ll be kicking off the challenge on February 4-5; that’s only 2 weeks away! So if you’re still on the fence about signing up, I’m going to give you 10 reasons (in no particular order) for you to give it a try. The first 5 reasons are right here…the rest will be posted tomorrow.

  1. You want more energy.
    • If you feel sluggish and lack energy throughout the day, despite sticking to your CrossFit routine, the most likely culprits are food, sleep, and stress levels–and most likely, a combination of the three. The standard American diet of empty, processed carbs and inflammatory foods are the perfect storm that creates those sugar crashes and afternoon drowsiness. If you want to try something better (and more sustainable) than caffeine, here’s your chance!
  2. You want less inflammation.
    • For the first 25 years of my life, I actually thought it was normal to feel bloated, gassy, and dull-headed after every meal. Only when I began cutting out gluten, dairy, and processed sugars did I realize how awesome I could–and should–get to feel after a satisfying meal.If you suffer from inflammatory problems, such as digestive difficulties, chronic aches and pains, problems with cholesterol, triglycerides, or blood pressure, or problems related to blood sugar, your body’s likely telling you to try something new (see Reason #10, posted tomorrow). Why not give Paleo a shot?
  3. You want to lose body fat.
    • As great as CrossFit is, nutrition really does determine about 80% of your body composition. That’s why, despite our name, we’re here to support you in making better food choices–not just teach you how to do an Olympic lift.Check out this blog post from CrossFit Scottsdale, showing before/after pictures of some of its members after a 30-day Paleo challenge.Mark Sisson of Mark’s Daily Apple also has a nice collection of before/after photos and success stories from his readers.

      Oh yeah–and then there’s also Mark Sisson himself, looking like this at 58 years old:

  4. You want to kick your cravings.
    • Sugar is addictive, and kicking that addiction ain’t easy. Whole9 has a funny-if-it-weren’t-so-true description of the process of weaning yourself off of empty carbs and sugar called The Five Stages of (Food) Grief. The best way to go through this process is surrounded by a community of people doing the same thing. You don’t have to go it alone!
  5. You’re chasing performance.
    • How you feel, your energy levels, and your levels of inflammation all have a significant impact on athletic performance as well. If you really want to take your CrossFit or any other sport to a whole new level, it’s important to pay attention to what you eat. As our own former CrossFit coach used to tell us, “Don’t piss in your fuel tank!” A graphic…but effective metaphor.If you have any interest in trying out the CrossFit Games Open, it begins on March 6 (the day after our Paleo Challenge ends). What better way to prepare?

We have a sign-up sheet at the box, so don’t forget to enter the challenge at your next class!

Update: Click here to read Part 2 of this post.

Today’s WOD:

Snatch Balance 3-3-3-3-3-3

Notes: For technique. Use 70% 1RM of Overhead Squat.

– then –

5 rounds for total time of:

30 Kettlebell Swings 24/16kg
10 Squat Clean to Thrusters 95/65#
15 Burpees

Rest 3 minutes between rounds.

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