CFSB, I bring you the 2011 Fall Paleo Challenge and updated Hunt Gather Saute classes. Read more below, check out the Paleo Challenge Page and HGS site and sign up soon!
Doing a Paleo Challenge can be rewarding and fun. I’ve seen many a Challenge now over the last couple of years of doing this bring out the ‘beast mode’ in CrossFit newbs and break plateaus of CrossFitters of all levels. CrossFit affiliates across the world put on their own version and of a paleo/primal challenge. Doing a little googling will show you some pretty awesome before/afters and stories about the long-term results. The CFSB Paleo Challenge in the past has helped change individuals and even families for the long term and has brought CFSB members closer together through the shared learning experience, the potlucks and events spontaneously put on, and through the fitness milestones surpassed during the process.
The Paleo Challenge is an opportunity for all people at a variety of stages to accomplish a set of potential goals:
- Reap performance results and sexy results: eating paleo means faster recovery, better food conversion to lean mass, better body fat usage/loss
- Savvier use of resources: learn to utilize reliable nutrition resources, identify quality ingredients and cook quality meals
- Focus on your lifestyle: improve your food, sleep, exercise, play, recovery
- Improve insulin sensitivity: a paleo diet is inherently better for this which improves body composition and decreases your risk for a host of lifestyle diseases
The rules of the Challenge highlight some important points. At first glance, to the average person the strict rules may seem extreme or unnecessary. The conventional wisdom on ‘everything in moderation’ challenges the ideas of the seemingly strict rules of a Paleo Challenge or a paleo lifestyle for that matter. This adage is far outgrown by modern research for certain foods and it would behoove you to learn about how.
For specifically wheat the complete elimination is recommended for everyone, not just for a subset of people, not just for a period of the time. The Challenge gives you the chance to prove to yourself why. Most people will see dramatic results when they completely remove wheat (and for some other grains, and for some people most dairy) and upon reintroduction see not so great outcomes.
For industrial grain/seed oils, omega-6-dense foods and fructose-dense foods (bars, fruits, paleo treats) a significant reduction or elimination from the diet (and the replacement with nutrient dense whole foods and the development of cooking/planning skills to support them) is highly beneficial for some for the long-term, and for most people may be necessary for many people to get the most of the Challenge experience.
How can I be successful at the Challenge?
Attending the education and skill classes that are coming up will help you understand why and how eating a paleo diet is a good idea and help you gain a more practical understanding of how to transition your current diet/lifestyle and how to continue your own education. Paleo Nutrition 101 seminars are Sat. 11/12 and Sat. 12/3; Paleo Cooking 101 classes are Sun. 11/13 and Sun. 12/4. Check out my site for more information.
If you sign up for Category A or B of Challenge two 15 minute nutrition consults are part of the deal that you can do in person or by phone where you can come prepared with any questions you have ahead of time. Should you want more than that, you can always set up a longer consult.
Also, the amount of resources on this site should provide you with plenty of additional reading. Stay tuned on the Challenge pages for FAQs and reading lists, too.
How can I be successful after the Challenge?
In addition to the straightforward health benefits from six weeks of strict paleo eating, perhaps the biggest benefit is the learning opportunity to continue a paleo lifestyle long after the Challenge. The long-term benefits of maintaining a paleo-like diet mean better long-term health prospects, unlikely disease from what kills the majoriy of Americans (metabolic syndrome-related, nutrition-related disease), better ability to remain active and recover from illness and injury, better mental health, better fertility, and better overall quality of life.
Do I have to do the Challege or Paleo classes to benefit?
Some people prefer a different approach than a Challenge. Many people prefer private one-on-one consultation or just keeping a Challenge Log and having intermittent feedback. If the dates of the scheduled education or cooking classes don’t work for you, setting up your own private consult or private or group cooking class is easy to do. Many people after the Challenge have chosen to continue it on with other friends on their own, with further consultations and feedback from me via their Google Docs Challenge Log, in-person meetings or phone consults.
I’ve officially been teaching and consulting under the Hunt, Gather, Saute name for a year now. Check out a collage of photos and clips from the first ever Paleo Cooking 101 below, plus updates to the class offerings.
The nutrition education events will give you everything you’ll need to know to get started, motivated, and equipped to succeed during and beyond the Challenge. Several people have asked whether they should or could attend a nutrition seminar or cooking class for a second time (yes, they’re that fun!). The answer is hell yes! Here are some changes to the classes:
Recommended listening/reading for all classes (including On-Ramp): A few recent podcasts by some of the paleosphere pioneers have been so thorough, interesting, or inspiring that I’m making them recommended listening prior to attending my classes. One of these is an interview by Robb Wolf with Dr. William Davis (from Heart Scan blog and author of the new book Wheat Belly) and another is an interview by Chris Kresser with Chris Masterjohn, along with a short list of articles.
Emphasis in Paleo Nutrition 101 seminar: Time will be split equally between nutrition science and food quality implementation (more time spent on food sourcing, planning, budgeting).
Emphasis in Paleo Cooking 101: More emphasis will be placed on discussion of food quality during the class. Check out the HGS 101 page for the general outline and menu for the classes (detailed menus will be up soon; check HGS Facebook page to see when it’s updated!)
So, sign up for the Paleo Challenge, the nutrition events, and get crackin’ on your motivation whether it’s through digging and research, or by taking some before pictures, talk to your coaches, plan to have some fun with it. Contact Remy with questions!
Workout of the Day 10/24/2011
A. This is your focus for the day, Part B is optional
Know 5RM: 5-5-5-5-5 @ 90% of 5RM
B. Optional (Unscored, For Form)
GHD Situps: 10-10-10
Tabata Double KB Rack Walk
Tabata Hollow Hold
A. Killer Core: 2 Rounds
10 Toes/Knees to Bar
Big Wheel (partner)
60 sec Side Plank Holds (adv. raise top leg and arm)
Rotational Side Pillars (foam roller)
B. For Time:
10 Front Squats
20m Walking Lunges (optional OH)
9 Front squats
20m Walking Lunges
8 Front squats
20m Walking Lunges
7 Front squats
20M Walking Lunges
6 Front Squats
20m Walking Lunges
5 Front Squats
20m Walking Lunges
1 Front Squat