When it doubt, flowchart it out.
Alright, friends. Here it is. The NEW 30-Day Paleo Challenge (v5.0), where we all try to eat clean for 30 days. Here are the NEW rules, whats, wherefores, and whys:

1) We continue using TheWhole30 as our master template of what you can and cannot eat during the 30 days. The Whole 30 eliminates ALL forms of sugar from our diet (including unrefined sugars such as maple syrup, agave nectar, and pure cane sugar, and artificial sweeteners or added sugars). Also out of contention: alcohol, legumes (including soy, hummus, and peanuts), grains (including cereals, corn, and potatoes), icky oils (such as peanut oil, vegetable oil, or canola oil), and dairy (including milk, cheese, and whey, but NOT eggs). It's 30 days, not forever. Jeez. It will do the body good to stay strict for the whole 30 days. Incidentally, we chose TheWhole30 because the dos and do nots are pretty cut and dry; however, make the BEST choices you can with what is available. Read food labels and make the best choice for your needs and your budget.

For more information about Paleo and why certain foods are forbidden, read our previous posts on nutrition here, and in particular this post.

2) THERE IS A $20 BUY-IN, which is DUE BY WEDNESDAY, 02/05. If you make it to the end of the month with a cumulative score of 320 points or more, you will get your $20 back.

3) PRIZES! The Warrior with the most points at the end of 30 days wins a FREE MONTH of Unlimited CrossFit. T-shirts are up for grabs for our runner's up. If you win with a perfect score of 400 points, there will be a bonus Paleo prize pack as part of your winnings.

4) We're keeping track of compliance using electronic score sheets that you must submit via email. Simply enter the number of servings of each No-No food consumed and the spreadsheet will automatically calculate your daily, weekly, and grand totals.
SAVE A COPY (File > Download) and use the SAME sheet for the ENTIRE challenge.

  • Each week, everyone starts with 100 points. Therefore, if you play it perfectly, you will end up with 400 points at the end of the challenge.
  • Points are deducted for EACH SERVING of foods on the "Do Not Consume" list. ***ONE SERVING = per consumption incident (e.g., one cupcake = 1 serving of sugar + 1 serving of dairy + 1 serving of grain; one restaurant hamburger with bun = 1 serving of grain + 1 serving of icky oils)
  • Subtract 5 points per serving of legumes (including soy, soy products, hummus, and peanuts), dairy, and icky oils (peanut, soybean, vegetable, canola, etc.).
  • More points are deducted for alcohol, sugar, and grains consumption. Subtract 10 points per serving (e.g., beer, whiskey, vodka, honey, stevia, maple syrup, chocolate, any kind of "-ose", bread, cereals, CORN, POTATOES, quinoa, get the idea).
  • It is possible to get a negative points total for the week.
  • Example: 1 serving of yogurt = minus 15 points (dairy + sugar). 1 serving of plain breaded BWW wings = minus 15 points (grain + icky oils). If you add sauce to that serving of wings = minus another 10 points for the sugar in the sauce. 1 serving of salad at a restaurant with dressing = minus 10 points for the sugar in the dressing.
5) Score sheets are due VIA EMAIL by 11:59 PM on the following dates for each week of the challenge.

  • 11:59 PM on SATURDAY, 02/08
  • 11:59 PM ON SATURDAY, 02/15
  • 11:59 PM ON SATURDAY, 02/22
  • 11:59 PM ON SUNDAY, 03/02
You are on the honor system for reporting your daily points.  
Cheaters are NOT welcome. Period. 
If there is any question about the integrity of your score sheet, we reserve the right to disqualify you.***

6) This is a VOLUNTARY Challenge. The best results will be seen in those that commit 100% with no option for quitting or cheat eats/drinks. It is up to you whether you want to weigh yourself at the start and finish (but not during) or to take measurements or other body composition stats; however, this is not a weight loss challenge.

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