Yesterday marked day 1 of a challenge I gave myself to go strict Paleo. I normally try to stay away from processed foods, grains and gluten, and refined sugars. But the holidays are always a tough time for me, there's a lot of treats going around, yummy beverages (hot cocoa, anyone?), and plenty of other not-so-healthy food stuffs that I usually end up eating despite my best intentions. Although treating yourself every once in a while is totally okay, I let myself off the hook a lot these last few months. Part of it was poor food planning and time management. My schedule has been nuts since about mid-November so making it to the grocery store and prepping meals took the backseat, especially if it meant losing precious hours of sleep. I ate what was convenient despite the hit my wallet took.
Why am I going strict Paleo and not just cleaning up my diet back to the way it was? Straight up, I want to be leaner. I've done the WLC, I've been Paleo + dairy, and I've been gluten free but I've never been 100% strict Paleo. I've seen results with all of those, but I wanted to experiment with something I haven't done before and see what comes of it. A lot of my motivation to do this is based on aesthetics, but I also know how addicting processed sugars are and I boarded the sugar train back in October. So I'm also looking to break that dependency and get my energy levels more consistent throughout the day versus cycling through highs and lows. It will be interesting to see how my performance in the gym improves since I won't have any processed crap running through my system. If any of you have thought about switching up your diet and have questions about it, shoot me an email or talk to me between classes, I'd be more than happy to help and answer any questions you may have.
P.S. If you see me reaching for a chocolate chip cookie KC bar, feel free to smack that sucker right out of my hand.
Elie demonstrating the post workout AM-NAP
A. EMOTM 10
8 Pull ups
B. Every 2 minutes for 10 rounds:
5 Power Cleans (75/53)
10 Push press
15 Back squats
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