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Paleo Challenge

18 Sep 2012, Posted by admin in Uncategorized

Im no stranger to the Paleo Diet, as I have been living the Paleo lifestyle for about 3 years now. It has done wonders to my diabetes management.

While eating paleo I’m able to get amazing blood sugar control and very frequently have readings on my CGM that look like this–

I’ve just started a “Paleo Challenge” with my CrossFit Gym (CrossFit Dynamix in Astoria, Queens, NYC). The challenge is being put together by Lurong Living ( www.lurongliving.com/challenge ) , a supplement company. Check out their website, I won’t go into their supplement right now, but I take it and may blog about it later. The challenge seems very well put together. They will track body measurements, dietary cheats, and CrossFit WOD (Workout of the Day) performance. I put together a team from my gym with 22 athletes. We are all competing in the challenge individually and as a team.

During these 9 weeks I’m trying to get to a new personal best for my Deadlift. My goal is 400 pounds. Just today I hit 335 for a few reps. Pretty good for a guy that only weights 150 pounds, right?

You may be asking, what is the Paleo Diet?

The Paleo Diet is a diet/lifestyle that seeks to mimic the way our ancestors ate. It is believed by anthropologists and biologists that we’ve lived as modern genetic humans for almost 3 millions years. During 99.9% of that time we have been hunter & gatherers. Eating lean meats, fish, veggies, fruit, seeds and nuts. For only a blink of an eye we’ve had grains, refined sugars and processed foods. Most people who try the paleo diet LOVE IT, get hooked on it, and for diabetics, find amazing blood sugar control. It is actually an easy lifestyle to adhere to.

So basically:

  • Eat meat, fish, veggies, nuts, seeds, and some fruit.
  • Do not eat, grains (all breads, pastas, rice, corn… but you already knew this stuff was bad for you and your blood sugars, right?), legumes (like peanuts, soy… isn’t everyone allergic to this stuff anyway?), dairy, processed foods, or any sugar.

That seems pretty easy, straight forward and healthy, right?

A Paleo food pyramid might look like this–

This challenge will go on for 9 weeks. While I am not a stranger to Paleo, I’m going to take this opportunity to be very disciplined with my diet. I have an A1C test this week… perfect timing! I plan to get another one done at the end of the challenge. I’m hoping to get in the 4’s :) I hope to inspire some other diabetics out there to give the Paleo Diet a try!

Stayed tuned, I will continuoally blog about my progress.

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