On Monday, CrossFit Addiction began its 20-Day Paleo Challenge to get ready for a CrossFit competition in Dahlonega. The challenge, which is optional for gym-goers, promises a free T-shirt and the chance to win olympic lifting shoes for paleo-ers who remain steadfast for 20 days. James created three levels for the challenge, and I, along with several members from the gym, chose Level 3–the strictest.
The first day was a bit rough. Coming off a 13-mile hike the previous day, I didn’t manage to consume enough calories and the no-coffee mandate definitely took its effect. But with the first four days behind me, I’m feeling better and better as my body acclimates.
Admittedly, there are three foods I’m really missing, but have learned I can survive without:
- Coffee: I normally only drink 6 oz. a day, but going without proved quite tough for the first couple mornings, especially since I wake up at 5:15 a.m. Thankfully, yesterday, I discovered Yerba Mate Chocolate tea, which has been a lifesaver.
- Bacon: I think fours days is the longest I’ve been without bacon in two years! Sad, I know. I miss coffee for functioning; I miss bacon for flavor.
- Fruit: We’re only limited to one piece of fruit a day on Level 3. Doesn’t sound too hard, but you really have to pay attention to what you’re eating. If I had my way, I’d eat at least two pieces of fruit a day.
- 8 oz sliced mushrooms
- 1 cup shredded carrots
- 1 cup diced celery
- 1 medium onion, diced or minced
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 lbs ground sirloin (90/10)
- 3/4 cup almond meal
- 1 tsp herbs de provence
- 2 large cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 egg
- 6 oz. tomato paste
- black pepper
7. Then, place mixture into 9×13 baking dish and cook at 350 degrees for 60 to 70 minutes.