“The difference between interest and commitment is this… When you’re interested in something, you do it only when circumstances permit. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuse, just results.” – attributed to both Kenneth Blanchard and Art Turok.

Part of the “Challenge” in the Paleo Challenge is getting through the first phase, which can be pretty tough if you used to eat lots of grains, sugar etc, but milder or non-existent if you were pretty “clean” to begin with.

If you’re eliminated caffeine you may be getting headaches. Cutting out the grains and sugars may give you mood swings and sugar cravings, and you might feel lethargic and lacking in energy. If you’ve increased your vegetable intake (especially leafy greens) you might noticing things are a little different when you are sitting “on the throne”, so-to-speak.  You might find you are running a little warmer than usual.

The good news is that pretty soon, within about 2 weeks, if not sooner, you will find yourself breezing through the day with lots of energy, no “mid-afternoon slumps”, and sleeping like a rock. You’ll find that you feel satisfied after you eat, but not bloated or heavy. You’ll discover that without the sugar and other additives, vegetables and fruits and other foods not only have a real taste, they also taste delicious!

Yes, it is easy to look at the Challenge as a month of “giving up” food you like and have formed habits and rituals around. If you view it that way, it will be hard to keep the commitment. So why stick to a strict Paleo lifestyle for these 30 days?

Melissa Urban, owner of CrossFit Whole9 had this to say:  “The only way you are going to know if something is having a negative effect on how you look, feel or perform is to take it out for a while, then try it again with a fresh perspective. Think of it this way – if you’re allergic to pollen, and you are exposed to pollen every day, that means every day your nose is a little stuffy and your head is a little achy. You probably don’t even realize how crappy you feel, because a stuffy nose and achy head is just normal. Now, take a vacation somewhere pollen-free. Allow your body to experience a month without that irritant. Then… come home. Imagine how aware you would be of your allergy then. Your first few days back, you would be miserably in tune with how your allergy is affecting your everyday life.”

Have a wonderful vacation 🙂

13 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Dana on March 3, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    I love this! Thanks for posting.


  2. I hope everyone is reading the daily posts!! they’re supposed to help all y’all, ya know? Plus, it’s good to post new questions on the current page!

    Looks like you are off to a great start Dana!


  3. Posted by Theo Paat on March 3, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    I concur.

    If you have a question, please feel free to ask. We are all here to help each other get through the challenge.


  4. Posted by Dana on March 4, 2010 at 5:02 am

    Dude can I tell you I just had my new favorite meal. Monkfish is amaaaaaaaaaaazing.


  5. Monkfish? what’s it like? how did you have it?


  6. Posted by Dana on March 4, 2010 at 5:41 am

    The guy at whole foods called it the poor mans lobster. It was still fairly expensive for my taste but the fish selection at whole foods is great. The guy who works there in the mornings is very helpful and super informative. I really normally dont like fish too much but everything he has suggested has been awesome.


  7. Posted by Dana on March 4, 2010 at 5:51 am

    oh and it was broiled with garlic, olive oil and lemon.


  8. Posted by Miles on March 4, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    My favorite fish market is Ranch 99 — fish is super cheap, and they sell a ton of it, so the inventory stays fresh 🙂


  9. Posted by Jesseb on March 4, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    Thanks for posting Theo…

    I add the KFC grilled chicken is pretty good for fast food. I am not a picky eater by any means, but to me it tastes alot better than the fried stuff as well.

    Some suggestions for future posts would be like scenarios…

    Your on road trip and stop at the average convience store. What are good choices? What do you do?!

    Or you are people over for BBQ what are some good serving suggestions etc???



  10. Posted by T H E O on March 4, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    Hey Jessie,

    That post sounds like something we could do. Thanks for the idea. BTW, why are you putting the fast food post under the Commitment post? LOL



  11. Curious. Any body else feel light headed or lethargic. I believe I am eating well and correct portions but I sure have less energy (very noticeable) then prior to the paleo challenge. Any Suggestions?


    • Posted by Cynthia on March 5, 2010 at 5:50 am

      Hey Daniel.. That’s typical in the first few days. Make sure you are eating enough! Hang in there, it should pass. 🙂


  12. Posted by Jesseb on March 5, 2010 at 4:53 am

    Hey Theo…Thats how I roll. I gave Cynthia my measurements and told her I like pork rinds 🙂


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