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The Paleo Challenge

The Fall 2012 Paleo Challenge


Our 8 week Fall Paleo Challenge begins October 1st and end Wednesday, November 21st….before Turkey Day.

You’ll be measuring your success over the 8 weeks of the challenge using a system of points. And no, these aren’t the Weight Watchers kind of ‘points’. :)

There are 2 ways that you’ll be able to earn points for the challenge.

  1. Daily points for eating Paleo, along with bonus points for maintaining healthy sleep and exercise habits
  2. Benchmark workout, and skill assessment — performed at the begining and end of the challenge


Daily Points & Bonus Points

Each challenge participant will start each day with 7 points. These points represent 7 aspects of the Paleo diet. Please report your points weekly.

  1. Eat real food. Lean Meat, seafood, eggs, vegetables, nuts, seeds, fruit, oils (like EVOO or coconut, walnut,avocado). Eat foods with very few ingredients, all pronounceable ingredients, or better yet, no ingredients listed at all because they’re fresh and natural.
  2. Do not eat dairy. This includes butter, cheese, yogurt and milk (including cream in your coffee).
  3. Do not eat grains. This includes bread, rice, pasta, corn, oatmeal, and also any gluten-free pseudo-grains (quinoa, etc).
  4. Do not eat legumes. This includes beans of all kinds, lentils, and peanuts. No peanut butter!
  5. Do not eat sugars of any kind, real or artificial.  No maple syrup, honey, agave nectar, Splenda, Truvia, Stevia, etc.
  6. Do not eat processed foods. This includes protein shakes, processed bars like Zone, Balance, and Pure Protein bars, dairy-free creamers, etc. Please speak with us if you have special needs.
  7. Do not drink alcohol, in any form.


So, if you follow points 1-6, but have a beer with your dinner, you get 6 points for the day.  Subtract a point for the day if you have cream in your coffee.  Eat a bagel – subtract a point. Etcetera. If you have a beer, cream in your coffee and a bagel in one day, you’re down to 4 points for that day. If you have a question about whether something counts as a point or not, ask and we’ll figure out an answer.

Earn one bonus point per day that you get 8.5+ hours of sleep.

Earn one bonus point per day (maximum of 5 per week) for each WOD you complete at CrossFit Spirit

Points are awarded on the honor system.

A spreadsheet to keep track of your points electronically is available for download. We will also provide some hard copies at the box for those who prefer to track their points on paper.
Wondering why this challenge doesn’t include points for pounds / inches / percent body fat lost?


Benchmark WOD
To measure performance gains, we’ll be doing a benchmark WOD, and 2 skills, at the beginning and end of the challenge.

The number of points awarded for improvement on the benchmark WOD, and skills — TBD.



Find a partner or group, exchange phone numbers, and stay in touch. This will give you someone to stay accountable to, encourage, and someone with whom to compare notes.

You may have read the Paleo Challenge guidelines and thought to yourself, “Why aren’t we weighing in / measuring body fat / measuring waist circumference / etc?”

The challenge was designed to reward those who stay dedicated to maintaining healthy eating, sleep and exercise habits over 8 weeks. The reason it was set up that way is because eating Paleo isn’t a weight loss diet. The concept of Paleo is to provide your body with the optimal fuel that it was designed to run on.

Eating Paleo is primarily about feeling your absolute best, mentally and physically. Looking better in your swimsuit will just be a side effect.

That said, even though changes in body composition (weight/inches/body fat lost) will not be factored into the scores for the challenge, we encourage everyone participating to do before and after weigh-ins, measurements and pictures. These will just be for you, so you have a record of your success. Even for those who aren’t looking to lose pounds, changing how you eat is going to help your body build muscle, and those changes will be measurable.

If you’d like a hand with pictures and measurements, just let us know next time you’re in the box.



Get the Daily Log File here   paleo challenge log blank

Here are some links for more information

– How do I eat better? (CrossFit RVA)
– Paleo Eating: For Health, Longevity, Performance and Looking Good (CrossFit Evolution newsletter)
– Introduction on How and What to Eat – pdf (Potomac CrossFit)
– Primal Eating (Cosmopolitan Primal Girl)
– Transitioning to a Paleo diet (Straight To The Bar)
– The Definitive Guide to the Primal Eating Plan(Mark’s Daily Apple)

– Getting Started: A Brief Guide to Paleo/Primal Living(Pay Now, Live Later)
– CrossFit: Nutrition – Start Here (CF Main Site)
– Nutritional First Steps (CrossFit Impulse)
– Whole30: Start Here — article talks about importance of trying strict Paleo for 30 days

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