You guys are now 2 days into this thing. As you are actually buying food and making meals, you are bound to have lots of questions. Totally normal!
Let's think about this again. What are we looking for when we choose a food to eat?
1. Quality: aim for grass-fed, local, organic, cage-free meat sources.
2. Paleo Quality: is it something our ancestors ate? (Theoretically things our ancestors ate had tons of nutrients in them, which is why we are eating this way).
3. Insulin reaction: will this spike my insulin?
4. She blinded me with Science. We live a totally awesome age that is full of Science! Let's take advantage of it! What does Science say?
You have to take into account all 4 criteria.
I know there are questions on several food items and we will address all of them. But for now, do your best to eat off of the suggestions we have already given you. There are tons of recipe options listed out for you on the documents provided as well as tons of them on this blog. Start here.
I am going to be updating the Paleo Food list and will notate foods that are considered "less than paleo." For example where does Almond Milk fall? What about HWC? Or Fruit Juice?
Here is some of the logic we are using when we rank these foods:
By the way, our ancestors did not eat any of the foods below, but we look to Science to help us find a balance in our decision.
- HWC is dairy; however, it is almost 100% fat. Science tells us the irritant in dairy is actually the protein, not the fat, so a small amount of HWC is not a huge concern for us, but it is not perfect Paleo in this challenge.
- Butter: pretty much fat, but still has a good bit of carb and pro in it...therefore a more concentrated source of irritation than HWC. Clarified butter & Ghee are better ways to go if you need that taste. Coconut oil is even better. Regular butter is a cheat in this challenge.
- Protein powder: most sources are whey based, aka the protein that causes inflammation and an insulin response. I know it sounds weird to hear protein causes an insulin response, but it does in this case. Even if the source is not whey, you still get the quick insulin spike. PP is a no-no in this challenge unless you are putting on mass.
- Fruit juice/almond milk: again insulin spike. Try eating the whole fruit and coconut milk. Fruit juice is a cheat in this challenge, unless you are trying to gain mass. Even so, I would prefer you ate the whole fruit.
I hope this clears some things up for you guys. Also, the food list with rankings is in the works. Keep plugging away. You guys are doing great. Hang in there!
Also, we are getting close to $700 each for the top guy/gal finisher. This is turning into a nice little competition! Game on!