“When eating an elephant, take one bite at a time”
Coming from me, you may think that the above quote is encouraging a new meat source, but you’d be wrong… this time. The quote is meant to emphasize that when faced with a seemingly insurmountable task, one should break it down into smaller pieces that can be more easily dealt with. Looking only at the big picture can lead to discouragement, if not a feeling of hopelessness.
I have heard some murmurs about the upcoming nutrition challenge being a “Whole90“. That alone can put some people off, and I could not disagree more with that assumption! Look, of course I’m going to encourage you to eat Paleo, but I understand you’re human as well. Don’t take that the wrong way though, as I can assure you that going a full 90 days without cheats of any kind is certainly possible. You need to not look at the elephant and instead look at the bite in front of you (literally, in this case).
Here is my suggestion for how to tackle the upcoming challenge. Start off with a strict Whole30 (W30). If you don’t know the deal by now, go to their site. They just started their latest worldwide Whole30 yesterday, so you will be sure to find more than enough information about the ins-and-outs of how to approach a W30. Don’t let laziness be an excuse for cheating or being unprepared!
If you’re paying attention, you’ll realize that is just the first 30 days. What then? I would then suggest careful reintroduction of one of the Paleo “gray area” foods that you feel you “cannot live without”, such as dairy. Your system will be relatively at a baseline at that point, so you can see how the reintroduced food makes you look, feel and perform over the course of a week. Do you get an inflammatory response? If so, you may want to avoid that food from now on and you gained more from the W30 than just a slimmer waistline. If you don’t notice an effect, take it back out of your diet for a few days then move on to the next “gray area” food, perhaps legumes. Repeat this process, and you will gain greater knowledge of your body and what foods may have been causing you some sabotage in the past.
Note, as we’ve said before, you will want to separate these potential hazards when doing reintroduction. For example with dairy, some cheese (dairy) is one thing, but ice cream (dairy + sugar) is entirely another beast and pizza (dairy + sugar + refined flours + gluten) really shouldn’t even be a consideration. That first 30 days you work so hard for creates a unique opportunity where you have a clean slate to experiment with. Don’t give in to temptation and waste it on a “cheat day” filled with suboptimal foods. You can do this!
P.S. I heard back from the Body Fat testing company and we’re currently looking at a start during the 3rd week of February. I should be able to confirm within the next week.
· Shelley was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii and went to the University of Oregon.
· She has been doing CF for over 5 years, lives for her morning workout and is particularly proud of her pull ups.
· Shelley greets you with a big, beautiful smile, but when it is time for business she is a fierce competitor – whether at CF, paddling, running stairs, or playing the card game speed (she’d be the world champion if they held such an event).
· She recently started her own event marketing and production company, Blue Firefly, and has helped plan, design, and run various events and marquee retail store build outs throughout the country.
· Her athletic passion outside of the gym is Hawaiian style ocean outrigger paddling. She is currently the President of the Marina Outrigger Canoe Club and a mainstay of one of the top women’s boats, which medaled virtually every race this past season. She trains year round for the seminal intra-Hawaiian Island races that take place in the fall.
· She is an accomplished amateur chef and loves to cook. She enjoys travel and snowboarding and she has a soft spot for animals, particularly her beloved cat, Peanut.
Happy Birthday, Shel!
Deadlift 1×5 (or Wendler’s 5/3/1)
15 Kettlebell Swings
Rest 1 minute
20 Ball Slams
Rest 1 minute