A great article poached from the CrossFit LA Sweet Cheeks Nutrition Blog...
Have you been hiding bagels underneath your pillow lately? Is your Brita pitcher filled with milk? Do you sprinkle sugar on your scrambled eggs in the morning but pretend it's sea salt when someone asks? If you answered yes to any of these questions then you have ... PALEOPHOBIA!
Trying out a Paleo lifestyle is nothing to be afraid of. Here at HQ, we've devised a plan that breaks down Paleo eating into simple doable steps. Instead of going cold turkey on everything all at once (eeeep!), we'll be progressively phasing out one food group per week, which will gently ease us into this unfamiliar territory and land us in full on Paleo power mode for the entire last week of our challenge!
Here's an overview of the Sweet Cheeks strategy:
Week 1 NO SUGAR
No sugar?! No problem. We've all successfully completed the Sweet Cheeks no sugar challenges of the past! This week will be a piece of cake...cake! Errrr... you know what I mean.
Week 2 NO DAIRY
In addition to no sugar, we're tacking on dairy in week 2. Time to rinse out your Brita!
Week 3 NO GRAINS AND LEGUMES
This is the week s#@t gets serious! No sugar, no dairy, no grains and no legumes. Take a deep breath!! Relax, you can do it! Luckily you've been prepped by The Cheeks with our recent no grains challenge and already know how awesome you'll be feeling by the end of week 3.
Week 4 NO PROCESSED FOODS
Make it yourself! This is what you've been training for all these months with The Cheeks! We're so proud of how many of you have told us you are cooking now. Time to step up and prep up ... your foods that is!
Week 5 LIVING THE PALEO LIFESTYLE
You've now eliminated everything un-Paleo and put it into cruise control! This week you can just sit back and enjoy while reaping the many wonderful benefits of living the Paleo lifestyle.
See Cheekees? It's not so scary after all, is it? : )