Challenge yourself to eat better!

PALEO-PRIMAL-ZONE 30-Day Challenge

We haven’t done this in a while so we are going to do a 30-day challenge. You can choose the option you would like to try between Paleo, Primal, or Zone. I have compiled information into a document with information about each of these ways of eating. You can read, research, and decide for yourself what is best for you.


Here are some things I learned from when I started my first (and second) challenge:

  • Try your best! It will be a bit tough at first because most people are used to the quick carbs they can grab. Plan your snacks!
  • Paleo is a great way to cut out foods that could be causing you issues. You can always add things back when you find they are not an issue.
  • I loved bread! LOVED IT! I thought for sure that would be the worst thing to have to cut out… guess what… it wasn’t! After 30 days of not eating it, I have never returned to eating it like I did before because the way it makes me feel overly bloated and full.
  • As for milk… I am not a milk drinker. I like the occasional yogurt and creams and butter, but milk… no! That was the one thing that I actually did add back after doing the Paleo challenge the first time. Strange huh… I loved bread and didn’t care if I had it anymore, didn’t like milk… but wanted dairy back.
  • Some people like to have a cheat meal and some do not. I prefer a cheat meal to make sure that I nip those cravings in the bud (we all have our faves and mine is ice cream!), but if you feel it might cause you to waiver too much… don’t.
  • Try different recipes and new things. I had to start being more creative. When I eat fajitas or sloppy joe (i’ll post this recipe later), instead of tortillas or bread I put it on a bed of raw baby spinach! It really is good!
  • Last… try to do your best during this 30 days. Eat as clean as possible! But if you have a bad day… chalk it up to that and start clean the next day!

Let me know if you have any questions. I will try to help the best I can.

If you want… post recipes to the comments!

5 Replies to “Challenge yourself to eat better!”

  1. I’ve been trying to get on the Paleo train, but it’s been a real struggle for me. I’ve cut out a lot of bread, but the sugar and flour is what is troublesome for me. Recipes would be so helpful. The baby spinach was a good suggestion that will be useful thouggh to replace tortillas.

  2. Brittany… I will definitely post some recipes. I will try to work on that this week and ask others to post them in the comments as well. 🙂 Eventually, if I get enough I could compile them for everyone. 🙂

  3. Here is my favorite smoothie recipe:

    2/3 cup organic coconut milk
    1 ripe organic banana frozen
    1 cup of your favorite berries preferably organic
    1 cup organic whole milk yogurt
    optional: protein powder, 1 TBS ground flaxseed, 1 TBS organic coconut oil

    Place all ingredients into blender and mix until banana and berries are all blended in.

  4. Sausage and Cabbage
    1- Head Cabbage
    2- Sausage packages (Whichever type you prefer – Kielbasa, Beef Sausage, etc..)
    2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
    Sea Salt
    Black Pepper
    Cholula Hot Sauce (to desired heat – approx. 2 tbsp)
    3 Tbsp. Water
    1 Red Onion (Optional)

    * Core and chop cabbage in medium strips, no longer than 1.5″ long
    * Slice sausage in 1/2″ pieces
    * Heat Olive Oil in Large Sautee pan on medium high heat (need to make sure you have a lid that sits tight on the pan)
    * Add onion (optional) and cabbage to the hot oil and sautee for about 5 minutes
    * Add sausage, mix well. add salt, pepper and Cholula. Sautee another 5 minutes
    * Add water. Cover. Reduce heat to Medium. Cook about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    ENJOY! And it is great as a leftover too!
    (Recipe from Chad Neal)

  5. Sweet Potato Fries
    Sweet potatoes
    Olive oil
    Sea salt
    1. Cut up however many sweet potatoes necessary.
    2. Lay the cut potatoes on a pan.
    3. Drizzle olive oil over them. Do not drench them. Then using your fingers, just make sure each one has a little coat of olive oil.
    4. Sprinkle them with sea salt and paprika to taste.
    5. Bake at 425 degrees for about 25-30 minutes. Broil for 5 minutes.
    6. Take them out and let them cool for a couple minutes (or not!) Then… EAT!!! 🙂