The challenge is around the corner and you need to start getting prepared. The more preparation you put into this the easier it will be! Here are the rules again:
- No dairy. The means no cheese, no milk, no creamer… no dairy!
- No legumes. This means peanuts, snap peas and green beans are unacceptable during our challenge.
- No Alcohol. This one is easy. No alcohol.
- No grains. No pasta, rice, quinoa, wheat, oatmeal, bread etc..
- No processed foods, no crap in a box. No cheese-its, no Doritos, no slim jims etc… If it will last in your cupboard for more than a week it’s probably processed.
- No sugar. This one is simple. No sugar.
- No starchy carbohydrates. No white potatoes!
- Sweet potatoes are acceptable.
- Caffeine is acceptable in moderation.
- Raw honey and raw agave is acceptable in moderation.
- The only supplements allowed in this challenge are Omega3/fish oil, 100% egg white protein, and Stronger Faster Healthier whey recovery protein.
- Sleep 7+ hours each night during the challenge.
- Drink minimum 64oz water each day.
- Minimum of 3 WODS per week.
Our recommendation is to get into your pantry and start tossing out the garbage! If it will last longer than a couple of days it’s processed and you shouldn’t eat it. Toss out the cookies, donuts, cake, ho ho’s, ding dongs, crackers etc…
This is will be the new mindset…..
Shopping the store exterior:
Fruit & Veggies – Frozen berries and vegetables are a must! For fresh fruit & veggies hit the farmers market and buy what is in season. Avoid bananas and other tropical fruit. Buy local. Try buying some non-traditional veggies like Napa cabbage and some other goodies. Expand your horizons for crying out loud! That said however you should ALWAYS have the following in the freezer: Broccoli, green beans, asparagus, blueberries.
Fresh meat – Get good grass fed meat. This is your first choice with all varieties of meat. Grass fed is better than organic. Free Range chicken, wild meat if available. Conventional cuts like London broil for beef and pork loin are good options if the organic and or grass fed options are not available. Costco has good prices and good quality. Stock up! People tend to make bad food choices when they run out. Don’t be one of “those” people.
Fish and shellfish – Frozen fish, shellfish or canned Wild Alaskan Salmon. Great stuff for salads! When you buy any type of Salmon make sure it is WILD. “Fresh” does not mean wild.
Eggs – Omega-3 enriched only.
Coconut milk – Silk makes a good one that is sugar free.
Olive oil – You get what you pay for with olive oils.
Tomato paste/sauce – Canned marinara, you can pour this over any meat/veggie dish.
Spices – All different kinds
Green tea – Any
Coffee – Any
Sunflower Market items:
Nuts (raw, but not peanuts)
Nut butters – Almond Butter rocks!
Organic fruit and vegetables
Unsweetened coconut flakes
Nut flours (almond, pecan, and chestnut)