Food for Thought (Pun Intended)   The Paleo Challenge is creeping closer.  We will have an official meeting on Sunday, January 8th at 6PM at CFNT.  We will discuss rules and regulations of the challenge as well as many “Do’s” and “Don’ts.”  We will have others knowledgeable on the Paleolithic Diet there to answer any questions.  However…



“The modern dietary regimen known as the Paleolithic diet (abbreviated paleo diet or paleodiet), also popularly referred to as the caveman diet, Stone Age diet and hunter-gatherer diet, is a nutritional plan based on the presumed ancient diet of wild plants and animals that various hominid species habitually consumed during the Paleolithic era—a period of about 2.5 million years duration that ended around 10,000 years ago with the development of agriculture. In common usage, such terms as the “Paleolithic diet” also refer to the actual ancestral human diet.[1][2] Centered on commonly available modern foods, the “contemporary” Paleolithic diet consists mainly of fish, grass-fed pasture raised meats, vegetables, fruit, roots, and nuts, and excludes grains, legumes, dairy products, salt, refined sugar, and processed oils. (Yes, this was taken from Wikipedia!)   The next few days we will be posting information regarding good reads and advice on the Paleo diet.  If you have not already looked at the Paleo Blog under the Blog tap on the front page of the website please do so.  It was a Mini-Paleo Challenge that a few of the members here at CFNT attempted with great success in November.  You will find some great information and some great advice on what is a successful way to stay on the diet and reach your goals. My 2 Favorite Goal Setting Rules –  1.Write it down, write it down, write it down  –  The more you see it from yourself the more you can hold yourself accountable.  Most importantly it allows you to keep track of things that are/aren’t working during the course of the challenge. 2. Tell as many people as you can what you are doing-  Surprisingly enough family and friends love to torture you.  If they know you can’t eat that Hawaiian Pizza from Bazbeauxs they will be sure to order it every night.  That’s fine! Stick to your guns and do your best to avoid those situations where you will be tempted, but in the end those friends and family will support you. In the meantime, take a look at the Paleo Shopping List attached below.  The hardest thing about these challenges is being prepared so we want to make sure you have an idea of what is and is not allowed.  We are putting together a more concrete list of exactly what foods we would recommend to eat ALL THE TIME, IN MODERATION, SPARINGLY, and NEVER! ( you will hear and see these words a lot.)  

Paleo Shopping-List – Some of these items are “frowned” upon on the strict Paleo Diet but this is definitely a great starting place for those clueless of what to buy. Remember! Be smart about everything.  Work your way into it.

Paleo_Food_List – This a a more detailed list of foods that are allowed and not allowed.  We are hoping to put together our own list of items but in the mean time use this as template.



Strength Power Cleans 4×2@ (85% of 1rm if you know it) Complete as many reps as possible in 7 minutes following the rep scheme below: 3 Barbell Thrusters (100lbs / 65) 3 Chest to bar Pull-ups 6 Barbell Thrusters 6 Chest to bar Pull-ups 9 Barbell Thrusters 9 Chest to bar Pull-ups 12 Barbell Thrusters 12 Chest to bar Pull-ups… This is a timed workout. If you complete the round of 12 then go to 15, then go to 18, then 21, then 24. If you complete 24, go on to 27, etc. Post-40-GHD sit ups, break up as needed]]>

24 thoughts on “FOOD FOR THOUGHT… literally”

  1. Power Cleans: 135# Felt pretty solid and could have done a little more
    WOD: 54 reps with 75# and full chest-to-bar pull-ups. I didn’t account for how difficult the C2B Pull-ups would be! Definitely my limiting factor. With a minute to go, I couldn’t manage to contact the bar anymore…needs some work!

  2. why is it that in some paleo cookbooks yams and sweet potatoes are OK and in some they are not???

    1. There are enough debates online about what is and what isn’t Paleo to last a lifetime and sweet potatoes are a hot topic in those debates. From all my reading, I deciphered that the reason to avoid or limit consumption of sweet potatoes and other starchy tubers is directly linked to a person’s goals for being on the diet. If weight loss is the goal, these should be avoided. If you are active and working out at CF, then these are perfectly fine to enjoy and still be Paleo. But like all things on a nutritional plan- enjoy these starches in moderation! Hope this helps.

      1. For those who weren’t here yesterday evening. Merritt will be one of our go-to’s when it comes to Paleo Do’s and Dont’s. She’s an avid Paleo reader and follower and has great insight on the topic.
        DISCLAIMER: She is not a Nutritionist but enjoys the Paleolithic Diet as a hobby and lifestyle.

  3. Sooo…I bought a bison roast in anticipation of the Paleo challenge
    ….now… how does one cook a buffalo???

  4. more info!!
    Mark Your calendars now. Our next FREE yoga class will be on January 25th at 7:30pm.
    Also, our next Fundamentals class will be on January 18th @ 7:30pm. Please email peter if you want more information.

  5. You can rent out my certified executive chef skills for the duration of this challenge if you pay my CFNT dues for 2 months, buy me a pair of f-lite 195’s (preferably white/blk sz10) and serenade me during at least one WOD per week!
    I’m just messin witcha!!!!

  6. thankful to be able to come into cfnaptown today! (i never know when i will get a chance with the little ones)
    glad to be doing some cleans today with my previous back issues. only did 60 lbs, but felt good
    73 on the WOD. i did “normal” pull ups unassisted!! i am starting to get the kipping rhythm which i never thought i would be able to do!

  7. Intro_ Power Clean- only worked up to 63# – time just flew by!
    WOD_ 90
    -still working on those pull ups and kip technique
    -thrusters at 53#- should have pushed it on the weight, but all in good time…

  8. I finished my power cleans @ 63#s. I’m definitely still working on my form/technique and keeping an eye on my shoulder soreness. Big thanks to assistant coach Jared Moises Cantrell for all the pointers and tips to improve my power cleans. I immediately noticed a difference when I did what he suggested. You’re awesome, Jared!
    78 reps on the WOD. I did the thrusters at 55#s & got close to doing chest to bar with the red band. Not bad for my 2nd time using the red instead of the blue. I will be doing bandless pullups!:) Also, my kipping rhythm is getting better. I can do more consecutively today than last week!

  9. WOW!!!
    21 Comments on the BLOG!!!
    Let’s keep this going on a daily basis!
    P.S. Peter and I are both extremely proud and excited for the all the progress we have seen in each of you. January 8th, will be the 3 month anniversary of CFNT and the improvements have been simply amazing!
    Keep it up everyone!

  10. I think I just shed a tear reading all of this! Keep it up! Amazing strides made all around and keep spreading the word.