Paleo Challenge Contest – Win A Shirt From Fight Through!

Hard Core Carnivore Shirt from Fight Through

For this weeks contest the folks over at Fight Through have put up a “Hard Core Carnivore” t shirt!

What do you have to do to win?

1. Write a paragraph or two about your paleo challenge. I want to hear about your progress.
2. Email it to me at mike@thecommonsensewarrior.com, Subject line – Contest 2.

You’ll be entered to win a random drawing for the shirt. The winner’s story will be published on here next week. It’s that simple! I look forward to hearing your stories.

 

 

Congratulations To Last Weeks Contest Winner – Theresa of Lafayette, LA

Winner of Paleo Basket!

On Coffee

Coffee is often an issue when going paleo. Many people can only drink coffee with sweetener, cream or both. Let’s consider that if you are having to cover up the taste of coffee, you may not really like it but need it for that morning pick me up. My optimal advice is to drink coffee black. The taste of sweet creates an insulin response, although smaller than from actual sugar. I know that right now you’re saying “Come on, I can’t give up everything!”, so here are my approved additives IF YOU MUST.

- Coconut milk can be used as creamer. Stay away from processed coconut milk creamers. Stick with the real thing. Ingredients should read – Coconut Milk!

- Coconut Crystals, Local Wild Honey or Stevia Leaves for sweetening. If using stevia, buy the good stuff. Like coffee there are different grades and the taste is varies. If you are using sweetener, add cinnamon to your coffee (It’s a blood thinner so don’t go nuts! A sprinkle will do.), it blunts the insulin response from the sweetener.

*A final note – If you are drinking more than two cups of coffee per day or cannot function at all with out it, then you need to get off it for a month. Your adrenals are stressed (Think Cortisol) and need to heal. You can add it back in after a month but stick with one cup.

PALEO CHALLENGE – MIDWEEK MEAL IDEA

The Grilled Salad

I hope that your paleo journey is going well. Here’s another easy meal idea. A “Grilled Salad” is fast and simple. Grill or sautee your protein -shrimp, chicken, steak, salmon, crawfish, oysters….use your imagination along with your veggies – zucchini, squash, eggplant, cherry tomatoes, green onions, bell peppers…again only limited by your imagination along with your favorite spices, let cool and toss with mixed greens, lettuce or spinach and and a an olive oil/citrus dressing or a flavored mayo….”Wait! Homemade Mayo? That sounds hard!”…It’s not! Check out the how to video below from Sarah Fragoso of Everydaypaleo.com and you’ve got a great meal. This is a great place for some bacon and avocado as well!

ARE YOU IN?

  
 PALEO CHALLENGE 

7/18/2011 – 8/18/2011

Each day we will share ideas and recipes, tackle issues & answer questions. There will also be weekly prizes! Join us!

Food List – Below is a sample of paleo approved items that you can cook with. Get to the store today and prepared for the coming week. Clean the garbage out of your kitchen. Things like flour, potato chips, peanuts, peanut butter, cookies and other processed garbage that doesn’t qualify as real food. You won’t be needing it anymore.

Remember -

Eat meat, vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch, and no sugar.” – Greg Glassman

Meats/Proteins ( Wild, Wild Caught, Grass Finished, Grass Fed, Pastured or the Leanest Cuts Available)-

Beef, Bison, Chicken, Pork, Wild Game, Wild Caught Fish, Crab, Crawfish, Shrimp & Eggs

Vegetables – Kale, Spinach, Mustard Greens, Collard Greens, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Green Beans, Squash, Zucchini, Tomatoes, Eggplant, Peppers, Turnips, Sweet Potatoes, Yams and Avocado (Technically a fruit).

Fruits – Apples, Oranges, Blackberries, Blueberries, Rasberries, Strawberries, Lemon, Lime, Mango, Pineapple, Kiwi & Peaches.

Nuts/Seeds  (Raw if possible..you can toast them yourself if needed!) – Almonds, Walnuts, Pecans, Pistachios, Brazil Nuts & Sunflower Seeds.

Cooking Mediums – Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Clarified Grass Fed Buter (Kerrygold), Stocks & Clean Animal Fats.

Spices and Seasonings – Himalayan Salt, Sea Salt, Kosher Salt, Black and Red Peppers, Tony Chacheres, Oregano, Basil, Rosemary, Thyme, Cilantro, Mint, Parsley, Garlic, Tabasco (Pay attention to what’s in your hot sauce. Ingredients should be peppers, vinegar and salt), Apple Cider Vinegar.

Snacks – Local Beef Jerky, Tanka Bars (obviously, nuts and fruit).

Recipe Sites -

thepaleotable.com

PaleoTable.com

nomnompaleo.com

everydaypaleo.com

Flank Steak Salad

This is a quick and easy meal packed with flavor and nutrition!

You’ll need the items below in portions suitable for the size of your family -

Flank Steak

Tony Chacheres Seasoning or favorite seasoning

Spinach

Fresh Asparagus (bottoms cut off)

Apple

Shelled Toasted Pecans

Homemade Olive Oil Vinaigrette (Not the store bought stuff. It’s full of garbage that you don’t want to put in your body!)

Season and grill flank steak as desired ( I prefer medium rare ). Let it rest for about 6 minutes or more while you prepare the remainder of the salad. Grill or pan saute asparagus, cut apple into slices. place in large salad bowl over spinach, add desired vinaigrette and toss. Slice rested flank steak (cut steak in half or smaller, turn pieces and cut meat against the grain) and place over salad, drizzle with additional vinaigrette and top with pecans. Let you family serve themselves and enjoy!

Paleo On ABC’s Nightline

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/paleo-diet-meet-caveman-dieters/story?id=13030483

Paleo Challenge 2011

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