Can I eat only these foods?
This list is the most common foods that are applicable for each category, however, if you have a question on a specific item and it’s not listed, just ask!
What about special occasions?
Eating the nutrient-dense, whole, unprocessed foods of our bootcamp will give you the best results the fastest. However, we understand that life circumstances don’t always lend themselves to being rigid. If you deviate from the food list during this challenge, do it for a purpose: plan for it and hold yourself accountable. In your daily food log, write down the purpose for your cheat item(s) if you consumed them at the bottom of the entry field screen.
Can I not eat out?
No! We definitely want you to be able to eat out if you find the urge to or need to. The key is going to be in the planning - if you can suggest restaurants that have some entree items that are comprised of items on our list, that usually helps frame the meal. You can also request information from places in advance to get a better idea!
Why are grains included in this 6 weeks?
If you do not have any allergies or autoimmune disorders, grains can be incorporated into your diet just so long as they aren’t the pillar of your meals. We want you to be able to have a healthy relationship with whole, unprocessed versions of whole grains if you choose to incorporate them in your diet.
Most lean meats are listed. Can I have fatty meats?
Yes, you can have fatty meats, but our preference is to go for the lean variety (90% or better). If you do consume fattier cuts of meat, be cognizant of other fats you are consuming.
What about supplementation?
Supplementation isn’t necessary for this challenge. If you choose to supplement with a daily multi-vitamin or other micronutrients, awesome! If you normally supplement your workouts, the approved items for this challenge are listed on our foods list.
What about snack foods?
Rather than thinking of foods as “snack” foods vs. “meal” foods, think of all food as an opportunity to eat. No, that doesn’t mean that you need to snack on only vegetables, but try different combinations of items that may satiate that “snack craving.” One example would be to pair up a hard boiled egg with some dehydrated beets with a handful of almonds. You could also do yogurt with berries and almond butter. For more ideas on snacks, reference our website or Facebook group for some ideas!
Can I make Paleo versions of desserts if they contain the items on this list?
The truth of the matter is, many of these alternatives still include a lot of sugar and not a lot of nutrition. Rather than creating a “clean” version of a common dessert, try to think of different configurations of the foods you have approved on the list. For instance, bake a sweet potato, add some almond butter, and some cinnamon/nutmeg. Have this as part of your dinner and make it the “dessert” component. For more ideas like this, reference our website or Facebook group!
What about bars?
Our preference is for you to eat a full meal rather than a bar. However, we understand that there are circumstances where you’re in a bind and absolutely need to have something! If this is you and you know your lifestyle is prone to this, it’s better to be prepared than not. Some good bars to get are Rx Bars (egg whites, almonds, dates) as they have a good amount of protein, fat, and carbohydrate in each. Larabars are also ok, however, they are a lot higher in sugar and contain much less protein. If you consume one of these, make sure to pair it up with some protein you have on hand (i.e. cottage cheese or yogurt may pair well).
This is a lot of food. I'm not hungry. Do I need to eat all of it?
Depending upon what your diet looked like before this challenge, the first two weeks may be a transitional period. If you are used to more processed, higher sugar foods, you will likely feel bloated with volume of food you’re eating. The foods you’re consuming are nutrient dense, but not necessarily calorie dense, unlike diets that are high in processed foods, which is often times calorie dense and lacking in nutrients. The first few weeks will likely be a loss of water weight and then your body will adjust to the new way of fueling yourself. So yes, please eat as much as you can of the good stuff :)