a week of paleo + crossfit

A week has already flown by since my big paleo post! If you haven’t actually read it, and I know it is quite long, I definitely encourage you to give it a go. I spent ample time researching and made a point to only use the most properly executed studies so that you could get the facts. I spent this last week enjoying life before summer school, visiting friends, doing CrossFit, and eating strict paleo.
me and Dina ❤
Congrats Carlyn! 

How did paleo go?

For the most part, I liked it and found it quite easy. This is really only because I have never liked beans and hardly liked grains. I know that sounds like BS, but I have always just wanted more of the things that you put on grains. Pass me a bowl of curry or spaghetti sauce and give me the cheese off your pizza, please. The rest is just flavor-diluting fluff. Honestly, I had been forcing myself to eat more grains like brown rice and quinoa in the last couple years because I figured they were good for me. However, I truly did miss my whole wheat waffles and dairy. I missed whipping cream in my morning coffee. Coconut creamer basically just ruined the experience of my beloved caffeine elixir. And ice cream! Don’t even get me started.

How did paleo feel?

Paleo felt great, but to be honest, it didn’t feel very different from how I usually eat, which is very little grains and no beans anyway. I actually felt a little more stressed out because I was having to watch what I eat more and avoid dairy. It also seemed like my digestion was slightly slowed at times, perhaps due to the lack of probiotics. I am so accustomed to eating yogurt every day! Then again, it could have just been the extremely filling foods I was eating more of. Eating lots of protein, veggies, fats and nuts, and some fruit makes me feel light but satisfied all the time. I almost always feel awesome and have a steady flow of energy throughout the day. My digestion is bangin’ and my hunger comes at times that make sense. Eating paleo makes me feel comfortably full and satisfied for long periods of time. Some meals kept my hunger at bay for over 5 hours! In my book, paleo is the way to go.

So, now what? 

I plan on continuing to eat mostly paleo, but with some quality dairy. I think I will have grass fed, whole, preferably raw, cream, yogurt, butter, and cheese whenever I crave them. And occasionally ice cream because a life without ice cream is no life at all! Grains will be mostly reserved for special occasions. Like wedding cake. Mmmm.
And because I can’t find my dang camera cord anywhere, I will have to leave you with many workouts instead of a recipe…
5 founds for time
  • 12 deadlifts, 115 lbs
  • 20 pull ups
  • 12 clean and jerks, 50 lbs
  • 20 knees to elbows
5 rounds for time
  • 22 kettlebell swings, 25 lbs
  • 22 box jumps, 24 inch box
  • 400m run
  • 22 burpees
  • 22 wall balls, 14 lb ball
5 rounds for time
  • 10 tire flips
  • 5 bleacher runs
  • 10 wall climbers
little guy just chilled while I ran those damn steps
Deadlifts, 125 lbs
Thrusters, 65 lbs
50-40-30-20-10 reps for time
  • Wall balls, 14 lb ball
  • Box jumps, 24 inches
  • Kettlebell swings, 20 lbs
5 rounds for time
  • 800 m run
  • 15 overhead squats, 55 lbs
Sunday AM (I did this with my friend Zoe at her favorite gym in Marin)
3 rounds for time
  • 800 m run
  • 50 back extensions
  • 50 situps
  • 50 kettle bell swings (20 lb)
Sunday PM (I couldn’t skip actual CrossFit no matter how tired I was!)

6 rounds for time

  • 600m run
  • 11 pull ups
  • 11 lunges with 8 kg kettle bell per hand
  • 11 thrusters with 8 kg kettle bell per hand
Today = I have CrossFit tonight at 9pm!

As always, thank you for reading! And if you are giving paleo a try, let me know how it is going!! 


8 thoughts on “a week of paleo + crossfit

  1. My contest prep is basically paleo. I have 2 oz of beans some days and 4 oz of sweet potato (I know that’s a questionably-paleo food item) occasionally, but other than that, straight-up Paleo. I gotta say, it’s been GREAT for my hair and skin!!!

  2. Ahhh, I’m tired just reading those workouts. And Friday’s workout…pshhh. I don’t even think I can jump 50 times without falling flat on my face, so how you did that with a 24″ box is beyond me.
    And I’m glad you gave paleo a try. I was just talking to my Crossfit coach about it and am thinking slightly of doing a week (or just a few days) of paleo, so it’s good to see it’s doable.

    1. Oh heck yeah, definitely doable! Let me know when you start it and how it goes!! And its nice that dark chocolate and red wine are chill 🙂 not to mention bacon, avocados, nuts, and other things that make my world go round.


  3. I’ve been eating about 80% paleo (the other 20% or so is a serving or two of organic raw dairy and dark chocolate…and some red wine) for about a month and a half. I feel amazing and my body composition has made dramatic improvements despite not changing my workout routine. Before I was a vegetarian eating about 50% protein / 30% carbs / 20% fat. Turning that on it’s head to 50% fat / 30% protein / 20% carbs was the best thing I’ve ever done. I didn’t even get “sick” (like many people thought I should) after being a vegetarian for 7+ years. The most amazing thing that I haven’t shared with anyone for fear of jinxing it (totally paranoid) is a small pea size cyst I’ve had on my scalp since I was at least 6 years old has shrunk to have it’s original size in the past few weeks. PALEO IS GOOD STUFF.

    1. Woh!! Holy crap! That is fascinating about the growth on your scalp! I wonder if its related to your reduced carb intake. Less carbs… less insulin… less inslune like growth factor (IGF1)… less growth of cyst?!?


  4. OMG those workouts, for that many back-to-back days…. insane!!! I hope you rested hard. 🙂 Paleo is awesome. I’d guess I went from about 80% Paleo to about 90-95%. My cheats have been greek yogurt/cottage cheese, wine, and a teeny bowl of granola if I am being really bad. It’s my sweet tooth that is killing me. I don’t want to eat TOO much fruit!

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