TPV Podcast, Episode 202, Paleo Challenges

Ep. 202, Paleo Challenges

In this episode, Stacy and Sarah talk about Paleo Challenges and what separates them. Then they talk about what could happen if you have disordered eating and attempt a challenge and who it would work well for.


The Paleo View TPV 202 Paleo Challenges

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The Paleo View (TPV), Episode 202: Paleo Challenges

  • Intro (0:00)
  • News and Views (0:56)
    • Please view Sad Cat Diary, because it is hilarious.
    • You should definitely teach your kids to use the internet, but beware the vile cat memes!
    • Join in on the “Send Sarah Cat Memes” Project, though!
    • See Russ talk about Deep Dish here. It’s awesome!
    • We’ll see about any Thirsty Brain.
    • You should definitely watch Drunk History, if you can, though.
  • Our Topic: The Paleo Challenges (7:52)
    • Robb Wolf of The Paleo Solution used to do seminars, then endorsed the Hartwigs and Diane Sanfilippo
    • Diane eventually joined with Liz Wolfe
    • Robb’s original idea was “try it for 30 days and see how you feel”
    • Paleo didn’t start with Whole30, but that is an entry point for many people.
    • The two main challenges: Whole 30 and 21 Day Sugar Detox
    • Whole30 (It Starts With Food)
      • Do it for 30 days, do it clean, no slip ups or you have to start over!
      • Stacy’s Whole 30 posts here and here
      • Focuses on no grains, no legumes, no processed foods, no sugars at all
      • You cannot recreate regular foods on your Whole 30, a concept they call SWYPO, which is rooted in food context, not in food ingredients or nutrients
      • With challenges, Stacy was always focused on “what can I get away with” because of her disordered eating
      • See her post on Is Your Paleo Challenge Justifying Disordered Eating for how all challenges can promote disordered eating patterns
    • 21 Day Sugar Detox
      • Various levels of strict sugar restriction
      • On most restrictive level, no sugar of any kind, including limiting high sugar vegetables and excluding all fruit except a single green apple or green tipped banana
      • Stacy did many of these and has lots of recipes and food journals here.
      • Definitely triggered Stacy “trying to get away” with foods with that one apple or banana.
      • Sarah concerned about going too low carb. See her take on potential adverse effects here. See Stefani Ruper on what signs indicate you need to eat more carbs.
      • People often dive into a 21 Day Sugar Detox and then dive into sugar after.
      • It also seems people “wing it” based on rumors about the programs rather than getting the straight information. Diane has carb recommendations for active people in her program, for example.
      • You don’t want to screw up your hormones and break your metabolism on these challenges! See Episode 195 for more infomation!
    • These challenges have been an entry point for paleo for many people!
      • We hear from many people who go on and off challenges and see paleo as a yo-yo diet, but that’s not what’s intended!
      • Stacy says if you do more than three challenges in a year, it probably says that you have disordered eating patterns
      • When first going paleo, it was months before either Stacy or Sarah even tried to make a paleo treat, which was a key to their success.
    • Stacy and Sarah prefer the Whole Life Challenge
      • It’s a points based system that rewards you for lifestyle factors as well as food choices.
      • You can be honest and take point reductions when you choose not to follow the plan strictly.
      • Lifestyle factors can count for more than just a simple food choice.
      • Factors include: stretching, water, meditation, etc.
      • Stacy has posts here and here on WLC
      • Online system in a group setting. You compete against your own goals.
      • There’s also a fitness test at the beginning and end that will allow you to see your progress.
      • There’s a little bit of a game aspect with the point system that gives you more immediate rewards. Getting that reward activates a sense of satisfaction
    • And of course if you want a different approach to switching, try Real Life Paleo!
  • There might be a guest next week! Or not!
  • Thank you for listening!
  • Outro (47:58)

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