So I know you are all wondering how I did on the challenge. I ended up wining the male category and got in pretty good shape. I dropped a percentage of body fat, 17% to 16%; lost 1 3/4 inches from my stomach; 3/4 of an inch from my waist; and gained an inch on my legs. Needless to say I am very happy with the results and I cant image going back to my old ways. If I want to become competitive in Crossfit, I see no other choice than to stay on the Paleo diet. I will post pics soon. Im still waiting on them.
A few days ago, a reader named June left this comment on my site:
"Michelle, I know this is a food blog, but I was wondering if you could talk a little bit about how you make nightshift as healthy as possible for you. I am a new nurse and I love night shift, but I am freaked out about the health consequences of flipping back and forth all the time."
This question has popped up more than once, so I thought I’d share in detail what my work schedule looks like, and how I’ve managed to cope with working night shifts for over a decade. I’ll also pass on some sleep strategies that apply to everyone—even you lucky ducks who don’t have to work through the night.
Interested? Read on!
This is just a bad ass pic!
This Monday marks 28 days on this Paleo diet challenge. It has not been the easiest nor the hardest thing I have ever done. So far I have lost 7 pounds and that puts me right at 155. I look and feel much tighter and leaner. For a while I thought I would feel weak and that my performance would suffer. That never happened and I feel like my endurance, strength, and mobility has greatly improved. I am lighter on my feet and my lifting PRs have gone up. Drinking half my weight in ounces (155lb/ oz.*.5= 78oz.) of water really helps greatly. This is something I have to do daily.
Of course, it has only been 4 weeks and there is still more room for improvement. So I think after this challenge I am going to continue this diet. My goal is to get in the best shape of my life by 2014. I will post some before and after pics soon after the 30th day. I have planned a legendary cheat meal for myself on the “31st day”. I have chosen pizza as the guest of honor on this glorious event. I will also update you all with how I plan to continue the diet without losing my mind.
Look at that muscular back!
Beauty in Strength.
Swiss chard’s like the Jennifer Lawrence of the produce aisle—it’s more than just a pretty exterior. This gorgeous vegetable’s also nutrient dense (with a whopping ANDI score of 670), quick-cooking, and delicious in so many different preparations.
Although there are numerous ways to serve chard, my favorite is the classic Catalan approach, in which the greens are wilted in a pan with sizzling minced garlic and then tossed with toasted pine nuts and golden raisins. I also crumble on a few Porkitos to add a salty, swiney crunch to each bite.
Here’s what to gather (serves 4):
- 2 tablespoons golden raisins
- 3 pounds Swiss chard
- 3 tablespoons pine nuts
- 2 tablespoon ghee
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Juice from ½ lemon
- 3 Porkitos
Looks tasty !
It will happen soon…
So I am feeling pretty good thus far. I don’t feel weak but my appetite has really went down. I don’t get as hungry anymore and if I miss a meal or a snack, it doesn’t bother me as bad. I did a local Crossfit competition this past Saturday and it ran from 10am-3pm. It was a long day and I ate close to nothing the entire day. I pulled through the comp and still performed well. My team beat out 8 other teams.
So a good friend of mine from college has started to get involved with Crossfit. He has gone to a few different gyms, but he is now at a gym I visit. The other day he asked me what supplements would help him to put on size and still keep lean. I offered some suggestions and then I thought “this would be good info to put out there for my followers”. Thus, I decided to offer my suggestions because I feel I have tried just about every brand of protein, creatine, ammino acids and etc,
Ok so I suggested to my bro that he take a serious protein shake about an hour before his workout. If your like me, I don’t want to workout on a full stomach. Who would? When doing Crossfit, you want to stay light. You cant do that when you have leftover lamb shanks from lunch still digesting because you ate the rest before you hit the box. So drink a shake before you head out and your muscles wont be starving when you are hitting a PR on deadlifts. My favorite is Muscle Pharm’s “Combat Protein”, I found cookies and cream to be very tasty.
Yet, it doesn’t stop there! You just finished destroying the gym and bent all the Oly bars. What now? More protein? I wouldn’t go that route. Muscle Tech makes a very tasty and effective creatine called “Cell Tech Hardcore”. That is an excellent post workout supplement which will add some serious beef on your frame.
Well there you go. That is my combo that I suggest, but of course it may not be for you. But, it doesn’t hurt to try it. One thing I have learned from my experiences is that all things are subjective. Its all trial and error.
I posted this just so I can say SNATCH…
100lbs overhead, not easy to do.