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Tips and Tricks for that Tricky Challenge.

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 28, 2011 at 3:19 AM

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Starting May 1st, my boyfriend and I are going to go 30 days of strict Paleo. I have already gone Paleo once, though I fell off the bandwagon, and that's why I'm starting again. I feel as though I know what to expect. We're going to go low-carb as well for the first week or so, since I've read people saying that low carb-high fat gets you into ketosis faster (or something like that?)

Since we don't live together, I feel like it's going to be hard to monitor ourselves the entire time. We see each other most frequently on Thursdays-Saturdays, and then the rest of the week it's up to chance if we happen to have the time. He works, I don't, but I go to school.

That's another problem: Being as we're short on money, how do you guys suggest that we "adjust" to the challenge using what little funds we have? Think of college students when you think of a budget.

Also, he's going a little crazy because "He's an Italian"/"He's an Irishman". Basically, he's freaking out because he thinks he can't have potatoes, pizza, pasta, etc. Obviously, pizza and pasta are out the window, though I'm sure he can "cheat" once in a while after this month and indulge. Is there anything I can tell him so that he'll feel less like he's quote-unquote "giving up his heritage"?

Thanks for all the help and advice in advance!

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on July 08, 2011
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Good point about celiac in Italy! I think I've read they test all Italian children because it is so common over there.

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on April 28, 2011
at 06:47 AM

I make pizza with cassava flour/sweet potato flour crust. 1cup each flour, 4 eggs, 3tsp coconut oil, 1tsp ea garlic powder, onion powder, oregano. 1/4 cup minced japaleno peppers (very important.) Bake for a few minutes, coat with bacon grease or olive oil, bake for 10 more, add a lot of meat and veggies on top, bake for 25 more. You can have it all.

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on April 28, 2011
at 04:57 AM

well, you can tell him that about 1% of italians in italy test positive for celiac disease. that might be some heritage he'll be willing give up.

sorry i don't really have any tricks for you. it is really hard giving up that stuff, and it remains challenging for me after many months. i miss pizza sometimes - but i don't miss how pizza makes me feel!

i guess my advice is: don't be afraid to do some planning ahead. it's way too easy to resort to old habits when you're busy and hungry. maybe spend your weekends making big stews together that you can split up to eat during the week? also, hardboiled eggs are your friends. also, everything you've heard about getting off carbs asap before easing some back in, is true. be ruthless. cut all sugar, grains, and potatoes (and BEER, kiddos), and the easier it'll be, sooner.

it's totally do-able, and way worth it. you already know! ..but your boyfriend may want to raise the stakes a bit by making a sub$tantial bet with a friend (not you) that will hold him to the 30 day challenge... B/c sometimes the promise of feeling awesome in the future just isn't enough incentive when you JUST WANT SOME EFFING PIZZA RIGHT NOW. Two or three days' pay hanging in the balance might keep him on track for the month. ;)

Good Luck to yous!

24fcc21452ebe39c032be6801d6bbadd

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on July 08, 2011
at 11:25 AM

Good point about celiac in Italy! I think I've read they test all Italian children because it is so common over there.

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on April 28, 2011
at 04:52 AM

Where there is a will to pizza, there is a way. Some make "meatza" which is superior by any measure. Also some weirdos have probably made crusts out of non-offensive plants of sorts.

Also potatoes should be fine to add back in after the 30 days as long as they are peeled (peels have glycoalkaloids which are bad) and they don't cause any overt problems.

Cheating with grains doesn't seem to be worth it for many. It gets as bad as sharp pains in the stomach for some and at the very least some grumbliness for all. He'll have to experience that for himself.

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on April 28, 2011
at 11:39 AM

The cheapest food I would suggest for college students are eggs and canned tuna.

I personally stay away from industrial ground beef its just a nasty food. I think cheap cuts of roasts and steaks are fine.

Grass-fed ground beef is good and the cheapest grass-fed you'll find. 4.50/lb about.

I have yet to eat organ meat, but I believe those are also going to be cheap cuts.

Consider rendering suet for cheap lard or beef tallow. For $12 you can get 5 lbs = a lot of jars.

Bacon ends. Scraps of bacon that are not perfect strips. Get three pounds for five dollars.

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