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February 5, 2010

Introducing the Paleo-Lent Challenge!

Filed under: diet — Tags: , , — Lady Who Cooks @ 12:52 pm

So No Beer January was an absolute fail for me.  I saw absolutely no body composition changes (granted… workouts were not consistent but still) and I missed an entire month worth of beer consumption.  Ok, so I had a couple beers in San Antonio, TX but that doesn’t count since it was in a different state.

Thus, introducing experiment # 2, the Paleo-Lent challenge! For the upcoming Lent season we’ll be doing the Paleo/Primal challenge.  What might this challenge entail?

#1 – What you must avoid:




-Sugar (except for the very occasional honey)



-Processed foods

-Alcohol (for some reason Jamie Foxx’s song ‘Blame it on the Alcohol’ just popped into my head)

#2 – What you can eat:


-Veggies and fruit (no dried fruit)

-Good fats (olive oil, coconut oil, avocados, almonds, etc)

-Nuts and seeds (remember peanuts are a legume)

To add to the challenge I will be attempting to eat the most organic and grass fed meats I can find.  New Leaf has some pretty good prices and I think it’s about time to stop contributing to the inhumane treatment of these animals.  Also, since the Paleo woman had no birth control in her era, I shall forgo mine for the 40 days.  Please be advised that I’d prefer not to hear any snide remarks about procreation during this time.

Anything to add fellow FAHBGers??  Any additions or special personal challenges you will be adding?


  1. I’d love to hear a follow up post here on the purpose of fasting for our spiritual health from Fr. Andrew. That’s right buddy… calling you out! What does Lent mean to the church, and why does it require “giving something up”?

    Comment by Micah Vandegrift — February 5, 2010 @ 2:11 pm

    • done

      Comment by frandrewrowell — February 10, 2010 @ 3:06 pm

  2. Bring it on! I am going to give this a shot. For some reason I think that I am going to really well at some parts of this challenge (especially forgoing my birth control (sorry Abby I had to).

    Question, What is behind forgoing alcohol completely? I understand getting rid of the beer and the other high carb alcoholic beverages but what is behind getting rid of all alcohol? Isn’t a glass of red wine good for you?

    Comment by Wes Winfree — February 9, 2010 @ 6:28 pm

  3. Wes,

    Red wine has some good anti-oxidants, but it is still high calorie. Alcohol calories are processed similarly to carbs, so they are not good. If you want to have half a glass of red wine, that’s probably fine. But you’re better off eating a handful of blueberries and some spinach for the same benefits without as many calories.

    Congrats for deciding to take the plunge!

    Comment by Mara — February 10, 2010 @ 9:24 am

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