It’s more than just a food challenge…it’s a change of lifestyle. We’ll be following the Paleo diet, as well as making changes to our sleep, hydration and activity levels.

So what’s the challenge?

Register by: May 16th, 2014

Start date: May 21, 2014

End date: June 25, 2014


Platinum – $80 – One body composition test, Copy of ‘Practical Paleo’ by Diane Sanfilippo, Mid-way check-in, Food journal, Paleo potluck

Gold Level – $50 – Copy of ‘Practical Paleo’ by Diane Sanfilippo (or a body comp test), Mid-way check-in, Food journal, Paleo potluck

Silver Level – $25 – Mid-way check-in, Food journal, Paleo potluck

Bronze Level – $15 – Food journal, Paleo potluck

Logging Food: Your journal will be for food, water intake and sleep tracking. Each participant must log their daily food/beverage intake and highlight anything consumed that is NOT Paleo. We’re not expecting perfection. The occasional slip is fine, just be honest, write it down and get back on track.

Benchmark: Each participant is required to complete some physical challenges before May 21, 2014.

The benchmarks are:

AMRAP 7 Mins – 3 Burpees 3 Wall Balls, 6 Burpees 6 Wall Balls, 9 Burpees 9 Wall Balls – Continue increasing by 3 reps until time expires
2000m Row
We will be repeating these benchmarks at the end of the Challenge.

Scoring (per day)
4 Points = Perfect Day, no cheats…not even a morsel…
3 Points = A tiny little slip up…it’s that little sip or little bite
2 Points = A portion of a meal was not Paleo…having a roll or beer with dinner
1 Point = A whole meal was not Paleo…beer with dinner & pizza
0 Points = More than a whole meal was not Paleo

Bonus Points
+1 = 8+ hours of sleep (lights out sleep, not in bed for 8 hours)
+1 = WOD at CFM or 10+ minutes of Mobility work
+1 = 2+ liters of water consumed per day

Each participant will be setting a ‘points goal’ before the start of the Challenge. You must tell us your goal at the time of registration. Plan out each week to reach your goal by the end of the 5 weeks. The maximum numbers of points available is 252.


54 responses to “About

  • Edward

    just a quick question, Log food like you would your workouts on the new paleo challenge website? at the end of the day just write all the things you ate that day?

    Do we need a carb/fat/protein break up? or just what we ate ?

  • Kevin

    You log everything you eat in your food journal, not on the website. No need to break it down. Just have it set up by meal (breakfast, lunch, supper) or time of day.

  • Andy

    Do we have to try and get the other 2 benchmarks done on our own? Or will the 2000m and CFT be on the agenda between now and Mar 1st?

  • Kevin

    They will be done on certain days prior to March 1. If you are unable to attend those days, you’ll have to do it on your own.

  • Marc H.

    This is a great site for recipes and facts.

  • Andy

    Kevin, I am in. But how quickly can we get the book? I would like to check it out ASAP, and maybe get a head start on implementing some of the food and changes.

  • Andy

    Kev, one more for you – paleokits? Are they allowed, do you recommend them? If yes and yes, can you place a bulk order for the gym to get the Crossfit discount?

  • Marcel

    I will be registering Kevin, can’t pass up a challenge.

  • Andy

    Im in…Not sure how to register…

  • Edward

    I’m in because I’m kinda already doing it, so it will give me an opportunity to read the book haha

  • Edward

    I really think there should be another page for the Paleo challenge where we kinda post how we felt for the day and just kinda compare hunger cravings and stuff. Would be reassuring and defiantly helpful if we see that someone needs to eat more of something for nutrients sake, Just a suggestion. I always look at other paleo blogs for reassurance and motivation!

  • Pierre

    Here is a link to some good Paleo recipes from a Crossfitter/Crossfit Trainer and mother of 3 kids:


  • Angela

    I’m in! but do we still need to pay if we already own the book?

  • Steph G

    ummm I’m interested .. I have seen challenges like this on other sites and they usually evaluate body transformation. Is this challenge evaluated on benchmarks only?

    • Kevin

      It’s mainly based on performance, adherence to the diet and a positive attitude. I’ll do body measurements, but they won’t be taken into consideration for judging, just because people are all starting at different levels. For instance, it would be hard for me to lose any fat.

  • andy

    I’m in, again. But don’t need the book.

  • Steph G

    Im in I will try to remember and bring the $ tomorrow.

  • Steph G

    I am in I will try to remember and bring the $ tomorrow,

  • Gabriel

    Kevin, I also will do it. Will pay you next time am in.

  • Tracy S

    Although I’m new to CF, I started eating the “Paleo” way last March, with huge success, and there’s no turning back!… so this part is not a challenge for me. I read the book, but don’t have a copy of my own, and wondering if I’d be able to just buy a book from you – if you can get an extra?

  • kerry donovan

    quick question…

    what about medications, more specifically performance ENABLING substances such as tylenol or advil? with the inevitable DT headaches from coming off of sugar and caffeine i worry for the welfare of my husband and 4 kids. 🙂

  • Michelle

    Already have a couple of food questions…

    Green beans? … just ’cause you said no legumes
    Dattes?… are they considered dry fruit?
    L’Arabars? …when all else fails and in a rush
    Coconut milk? …for cooking, obviously not drinking

    • Kevin

      I’m going to allow LOCAL green/yellow beans.
      Dates would be dried fruit. Moderation.
      Larabars are dates and fruit. Basically 3 fruit servings in 1 bar. Eat an apple in a rush.
      Coconut milk is a go! Just make sure no sugar added.

      • Michelle

        Awesome, thanks! And the green beans got delivered to me last night in my weekly farm delivery (CSA box), so very local 🙂

        Just putting a plug out there for CSA boxes – Community Supported Agriculture. Many local farms do it, you choose your farm, you pay at the beginning of the season and you get fresh, local, and sometimes organic veggies delivered to your door weekly. Most of the time you must sign up in May, but there is often a second sign up for the fall season, so right now!

  • Jeff L

    The book says no malt vinegar in your pantry….should we follow that?

    If Dates are allowed than why not other dried fruits?

    • Kevin

      Apple cider vinegar has health benefits. Regular vinegar MAY lead to leaky guy (p.76 in book). Use with caution.

      Whole dates are considered a sweetener, so they should be used sparingly (p. 111). Other dried fruit are not considered cheats, but if fat loss is the goal, they should be very limited.

      • Jeff L

        Thanks Kevin,

        I think I misunderstood yesterday and thought all dried fruits were out for the challenge. Just wanted to make sure dried fruits could be used in some recipes.

  • Blake

    Cinnamon ok?
    Also, if not able to get organic “x” in a pinch, should we record that it is not organic?

    A little nervous about breakfasts, but looking at mini-quiche cupcakes etc. If any has more ideas please share! I don’t have my book list but am grabbing groceries this weekend!

    • Kevin

      Spices are all good, including cinnamon.

      You don’t need to record organic vs not. Anything with a large peel/layer can generally be not organic. Just FYI.

  • Blake

    Trying out some baking. Wife bought “low salt” bacon at the store but it’s not farm fresh. Do I record it as a cheat, or just make sure to log that it’s store-bought?

  • Kevin

    It’s not a cheat, just not ideal.

  • Sheldon W.

    Michelle :
    Awesome, thanks! And the green beans got delivered to me last night in my weekly farm delivery (CSA box), so very local
    Just putting a plug out there for CSA boxes – Community Supported Agriculture. Many local farms do it, you choose your farm, you pay at the beginning of the season and you get fresh, local, and sometimes organic veggies delivered to your door weekly. Most of the time you must sign up in May, but there is often a second sign up for the fall season, so right now!

    Where can I find details on this?

  • Sheldon W.

    Hey Kevin,

    When do we get the Paleo book and the journal. I was away for the meeting and it wasn’t listed in the presentation.

  • McDavid

    T minus 42 minutes everyone. Best of luck to everyone in this challenge. can’t wait.

  • Blake

    As a rule, should water consumed during a workout count towards my 3 litres? I am thinking no, but was not sure.
    Also, a pic of a REALLY nicely done log book would be nice to base my format on…I’m OCD like that.

  • Blake

    Seeing lots of books and paleo sites using coconut milk. Does this comply?

  • Christine

    First week down!!!! How is everyone doing?!?!?

  • Chantal L.

    I think I’m lacking proteins in the breakfast department. I eat 2 eggs + veggies, which I always did even before Paleo. I try to cut on snacks and have big meals instead but I find myself hungry at around 10am. Before that I always had a snack, like veggies or something. Is it best to go back to snacks or to add more protein to my breakast?

  • Tara R

    Question for my fellow Paleo enthusiast: I’m having a dinner party for the Hubby’s B-day this weekend. I don’t wanna make the traditional dinner (pasta, rice w/e) cause i just can’t stomach it. So looking for ideas on dinner party menus 🙂

  • Amanda S

    Hey Kevin, I mentioned to you before that I was interested in this challenge! How can we arrange me taking part over here in NFLD? If possible that’d be great!!

    • Kevin

      Once the presentation is posted (on the 10th), email me. I’ll go over the check-ins with you and how to scale/modify the benchmarks.

  • Ginette

    Kevin, can you have herbal tea??

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