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Paleo…so easy a caveman can do it!!!

As the “Whole Life Challenge Worldwide” approaches, we’re all getting excited and amped up for this incredible event.  Everyone should getting their fish oil ready, buying a foam roller and lacrosse ball ($5 + HST) for their mobility, and clearing out all the junk from their fridge and replacing it with “WLCW” approved food.

Typically, life during the challenge can be great, until you run into this problem…”How do you stay Paleo while you’re on the road?”  Don’t worry, you’re not alone in wondering this!  As a matter of fact, everyone has been in that same situation.  To help keep you on track with your healthy lifestyle, while still allowing you to go out and have fun with your friends, we have come up with some tips and a list of our favorite places that, while not 100% “Paleo ”, will get you fairly close to your healthy eating goals.


  • When choosing from a menu or food selection, stick with “Paleo” ingredients: things like Meats, vegetables, nuts and fruit.
  • For any road trips, camping in the wilderness, or similar activities, try packing some of our paleokits  to munch on (on order) and some coconut water to drink.  If those things are not available to you, regular pre-packed beef jerky will do in a pinch, although but is not the most ideal.
  • If you’re at a restaurant, order any entree with meat as the center of the dish (although obviously not ‘breaded’ meats), and if possible (most likely) tell the kitchen to replace the usual side dishes, like mashed potatoes, rice or fries, with steamed vegetables…And of course skip the complimentary bread!  I know, it’s very tempting to eat it, though…
  • The bad news is that alcohol is out of the question.  Especially beer.  If you’ve just gotta have a nice stiff drink, stick to clear liquor and don’t go over 1-2 drinks, tops.  Skip the chasers and mixers too!
  • Steer clear of fast food restaurants, PERIOD.  Their foods (even the meat) could survive a nuclear attack!  You don’t need to ingest all those chemicals, even if they are tasty…

Can you help us develop a list of the best “Paleo” friendly restaurants in Victoria?  So far, we can only think of a few off the top off our heads… Please post your suggestions to the comments section!

  • Baan Thai
  • Cafe Bliss
  • Any Sushi Restaurant. Sashimi anyone? Especially Sen Sushi, which has a special Paleo Kappa Maki wrapped with cucumber instead of rice.
  • Canoe Club(things like steak, lettuce wraps, salads, etc.)And if you’re selective with the menu, you can eat Paleo friendly meals at places like:
  • Moxies
  • Earls
  • Cactus Club
  • Spinnakers Pub

There you go guys…as long as you stick to the tips above, you should have no problem staying within 90% of the Paleo diet. Remember, these alternatives do not replace a proper home cooked meal, so don’t take this for granted.  However, these will help you out when you’re out with friends, or in a pinch and can’t cook for yourself.

Disclaimer: For the WLCW…you will have to know exactly what is in EVERYTHING you are eating….yes, you’ll have to ask all those questions at restaurants to figure out if the food is WLCW approved or not.  However; outside of those 8 weeks, the tips we provided can help you stay around 90% Paleo compliant at all times.

Good luck, and see you at “Whole Life Challenge Worldwide!”

Long Weekend Hours:

  • Saturday, September 1st – ONLY 10am class, no 9:00am or 11:00am intro session
  • Monday, September 3rd – ONLY 9:30am and 5:30pm class, no 7:00am, 12:15pm, 4:30pm, 6:30pm

Today’s Workout:

Buy In – Snatch grip Dead lift 3-3-3-3-3

Technique review
Warmup to 110% of Snatch 1RM
Complete all sets at 110% of your Snatch 1RM, if you have the technique dialed in

WOD – “Meeting Cindy at the Bar”

AMRAP in 8 minutes of:

5 chest to bar pullups
10 push press (65/95)
15 back squats (65/95)

* If you did Monday’s workout and hands are sore, sub ring rows or for more advanced athletes, muscle ups!

Zone 3 – scale bar to 45/65, regular pullups
Zone 2 – scale bar to 25/35, assisted pullups
Zone 1 – scale as needed

Cash Out – Roll out the glutes – contract and relax over lacrosse ball.  Roll out for 2 minutes per side.  Stretch out the shoulders as needed

Workout of the Day

  1. Billie Jane08-30-12

    …so… I signed up for the WLC!!! I've been vegetarian for over 20 years and was not convinced this challenge was for me. If it had a heartbeat, I won't eat it! Anyway, I checked out the WLC site to learn about the "rules" and found a section called, "Being Vegan on the WLC". Wow! While I'll take a hit for eating protein-rich grains, I am totally looking forward to participating!

  2. Brittany08-30-12

    Another resaurant is MoLe. They'll help make all kinds of substitutes. Dishes that come served on bread or rice, they'll serve on spinach if you ask.
    Oh and Bin 4 Burger, they'll put your burger on a bed of lettuce instead of the bun.

  3. Deanna Whiteley08-30-12

    That is great to hear Billie Jane! I am excited to have you on board for the Challenge. You are not the only Vegan at the gym that has joined the challenge.

  4. Jonathan Elliott08-31-12

    Pretty sure Sura Korean BBQ on douglas (two blocks or so from the gym) has some paleoish options

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    Deane mentioned La Taquisa is paleo ish if you just don`t eat the burrito or taco. Just getting the insides in a bowl. I look forward to trying this one 🙂

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