If you are doing a Paleo Vegan or Vegetarian or even Pescatarian based Challenge with your gym, this is what should be on your menu:
- fish = wild caught
- all fruit is ok
- all vegetables aside from starchy root vegetables are ok
- local, raw honey is the only sweetener used (aside from fruit)
- nuts and seeds are ok (soaked preferably)
- pastured eggs are ok
- no dairy
- no processed gmo-soy
- no grains or grain-like seeds (that means no quinoa, millet, amaranth, & buckwheat during the challenge phase)
- no legumes
- no alcohol
This can be hard to go through, but it’s something that is going to really help you in the end. I end up turning to things like hemp protein smoothies, and sacha inchi seeds to keep me going because I don’t want to eat too much fish and I don’t eat eggs during the induction phase. This is because eggs are a top allergen, and you want to allow your body to heal up as much as possible during that 30 day Paleo challenge.
What about going through a more traditional clean up? Maybe you still eat gluten-free grains? Maybe you are vegan and you have organic non-gmo soy on your meal plan? Maybe you have some autoimmune issues or you have histamine running crazy in your body? That’s where you move into finding your own nutritional truth.
- Protein: pastured eggs, pastured + organic, full fat, fermented coconut yogurt/kefir, organic tempeh, natto, edamame, organic eggs, Complete protein, organic tofu (extra-firm), soaked lentils and various soaked and rinsed beans, hemp and/or pea protein powder
- Vegetables: Acorn, Arugula, Asparagus, Beets, Bell Peppers, Bok Choy, Broccoli/Broccolini, Brussel Sprouts, Buttercup Squash, Butternut Squash, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Collard Greens, Delicata Squash, Garlic, Kale, Leeks, Lettuce, Onions, Shallots, Rutabaga, Spinach, Summer Squash, Sweet Potato, Swiss Chard, Tomato, Turnip, Watercress, Yams, Zucchini … If you deal with autoimmune issues or are trying to lose weight go gentle with Artichoke, Broccoli Rabe, Celery, Cucumber, Eggplant, Fennel Root, Green Beans, Jicama, Kohlrabi, Mushrooms, Okra, Parsnips, Pumpkin, Radish, Rhubarb, Snow Peas, Spaghetti Squash. Sprouts, Sugar Snap Peas
- Fruit: Love yourself some Apricots, Bananas, Blackberries, Blueberries, Cherries, Grapefruit, Kiwi, Melon, Plum, Raspberries, Strawberries and again if you trying to lose weight go gently into Apples, Dates, Figs, Grapes, Lemon, Lime, Mango, Nectarines, Oranges, Papaya, Peaches, Pears, Pineapple, Pomegranate, Tangerines, Watermelon
- Fats: MCT oil, Coconut Butter, Coconut Oil, EVOO, Avocado, Cashews, Coconut Flakes, Coconut Milk, Macadamia Nuts, Macadamia Butter, Hazelnuts, Olives… if you have PCOS then be gentle with Almonds, Almond Butter, Brazil Nuts, Pecans, Pistachio, Flax Seeds, Hemp Seeds, Pine nuts, Pumpkin Seeds, Sesame Seeds, Sunflower Seeds, Sunbutter, Walnuts
So what can I eat during the Challenge?
I like to eat a lot of greens. I generally have greens in a big green smoothie for breakfast with some fruit, my Complete and some flaxseed/chia. I also have a nice big tea with some EVOO in it after my lemon water. For lunch you’ll find me with lots of salads, braised greens, and and another smoothie almost every day. And then of course if I miss me some yummy starchy potatoes… I really do eat them. One challenge comfort food for me is mashed carrots and rutabagas, yum!
Mashed Carrots and Rutabaga (from Eat, Live, Grow, Paleo with my change ups)
– coconut milk
– Earth balance soy-free vegan butter or coconut oil
– Himilayan salt and pepper
– Garlic (crushed) – to your taste
– Handful of basil leaves, shredded and diced
1. Peel and cut carrots and rutabaga into small pieces.
2. Steam until very tender (about 10 to 15 minutes)
3. In your Vitamix or food processor (or with an immersion blender) puree the vegetables together adding coconut oil and seasonings to taste. Add just a small amount of coconut milk so it adds to the creamy taste but doesn’t turn your vegetable into a sauce. Add in the garlic and basil and let it mix in.
Add this with some sauteed greens and you will have found my heaven. There are tricks to making it through a 30 Day Paleo Vegeo Challenge, and this for me is one of the best, challenge yourself to find subs for the items you crave. Everyone has a nutritional truth… find yours.
If you worry about histamines, there’s a great Food Matters article that I often refer to that you should bookmark. http://www.foodsmatter.com/allergy_intolerance/histamine/articles/histamine_joneja.html z