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“Kick the Gluten” Challenge

Please join us for a “Kick the Gluten” challenge from March 1 thru March 29.

The Details
• The cost to enter is $20. The competitor with the most points will win 2/3 of the cash; the second highest scoring competitor will win 1/3!
• The weigh-in’s will happen either on Tuesday or Wednesday, and the 5 minutes of burpees will also happen on Tuesday or Wednesday.
• After you have signed up, you will be sent a link to your Google Sheet to track your daily and weekly points.

Competitors can earn points in the following categories:
• Food (Earn 5 points for each day you go without gluten – 35 points for the week)
• Water (Earn 3 points per day for drinking your body weight divided by 3 in ounces – 21 points for the week)
• Workout points (Earn 5 points for each day you workout for up to 20 points for the week)
• Weight loss % X 5
• Improvement in the benchmark WOD (5 minutes of burpees – earn 2 points for each extra burpee)
• Facebook check in (Earn 1 point per check-in)

Where do you do your grocery shopping?

A lot foods are naturally gluten-free, so you do not need to shop anywhere specific, you just need to know what you’re looking for / trying to avoid. We do most of our grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s though, because they have a lot of very clean products (and you don’t have to choose from 1 or 20 different brands). Don’t get me wrong, not everything at TJs is clean, so still keep an eye on ingredients.

What foods contain gluten?
You can find a great list here, but the big ones are … pasta, noodles, breads, pastries, crackers, baked goods, pancakes, waffles, biscuits … and beer (although there are some delicious gluten-free beers out there).

What if I am not sure?
Reach out. We’ll have a good idea if it’s on the list or not. And pay attention to the ingredients. Aim for food items that you not only can pronounce the ingredients, but have a good understanding of what they are. Food companies enjoy trying to change up the name of ingredients (ie. sugar to brown rice syrup) to trick people into buying their products.

Do you have any suggestions for recipes?

Funny you should ask, because we’ve got plenty…

http://paleomg.com/almost-5-ingredient-pizza-spaghetti-pie/
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/pork-loin-with-fig-and-port-sauce-recipe
http://paleomg.com/almond-joy-protein-shake/
http://paleomg.com/sweet-potato-brownies/
https://elanaspantry.com/paleo-dirty-rice/
https://elanaspantry.com/salt-and-vinegar-kale-chips/
http://againstallgrain.com/2016/07/24/paleo-margarita-recipe/
http://againstallgrain.com/2016/05/03/gluten-free-paleo-crab-cakes-recipe/
http://againstallgrain.com/2016/04/25/no-bake-sunbutter-crunch-bars/
http://www.forthejoyofrealfood.com/2015/03/paleo-shamrock-shake-smoothie/

The sites we normally use are PaleOMG.com, ElanasPantry.com, NomNomPaleo.com, BalancedBites.com, PaleoGrubs.com, and AgainstAllGrain.com.

I can’t do this … St. Patrick’s Day is coming!
Well, that would be like saying, “I can’t make the WOD on Monday, so I’m just going to skip the whole week.” Doesn’t make much sense to abandon healthy options because of one day. So, take a 0 for St. Patrick’s Day and then get back to it. No biggie.

Give It A Try
If you are thinking about doing it … I would encourage you to give it a try. If you feel like you have been kicking @$$ in class, but feel like you should be seeing more results than you are … chances are pretty good that cleaning things up in the kitchen may be what is missing. We do these once in awhile to encourage folks to try to change things up for one month … and see how they feel. Holding yourself accountable for one month to water, food and working out can be a game changer. So, think about it. And if not for your health … then do it for the dough!