Tuesday, February 28, 2012

A CupcakesOMG!-Sponsored Paleo Challenge

Last weekend in Miami, I horrified Kyle by admitting that I'm always thinking about/planning my next meal. If I'm eating breakfast, I'm thinking about lunch. If I'm eating lunch, I'm thinking about dinner. And if I'm eating dinner, I'm thinking about finding a way to sneak chocolate chips cookies into the apartment after Kyle has gone to sleep. I'd apologize, but I'm sorry I'm not sorry that I love food.
I wish I could tell you that my obsession with food begins and ends with how we show love in my family, but my mom did all kinds of things beyond cooking and baking to prove she loved me (coming home with bags of clothes for me during high school was always a huge hit, not to mention, of course, my parents' actual telling of how much they loved and supported me). So I guess I'll just have to chalk it up to the fact that I'm a fat kid at heart/belly.

It is because of the fact that I could probably give Aretha Franklin a run for her money at a Vegas buffet that I try to maintain some semblance of health and restraint by eating a predominantly paleo diet. I say "predominantly" because, well, I eff up sometimes a lot, as evidenced here, here, and here. What I came to realize in recent months is that I'm taking far too many liberties with my paleo lifestyle and now my pants are paying for it, and that is why I will be embarking on a 30-day Paleo Challenge starting in March.

I've done a couple paleo challenges before (some of you might refer to it as a Whole 30) and I always feel great following them. I'm specifically referring to how I feel in my clothes, but yeah, sure there's the whole mind-body-spirit nonsense too. But I've been through enough of these to know that they're tough to do on your own, which is why I wanted to to formally extend an invitation to the entire Cupcult to join in the CupcakesOMG! March Paleo Challenge with me!

Never done a Paleo Challenge before? Here's a quick summation:
- Strict paleo eating for 30 days
- No dairy of any kind (cheese, yogurt, milk, etc.)
- No sweetener/sugar of any kind (maple syrup, honey, agave, etc.)
- No grains of any kind (whole wheat, whole grain, or otherwise)
- No beans of any kind (including hummus, black beans, or soy beans/edamame)
- No soy. Period.
- No alcohol
- You should also probably work out in some way.

I won't lie to you--it's definitely gonna have an impact on your social life, but let's face it, if you're out of college, you probably should cool it on the binge drinking anyway.

You're probably asking yourself "So Melissa, this sounds pretty Les Mis. Why should I bother?" Great question, you! You should bother because I'm putting together a twice a week newsletter chock full of information, guidelines, recipes, and tips to keep you on track and motivated day by day.* It'll basically be like having me there to hold your hand the whole time. Except I would never hold your hand...too many germs, man.

Interested in signing up and receiving your own completely free CupcakesOMG! Paleo Challenge guide?? Leave me a comment with the email address where you'd like to receive correspondence and a reason why you're joining the challenge. I'll be sending out the first guide on Monday, March 5th, so get your grain, sugar, and alcohol-binging out of the way now!

*I am not a doctor, nor would I pretend to be one, despite my initials being "M.D." Any information here or otherwise provided by CupcakesOMG! is meant to be purely informational and entertaining and should not be misconstrued as medical advice or instruction. Please consult with your doctor before embarking on any diet or exercise regiment.

61 comments:

M. Flynn said...

Wait, so are you saying that always thinking about your next meal isn't normal?

Sign me up! I've been slipping lately. megan (at) freckleditalian (dot) com. But you know that already.

mirandamoriah said...

Me! Me! Me! mirandamw@yahoo.com
I've been trying to motivate myself to get in on this. I've been eating a (loosely) Paleo diet for weeks and I'm not getting the results I want. I think I'm in desperate need of guidance as no one I know will do it with me :(

EelsayandYasi said...

Me! me! iep209@yahoo.com
I've been wanting to eat healthier for my body's sake but have 0 motivation, I need some support!

Anonymous said...

Sign me up!!! I'm definitely trying to get more consistent with following the paleo diet. When are you officially starting the 30 day challenge? (reneebobby@gmail.com)
Thanks for offering up the challenge!
~Renee

Marissa311 said...

I've started, but never completed, a paleo challenge many times. I'd love the tips you have! marissah311@gmail.com

Hilary said...

Such perfect timing, going on vacation in April. I too have been slipping and honey and dairy are daily things for me. I need it, my husband dosen't.....so I really love the support idea! Sign me up..... ilovehoops2@gmail.com

primal me, primal you said...

I've been much too lenient lately as well, so, bring it on! daisyvelisek@gmail.com

Lisa said...

Sign me up! I did this with Paleo Project this summer and this is totally what I need right now! lisa.nolan.wright@gmail.com

Caitlin said...

Yay! Maybe this can get me back down to my birth weight for my June wedding? mygrandmothersgucci@gmail.com

Shelly Miller said...

Wait...You do realize that St. Patrick's Day is in March, right?

F it. Sign me up. Willpower is my middle name.

Shellymiller7200@gmail.com

AQ said...

I'd love to participate - I have never done paleo before. I'm going on a bachlorette party in April, and I dont want to be the
"chunky one"

alquinnell@gmail.com

Lydia said...

Allow me to be the first person to leave a comment and not sign up for this. Right now, as I'm typing this, I'm eating a Chipotle Burrito Bowl with black beans, cheese, and sour cream, asking myself if I could not be friends with cheese for 30 days. Pretty sure I'd kill myself. In a vat of melted cheese.

Good luck to you though-- it looks like you have a pretty solid group so far, and I know you're all going to feel way better than me in a month!! I promise this will be my last comment for the next 30 days in which I discuss how much I love dairy.

Ashley said...

YES!!! I definitely need to get back to more than 30% paleo! Sign me up!

ashleymaynard {at} gmail {dot} com

-Ashley

Anonymous said...

Sign me up too- sayurijade@gmail.com

Sounds like fun?

JennCK said...

I have just recently started researching paleo and am finding it to be an amazing lifestyle choice. I love anything free and am interested in seeing what you have to offer up on this challenge! -Jenn

Rachel said...

This is a great idea! I've been struggling with staying on the paleo track for a while now. My motivation is high for a week or two and then emotional eating takes over. The problem is I have such bad food sensitivities that if I don't eat paleo I get so sick and sluggish it's hard to function.
I need help!!

Anonymous said...

I'm in...my challenge ended at my box...and I fell off the wagon hard.

nikiuw at gmail com

Yea!

Sunshine said...

OMG!! I am the same way. I am planning my next meal as I am eating. lol too funny.

www.cancerinthecity.com

sirisue said...

I all in! Just what I need, a little group motivation! I try to eat paleoish most if the time. But, I have been going crazy with sugar and wheat. I feel terrible! Sirieliasen@gmail.com

Taylor said...

U and Bryan could start a club... He actually calles me from work every single day at lunchtime asking about dinner, wtf? Anyway I'm going to be honest... This sounds real intriguing and remember last year when I tried it.... But momma has 2 kids and I need a drink at least once a week... Is there a paleo for beginners (alchies)

S,Wolfe said...

I am in!

swolfe.photo@gmail.com

I was eating Paleo so well and I need to get back to it.

Jenna said...

Yes sign me up! !

cldeep said...

I would like to give it a try...but god me help I love cheese! I'm still going to give it a go though. cdeephou@marymount.edu. Thanks!

Lori Supek said...

I'd love to participate! I currently do a modified paleo right now and CrossFit.

lorisupek@yahoo.com

fitfashlife.blogspot.com

Erin said...

I would love to join in on this. mostly because march is the perfect month - i travel a LOT for work, but a significant amount of march will be spent at home which means i can actually cook for myself like a normal person and not spend my life in restaurants and hotels.

eraweir@gmail.com

Meg Miller said...

Melissa, you have amazing timing, doll. I am going to Vegas in April and running a half marathon two weeks after that. Holler at me with these healthy recipes and I'll def do the challenge!

MAMiller74@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I'm in!! I have done it before and need to do it again! I have let myself go! Blah!!

kyla

orangefrog5952@aol.com

thesabutterfly said...

Yes! Perfect timing. I've been talking myself out of a paleo challenge because i live with a man who does not have a health-conscious bone in his body.
thesabutterfly@gmail.com

Rachel said...

I think I forgot my email
maybe_memories8@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

Would love to join you. Please send it to me :)

nifty484@gmail.com

LIsa said...

I'm in! I was doing so well with paleo, but I've gained 8 pounds since Valentine's Day. I need an intervention! lisamedci@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Pretty please! I would love to join. I have been doing the not so strict paleo for a while and I would love some support!

Katefilipp@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Yes, please!!! Cjcahoy @ gmail

Anonymous said...

Thanks!! michelle.delorenzo@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Ok. I am in. I went Paleo at the beginning of January and lost 13 lbs in 6 weeks. Felt amazing blah blah blah, but lately have been slipping up. f-ing full fat yogurt. sign me up gen_grant@hotmail.com

Dionne Marie Smith said...

OH! Sign me up too! Dionne333@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I'm in. Always looking for good tips. Thanks. jlhealy@live.com

Anonymous said...

Is it too late to participate? If not, I'm interested: x.12.18.87.x (at) gmail (dot) com

kate @healthy made good said...

Me me me!! Kckedziora@gmail.com

Kate Kedziora said...

Happy I typed in my url incorrectly hahaha makinghealthygood.blogspot.com woops

Sarah said...

Have you sent it yet!? SunlightAfterRain {at} gmail.com

Jen (Whittle My Middle) said...

I just started the challenge at the start of March as well! Count me in. jenmansell85@gmail.com

skendralynn said...

I was just about to start another 30-day challenge by myself, but I'd much rather join you all!

skendralynn@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I would like to be included in the CupcakesOMG paleo challenge. I have been paleo for over a year but am always interested in learning/reading about new ideas & recipes in Paleo land.
meggie980@aol.com

Anonymous said...

Sounds great. claiireadele (at) gmail.com

Carol said...

I'm with ya! cknauth@gmail.com

miranda said...

sounds great!!!
mirandamoes@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

I just joined crossfit and feel a need to begin paleo as well!
kahutt06@gmail.com

P!nky said...

I would be interested in joining, even though I know I'm late to the party.

pinkpersistence@gmail.com

Debbi Antonelli said...

I sent a reply the other day and I don't see it. But I want to do it too! Im going to start Friday 10th is that too late? dacheer@ cox . Net.
Don't forget tho if you want to lose weight and keep it off with the paleo way of life go to www. Loselbsez.com. That's my best friend and we both have lost 22+ lbs she's a weight coach aswell

Katie said...

Yes please! I've been Paleo since August 2011 but am ALWAYS looking for tips/support!
katie.delong@yahoo.com

Samantha said...

It is too late to join?? i am planning on starting the Paleo diet anyways and was gonna drop carbs and processed food cold turkey anyways. Would love some extra tips and tricks! strollope22@gmail.com

astrogirl said...

I could definitely use some ideas! Nicole at astrogirl dot com. Thanks!

steguz3 said...

I would love to join your list! I just started the Paleo challenge on Sunday, I'm on day 4! Since I'm doing it solo I could definitley use some support!

steguz3@gmail.com

Thanks!

Jen said...

My husband and I are starting a 30 day Paleo challenge too! We are on day 2 today.

I'd love to get your newsletter about what you're doing.
Thanks!

jenniferlynnenger@gmail.com

Dee said...

Awesome! Sign me up please dcollier27@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

This sounds like a great challenge! I've tried many other healhy eating lifestyles/diets but never paleo. I love a challenge and I'm in need of losing some weight! Hope it's not too late to sign up!
Jayletrull@clearwire.net

Ticky Tacky said...

Pick me pick me! jenna.nrtn@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

brmullic@cord.edu

Chris said...

I am late joining the party.... livesimplebalance@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I know it's not march, but could you send me those newsletters anyway?! I've done the paleo challenge once before but my huz and I are trying to do it again!! Thanks! Heather.sasser@yahoo.com

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