This is a game that is scored like golf: the lower your score the better. That being said you can achieve huge gains without ever coming close to a zero. Points are awarded for every deviation from the Paleo Diet at each meal/snack/bender and tallied for the day. At the end of the month, the day’s tallies are totaled to give you your final Paleo-Score.
10 points for every serving (approximately a handful) of:
Breads and Grains:
Slice of bread both white and wheat, ½ bagel, a pancake, slice of cake, slice pizza etc.
Cereal, Oats, millet etc.
Each bottle, can, or Pint is worth 3 points! K
The only exception is Redbridge, a gluten-free beer by Anhieser Busch those are only worth 1pt.
Candy, Cookies, Cakes, Sweeteners,
Milk, Cheese, yogurt, Kiefer
Anything with Trans Fat or a “partially hydrogenated” oil in its ingredients
1 point for every serving of:
That’s right all beans pinto, black, lentils, all of them even the dreaded peanut can mar your perfect scratch round of the paleo challenge.
Gluten Free Carbs
Rice, corn tortilla, potato , quinoa
Gluten Free Alcohol:
Tequila, Vodka, (with fresh lime juice), redbridge beer, wine (not cooking wine)- too much salt
Honey -raw and unfiltered only(1tsp), Molassas(1tsp), Dark Chocolate (2” square), Aguave –yeah its natural but its pure fructose!( ¼ teaspoon)
Whey protein? Black Coffee/espresso?
35 point Extra-Bonus points will be added for the following heinous aberrations from all things Paleo:
McDonalds and GrandeFrappaMaciato,
Example Day: Gluten Free 14 point day.
Coffee+1, cream+1 and honey+1= 3 points
Banana, 2 eggs with Tabasco, 2 strips bacon+1 (salt)= 1
handful nuts unsalted, whey protein shake+1= 1
“Naked” burrito= no tortilla, beef, chicken, lettuce, salsa, beans+1, rice+1= 2
Beef Jerky (unsweetened)
Big salad 1000 island dressing +1 (salt), Buffalo burgers without bun +1 (pickles), corn on the cob +1, tortilla chips and salsa +1, 2 shots tequila +2, chunk dark chocolate +1.
The Common Sense Rule:
If you eat something that was made in a factory and delivered to you to eat- give yourself a point.
You can get around all of the above rules with packaged products that are largely processed. That may be a significant step in the right direction for you at a level of comfort you are comfortable with. If you feel you are too busy to do this challenge any other way than go the prepackaged route. Just mark a point with it to document your level of compliance.
Example: tofu/mushroom noodles- no dairy, grain, salt, or beans with a low sodium marinara from the jar.