Paleo?! How Do I Survive in the REAL World?

So we’ve all been there.  Whether you’ve tried going Paleo for 30 days or are contemplating trying the Whole Life Challenge Worldwide, we’ve all asked, “how do I survive eating like THIS in the real world?”  Are we supposed to just stay home and never go out?! What will our friends/family think when I tell them there are all these foods I CAN’T have?  Will people look at me funny?  How will I not fail?!

Well, to give you some ideas on how to prep for the big kick off, here are a few tips from CrossFit Surf City USA on how to make Paleo easy…so easy, even a caveman can do it! 🙂

Hey guys,

As the “Whole Life Challenge Worldwide” approaches, we’re all getting excited and amped up for this incredible event. Everyone’s getting their fish oil ready, buying a foam roller and lacrosse balls for your mobility, and clearing out all the junk from your fridge and replacing it with “WLCW” approved food. Life is great, until you run into this problem…”How do I stay Paleo while I’m on the road?” Don’t worry, you’re not alone.  As a matter of fact, everyone has been in that situation. To keep you on track with your healthy lifestyle while having fun with 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.


  • Stick with “Paleo” ingredients: Meats, vegetables, nuts and fruit.
  • For the road trips, camping in the wilderness and similar activities, pack the paleokits and coconut water.  If those are not available, regular pre-packed beef jerky will do, but is not the most ideal.
  • If you’re at a restaurant, order any entree with meat being the center of the dish, and if possible (most likely) tell the kitchen to replace the usual side like mashed potatoes, rice or fries with steamed vegetables…and skip the complimentary bread…I know it’s very tempting
  • Alcohol is out of the question, especially beer.  If you’ve gotta have one, stick to clear liquor and don’t go over 1-2 drinks.  Skip the chasers and mixers too.
  • Steer clear of fast food restaurants, their foods (even the meat) could survive a nuclear attack!

Our list of favorite “Paleo” friendly diners: (modified for us LA county peeps)

  • Subway Salad
  • Chipotle
  • Any Korean BBQ joint
  • Waba Grill (Glendale Galleria)
  • Maui Hawaiian BBQ
  • Brazilian churrasqueria
  • El Pollo Loco
  • Stone Fire Grill

And if you happen to know of more…that’s what the comments section is for!

There you go guys…as long as you stick to the tips above, you should have no problem staying within 90% of Paleo. Remember, these 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 and restaurants above can help you stay around 90% Paleo compliant at all times.

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

Intermediate Skill

Part a: 800 meter run, rest 1 minute exactly, then 400 meter run. Record the total time including the rest.

Part b: squat clean 1-1-1-1-1-1 spend about 15 minutes finding a 1 rm.

Workout of the Day (WOD)

7 minute AMRAP of:

7 pushups (hand release)

1 squat clean (185# for men/115# for women) or ~85% of 1 rm from skill.

Beginner Skill
Part a: 800 meter run, rest 1 minute exactly, then 400 meter run. Record the total time including the rest.
Part b: Front Squat 3-3-3-3-3
Workout of the Day (WOD):
7 minute AMRAP of:
7 hand release push ups
7 front squats (50% of 3 rep max)

D1 PR’d his squat clean today!

A 275# squat clean is no joke! Way to go, Fred!

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