Are You IN or OUT?

Here it is everyone The March Challenge is about to begin. Let me go over it again. This is voluntary from start to finish, but I promise it has the potential to change your life and your families if you choose to undertake it.

If you choose to take this challenge the only mandatory part is No Bread, Grain, Pasta, Rice, Oats, and NO SUGAR (real or artificial). The optional parts are food logging and weigh ins. It doesn’t matter if you do Zone or Paleo or something else. There are no penalties, no chastising, and no burpees if you cheat.

Read the ingredient list on everything. Be aware of your foods and choices. make smart decisions and plan ahead.

I want you to use this post to communicate with each other ask for recipes and help. I will post some recipes and links on this site as well as I will try to post a video or recipe every day of the month to help you out.

I want everyone who is doing the challenge to post their name to the comments section of this post and let us know that you are in. If you quit at some point post that you are out.

Who Is In?


  1. Sweet Potato Chicken-
    Brown chicken in skillet. (usually add 1 cup chicken broth, but it has sugar so omit this step) Slice up and add sweet potatoes (thin) and green beans. Sprinkle with thyme, rosemary, and parsley. Cover and cook for about 20.
    -I haven’t tried this yet without the chicken broth but add some kind of liquid so it won’t dry out. This is decent, we’ll see how it is without the flavor from the broth.

  2. I made a Salad Dressing just today that turned out really well.

    Use 1/4 Cup Olive Oil
    1 /2 – 1 whole bunch of Cilantro (Based on taste)
    1/2 Can Rotel Tomatoes with juices
    Some Salt and Pepper

    Blend all ingredients in a blender or food processor to make a pesto style sauce. You can use as a marinade or dilute it a little further to make it a salad dressing.

  3. I’m in!!

  4. I know it’s only day 2, but I feel like I now live in the kitchen, forever chopping fruits and veggies. I’m not complaining, just sayin.

  5. Shelly, thats a good thing. We are into the food and preparing, its like a second workout of the day, the way we were meant to do it. Good job Shelly, keep up the hard work.

  6. Speaking of the Deviled Avocado eggs – I found a suggestion to put Bacon, or Proccuito or some other salty meat on top of the eggs. Sounds like a winner! I’ll have to try that one this week.

  7. Are we allowed to eat peanut butter, if it is natural?

  8. Peanut butter is allowed if its all natural.

    Be careful with bacon it is usually cured with sugar.

  9. Thanks for the tip, Jason. The organic Kirkland’s peanut butter at Costco is sugar free, just Peanuts and salt.

  10. Yes, be careful with the bacon, If you have to go back and talk to the butcher and specifically ask them if the bacon is cured in sugar then do it. I talked to them at Sprouts on Dobson and Ray and they do have some. One choice only though, all the rest are full of added sugar. Don’t hesitate to talk to the people behind the counter, its your food you should know whats in it.

  11. Are you kidding? Dang it. I bet my bacon has sugar in it.

  12. I found some bacon at Frys that is not cured in sugar. It’s the Kroger brand and actually says, “no sugar added”….

  13. So breakfast is probably the hardest meal of the day. Who likes pancakes. I know I do.
    Here it is.

    2 Bannannas (make sure the bannanas are yellow and pretty soft)
    2 Eggs
    2 Tbsp of Almond Butter

    Mash the Bannanas up in a bowl
    Add the 2 eggs then Almond Butter
    Mix until you get a smooth creamy pancake batter
    Pour on the griddle, it will take a little longer than regular pancakes and be careful when flipping.

    This will make about 7 or 8 medium pancakes.
    If you want more just double.

  14. They bought Pizza Hut at my work but I’m so not eating it.
    I’m ignoring the smell of Pizza through the air.

  15. It’s a no…

  16. That’s what I figured. The Wife needed an appeal to the authority.

  17. Nick, the Pancakes are acutally really good! I just made them.

  18. Bonnie gave me this recipe. Looks good.

    My neighbor (who watches food network all day) created this salad dressing recipe for me and it’s pretty good. My salad typically has two kinds of lettuce, cucumber, zucchini, carrots, crumbled cauliflower bits, walnuts, and chicken. Let me know what you think!

    Orange Dill Vinaigrette

    1 tsp orange zest
    Juice of 1 orange
    1 tsp fresh chopped dill
    ¼ tsp salt
    1/8 tsp pepper
    3 TBS white wine vinegar
    4 TBS olive oil

    Wisk all ingredients together until well incorporated. Serve over greens. Add chopped walnuts and white raisins to salad if desired.

  19. Day 4 and soooo tired!

  20. I am in with the Paleo Diet! So far so good, Learning a whole bunch including…… cooking!!! WOW I thought I would never say that word! Thank you guys! It is a big challenge but totally worth it!

  21. Any suggestions for what to do with ground beef tonight? No bread, no ketchup, I’m lost.

  22. Any ideas for alternatives to mayo for egg salad or tuna salad? I usually subsitute avacado for mayo but not sure if it would work for this.

    With ground beef (or ground turkey) I’d make chili. Brown the beef, add cumin, chili powder, and garlic. Saute an onion, red pepper, and green pepper. Add tomatoes (fresh or a 28 oz can of diced) and kidney beans (optional). Let simmer 10 minutes, add the beef back in and cook about another 10 minutes. Top with green onions, cheese, or sour cream (is sour cream allowed?)

  23. Shelly,
    Try making Taco Burgers:
    Use the ground beef mix in cheese, bacon, 1 egg, can of Ro-Tel Tomatoes (mild or hot) and seasonings.
    Make into patties and grill. Do protein style hamburgers on lettuce using salsa and sour cream instead of ketchup.
    Just check your bacon label Kroger brand at Frys has no sugar.

  24. Shelly you can go for meatloaf too, always a winner.

  25. Thanks. I made it, it was great.

  26. Nick – what’s your meatloaf recipe? Every one that I know of has bread/breadcrumbs, and most have ketchup. :o(

    Anyone know of a mayo alternative for egg salad or tuna salad? I usually sub avacado for mayo but I don’t think that’ll really work for this.

    On to day 5…

  27. Kim,
    Check the label a true mayo shouldn’t have sugar its primarily oil and eggs. if it does have sugar and you are so inclined I have a recipe to make your own.

  28. Kim here is the meatloaf rcipe:
    The main difference is the almond meal instead of bread crumbs.

    1 diced red onion
    2 lbs of grass fed ground beef
    1 cup almond meal
    2 eggs
    1 can tomato paste
    1 tbsp crushed garlic
    1/2 tbsp sea salt
    2 tbsp dried basil
    1 tsp marjoram
    cracked black pepper to taste

    Mix all ingredients by hand in a large mixing bowl. Place meat mixture into a large glass baking pan and form into a loaf. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until meat is no longer pink in the middle.


  29. For those of you not doing Paleo, I have found that I love to add a bit of milk and Cinnamon to my coffee, Delicious!!

  30. Oooohhhh!!!!!
    Here is a real easy one.
    Homemade Applesause

    Take about 5lbs of apples (or more enough to fill a crockpot)
    Core them and peel them
    Cut them up into small peices and fill the crockpot
    Add alot of cinnamon and mix it in makeing sure to get the cinnamon all over
    Add a little less than a quarter of a cup of water
    Leave in the pot for about 5-6 hours longer if need be

    Enjoy, I think it tastes better than store bought.

  31. can’t believe I have made it a whole 5 days! (almost 😉 so excited! thanks for all the recipe ideas everyone.

  32. Easiest recipe ever:

    Salsa Chicken

    Put chicken breasts, salsa, and black beans into a baking dish. Bake at 350 for 30-45 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through. Use whatever ratio of chicken/salsa/beans that looks good to you. You can top with cheese or sour cream. Delicious! :o)

  33. Nick the pancakes are great. They taste much sweeter is the banana’s are nice and ripe.

  34. I feel so good! I just made avacado, tomato, red bell pepper, cilantro, and onion scambled eggs and they are delicious! I am so full and know when I meet friends at 4 peaks brewery later on today, I won’t feel tempted to back any kind of bad choices!

  35. oh, and I tried the yummy date dessert recipe (thanks to Allison!), and it’s great! I can’t believe how good it is and ok to eat! What a surprise! I’m going to make a batch tonight for the week. If anyone has been craving chocolate or something sweet, this yummy dessert ought cure that!

  36. Sunday’s are a hard day to not eat sugar! One social event after another combined with my cravings are making me moody. I’m staying strong though.

  37. I’m feeling pretty good being off the sugar and stuff. But isn’t this paleo and stuff kind of like the adkins except you get to eat fruit? I have to say, I miss my oats. But I’m sooo thankful for that pancake recipe! I love pancakes.

  38. I had a dream last night that I made a bad decision when faced with an enormous peanut butter brownie. I woke up happy that I’m still on the right track, and that it was only a dream. Looks like I may need to try Jason’s dessert recipe to satisfy my subconscious cravings.

  39. Made the meatloaf last night and it was GREAT!! No need for ketchup it was sweet enough. My daughter loved it, and wants to bring it to the next “potluck” she has, but can’t tell anyone it’s Paleo, she’s afraid they won’t try it. THANKS NICK!! I omitted the salt and added a little of green onions.

    Also made the pancakes and popsicles last night, again Lauren loved the pancakes and had it for breakfast this morning! Still waiting for the popsicles to freeze! Lauren is really getting into this – thanks for getting me out of the same old foods!!!

  40. It’s awesome that we are affecting our children with this healthy eating.
    Here is a recipe that has meant a lot to me in this challenge:

    1 cup almond meal
    2 eggs
    1 ripe banana mashed up
    1/4 cup water
    2 tblsp. oil

    for a topping I have used thawed frozen fruit like strawberries or peaches.

  41. This place rocks.

  42. Still going strong! Where is this popsicle recipe?

  43. Almond meal – can I find it at Safeway? Or only at Wholefoods/Sprouts/etc? Looking forward to making the meatloaf tonight. :o)

  44. Made a new popsicle,


    Put them in a blender and pour into an ice cube tray

  45. Jason can you give post that recipe you told me about today at the gym that tastes like choc mousse?

  46. I don’t really use recipes very often but it was something like this:
    3 Bananas
    3 TBSP Cocoa
    1/2 C Peanut Butter

    Blend and place in freezer until it begins to freeze for an ice cream style dessert, or eat at room temp for a mouse type consistency.

    You could probably try freezing the bananas ahead of time and then you wouldn’t have to wait.

    Adjust measurements for your specific tastes.

  47. Paleo Custard Pie

    2 Bananas, 2 large egg, 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans. Put all in a food processor on high until mixture begin to expand – about 30 seconds – fold in by hand 1/2 cup fresh blueberries. Pour into well greased 8″ glass pie plate – place pie plate inside a 9″ square cake pan with 2 cups of water (about 1/2″) and bake in middle of a 325* oven for 30 minutes. Cool and serve with plain yogurt, chopped nuts, and fresh berries. Makes 6 servings.

    Julie and I have made this twice – once with pecans – my favorite – and once with walnuts – her favorite. Use your favorite nuts or berries – add vanilla – or other extracts for a different flavor. – enjoy.

  48. Tried the meatloaf tonight – it was amazing! I’ll never go back to my old recipe.

    Jason – I need that mayo recipe. Everything at safeway has sugar added, and everything at Sprouts has either honey or evaporated cane juice. Thanks!

  49. For those of you trying to spice up your salad I found an organic garden herb salad mix at Safeway and Fry’s that is amazing. it has fresh dill, cilantro, and several different greens. I have made taco salad, shrimp salad, cobb salad, ect with it and never needed dressing!