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Top 10 Paleo Snacks

Top 10 Paleo Snacks

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Hi guys and gals I wanted to start today off by giving a list of our favorite easy to make Paleo snacks for the team here at Average Guy Fitness.  This list is going to include small Paleo snacks that you can make at home that wont break your bank or diet.

1. Home Made Trail Mix

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This is a easy one to make.  Get your favorite Paleo Nuts and mix them together.  This is good to supplement that chicken salad you just ate for lunch.

2. Beef Jerky

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I know that not everyone is going to have a dehydrator at home.  But if you do this is a good way to get some extra protein in while still following the diet.

3. Kale Chips

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Kale is a good source of fiber.  Also kale is just plain bomb when its crunchy.  I love crunchy kale chips.  Season them how you like and its much more healthier for you then a potato chip.

4. Chocolate Covered Bacon

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OK this one is going to be a little harder to pull off, but if you can find a good dark chocolate preferably lacking soy, you can have a great Paleo treat.  These bad boys are what dreams are made of.  Let’s face it who can have enough bacon.

5.  Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

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This is a good treat for the November months.   Try to hold off on the salt and you have yourself a nice good compliment to any post workout/meal snack.

6. Cauliflower Popcorn

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This stuff is easy to make and costs about 2 dollars. Pop it in the over with some extra virgin olive oil on 350 and let it brown.   Cauliflower is one of my favorite vegetables ever because of everything you can do with it.  I am going to make a whole article on the versatility of cauliflower in the Paleo diet.

7.  Cauliflower Rice

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This one is a bit harder to make if you don’t have a food processor.  I’ve never tried making this in a blender, but if it works leave a comment.  Pretty easy to make is really cheap.  Get good at making this, it will make a lot of your other foods your use to making with rices look and taste better.

8.  Hard Boiled Eggs

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This is a really cheap way to have a snack.  Bring some gum, eggs leave a weird smell on your breath.  Pro egg eater tip.   Also can go good with a salad or small lunch meal.

9.  Devilish Mustard Deviled Eggs

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I like to eat deviled eggs, but the mayo in them is just so bad.  I’ve learned to substitute it for mustard and everything was right with the world.  It taste great and you will love it.  Top it off with some chili powder and just be glad not everything that is good is taken away from our diet.

10. Shrimp Cocktail

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This one is a little more on the expensive side.  But lets face it its number 10 and number 10 is a great number.  Make sure you use sugar free tomato sauce or boil your own tomatoes.  This is a good source of protein and vitamins from the vegetables you put in it.  Try to keep the salt out of it, shrimp is naturally salty.

Send us your Idea’s With a Comment

There you have it, the list of Average Guy Fitness’ top 10 Paleo Snacks that wont break your bank or your diet.  If you have anything else you would like to suggest as a good Paleo Snack, leave a comment in the section below and we will cook it up and try it out.

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Ramon’s First Day Back

Week One of Calisthenics Overview

The idea I had for this week was to transition  go from the couch to starting to move our bodies. Our first workout consisted of doing a Basic workout for Jefit. It was an interval style training that we will have listed in our workout section.

Bring On The Pain Of The Average Guy

That workout really exposed how out of shape I was,  my muscles were in shock just a few activities into the workout. I could feel my arms trembling while doing push ups and my legs turning into wet noodles once the leg workouts started. It was very humbling for me to grasp how out of shape I am. But it is to be expected since I stopped going to the gym regularly about 5 years ago.  What I find really motivating is that Jeremy has really bought in and asserted himself in the idea of getting fit.  I gives me the motivation to keep pushing not only him but myself to get healthier. The most challenging thing for me to workout was not having someone that I felt like I had to be there for.  When I’ve had a workout partner or just someone who is going to be expecting me to meet them at the gym keeps me on track and detaches me from the couch.

Average Guy Fitness Pro Tip

I strongly recommend finding a workout buddy or finding a community online or locally that can provide this support.  There are are several apps that can be synced up to health monitors that have their own communities as well.  I currently use a Jawbone UP24 to monitor the steps I am taking each day along with my sleep patterns.  

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Steven’s Tale of The Tape

Quick Bio

Weight: 220
Height: 6'2
Occupation: Software Engineer

Fitness Hobbies:
Crossfit, Olympic Weightlifting, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Snowboarding, Hiking,
Dragon Boat Paddling, Swimming, Salsa Dancing

I like to think of myself as the typical fitness junkie who was not blessed
with any natural fitness ability. Everything that I've been able to achieve
from a fitness perspective has been the result of a lot of hard work.
There's been a lot of ups and downs, a lot of pains and injuries, but in
the end, it's all about trying to be a better person. Be honest with
yourself, stay humble, do you best, keep an open mind, and most
importantly, have fun because life is too short to not make the most of
it.

Goals

At this point, most of my focus has been on Olympic Weightlifting and
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. So my overall goals in regards to these 2 fitness
hobbies are pretty straightforward:

1. Improve on my strength
2. Improve on my technique
3. Avoid major injuries

As far as specific goals that I'm hoping to achieve in the future:

Weightlifting:
1. Clean and Jerk 315lbs (Current Personal Best: 270lbs)
2. Snatch 225lbs (Current Personal Best: 200lbs)

Jiu-Jitsu:
1. Compete in my first tournament as a Purple Belt.

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Jeremy’s Tale of the Tape

Hey guys, this is Jeremy, and I am overweight.  I am currently 5 foot 9 inches tall and I weigh about 270 pounds.  Me and my friend Ramon decided we wanted to get into shape and try to be as fit as some of our friends who are the same age as us.   It sucks being the big one of the group.

I wanted to go over a little about my life so people can get an understanding of where I am coming from.  I have been married for close to 6 years now going on 7, and I have 2 children who are 2 and 6.  They run around me and I feel winded just watching them.  I’ve worked full time at The Home Depot for the last 9 years, and that is about the only workout I have done since then.

I wanted to let everyone know I am a average guy, I do not work out for a living.  I also do not own any special equipment.  I am planing on losing weight basically by doing calisthenics, yoga, and a meal plan.  I may add things in as I go, but I am not going to try every new gadget or machine that comes out. Nor am I going to buy every gym membership that is offered to me.  I know it can be done with a little will power and a little motivation from our team here at average guy fitness.

I have some short term goals

  • Do one pull up
  • Get on track with a meal plan
  • Get on track with a workout plan
  • Stretch more
  • Gain discipline

I have some medium term goals

  • Lose 60 to 80 pounds
  • Have to buy new pants for work
  • Adapt my workout plans
  • Gain more discipline

I have some long term goals

  • Make this website a success
  • Lose 100 pounds
  • Do 60 pull ups
  • Build an outdoor workout area in the backyard
  • Do charity runs cause I can.
  • Get a 2 pack, ill be happy with a 2 pack XD
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Ramon’s Tale of the Tape

My profile

Weight: 245 lbs

Height: 5’8″

Age 32

Occupation banker

Exercise history: Grew up playing soccer, baseball, football, track and lifting weights.

Workout goals: Lose weight, gain flexibility, increase stamina and feel healthy.

Current ailments: Left shoulder pain, Left knee pain and right wrist.

Family Health History: High Blood Pressure, Diabetes and Heart Attack.

What has led me to my current health situation: I hurt my shoulder lifting weights when I was 24 this was a big step back because this prevented me from doing my favorite activity which was lifting weights. The shoulder is one of the worst areas to damage since you use that joint for all upper body lifts. I was never able to rehab the joint and did not have health insurance to get medical attention. I still kept going to the gym to do cardio 4 times a week while I finished up college. I graduated from college and started working late night hours that disrupted my routine. I never was disciplined enough to establish a new workout schedule. Late night partying and even later eating with my current fiancé contributed to the weight gain. The more I was ingrained into corporate America the more my life became sedentary. I would spend hours of my life sitting with my face in front of a computer screen. This is not uncommon for a large portion of the United States workforce.  Before this job I had always worked in a restaurant where I was on my feet the majority of my work day, I was never aware how dangerous long term sitting was for a person. In year 3 of my career in banking I started to get pains in my hip flexor and lower back areas. These pains were something I was not accustomed to since I had never been subjected to this type of work. I started doing research and found that the reason for the pain was the tightening of my hip flexor’s and other leg muscles related to sitting for extended  periods of time. These mounting aliments have driven me to change my life and gain control of my health.

My health goals, include losing weight, gaining muscle balance, increased flexibility, better cardiovascular health, and increasing energy levels.

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