Day 2.

“And the world cannot be discovered by a journey of miles, no matter how long, but only by a spiritual journey, a journey of one inch, very arduous and humbling and joyful, by which we arrive at the ground at our own feet, and learn to be at home.” -Wendell Berry

 ASK MEG: (For real. Ask me anything!)

“Dear Meg,

Just a quick question in preparation… – is there a book/site I can use that provides foods to eat and more importantly how to make it?  As a disclaimer I am a pretty bad cook so the simpler the better for me.”

I would definitely look into two books to start. The first is the book we referenced in the seminar – Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo. I really like it because it’s not only a good resource (as in, lots of information about the “why” of all the stuff we talked about and more),  there are a bazillion recipes. Furthermore, the recipes are mostly very simple AND Diane really gets into the nitty gritty for people who are very unfamiliar with cooking (like, how to chop an onion [ed. note, I really really didn’t know before reading this book that there was a “way” to chop an onion. Please tell me I’m not alone.]). She also actually has a bunch of full  30 day meal plans completely written out that cross-reference with all the recipes AND corresponding shopping lists on her blog. So, to say it’s comprehensive is an understatement. It retails for $40, but I think you can get it on Amazon for less than that. 
The second book is Well Fed by Melissa Joulwan. We have lots of copies of this at the gym that you can buy if you don’t want to wait. Mel’s book is great because again, most of the recipes are very simple but offer a TON of variety, including a lot of ethnic flavors that I love! Specifically, Mel has a big section of things called “hot plates” which basically involves a ton of simple and FAST combinations of meats, veggies, and spices that you can mix and match depending on what flavors you’re in the mood for. As in – not every meal has to be a 4 hour, 100 step process. So I also like that one for beginners. 
Finally – there are about six million blogs out there as well – Mel Joulwan’s blog is (and is very organized by food type), there’s the Food Lover’s Primal Palate, and Nom Nom Paleo. Mark’s Daily Apple has a ton of recipes, just keep in mind that he often includes full fat dairy, so just be aware that it’s a thing you may need to tweak if dairy isn’t in your plan right now. 
If it helps, I’m definitely not a gourmet cook in the least, and most of my meals are “things piled on top of things that seem like they’d taste good together.” My go to breakfast is simple – eggs, bacon and wilted greens. A common lunch is ground beef, turkey or lamb with whatever season I have around (Trader Joe’s taco seasoning usually makes an appearance if ground beef is involved), a microwaved potato with butter or coconut oil depending on if I’m eating dairy, and some baby spinach with whatever salad stuff I have in the fridge. If I am feeling creative or have extra time (rare), I try a new recipe for dinner but most often I’m grabbing meat out of the crockpot and pairing it with vegetables again. (Do you have a crockpot? You should, they are a non-cooker’s best friend). 
Your mileage may vary with the above. I know that I can eat the same thing for a few days in a row before I need to change it up, and as long as things are spicy I’m usually happy. I have pretty simple tastes. So, if you’re concerned about this being complicated, I assure you it doesn’t have to be, although the recipes are certainly out there if you want to get adventurous. 
Hope this helps! 


Please weigh in, guys! What’s your favorite cookbook or your go-to blog for new recipes? And let me know how Day 2 went for you in the comments!

PS: If you’re not a part of the CFCC EATS Facebook group yet, get on over here. We are extremely entertaining. Also, food porn.

PPS: Don’t forget that this Thursday at 6:30pm (and the next three Thursdays as well!) will be a  Q&A sessions at the gym! Come hang out and ask us about anything BCCC related that’s been challenging (or successful, we like that too!) Details to come.

For you to consider as you pack your lunch tonight – The Five Stages of Food Grief.

Stay well!


My own accountability for today:

1. I had 1 cup of coffee this morning (on plan for this week). It was delicious.

2. I probably didn’t eat enough and I did eat lunch at my computer GAH! (But what I ate was delicious, speaking of “things piled on top of things that seem like they’d taste good together” – pastured ground turkey from Fair Food Farmstand, bell peppers, and potatoes all scrambled together. Nom.)

3. I didn’t train! Gah!

4. Gotta get that kimchi with dinner tonight.

5. Didn’t have any fruit today and didn’t really crave sugar at all. Or cheese, so that’s good.

29 Responses to “Day 2.”
  1. Cait says:

    Hey! So everyone else may be on Day 2 but I am on Day 1 because yesterday started with brunch with my parents after a (very successful) surprise party that I through for my most awesome boyfriend. So, yea – I am starting today. I am also keeping a tumblr for myself and anyone else’s amusement/accountability. I am doing this thing and I am doing it right, goddamnit!

    Below are my major food highlights for the day:

    – Had kale for breakfast. That is an absolute first and one that I am way into. I know it is only day one BUT seriously, I can see kale becoming a breakfast staple.
    – Made a sweet potato in the microwave at work. This may not be a highlight for many but for me, this is just awesome. It is super convenient, tasty, fast, etc. It felt good to have real food for lunch.
    – I ATE CHICKEN FOR DINNER! Yes, I have been a pescatarian (I find that term to be incredibly obnoxious but it is more genuine than saying “vegetarian” as I have never given up our friends from the sea) for several years and have decided to use the BCCC as a way to experiment with adding some meat back into my diet. I am super stoked about this. We had apple-sage chicken sausage from Renaissance Sausage. Made right here in South Philly! I used it to make the Creamy Avocado and Spinach Chicken “Pasta” from PaleOMG and…OMG it was amazing. Great recipe! Omit the chicken and you have an absolutely bangin vegan pesto dish!
    – I used Spaghetti Squash as a pasta substitute for the first time too! It was super easy to do although I wound up having to bake it for an hour because I could no cut the damn thing when it was raw. Definitely using this again and again. I am envisioning stir fry over spaghetti squash…
    – There are fall colored peanut M&M’s in my house. In two different bowls. In my face. AND I DIDN’T EAT ANY! That might be the biggest highlight concerning day one of the BCCC. I am legit proud of myself for that one!

    • crossfitcentercity says:

      Cait! Way to go!


    • crossfitcentercity says:

      CHICKEN! YES! I think Arrus and I must have you over for Wyebrook Farm chicken. I have no idea how he does it but I’ve seriously never had chicken like the kind he makes. It’s like chicken that tastes weirdly like steak – GAH!

      • Cait says:

        If this is a legit invitation then I would absolutely love to take you up on it! I haven’t ever really cooked chicken on my own before as I’ve been a veg since I’ve been living on my own. Plus, from everything I’ve heard Arrus is one heck of a super chef.

        Also, so far (yes, I know it is only Tuesday) I am peaking all of the things!!

  2. Larissa says:

    As far as recipes go – I started with paleo cook books, (“Make it Paleo”) but all of this got too complicated and most of my meals are things piled on top of things and lots of ground meat, spinach and taco seasoning.

    Now the crockpot is a life saver

    And my new thing is my paleo foods Pinterest board – I made crock pot meat balls this afternoon

    check check it!

  3. Leila says:

    I love Well Fed . I’ve made several recipes from it since I got it at the book signing. I’m an experienced cook, so I think that book is very easy to follow, but I can see how it might be intimidating to some. The “hot plates” would be a great place to start. In terms of an approach to cooking for a novice. Realizing that you don’t have to follow a recipe exactly is helpful, and also recognizing that protein+veggies+spices/sauces will get you most of the way to a meal most of the time. Don’t think too much, just cook!

    I had a pretty good day. I ate some of my mini egg muffins, some leftover steak and beets, and had prepped a meatloaf that my boyfriend put in the oven for dinner, which was ready and amazing when I got home from oly lifting at 7:45. He’s a keeper. Also had a delicious sweet potato with dinner I don’t think I’ll ever be sick of those.

    The one disappointing part of my day was the lunch I cobbled together at a professional event: deli turkey, salad w vinaigrette, a plum, and a club soda. This was disappointing because it kind of tasted like crap, but was a success because I stuck to my goals – including not eating the feta cheese (one of my favorites) with the salad.

    Hope everyone is doing great!

  4. Jeff B. says:

    PROTEIN: 223G CARBS: 68G FAT: 185G CALORIES: 2983

    Breakfast: 2 hardboiled eggs, 3 strips bacon, ~3 cups kale, 1 cup coffee, 3 forkfulls kimchi
    4g fish oil, 5000 IU vitD3, 1000 mg vitC

    7am session, then 10g BCAAs with a sweet potato

    Lunch: 3 chicken thighs (skin removed), 2 cups spinach

    Snack: Sardines in olive oil

    Dinner: Grassfed ground beef burgers (ate 1lb) , 1 eggplant sauteed in olive oil

    So, ok on diet. Not ok on mobility work. Need to get to sleep for my 7 hours. Must start stretching tomorrow.

  5. crossfitcentercity says:


    Food looks great. Did you get in touch with Tim to help you with a mobility program? I mentioned it to him today, he’s all about it.

  6. Khanh says:

    I can’t believe I’ve lasted 2 days without snacking, bread, or sugar. Also I’m going to update for myself and Heather today, since we both pretty much had the same exact thing.

    Breakfast: 2 egg omelet with peppers, tomatoes, and onions. I had mine with bacon, Heather didn’t, and we both had a cup of coffee each with no sugar and a little bit of half & half.

    Went to the noon session, and I need to work on my double-unders :(

    Lunch: Some grilled chicken thighs with left over quinoa salad that I made yesterday.

    Snack: Some almonds and a few pieces of cantaloupe. I also had an avocado shake made with some soy milk and honey.

    Dinner: Two pieces of boneless, skinless chicken thighs on a bed of artichoke and some broccoli. All sautéed with some lemon juice, salt, and pepper.

    For tomorrow, I have some pork chops stuffed with almonds, bacon, and apples sitting in the slow cooker. I’m going to try and make some cauliflower rice, which I heard is very similar to the real thing. Hope everybody is enjoying all the delicious food and I think we should have a paleo pot luck so that we all can try the different types of food.


    • Heather says:

      Today I politely declined a cannoli AND had a 30lb PR in my front squat. Win!! I’m not even missing sugar in my coffee which is so surprising because I usually like my coffee extra sweet. Let’s hope my will power stays this strong.

      • crossfitcentercity says:

        That PR was ridiculous… and way to go you. :) Trust the process – you’ll see! The best is yet to come! I can’t wait!

    • crossfitcentercity says:

      From one person of Asian-ness to another, cauliflower rice is not the real thing… but it doesn’t hurt as a substitute. I find that learning to love potatoes is where it’s at for getting my carbs in… particularly yukon golds, which I really do think I love more than rice (BLASPHEMY!)


    • crossfitcentercity says:

      Khanh –

      All looks good. Hey, what’s the ingredient list in your soymilk? Just curious :)

      Also, I would love to have a potluck meal! Maybe to celebrate the end of the Challenge?


  7. Melanie says:

    Well, today was pretty much like yesterday, minus the crappy jerky. Black coffee, broth, kombucha, ground beef, greens, ground pork, greens, broth, plus some lettuce with avocado, olive oil and balsamic vinegar and about a dozen blueberries for dessert. To make my entries more interesting, I’ll share my (near-daily) kitchen catastrophes. I have an unerring ability to make poor decisions that usually result in me and my kitchen being covered in hot fat. Today, I managed to splash about a cup of beef bone broth/cold fat all over myself, my counters and my floors in the process of trying to pry it out of the bowl I stored it in to melt it down in a pan so I can save it to use in a more easily-accessible form. Clearly the goal was a good one, though the method was flawed.

    • crossfitcentercity says:

      I feel like in the real “Paleo” world they’d just say… “rub it in! it’s good for you!” when fat spills on you – that said, maybe eau de beef is not what you were going for – hang in there, Mel!

  8. Luke L says:

    So I made a tumblr as well to organize my thoughts and serve as my workout log, feel free to check it out for more in depth commentary (

    Highlights for the day:
    Breakfast – scrambled eggs with red and orange peppers, onions, bacon from fair food farmstand, coffee, and a glass of milk (I was born and raised in WI and at this point in time am not ready to entertain a discussion about reducing consumption).

    Lunch – Pork chop, with grilled asparagus, and carrots.

    Snacks between lunch and workout – apple, some almonds

    Dinner (after workout) – a hunk of a roast I made yesterday in the slow cooker with some onions, some sauteed vegetables (zucchini, cucumber, red peppers, yellow peppers, orange peppers, onions), and sweet potato with butter, and a glass of milk.

    Workout – HUGE PR in the front squat today!!! 265 lbs (previous was 205, which probably wasn’t a true max at the time, but it was my previous best).

  9. morgan voz says:

    day 2 went well, i had some down time and made an effort to really asses my goals and what i can ask of myself for the next 30 days.

    i had some leftover sushi that i couldnt bear to toss so i had a little bit of rice today, but thats the last of it- i swear. otherwise i totally faced my fears and tackled reading terminal for the weeks groceries. i ate 3 eggs, wagyu beef (leftovers from an experimental dish at work), smoked salmon, less than a handful of unsalted mixed nuts (almonds, macademia, pumpkin seeds, raisins), 1/2lb shredded chicken and 2 black coffees: one at 9am, and one at 4pm. i trained at 930am this morning with the outlaw way programming, and then came back for the advanced oly at 530pm.

  10. Alyssa D. says:

    Day 2 was harder than Day 1. I was hungry (or what I perceived as hungry — thanks for the feedback on the small vs. big meals, Meg!) for a good portion of the day. At one point, I was craving a peanut butter sandwich and I don’t even like peanut butter sandwiches! And ring dips and handstand push ups at Foundations were a complete and total debacle.

    In the win column: I ate kale with breakfast and drank my coffee black and actually liked them both; I spent the entire day with a container of cookies on my desk at work and didn’t touch a crumb; and everything in my food log for the day met my level 1 standards/goals.

    Hoping for a better, less hungry day Day 3. :)

  11. Joel says:

    Monday was my day 1 because, honestly, I just wasn’t ready to start on Sunday.

    Yesterday, I had work and night class so I didn’t train and probably won’t be able to train much this week as I’m moving into a new house.

    For eats, I think I was pretty good. I had a 5-hour energy just to get a B-vitamin boost as u felt a cold coming on.

    Breakfast: I had an orange and a banana.

    Lunch: vegetable chili (mostly green peppers and onions mixed with some kidney beans and chickpeas in vegetable broth) and roasted rosemary potatoes.

    Dinner: I needed a natural sugar fix so I snacked on about 4 or 5 dried figs. I also had pita bread and hummus.

  12. Mason says:

    Day Two (yesterday) was solid for me. Weigh in was 191.6lbs, 18.6% BF. Managed to stick to my general diet and kept calories low.

    My current favorite paleo meal suggestion is egg drop soup. It tastes great, makes me think I’m eating something fancy and delicious, and only takes 5 minutes to make. Recipe is just chicken broth, eggs, chives, and frank’s red hot. Soy sauce can also be used if you’re up for some fermented soy. Other than this, it’s been eggs, chicken, salads, almonds, tuna, and veggies for me. So far so good.

    For training I did a 25 minute “recovery” routine that includes 5-10 reps of a bunch of different bodyweight exercises like burpees, pull-ups, core work, and a bit of jogging. Good for reminding the muscles how they are supposed to work on the off days :-)

    — Mason

  13. Travis Wells says:

    Day 2 went well for me. Noticed a mid afternoon drop in energy but this is when I normally have more caffeine so maybe it is withdrawal. I got sleepy very early and went to bed around 10pm when I normally don’t go to bed until midnight.

    I’m logging my food at

  14. Joel says:

    And here I thought the hummus was the worst part of the day.

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