We’re Bringing Planking Back {Workout} & Why Paleos Avoid Grains

Happy Memorial Day! I want to send out a special thanks to those of you who have given our country so much. It’s important to remember that today isn’t just about a day off from work and grilling burgers by the pool. So thank you.

This week’s episode of The Lifting Revolution’s Fitness & Nutrition Show is a mighty good one!

I think I say that every week, but seriously, this is a good one.

– Get a total body workout by planking. There is are so many exercise options to turn a boring elbow plank into something dynamic. Don’t just burn your stomach muscles, get a total body workout! 

– Why don’t paleo followers eat grains? I guess it’s because you can compare us to cows… just watch the show and you’ll find out what the heck I’m talking about! 

We’re Bringing Planking Back

It was a short run, but for a time, planking was the “it” thing. Do this workout to help bring it back into the mainstream and let people see it’s more than just a picture opportunity.

full body plank workout

Who thought that planks for just a core workout? This circuit will work several large muscle groups to help you not only feel the burn but burn the calories too. Complete 4 rounds total and you’ll see what I’m talking about!

And this is only 4 different plank variations. On Thursday, I’ll be sharing 30! I know you’re as excited as I am! “Like” this post if you are!

If you missed the previous “30 Burpee Variations” check them out!

You Don’t Eat Grains? 

When I first learned about Paleo, I thought those partaking were crazy. What… no grains? No beans? No legumes? No Thank You!

paleo grains

But since becoming a vegan, I have opened my eyes to more diets. I’ve learned that what works for one person, doesn’t work for the next. Experimenting is really important as is educating yourself on why people choose different nutritional lifestyles.

For paleo, the idea is that we were never meant to eat grains in the first place. Our caveman never came across oats and thought about making an bowl of overnight oatmeal (boy, did they miss out).

I came across one person’s explanation that compared us to cows (resources below). What do cows eat? Grass. Duh. But what do farmers feed their cows now a days? Grains.

It pumps them up faster, makes them lazy, and makes them cheaper to care for. We see the difference clearly in the way that grass fed cows behave compared to the “poisoned” grain fed cows. In fact, did you know that because they can’t properly digest grains, farmers actually have to pull our the “waste” from their stomachs? I learned this in a documentary, I’ll try to find the specific one!

Why? Because grains have something called pectic protein. It has been shown in studies to inhibit our GI tracts ability to repair itself. Causing problems for some (not all) such as celiac, migraines, arthritis, joint pain, and even endometriosis.

One study I found, discovered that when women with endometriosis (something my doctors think I might have) cut out grains their symptoms decreased… in 75% of the patients! Of course more work needs to be done, but it’s interesting none the less.

nut and seed bites

Grains… fuel source? Or nap time treat?

Of course I could give the pros of eating grains but to be honest, I want to share this side. Am I a grain eater? YUP. Will I give up grains? NOPE. But I am always willing to learn and experiment with myself.

Time For A Test: 

Being a vegan, I learned the hard way that I can’t live without grains, completely. However, I do believe that the information above holds some truth and makes my mind go “what if…” So here’s my challenge to you:

What if you gave up grains for 2 weeks? 

Could you survive? Of course! Are you curious as to how you’ll feel? So why not try it?

There are 2 outcomes: 

1. You’ll feel miserable and count down the hours until you can inhale a bowl of pasta

2. You’ll feel energized and better than ever, without bloating or other common issues you’ve been facing.

No one diet is right for everyone, but I think it’s important to stay open minded and experiment with yourself. That’s why I am always trying new nutritional methods. Who knows!?

My Test: If you can’t give up grains (like me) try to cut back. My goal for the next 2 weeks is to eat just 1 serving/day.

Who’s with me?

  • Are you pro grain or anti? 
  • What’s your favorite plank? 

Great Sources On Paleo And No Grains: 


  • Angi

    I am actually doing this as part of a testing protocol with my naturopath. It’s been a couple of days – I wanted to shank someone in the Walmart for a cupcake today, but I managed to contain myself. I have requested that once I finish the two weeks, I can at the least have quinoa, chickpeas, and black beans back. I can live without the rest.

    • Haha, good self control! Let me know how it goes. Good luck!

  • we love planks!! we do them a lot 🙂
    and we have cut way back on our intake of grains and we do feel a lot better without eating a lot of them. we believe in experiments as well.

    • You ladies are queen of planks! We should have taped a plank workout together!
      Experimenting is key for each person!

  • Kim

    I love planks of all sorts – I like to do them with my hands on a medicine or stability ball for an extra challenge sometimes!!

    • SB planks are tough! I love the avatar you use with the med balls!

  • yayyy planks! Great workout. I love the grain topic! I agree- everyones body is so different, and you really have to find what works best for you. I can’t imagine going grainless. I love oats too. Other favorites- brown rice, quinoa, and israeli couscous

    • Thanks! I agree, grainless is hard for me, I love oats. But it’s interesting to see how the body reacts to them and you really don’t know until they are taken out. I am going to test eating protein chia pudding for the next few weeks for breakfast and see how i feel. lol, another experiment!

  • Lyn

    I went Paleo a little over 3 months ago and have never felt or looked better. (Ironically, I think it was around the same time as your “Pegan” experiment.) The science behind Paleo totally clicks with me and I did not find it hard to give up grains but I had already given up processed foods and sugar (was following Tosca Reno’s “eating clean” ideas for several years before Paleo) so giving up oatmeal and quinoa wasn’t a big deal. I agree that everyone is different and you have to try different ways of eating to see why works best for you. I feel the same way about Paleo that I remember you saying about veganism: that it puts you in a healthy mindset about eating and frees you from stress/guilt about good vs. bad foods. In my case, I have easily dropped those last 5 pesky pounds that with my previous way of eating, would take effort and sacrifice to lose and then only last a few days before they’d be back. Now if I could only get my husband and kids on board…sigh…

    • That’s great that it’s working so well for you! And you’re so right, the reason I went vegan was because of the freeness I felt and so if that’s what you feel as well then that’s awesome. Congrats on dropping those last few pounds! What a great feeling.

  • Stacey

    I don’t eat much for grains anymore as I found it was an easy way for me to get rid of the last few pounds. I eat a lot of fruit and vegetables out of love and want and have discovered over the years my body gains weight with veggies, fruit and grains. However I couldn’t seem to rid the desire for the extra veggies/fruit (nor did I really want to) so I decided instead I just need to stop eating the grains. It took a bit to adapt and for the ‘want’ to go away, but I’m happy as every I did it. I do let myself have homemade granola bars (gluten-free oats) and some granola, etc every now and then but it’s a treat. Very happy I have found what works for me!

    Love planks!

    • Great Stacey! I am the same way… I could live off fruit and I feel the nutrients they provide out shine the grains. I keep trying to cut back myself but just love it too much.

      Thanks for sharing!

  • Oh! I can’t wait to check out your post on Thursday for more planks! I can’t imagine going completely grainless but I have toyed with the idea. I feel like I need to experiment with a few things to try to find something that works for my body.

    • I can’t wait to share 🙂
      It’s always worth experimenting! I can’t give them up completely but I am giving up my oatmeal and going with chia-protein-pudding for breakfast this week to see how I feel. so far so good!

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