In Greg Glassmans famous, “World class fitness in 100 Words” he begins by laying out what we should be eating. I think that it is pretty simple:
“Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat.”
Sounds simple enough right? How hard can it be? Many of you already know how hard it is to carry out that simple statement. The truth is that many of us want to look and perform like world class athletes but we aren’t willing to eat like them. I am here to tell you that THIS IS PERFECTLY FINE! Not everyone has to be strict Paleo or adhere to the Zone diet. Today, my goal is to take your hand (metaphorically of course) and walk you through the doors to a healthier life. Let’s start out by watching this 5 minute video:
The Foundation is Nutrition
For those of you that don’t have the time to watch this right now, let me review some of the big takeaways from it.
1) Nutrition is the foundation of being a healthier person and a better CrossFit athlete. I know, I know, I am really thinking outside of the box on this one.
2) Failure to thrive in CrossFit is a nutrition related issue. If your nutrition sucks then the other aspects of CrossFit (met con performance, gymnastics, weightlifting and throwing, sport) will not be where they could be.
3) What is causing heart disease is not dietary fat intake but the excessive consumption of (processed) carbohydrates.
4) If it has a food label on it, it is NOT food.
5) When grocery shopping, stick to the perimeter of the store, stay out of the aisles!
This is just a down and dirty introduction to what we suggest you should be doing if you are interested in becoming a heathier person and a better athlete. The last video that I would like you guys to try and watch sometime in the future is directly from the CrossFit Journal. If you can’t tell by now, I am a HUGE fan of the CrossFit Journal. There is just so much awesomeness on there I can barely handle it.
Simple Nutrition: Part 2
You can view the video by just clicking the “View in Flash Player” link that is underneath the picture on the right hand side. This one is a little bit longer, about 9 minutes, but she breaks down the first part of Glassman’s quote very nicely. For most of us the “meat” part of our meal is the tastiest so I figured that I would try to outline ideal choices when making your meaty decisions.
We are also trying to get you away from the mindset that eating fat makes you fat. This is complete bull-honkey! The best athletes in the world need to eat massive amounts of fat in order to stay in good shape. There are differences in the fats that we put inside of our body and it is important to understand them. About 5 minutes into the video she talks a little bit about Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids and their roles in our bodies. I think that it is interesting that our intake levels of just these two things is so drastically different than it was during the true Paleo era. We will be talking a little more about O-3’s again tomorrow!
Lastly, I would like to finish off by reminding you that you do not need to make any HUGE dramatic changes in your diet in order to start reaping the rewards. You might just start off small, like not drinking soda during the week or always making sure you have a healthy snack handy. Don’t let your diet become too stressful or else you might collapse completely and go eat garbage out of spite. Lord knows that I have done this and it is NOT pretty. Like anything in CrossFit (or life for that matter) you can choose to go as far with this as you want or you can ignore me completely. All I know is that when you start to eat better, you feel better. I am a pretty big fan of feeling good, aren’t you?
15 Minute AMRAP
20 Burpee Box Jump Overs (24”/20”)
5 Ring Dips
“Dieting is not a piece of cake.”
-It said author “unknown” so I guess…
Posted on Tue, March 10, 2015