Thursday, January 28, 2010

Feed the Beast

Hey Folks,

Lots of you have been asking about nutrition, and you have probably heard me talking about paleo, PaNu, The Zone, and the like.

You may have heard me say, and will  continue to hear me say, that if you want real results, you must eat for success!

So here are some of the top sources for Crossfit related approaches to food and nutrition.

Crossfit has for a long time recommended that you "Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch, and no sugar." If you live by this maxim, you will being doing alright.

Crossfit Inc., as an organization has also promoted the Zone diet. Being that the Zone diet essentially adheres to the parameters of the maxim, it makes sense.  And Dr. Barry Sears, creator of the Zone Diet approach,  now lectures for Crossfit nutrition seminars.

The Crossfit Journal article #21 is the classic reference for the Zone for thousands of Crossfitters, as well as "42 to Skin the Zone" by Robb Wolf in the Performance Menu. (google it)

I personally started seeing the most improvement in performance and  body compwhen, after Crossfitting for a few months, buckled down and did a weighed-and-measured Zone meal plan . I got really great results from the zone, though I did a mostly RobbWolf-42 ways-to-skin-the-zone approach by delting carb blocks and upping the fat, and using primarily paleo foods.

Many Crossfitters are also proponents of the Paleo diet. There several approaches to Paleo eating,  including:

Loren Cordain, author of The Paleo Diet

 Robb Wolf, who was the Crossfit nutrition subject-matter-expert (SME) for a numer of years

PaNu, short for Paleo Nutrition, the particular paleo approach espoused by Dr. Kurt Harris

The Whole 30, which is a 30 day paleo challenge program by Melissa Byers, a Crossfit affiliate in NH and  a rising star in the Crossfit world. I am actually planning on doing this myself again February, and want to get as many other people doing it too.

Another favorite source is Eat Move Improve.

A good local resource is Liz Greene, who trains at PVCF, and offers nutrition and food consulting services.

Proper nutrition is absolutely crucial to your health, fitness, well being, and progress.

Holly Leonard from BeFit had a a great saying that "Nothing tastes as good as fitness feels." This, to me, is absolutley true.

But that doesn't mean that eating properly has to not be delicious. In fact, it should taste great. But you might need to retrain your brain and body. Many people, when they here about Paleo, think that it seem s extreme or ascetic. "You can't eat bread? You can't eat pasta, you can't eat rice? I couldn't survive..." But with just a little bit of effort and a few adjustments to your meal planning, Paleo can be easy and delicious, and in my mind is the very best fuel for the human body, it is our evolutionary metabolic milieu, to borrow a phrase from PaNu.

And its not that you"can't" eat those things, but rather you make the choice not to.

I'm not perfect and I don't always live up to my own idealized plan. In fact, i really need to re-commit, hence the Whole 30 challenge. But whether or not you are 100% adherent to your ideals, the more you trend in the direction, the better off you are.


claudia said...

Okay, I'm in. This will be a little hard for me since I'm a vegetarian (not vegan). I eat minimal carbs as it is, so don't really want to totally eliminate them, but they will hopefully be healthier carbs.
So far today, for breakfast, I had a cup of tea (nothing added), a sprouted corn tortilla w/ an ounce of cheddar, 1/2 avocado, tablespoon of salsa and a fried egg. Yum.

Anonymous said...

I'm in too!
8am 3 large eggs, 1/2 an orange, cup of tea
12:30 1 chicken breast baked, 2 cups of mixed greens, carrot shavings
3p a hand full of almonds
6p 4 oz steak, 1/2 an orange
tons of water today
mint tea
So far so good! ~Laurie

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