| NUTRITION |
~ To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art ~ La Rochefoucauld
Our focus is to introduce you to the way we as humans are supposed to eat. When changing your nutritional habits, you will find great results. You will feel better and definitely perform better. Some possible improvements include:
- Faster workout times
- Heavier lifting
- Increase in lean muscle mass
- Better Sleep
- Improved alertness
- Decrease in body fat
- Clearer skin
- Less fatigue throughout the day
- Steady blood sugar
- The 5 week challenge starts on Sunday, August 19th at 2pm.
- The winner will be determined by the athlete who most improved overall.
- Pictures and measurements will be taken along with a weigh in. You will do a variation of the 5-4-3-2-1 as well.
- Ladies- please wear a sports bra and workout shorts for pictures. Only your trainers will see the pictures that are taken, unless permission is given otherwise.
- You will be allowed one cheat day.
- We will be collecting your food log at the end of each week. You are responsible for tracking your points and logging them on your sheets.
- We encourage you to post your progress, questions, thoughts, etc. on our Facebook Paleo Challenge Group.
- Bare Bones trainers are available for any additional questions you may have.
- Most importantly, have fun!! -and help support one another during the challenge!!
Check your email for further details on scoring, etc..
The CrossFit dietary prescription is as follows:
Protein should be lean and varied and account for about 30% of your total caloric load.
Carbohydrates should be predominantly low-glycemic and account for about 40% of your total caloric load.
Fat should be predominantly monounsaturated and account for about 30% of your total caloric load.
Calories should be set at between .7 and 1.0 grams of protein per pound of lean body mass depending on your activity level. The .7 figure is for moderate daily workout loads and the 1.0 figure is for the hardcore athlete.
What Should I Eat?
In plain language, base your diet on garden vegetables, especially greens, lean meats, nuts and seeds, little starch, and no sugar. That’s about as simple as we can get. Many have observed that keeping your grocery cart to the perimeter of the grocery store while avoiding the aisles is a great way to protect your health. Food is perishable. The stuff with long shelf life is all suspect. If you follow these simple guidelines you will benefit from nearly all that can be achieved through nutrition.
The Caveman or Paleolithic Model for Nutrition
Modern diets are ill suited for our genetic composition. Evolution has not kept pace with advances in agriculture and food processing resulting in a plague of health problems for modern man. Coronary heart disease, diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis, obesity and psychological dysfunction have all been scientifically linked to a diet too high in refined or processed carbohydrate. Search “Google” for Paleolithic nutrition, or diet. The return is extensive, compelling, and fascinating. The Caveman model is perfectly consistent with the CrossFit prescription.
What Foods Should I Avoid?
Excessive consumption of high-glycemic carbohydrates is the primary culprit in nutritionally caused health problems. High glycemic carbohydrates are those that raise blood sugar too rapidly. They include rice, bread, candy, potato, sweets, sodas, and most processed carbohydrates. Processing can include bleaching, baking, grinding, and refining. Processing of carbohydrates greatly increases their glycemic index, a measure of their propensity to elevate blood sugar.
What is the Problem with High-Glycemic Carbohydrates?
The problem with high-glycemic carbohydrates is that they give an inordinate insulin response. Insulin is an essential hormone for life, yet acute, chronic elevation of insulin leads to hyperinsulinism, which has been positively linked to obesity, elevated cholesterol levels, blood pressure, mood dysfunction and a Pandora’s box of disease and disability. Research “hyperinsulinism” on the Internet. There’s a gold mine of information pertinent to your health available there. The CrossFit prescription is a low-glycemic diet and consequently severely blunts the insulin response.
Caloric Restriction and Longevity
Current research strongly supports the link between caloric restriction and an increased life expectancy. The incidence of cancers and heart disease sharply decline with a diet that is carefully limited in controlling caloric intake. “Caloric Restriction” is another fruitful area for Internet search. The CrossFit prescription is consistent with this research.
The CrossFit prescription allows a reduced caloric intake and yet still provides ample nutrition for rigorous activity.
(Courtesty of CrossFit Inc.)
- Check out this episode featured on Nighline about the Paleo Diet and CrossFit….
The following are some helpful links that including a description of the Paleo Diet, Recipes and Grocery List ideas.
WHAT IS PALEO?
PALEO RECIPES – BLOGS – FOOD LISTS
The following information explains what to expect when we take your measurements.