We believe that nutrition is THE foundation to getting the results you want. This has been proven time and again by many of our members who have done their work in the kitchen to make their nutrition part of their fitness journey.
Basically it boils down to this:
World-Class Fitness in 100 Words:
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. Practice and train major lifts: Deadlift, clean, squat, presses, C&J, and snatch. Similarly, master the basics of gymnastics: pull-ups, dips, rope climb, push-ups, sit-ups, presses to handstand, pirouettes, flips, splits, and holds. Bike, run, swim, row, etc, hard and fast. Five or six days per week mix these elements in as many combinations and patterns as creativity will allow. Routine is the enemy. Keep workouts short and intense. Regularly learn and play new sports.
~Coach Greg Glassman, CrossFit Founder and CEO (Courtesy of CrossFit Inc.)
AND Drink at least 1/2 of your body weight in pounds, in ounces of water (e.g. if you weigh 150 lbs, drink at least 75 oz of water every day). Make sure you are supplementing if you do this to replace electolytes in your system.
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Focus on quality of food by shopping the perimeter of the grocery store
Buy fresh fruit, vegetables, and meat locally and in season
Buy frozen vegetables and meat only if you must
It is acceptable to venture down the aisles for a few select things like nuts, canned tuna, oils etc. The aisles are generally one big processed and nutritionally worthless carb-fest!
Read your labels! If the ingredients are anything more than the food itself and it’s not natural or you can’t pronounce the word, than it’s not “real” food!
Pick a day to weigh and prepackage your meats and poultry. Measure them into meal and snack Block servings (example 3 blocks for meals and 1 block for snack).
Get a digital scale to help measure your food.
If you’ve never prepared food in advance, use the resources we’ve provided or just get on the Internet and learn from other people that have been doing it.
If you’re doing the challenge, partner up with a friend and help each other stay on track.
Keep a food journal
Here are some great resources to whet your palate.
www.robbwolf.com (comes from a biochemistry back ground)
www.nomnompaleo.com (fun kid friendly and strict paleo)
www.stupideasypaleo.com (the best mixture of paleo and athlete site I have found. She went to the Crossfit games with an Invictus team)
www.againstallgrain.com (a great mixture of a variety of specific diets including paleo, gluten free, nut free, dairy free)
www.zonediet.com (Teaser: there will be a Zone Diet portion of the challenge so look into it)
Paleo Solution, Robb Wolf
Enter the Zone, Barry Sears
It Starts with Food, Dallas & Melissa Hartwig
Practical Paleo, Diane Sanfilippo
The Primal Blueprint, Mark Sisson
Featured Recipe: Lemony Power Balls
Recipe by: Matthew Kady, MS, RD
Picture by: Toni Keith
Source: The Box Magazine
1 1/2 cups pitted dried dates or dried Mission
figs (stems trimmed)
1/4 cup flax or chia powder
1/4 cup raw cocoa powder
1/4 cup unsalted almond or cashew butter
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 lemon for Zest
1/2 lemon for Juice
pinch of salt
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded dried
1. Place dates or figs in a bowl, cover with warm water
and let soak 30 minutes.
2. Drain dates or figs and place them in a food
processor along with the flax or chia powder,
almond or cashew butter, cinnamon, lemon zest,
lemon juice and a pinch of salt. Blend until mixture
3. By the heaping tablespoonful, rool the mixture into
about 16 circular balls using damp hands and roll in
the coconut untill coated. Makes 8 Servings.
NUTRITION FACTS: (per serving)
4 balls=1 serving:
185 calories, 4 grams protein, 28 grams carbohydrates, 36 grams fat.