CrossFit and Nutrition

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Photo from Dai

Anyone can CrossFit! Photo from Dai

Having the right diet for your workout is very important. Making sure you have enough energy to workout at your best potential and the best nutrients to build muscle and burn fat is key. This is especially important for CrossFit fanatics or people focused on building muscle and strength. For anyone into CrossFit or learning about it, here is a bit of info on what you should or should not eat while living a CrossFIt life.

WOD meal plan App, iTunes

WOD Meal Plan App. It’ll get you on the right path. CrossFit app, iTunes

For those of you who don’t know, what is CrossFit? CrossFit is essentially a workout program that is “constantly varied functional movements performed at relatively high intensity”. It’s focus is strength and conditioning exercises that improve stamina, endurance, speed, coordination, balance, power, agility and accuracy. Exercises range from gymnastics to weight lifting to body weight exercises, and to aerobic exercises. Workouts are typically an hour long and consist of a warm up, instruction, a high intensity WOD (workout of the day), and then you’d stretch.

What is a good diet for this type of workout? A diet that consists of proteins, vegetables (especially green ones), nuts/seeds, little starches (no pastas, breads, crackers, rice, etc), little fruits, added fats and NO refined/processed sugars.

What shouldn’t I eat? Avoid high-glycemic carbs such as rice, breads, pastas, sweets, candy, potatoes (white especially – sweet potatoes/yams are okay in moderation), and other processed carbohydrates. These will cause you a handful of health problems. Avoid processed food, fast food and sweets. Learning how to cook (if you don’t know how to already) is going to benefit you the best. Restaurants (fast food or not) are going to fill your food with ingredients you should avoid!!

Isn’t this like the Paleo Diet? Yes! It truly is basically the Paleo diet/lifestyle. Just like Paleo, you should eat clean and you’ll see results.

Tips on how to get used to this kind of eating: Take baby steps. First start by cutting out one of the “should not eat” foods. Then once you’re used to that food being gone, cut out another and keep doing that until you’re eating clean. Taking baby steps will ensure your success since you’re not just throwing yourself in and expecting miraculous results. Some people can do that, and if it works for you, then go for it. But for everyone else, just take baby steps. Do this at your own pace, make it a part of your lifestyle. Don’t think of it as a diet, think of it as a healthy life change. And remember that you will get used to it, and you will eventually prefer it and get sick when you eat something junky again! I am serious. When I eat bad processed foods now, I get a tummy ache.

Are there any meal plans/guides for this lifestyle? YES! We just released a new Meal Plan App in the iTunes app store for iPad or iPhone. Each week we release a new set of recipes that add up to roughly 1300-1900 calories a day. You can up the calories if you want, or you can swap out any recipes you don’t like for something you do like. The app also provides a grocery list. You can try it out Free, with dinners free for a week and then subscribe monthly if you think it will be helpful to you on your journey. Tap on this button to try it out today: CrossFit app, iTunes

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