To achieve optimal results, CrossFit is intended to go hand in hand with a healthy diet. The Zone diet and the Paleo are two of the most popular among crossfitters.
The Paleo Diet is based upon eating wholesome, contemporary foods from the food groups our hunter-gatherer ancestors would have thrived on during the Paleolithic era, the time period from about 2.6 million years ago to the beginning of the agricultural revolution, about 10,000 years ago. These foods include fresh meats (preferably grass-produced or free-ranging beef, pork, lamb, poultry, and game meat, if you can get it), fish, seafood, fresh fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, and healthful oils (olive, coconut, avocado, macadamia, walnut and flaxseed).
Dairy products, cereal grains, legumes, refined sugars and processed foods were not part of our ancestral menu.
So what can I eat?
Meat – GRASS-FED, not grain-fed. Grain causes the same problem in animals as they do in humans.
Fowl – Chicken, duck, hen, turkey…things with wings that (try to) fly.
Fish – Wild fish, as mercury and other toxins can be an issue in farmed fish
Eggs – Look for Omega-3 enriched eggs.
Vegetables – As long as they’re not deep-fried, eat as many as you want.
Oils – Olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil – think natural.
Fruits – Have natural sugar, and can be higher in calories, so limit if you’re trying to lose weight.
Nuts – High in calories, so they’re good for a snack, but don’t eat bags and bags of them.
Tubers – Sweet potatoes and yams. Higher in calories and carbs, so these are good for right after a workout to replenish your glycogen levels.
What if you’re happy the way you are?
If you’re happy with how you look, your energy levels are good all day, and you don’t see any room for improvement, then keep doing what you’re doing – I won’t force you to eat like this. However, if you’ve been struggling with weight loss, have no energy throughout the day, need eight cups of coffee, hate counting calories, and want to start turning your life around today, why not give it a shot for 30 days?
If after 30 days you haven’t noticed improvement in your quest for a better life, then go back to the pizza. It’s important to give yourself a full 30 days before passing judgment. Your body has to adjust from fueling itself on carbs(breads) and sugar to burning your stored fat for energy, which can take a few weeks.
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