The first section of Greg Glassman's World-Class Fitness in 100 Words is critical to overall athletic development, since the foundation is based on Nutrition. "Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that support exercise but not body fat."
Diet may be a 4-letter word but should be viewed as how you live your life not something to do every so often when the needle on the scale starts moving up.
At PUSH511 we believe in consuming real food rather than highly processed food full of refined sugar and un-natural ingredients. The Paleo Plan is a fairly simple way to achieve this by providing guidelines on what to eat and not eat. We are big fans of eating food grown in your garden or from a local farm, and eating organic when possible. We think veggies rule and everyone should eat more of them!
We know not everyone eats meat and we respect that. Our community has vegans, vegetarians, pescatarians, and every combination therein. The key is finding what works best for you.
If you do not eat meat then replace with the protein of your choice. We do recommend testing food reactions by removing one item from your diet (completely!) for 7 days. Slowly reintroduce and monitor how you feel. This could be applied to any number of things (i.e., sugar, caffeine, dairy, gluten, etc.)
Each meal, snack & especially post WOD food intake should include Protein/ Carbohydrate /Fat.
Excessive consumption of high-glycemic carbohydrates is the primary culprit in nutritionally caused health problems. Processed carbohydrates increase the glycemic index, which is simply a measure of a foods' propensity to elevate blood sugar levels. Sugar makes you fat not good fat food. 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 society.
When shopping at the grocery store avoid the aisles and stay to the perimeter. You will find most perishable items are located on the perimeter. "Foods" with longer shelf life meaning processed and refined will be found mainly in the aisles, and should be avoided. Shop smart and become a localvore. Supporting our local farmers not only means you are eating healthier, but helping to reduce your environmental footprint and helping our community to prosper. CrossFit is about building a better community.