As we all know, nutrition is closely linked to performance, weight loss, increased muscle mass and many other health benefits. Following good nutrition is the process of assimilating food for growth and repair of worn tissue, and we should use it to create proper balance within the body to promote health.
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.
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. Basically, 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.
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 of carbohydrates greatly increases their glycemic index, a measure of their tendency to elevate blood sugar.
Long story short, if you eat well, your fitness will respond at a rapid rate. Who can argue with that?!
“The Triple Threat”
With a continuously running clock do:
- 1 Kettlebell Swing
- 1 Double-Under
- 1 Push-Up
On the first minute. Then:
- 2 Kettlebell Swings
- 2 Double-Unders
- 2 Push-Ups
On the second minute, etc. Continue adding reps up to 15 minutes. If you fall off the clock, continue working the circuit pattern at your max reps possible until the time runs out.