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Mike D.

It’s time we have “the talk”. Not the birds and the bees talk, the food talk.
First a little exercise in assessment…
Raise your hand if you know what your back squat PR is. Go ahead, don’t worry if you’re sitting in an office next to your co-workers just do it.
Keep your hand up if you know how many grams of protein you’ve eaten today.
Your hand is down, isn’t it?
What’s the point?
You clearly care about your performance, that’s why you know your back squat PR and your deadlift and snatch etc. that’s why you record your wods for later reference and snap pictures of the white board. Performance is important to us, it is a reminder of how far we’ve come and a constant fire under our rears to meet new goals.
Well the sad fact is there are a lot of folks out there putting in tons of work while simultaneously cutting their performance potential short. It’s an uncomfortable, sticky subject…FOOD. Eating is a personal thing, your choice of diet is YOUR CHOICE and no one should make you feel judged for it.
However, it’s our job as coaches to help you reach the highest level of fitness you can. So hate me or not, today I’m going to give you some facts and point you in the direction of some resources so you can benefit from knowing how to eat to improve your performance.
First of all, we know it’s hard. It’s challenging to eat right when those around you aren’t, when you have a sexy slice of cheesecake in front of you, or when an unhealthy choice is just more convenient.
But you are okay with “hard”. You are comfortable with “challenging”.
Is Crossfit easy? No. And you love it. You love it because it makes you feel and look awesome, the results are undeniable. It’s the same with food choices.
The founder of Crossfit, Greg Glassman stated the prescription for eating to potentiate the best performance in it’s simplest form as “eat meats and veggies, some fruit, little starch, no sugar.”
He didn’t just decide that was the way to eat with no foundation to base it on, there is significant scientific backing for that model. If you want to read about it check out:
But maybe you don’t want to jump on the “paleo” train. That’s fine, you certainly don’t have to. But we strongly suggest you try even implementing some concepts for about a month, then ask yourself “how do I feel? Am I stronger, faster, healthier, happier?”
The inconvenient truth is this: Eating meats and veggies, some fruit, little starch, no sugar will benefit your health, weighing and measuring your quantities so you get the right amount of macronutrients for your individual needs will give you UNMATCHED performance. It has been proven over and over again, the most elite athletes pay close attention to how much protein, carbohydrate and fat is going into their bodies. The general suggestion is that your daily calories are made up of 30% protein, 30% fat and 40% carbs. Dr. Barry Sears developed a system of eating called ‘The Zone” he makes it much easier to track intake by using a “block” system.
Read about that here:
Being balanced can be difficult too. Say you decide “the zone” is for you, does that mean on your wedding day you wont allow your spouse to feed you cake? does it mean you can’t sit down and have a beer with your best bud on a hot summer day? No way! Be balanced, be human, you will be a lot happier and be able to sustain your healthy habits much longer.
Do you have to quit Crossfit if you don’t want to eat like a caveman or zone your meals? Of course not! We love you, and we are here to help you get where ever you want to go from a fitness standpoint.
If you take one thing away from this post let it be the following:
What you eat, without a doubt affects your performance. You can’t hide from that fact. So decide for yourself (no judgments passed) if you want to potentiate the best results through your food or if your not really interested in that, and then act accordingly. Everyone has to figure out what works for their own body and lifestyle, this information is meant to help you in that endeavor.
And that my friends is the food talk, no sugar coating…just the facts.
Recipe Thursday will be back next week!! Keep up the great work, athletes.