No matter how many times we try to convince ourselves of the opposite, you simply can’t out work bad nutrition. Nutrition is the foundation of health and wellness, and ignoring what you eat simply won’t help you get where you want to go with your fitness! At the start of our CrossFit journey, many of us saw a lot of progress in skill, strength, and body composition. CrossFit is a brand new, highly effective program and a novel stimulus to our bodies! After a while, though, our bodies catch up to this new stimulus and our results can often plateau.
Dialing in our nutrition is often the next step to help us achieve that next level: our first pull-up, a new PR, or a faster mile time. Paying close attention to what you eat will help you reap benefits that include increased muscle mass, more energy, decreased body fat, a better night’s sleep, feeling more confident, clear and glowing skin, and more!
When it comes to dialing in your nutrition, there are a ton of opinions out there. Whole30? Paleo? Vegan? Keto? Should I use the microwave? What vegetables should I buy organic? What’s the difference between grass-fed and grass-finished beef? The waters are muddied even further by the sneaky weight loss products that promise you will lose 10 pounds in 10 days if you eat this bar and drink that shake while jumping up and down 20 times and singing “twinkle, twinkle, little star”.
The only way to fully experience the life-long health and wellness that our program at Emerald City CrossFit offers is to eat a balanced diet composed of real food. We not only want you to feel and look great now, but also when you’re 90! We are in this for the long-haul.
Greg Glassman, the founder of CrossFit sums up good nutrition as follows, “Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch, and no sugar.”
Is it really that simple? Yes….and no. Below are 5 ways you can simply get started on cleaning up your nutrition and achieving the Glassman standard of nutrition.