Greetings, Fellow CrossFitters!
Welcome to the first installment in our on-going nutrition support blog! We’ll be using this space to provide all of you with helpful tips and advice on how to fuel yourself properly both inside and outside of the gym. Our guidelines for nutrition recommendations largely come from the Whole9 guide, a program of which we are a proud partner. If you are a CrossFit Palo Alto member and don’t have your copy yet, talk to your coach and get reading!
Why do we recommend a Paleo approach to the way you eat? Well, simply put, because it works! Many of our members (and coaches) choose to eat and live this way because it provides them with more energy to get through those tough WODs, provides faster recovery between workouts and helps you shed fat while packing on muscle.
Where to Start
First, make sure you’ve read through the nutrition guide and you fully understand it. Second, make a plan for how you’re going to incorporate the Paleo principles into your life. The people who do struggle with Paleo do so because they haven’t fully committed to making change and still hold on to conventional wisdom. At our gym, we offer Nutrition Orientations and Q&A’s regularly to make sure that all our members’ questions get answered.
Set Yourself Up For Success
The Paleo community at large is very supportive and we’ll help you get there, but you have to want the change. You’re already making the right steps by training at a CrossFit box, so you’ve got the potential to strive for even better. It’s important to set realistic goals, be they fat loss, MetCon improvement, or just being the best version of you that you can be.
Be Patient and Open-Minded
Our bodies are amazingly complex and there’s going to be information that you hear about certain foods and body processes that are counter to what you’ve learned or been told. While Paleo eating is far from new, it’s resurgence is backed by science and its results are very real. You may not see gains overnight or even the first few weeks, especially if you’re coming from a heavily-processed diet, but stick with it and you’ll love the improvements in your energy, body composition, physical performance and mood.
Your partner in STRENF!
Badier Velji is an active member of the SF Bay Area Paleo Community and writes about nutrition at The Lazy Caveman. Visit his website and follow @TheLazyCaveman on Twitter for more tips on how to improve your nutrition and quality of life.