CrossFit Althlets Optimum Nutrition
Our belief is that a good nutritional program should be centered around eating real food. We know that fad diets, crash diets, miracle pills and “meal replacements” are not part of a balanced, sustainable path towards improved health and fitness. You shouldn’t have to count calories, weigh or measure – in fact, that’s actually discouraged. You just eat good food, put your meals together in a way that is simple, balanced and (most importantly) sustainable, and experience all of the real, tangible benefits that come from a nutritional plan designed to optimize your metabolism, reduce systemic inflammation and have you good looking, feeling and performing your best.
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 man.
Coronary heart disease, diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis, obesity and psychological dysfunction have all been scientifically linked to a diet too high in refined or processed carbohydrate. Search “Google” for Paleolithic nutrition, or diet. The return is extensive, compelling, and fascinating. The Caveman model is perfectly consistent with the CrossFit prescription.
CrossFit and indeed we at GVA endorse the Paleo diet otherwise known as the ‘Hunter Gatherer’ way of eating and living a healthy lifestyle. Not only does it have many health benefits but it also allows you to perform at your best whilst conducting CrossFit.
The Paleo diet is a simple yet remarkably effective nutritional strategy for fat loss and halting or preventing a number of degenerative diseases. To reap the benefits of this approach, one needs simply to build meals from the following:
- Lean proteins (ideally) grass fed meat, free range fowl and wild caught fish
- Seasonal fruits and vegetables
- Healthy fats such as nuts, seeds, avocado, olive oil, and coconut oil
Regardless of your fitness or health goals, you WILL look, feel and perform your best on the Paleo diet. However much or little you embrace the Paleo lifestyle, we recommend you give it a shot for a 30-day trial period.
For most people the fact the Paleo diet delivers the best results is enough. Improved blood lipids, fat loss and reduced pain from autoimmunity is proof enough. Many people however are not satisfied with blindly following any recommendations, be they nutrition or exercise related. Some people like to know WHY they are doing something. Fortunately, the Paleo diet has stood not only the test of time, but also the rigours of scientific scrutiny.
For a quick start guide click on this link thePaleoSolution_QuickStart. To understand more about optimal ways to eat and live, contact us at CrossFit GVA for one of our nutrition seminars, where we’ll explain things in more detail. Either way try it and combine it, you’ll see and feel the difference.
For further reading, we recommend the following books: