Nutrition is the foundation to health, fitness, and performance. In fact, nutrition is the base of the pyramid CrossFit founder Greg Glassman created, with met-cons, gymnastics, weight lifting and sport all being supported by it.
We believe that in order to achieve true long term success in eating one must break the notions of following a “diet” or choosing the “right” foods for you. These thought processes are negative concepts when thinking about food. Too many times we are looking for the quick fix, the the fast track, but there is not one. Whether or not we want to admit it, there is no fast track or miracle cure to weight loss and healthy eating.
What we put into our bodies greatly affects how we look, feel, and perform, but many athletes do not make nutrition a priority in their lives and training. If we exercise and work hard at the gym, but we feed our bodies junk, then achieving our goals is going to be much more difficult. So what should we eat?
WHOLE FOOD REAL FOOD
What we want every member to know and to understand that the best and most logical place to start with nutrition is understanding the “whole food real food” approach. If we all chose whole foods and real foods as the foundation of our diets, we would all be much better for it. What are whole foods and real foods? Think about the steps that it takes to get food to your plate or the ingredient list of foods you eat. The shorter the steps to the plate and the smaller the ingredient list, typically the better the food choice. There are exceptions to this rule, but as a general method of thinking about food – it works. Lower amounts of processed foods and sugary foods are key, and higher levels of whole unprocessed proteins, carbohydrates, and fats are ideal.
NON-WHOLE REAL FOOD
- Proteins – Hot dogs, processed meats, chicken fingers, etc.
- Carbohydrates – Breakfast cereals, fruit juices, beer, cookies, baking, etc.
- Fats – margarine, hydrogenated oils, chips, deep fried foods, etc.
WHOLE REAL FOOD
- Proteins – Steak, chicken, pork, bison, shellfish, seafood, turkey, eggs, goose, duck, elk, deer, organ meats, etc.
- Carbohydrates – Sweet potato, potato, legumes, oats, rice, quinoa, leafy greens, all fruits, etc.
- Fats – coconut oil, olive oil, avocados, nuts, butter, etc.
Not all foods fit this simplified chart above, as all food choices are on a continuum of good to bad or raw/natural to highly processed. Most people have a very good understanding of what’s good and whats bad, but it’s important to understand that no food is pure evil and no food is a miracle food. All foods exist on a continuum of acceptable to less desirable – start choosing the more desirable foods for a better you – a you that looks, feels, and performs better.