When it comes to Nutrition, we have come to discover that there seems to be a rather large misconception between Carbohydrates, Fats, Protein, and even Sugar. Who’s to blame when there seems to be a new diet book or meal plan every month. For decades there has always been a constant war between physicians, nutritionist, and dietitians recommending their research over the competition.
It is stated that a well balanced nutritional program combined with weekly exercise will increase energy, sense of well being and awareness, while simultaneously burning unwanted fat and packing on muscle. It is proven fact that nutrition is the foundation towards optimizing health and fitness.
A very brief generalization of our nutritional guidance is as follows:
Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch, NO SUGAR! Keep intake levels to support exercise but not body fat.
AVOID a High-glycemic index to prevent Hyper-insulimia
We discuss this topic and many more in detail every 3-4 months during our FREE Nutritional Presentation for members only.
CrossFit Nutrition F.A.Q’s
What Should I Eat?
In plain language, base your diet on garden vegetables, especially greens, lean meats, nuts and seeds, little starch, and NO SUGAR. That’s about as simple as we can get. Many have observed that keeping your grocery cart to the perimeter of the grocery store while avoiding the aisles is a great way to protect your health. Food is perishable. The stuff with long shelf life is all suspect. If you follow these simple guidelines you will benefit from nearly all that can be achieved through nutrition.
What Foods Should I Avoid?
Excessive consumption of high-glycemic carbohydrates is the primary culprit in nutritionally caused health problems. High glycemic carbohydrates are those that raise blood sugar too rapidly. They include rice, bread, candy, sugar, potato, sweets, sodas, and most processed carbohydrates. Processing can include bleaching, baking, grinding, and refining. Processing of carbohydrates greatly increases their glycemic index, a measure of their propensity to elevate blood sugar.
What is the Problem with High-Glycemic Carbohydrates?
The problem with high-glycemic carbohydrates is that they give an inordinate insulin response. Insulin is an essential hormone for life, yet acute, chronic elevation of insulin leads to hyperinsulinism, which has been positively linked to obesity, elevated cholesterol levels, blood pressure, mood dysfunction and a Pandora’s box of disease and disability. Research “hyperinsulinism” on the Internet, there’s a gold mine of information pertinent to your health available there.
The Caveman or Paleolithic Model for Nutrition
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.
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