In a 2017 Level 1 Seminar Staff Summit, CrossFit CEO, Greg Glassman, talked about the solution to chronic disease, which he shortens to:
Off the carbs, off the couchGreg Glassman
The gist is to remove excessive carbohydrates from your diet (the refined, processed foods) and incorporate intense exercise – CrossFit’s basic prescription for health and fitness.
The good news? It works. I promise.
The problem? It can be really hard to change what you eat!
Nutrition is just as—if not more—important than movement.Joe Westerlin, CrossFit Seminar Staff
We beat this drum quite often.
New members come into the gym ready to work hard. They pour out everything they have during a workout, but as we’ve already discussed, movement is only half of the puzzle (and maybe not even the most important half).
CrossFit offers a pretty simple prescription for nutrition:
Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar.
Heck, you could even break this down using something like Michael Pollan’s three simple rules:
- Eat food. (Meaning, eat real food that’s either from the ground/a tree or has a mom)
- Not too much. (Have some way to measure how much you’re eating and keep it under control)
- Mostly plants. (Start by loading your plate up with vegetables – they’re filling and nutrient dense. Then, add a small serving of everything else.)
Start by following either one of those prescriptions for 80+% of your meals, and you’ll see solid results.
So, what’s the missing piece? Adherence! It’s hard to stay consistent.
If you’re a CrossFit Undeniable member, this image will look familiar. Karly dropped it in the private Facebook group last week.
You can make nutrition complicated by obsessing over meal timing, calorie counts, the tiniest changes in macro breakdowns, etc. All of those things pale in comparison to staying consistent.
Nutrition is the linchpin to your success in changing your health. Knowing what to eat isn’t the hardest part. We can help you with that through our nutrition coaching and workshops.
The hard part is staying consistent.
Pick one of the approaches above, and follow it for 80+% of your meals. You’ll see success. Promise!