As a CrossFit athlete I’m sure you’ve thought about your diet – what you should eat for energy, fat loss, muscle gain, etc…I’m sure you’ve also thought about what you shouldn’t be eating. You spend a lot of time and energy every day getting fit, right? The last thing you want to do is sabotage your efforts!
Diet can be very overwhelming, especially with all of the different diet “trends” such as Paleo, Primal, Zone, Whole 30 to name a few. How do you decide what’s best for YOU?
My advice, don’t lock into one, single diet or trend. EAT REAL FOOD! Eat the highest quality foods you can, in their most natural state. Make small changes that you think you can live with long term. Try cutting out processed sugar – stop drinking soda, read labels and only buy things with the fewest, most natural ingredients.
Spend time in the kitchen planning and preparing. Don’t be afraid to try new vegetables or to experiment with healthier versions of your favorite convenience foods. Shop the outside perimeter of the grocery store and leave the boxed, bagged and frozen items on the shelves. Eat things that make you feel good both physically and emotionally. Your fitness is functional, shouldn’t your food be functional as well?
How have you tweaked your diet to impact your health and fitness? Share your tips, questions and ideas below!
Resources & Recipes
Great paleo and non paleo recipes. They have a resource for making freezer meals complete with shopping lists and preparation instructions (for a small subscription fee).
This is my “go to” as far as quick, delicious paleo recipes.
I really like this website for the explanation it gives regarding clean eating and their shopping help.
Healthier Spinach Artichoke dip
- 1 cup homemade mayo*
- 2 cans/jars artichoke hearts
- 1 cup chopped fresh spinach
- 1/4 cup Freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 cup high quality, (grass fed if possible) mozzarella cheese grated
Mix all ingredients together in a 2 quart casserole dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Serve its assorted vegetables or organic blue corn tortilla chips
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp salt
- 3 tsp raw apple cider vinegar
- 1 cup LIGHT TASTING olive oil
Put egg, salt and vinegar into glass jar or cup for immersion blender. Add oil. Blend for 20 seconds without removing immersion blender. Continue to blend until mayo consistency is achieved.