This post was written by Coach K
Usually when people are looking at improving their diet, they’re doing it for one or more of the following reasons:
Health: to feel better; improve general health; get rid of/prevent a disease/illness
Aesthetics: to look better; lose fat and/or build muscle
Performance: to move better; have optimal energy for activity; get stronger, faster or better at a specific sport
You’ve probably heard the phrase, “you are what you eat.” This is 100% true. With anything in life, you have to know what your goals are and take action accordingly. In the case for physical goals, you have to eat accordingly. So let’s dig a little deeper to break down each goal and how to go about eating accordingly.
As Americans I think we’ve made it pretty damn clear that what we put into our bodies has A LOT – if not everything – to do with how healthy we are. Don’t believe me? Go watch SuperSize Me, or Hungry For Change, or any related documentary about how messed up our current food and health situation is. Taking a conscious and mindful approach to your nutrition is crucial if you want to improve your health.
How to eat for health? Emphasize eating whole foods – organic if possible; foods rich in micronutrients; foods that are minimally processed (read: little to no packaging, an ingredient list that doesn’t look like a chemistry book). AKA: Meats, seafood, veggies, nuts, seeds, whole grains, fruit, etc.
Whether people want to admit it or not, generally everybody wants to look good and like what they see in the mirror. I won’t undermine the importance of self-love regardless of what you look like, but I will say that being at a healthy body fat percentage and/or having some muscular definition can go a long way in improving overall confidence. Confidence in your appearance can give you confidence in all other areas of life, thus improving general quality of life.
How to eat for aesthetics? Emphasize portion control; be mindful and have control over how much you’re eating.
There’s somewhat of a misconception around performance. Some people like to think that performance is solely based on training. Let’s not get confused here, obviously training hard is an absolute must for improving performance – but performing well has a lot more to do with what you’re eating than most people think. It’s imperative that you fuel yourself properly for the training you’re doing and what you want to get out of it.
How to eat for performance? Fuel your body with enough energy (calories) to support your specific training, activity or sport; place emphasis on nutrient timing.
There are some people that like to prioritize one goal over the other, like the bodybuilders could give two shits about their overall health or how much they squat – they just want to look like a living musculoskeletal anatomy diagram, or the hardcore powerlifters who lift thousands of pounds but their bellies are bigger than Santa Claus. However, naturally as CrossFitters, we want it all: We want to be healthy, look good and perform well. When we want to balance health, aesthetics and performance, here’s the recipe:
Eat whole foods most of the time, practice good portion control most of the time and emphasize nutrient timing most of the time. 80-90% is the goal. The other 10-20% is called balance… AKA, life.
If you have no idea how you go about putting this into practice – we can help! Reach out to a coach to inquire about our nutrition services or schedule a free 10 minute consultation with Coach K! You can also learn more by checking out our website http://cigarcitycrossfit.com/services/nutrition-planning
And, remember to join us for our Nutrition Seminar on April 1st from 10am - 12pm. We’ll deep dive into the topics discussed and more. We’re still not so good at this business thing, so we’re making the Seminar FREE. Take advantage of us.
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