CrossFit and nutrition or one. This fact was kindly brought to my attention by the CrossFit podcast that featured Greg Glassman. You need to listen to this podcast if you want to truly know the heart of what we are doing.
People need to move and be active. The constantly varied, functional movements, performed at high intensity that we offer, I know to be the most effective, balanced way I have found to achieve a capable body. Nutrition however is as important, arguably more important than the physical training. If you are doing CrossFit and you are not equally focusing on the quality of the food you eat you are missing it. Chronic disease will come knocking on your door and all the squats and burpees won’t be able to stop it. We have to take seriously, what we put in our body and that starts with reducing carbohydrate. I do not care that this might offend some people’s idea of nutrition. Yes, some athletes have found performance gains from increasing their carb intake. I can also present a laundry list of athletes who have died from or suffer from chronic disease. Athletes are focused on winning, not on health. The “gains” you so desperately need might be coming at a cost and may be molding a future you that is not what you want.
“Meat and vegetables, some fruit, little starch and no sugar.”
That’s it folks, that’s what you need and the biggest part of that is “NO SUGAR”. Someone recently asked if we could give more practical nutrition advice. Meaning they wanted something less extreme than what we have previously offered. Well I don’t have it. Stop eating sugar, stop with the carbs at every meal and yes eat your veggies. I could probably count on two hands the number of people who have asked me for nutrition advice in the last 5 years, but there are dozens if not a couple hundred that have asked me how to get a pull-up or a muscle up or a 400lb squat. For many of these people, the physical things they want to achieve are very closely linked to what they choose to eat.
Below is a list of 35 chronic conditions, this is what we are fighting against. We use CrossFit to fight this and that includes not just changing how we move but changing how we eat. If you want to change your life then today, cut the sugar and reduce the carbs. Chronic conditions are most times self-inflicted.
Accelerated biological aging/premature death, low cardiorespiratory fitness (VO2max), sarcopenia, metabolic syndrome, obesity, insulin resistance, prediabetes, type 2 diabetes, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, coronary heart disease, peripheral artery disease, hypertension, stroke, congestive heart failure, endothelial dysfunction, arterial dyslipidemia, hemostasis, deep vein thrombosis, cognitive dysfunction, depression and anxiety, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, balance, bone fracture/falls, rheumatoid arthritis, colon cancer, breast cancer, endometrial cancer, gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, polycystic ovary syndrome, erectile dysfunction, pain, diverticulitis, constipation, and gallbladder diseases