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This is a great post that I came across on Anaerobicinc.com via Pioneer Valley CrossFit in Mass.
The Paleo/Primal lifestyle (and in passing, CrossFit) are the subjects of a skeptical but grudgingly admiring article in today’s New York Times: “The New Age Caveman and the City.” Call it a fad if you will, but I challenge you to assemble a random sampling of Paleo-eaters/high intensity exercisers and vegan/vegetarian long slow distance enthusiasts…by any metric, performance or aesthetic, the “caveman” types will seem almost a different species.
The man in the first photo was a top contender in the 2009 Tour de France. The subject of the second is an athlete at last summer’s CrossFit games. Who would you rather take after?
Ah, nutrition, everyone’s favorite subject. You probably get tired of hearing about it but it is so crucial to your fitness and well-being. By now most of you have heard the preachings of Paleo/Zone Diets but i feel there is still a lot of confusion. Everyone loves coming to the gym, knocking out a workout, writing their name on the board, high fiving and going home only to spend the next 23 hours improperly fueling their body for the next workout. Doing crossfit and not trying theZone/Paleo diet would be like saying you havent done a burpee yet. Crossfit and Zone go hand in hand. What you need to understand is Paleo refers to the quality of your food ( meats, veggies, some fruits and nuts) but its most successful in zone quantities( the correct blocks of protein, carbs and fats at EVERY meal). It seems confusing but if you try it, it really isnt hard at all. You just figure out which foods you like, determine what catagory they fall under and start building meals that you would actually eat on a daily basis. If you like rice or breads you don’t have to say youll never eat them again cause that’s BS. Just limit it to once or twice a week and eat it in zone quantities or eat as much of it as you want on your cheat day, which brings me to my favorite part. Keep ypur sanity by allowing yourself a cheat day or 3 or so cheat meals throughout the week. If one night you feel like beer and pizza its not a big deal since 80% of the time your eating clean. To the people who can eat whatever they want and still come into the gym and get great times, first of all we hate you! Second, that just means if you dialed in your diet you’d be that much better. If you believe in Crossfit as a fitness modality then why not drink the Crossfit kooliad and trust them in their opinion on nutrition. But seriously, dont drink koolaid. its a metaphor!