Nutrition Archive and Testimonials

"I started my journey a few weeks before the paleo challenge officially began, but was not very dedicated.  Starting March 1st, I went whole hog.  After vacation in Feb. I weighed 213.  March 1st around 204.  I have to preface this with saying my weight has been fluctuating between 210-200 for over a year.

On 3/16/11, I did a body fat analysis with John F. at the rec center, my weight was 196, lean body weight 160.15 and body fat 18.29%, which is average for my age.
On 4/20/11, I retested my body fat. My weight 188, lean body weight 160.23 and body fat 14.77, which is lean for my age.
Notice, lean body weight stayed the same, which indicates that I did not lose muscle.
 
I am amazed at these results.  My pants no longer fit. I bought a pair of jeans last month and they no longer fit. If I continue down this road, I will have to buy a whole new wardrobe. My workout regime has not changed very much since last Aug, when I joined CrossFit.  Therefore, it has to be the diet.
 
Thanks for the intro to paleo." John K
We will be coming out with the CFTA casual clothing line-up next month, just for John. ed

 

The Foodee Project

Nutrition

 

 We believe nutrition is the foundation of any good fitness program, and the gateway to optimal health. 

 

“World Class Fitness In 100 Words”

“Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat.” (CrossFit Journal, September 2002, “The Garage Gym”)

The food we eat has a direct and immediate effect on how we perform, whether it be our workout or any other task we face on a daily basis. Eat foods that “support exercise not body fat”. The idea is to eat foods that were intended for our bodies and avoid as much as possible foods that weren’t. Foods that are high-glycymic (a food’s propensity to elevate or spike insulin levels) should be avoided. Don’t know which foods are high on the glycemic index? Read this 2 page article from the CrossFit Journal- Click Here

In CrossFit we teach 2 different nutritional approaches. The first is the Zone Diet, and the second is the Paleo or Caveman Diet.

Here is a simplified version of the Zone Diet that was published in the CrossFit Journal that you can download as a PDF article. The Zone Diet is a diet that focuses on balancing hormones in our bodies that are released by the food we eat. It uses a 40% Carbs, 30% Protein, 30% Fat model and helps to balance the macro-nutrients that we consume.

Zone Diet

The Paleo Diet, or Caveman Diet, requires that we eat lean meats, nuts and seeds, vegetables and some fruit, little starch, and NO sugar. While the Zone Diet requires accurate weighing and measuring of food, the Paleo Diet does not require WAM(weighing and measuring). The idea is to eat plenty of the above mentioned food throughout the day. We have seen similar results from people who have used both diets. They lose body fat, get stronger and faster, and feel better throughout the day.

The seven keys of the Paleo diet according to Loren Cordain, Ph.D

  1. Eat a relatively high amount of animal protein compared to that in the typical American diet.
  2. Eat fewer carbohydrates than most modern diets recommend, but eat lots of good carbohydrates from fruits and vegetables, not from grains or refined sugars.
  3. Eat a large amount of fiber from non-starchy fruits and vegetables.
  4. Eat a moderate amount of fat, with more good (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated) fats than bad (saturated) fats, and nearly equal amounts of omega 3 and omega 6 fats.
  5. Eat foods with a high potassium content and low sodium content.
  6. Eat a diet with a net alkaline load.
  7. Eat foods rich in plant phytochemicals, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

The seven keys optimize health, minimize the risk of chronic disease, and cause excess weight to melt away. This is the way we’re genetically programmed to eat.

Here is a guide to buying fruits and vegetables when they are in season.
Fruits and Vegetable Buying Guide

For most people, the battle to eat healthy foods and avoid harmful ones is ongoing and never-ending. The need to educate yourself and those around you about how to eat healthy is vital. If you have any questions about any of the info here feel free to call or email.

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Sunday
Apr222012

Why We Get Fat

From Gary Taubes, "Why We Get Fat" is an excellent read. Check it out. DZ

Sunday
Apr222012

PaleoOMG

Getting good feedback from some of our members regarding this site. Going to check it out myself... DZ

Tuesday
Apr102012

Fat Read

http://www.naturalgrocers.com/nutrition/could-it-all-be-big-fat-mistake-real-story-about-saturated-fat#.T4PgzakD0mg.email

Sunday
Mar182012

Food for Thought

Wednesday
Feb222012

Wade's Cereal

So I am calling this Wade's Cereal because I got the receipe from Beth. It is a bit loose so you can experiment with the flavors you like. Here is what we made:

INGREDIENTS:

Pecans, walnuts and almonds.

1 Tablespoon of melted butter per chopped cup of nuts

Flavors of your choice: maple syrup, agave nectar, molasses, cinnamon or other spices

DIRECTIONS:

Finely chop nuts in equal parts. I used a food processor and really tried to chop everything about the size of granola.

Mix in butter

Add the flavors of your choice.  I had three cups of nuts and 1/4 to 1/3 cup Agave Nectar and about 1/8 cup of cinnamon. For my other flavor I added 1/4 cup of molasses to 3 cups of nuts (this was way too much molasses and could probably be cut in half)

Spread nuts in a thin layer on a baking sheet or dehydrator trays.

I used our dehydrator* with the temperature set at 140 degrees and I let them dehydrate for about 9 hours. You can do the same thing in the oven.

Now for the TREAT! Just add milk (of course we mean unsweetened almond milk, or coconut, etc.) and fruit of your choice. :-)

*We dehydrate alot of food for camping and we've been making our own jerky. We did quite a bit of research before buying one. We have the Nesco American Harvest, I think it was about $70.