At this point you may be asking, what should I eat? If it were as easy as telling everyone exactly what to eat we’d all be walking around with a six pack. Nutrition prescription is as unique as the individual. That being said, if I were to give you my elevator pitch to an unknown avatar about what to eat it would be as follows: Meats and veggies, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch, and no sugar. Now this prescription may not look very similar to your current diet but let me explain:Meats and Veggies: Meats and veggies are the biggest priority at the bottom of the pyramid. I would recommend consuming more protein be the very first change you make. This helps in many ways:
1. It’s not restrictive. I’m telling you to eat MORE.
2. Protein is very satiating, leaving less room for cravings and bad food choices.
3. Animal protein has a complete and balanced amino acid (the building blocks of the body) profile.
4. Protein is used to make hormones, neurotransmitters, and enzymes that carry about important functions
It’s also important to note that the daily recommended amount of protein is the minimum to prevent disease. That’s fine for the sedentary person who doesn’t want to get sick, but for people following a demanding Crossfit routine, it’s not enough.
Veggies are the next easy variable to change. Vegetables are very nutrient dense. This means that they pack in a lot of vitamins and minerals per calorie. There is very little risk in eating too many vegetables because of the sheer amount you would have to consume.
Nuts and seeds: Nuts and seeds will offer some more protein but more importantly they’ll give us fats. Without getting into a biochemistry lesson, fats are crucial for several structural and metabolic needs. We need them. Mono and polyunsaturated fats are the preferred fat sources which are both found in foods such as nuts and seeds.
Some Fruit: Fruits are packed with vitamins and antioxidants but can also be packed with sugar! Eat in moderation
Little Starch: Starch can be a great tool to progress our health and fitness when consumed correctly but it could also be detrimental when over consumed.
No Sugar: We all know this. We’re adults and should eat as such…(most of time)