The nutrition world today is absolutely nuts. Whole 30, Paleo, etc. are all trendy terms which indicate that you should eat a certain way to look or feel a certain way. There are so many different ways of eating now that we’ve completely lost what the point is in the first place.
To fuel our bodies.
But first we have to undo the damage that all sorts of media have caused about what “good” or “right” foods are. The dieting mindset teaches us to look at foods through the lens of good and bad, when ultimately all it comes down to is simply that it gives us energy. Sure, some foods may make our bodies feel terrible if we have lactose or gluten intolerances but the foods themselves aren’t “bad”, our bodies are just not as good at breaking them down into a fuel source, which causes an undesirable reaction.
So, where does that leave us? Nutrition, when broken down, is simple: Food is fuel to power the things you want to do.
When you join an exercise program like CrossFit, nutrition becomes even more important. Having the ability to maintain workouts and lift weights requires proper nutritional intake.
But to start off, the biggest thing I can share is this: don’t try to reinvent the wheel overnight.
Nutrition is a skill that has to be learned over a long period of time, just like anything else. We don’t show up to the gym and expect to snatch a barbell overnight (although wouldn’t that be nice!) Diets these days give you a “quick fix” way to slap a band aid on it without investing the time and knowledge to really figure out what and why it works.
It’s my hope as a nutrition coach to show you, even just a small portion of the way to have nutrition as a lifestyle, without any fancy diets or gimmicks, to get you where you want to be.
Also, as a side note: If a particular type of diet works for you, great! If it works for you, more power to you. I’m not here to tell you how you need to be treating your body, I’m just sharing the science and information that I know.
The choice is up to you as to how you use it!