THE SIMPLE DEFINITION
Crossfit Country Nutrition Facts & Information
Nutrition is the taking in and metabolizing of nutrients by an organism so that life is maintained and growth can take place.
Grub, chow, cuisine — no matter what you call it, the food you eat becomes the fuel on which your body operates. While the science of nutrition is constantly evolving, mastering some of the basics can prove helpful when working towards creating a healthier lifestyle. In fact, just gaining a better understanding of the food you’re eating, the calories you’re consuming and the specific nutrients your body is getting will go a long way when planning your meals, balancing your diet, and achieving your fitness goals.
At the end of the day, proper nutrition prevents disease and promotes overall health and wellness. So, here’s a quick, CrossFit-friendly, breakdown…
Supply the body with the essential amino acids it needs to build and maintain healthy body tissue. These foods are most often from animal sources: meat, milk and eggs.
Lean and varied by type. Should account for approximately 30% of your total caloric intake.
The body’s main source of energy. There are two basic types: simple carbohydrates (i.e. – sugar or honey) and complex carbohydrates (i.e. – grains, beans or potatoes). Complex carbohydrates are generally more nutrient dense and allow for a greater degree of blood-glucose control when broken down by the body.
Consume carbs that are predominantly low on the glycemic index. Should account for approximately 40% of your caloric intake.
Supply energy and transport nutrients throughout the body. There are two families of fatty acids that are essential for normal bodily function: omega-3 and omega-6. They can be found in canola oil, flaxseed oil, cold-water fish or fish oil.
Consume primarily monounsaturated fats. Should account for approximately 30% of your caloric intake.
For maximum nutrition and physical performance, base your diet on the consumption of garden vegetables (especially greens), lean meats, nuts and seeds, very little starch and no sugar. Sounds simple, right? Give it a try! Next time you’re at the grocery store, focus on keeping your cart on the outer perimeter and try to avoid the inner aisles. Food is supposed to be perishable. The fresher, the better! It’s the stuff with the extra-long self-life that you should really question. Treat your body well, and fuel it with the best possible foods.
Excessive consumption of high-glycemic carbohydrates are a leading culprit for weight gain and other healthy problems! They do NOT do a body good! High-glycemic carbs include, rice, bread, candy, sweets, sodas and most all processed carbohydrates. They cause the body’s blood sugar to spike, rising too rapidly.
NOTE: Processing can include bleaching, baking, grinding and refining. Processing a carbohydrate increases their glycemic index, which is ultimately a measure of their propensity to elevate blood sugar.