Diet and nutrition are often the missing link in an otherwise comprehensive program.
The CrossFit nutrition prescription in its simplest terms is to, “eat meat, vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch, and no sugar. In other words….EAT REAL FOOD!
Our belief is that a good nutritional program should be centered on eating real food. We know that fad diets, crash diets, miracle pills and “meal replacements” are not part of a balanced, sustainable path towards improved health and fitness. Instead, we encourage you to eat high quality meat, fish and eggs, plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits, and healthy sources of dietary fats – it’s that simple. Just eat good food, put your meals together in a way that is simple, balanced and (most importantly) sustainable, and experience all of the tangible benefits that come from a nutritional plan designed to optimize your metabolism, reduce systemic inflammation and have you looking, feeling and performing your best.
We believe implementing good nutritional habits from your very first day with us is so important that we will soon be providing all of our athletes with a comprehensive printed handbook designed to walk you through Whole9’s nutrition program. Your handbook will have all the tools you’ll need to succeed, including:
- Our nutritional “elevator pitch” – a short summary that defines our nutrition program and its value
- A list of food groups that detract from your health and fitness
- A helpful summary of what should be on your plate.
- A detailed Shopping Guide, including helpful hints for making the best meat, fish, egg, produce and healthy fat choices
- The Whole9 MealSimpleTM meal planning template, designed to meet your individual needs without any weighing, measuring, or counting calories
- A comprehensive, multi-category FAQ to help you hit the ground running
- A number of helpful resources – nutrition-related web sites, sample recipes, and educational books and movies
The Whole9 Nutrition Elevator Pitch
We eat “real” food – fresh, natural food like meat, vegetables and fruit.
We choose foods that are nutrient dense, with lots of naturally-occurring vitamins and minerals, over foods that have more calories but less nutrition. And food quality is important – we are careful about where my meat comes from, and buy produce locally and organically as often as possible.
It’s not a low calorie “diet” – we eat as much as needed to maintain strength, energy and a healthy weight. In fact, the diet is probably much higher in fat than you’d imagine. Fat isn’t the enemy – it’s a great energy source when it comes from high quality foods like avocado, coconut and nuts.
We are not trying to do a “low carb” thing, but since eating vegetables and fruits instead of bread, cereal and pasta, it just happens to work out that way. Eating like this is good for maintaining a healthy metabolism, and reducing inflammation within the body. It’s been doing great things for our energy levels, body composition and performance in the gym. It also helps to minimize my risk for a whole host of lifestyle diseases and conditions, like diabetes, heart attack and stroke.
For more information about our programs contact us directly at 260-444-5722. For more information about Whole9, their nutritional recommendations and their Whole30 program, visit their site at www.whole9life.com