A frequent question a lot of coaches receive from members at the box is what diet do you follow?
We as coaches know that nutrition is not about following a diet; it’s a lifestyle. There is no easy answer, fast solution, or magic pill. As active cross fitters, we must all understand that a lifestyle change comes through proper education, sound daily food choices, and CONSISTENCY.
Diets that are restrictive and give you a list of foods you can eat and foods you cannot eat are not sustainable for any of us and can inhibit your daily life. Who wants that? A lifestyle change helps us find that happy medium where we can feel good while working out, look our best, but still enjoy that piece of birthday cake or a couple of beers on the weekend.
So how do we make a lifestyle change? Just like your coaches tell you in class- think of a realistic goal, write it down, and work towards that goal every single day, so that you can achieve it with success. It is the same with nutrition. Start with one goal, write it down, achieve it, then continue to add to your goal list.
For example, well all know that water consumption throughout the day is extremely important to keeping our bodies hydrated and fueled for workouts. Make a goal of drinking 6-8 water bottles a day for 2 weeks straight and don’t check it off your list until you achieve that goal! Next, start adding to your list of goals towards achieving lifestyle changes. For example, I will eat 2 pieces of fruit everyday or I will eat a lean protein (chicken, fish, eggs, etc) with lunch & dinner everyday. Keep adding to your list once you start successfully reaching old goals CONSISTENTLY.
Consistency is our goal! Not only will you be crushing your nutrition goals, but you’ll also start to feel amazing during your workouts, looking your absolute best, and you will be the envy of all your friends! Performance in the gym always begins with what we put into our bodies!!
Remember: the food you eat can either be the safest and most powerful form of medicine, or the slowest form of poison.
It’s hard to take on nutrition alone, so if you ever need any advice or help, please do not hesitate to ask me!