CrossFit Meridian Blog
By Mike Baldwin
“You can’t out-train your diet…”
I listened to an interesting bit of info from coach Glassman regarding his findings about nutrition and the role of food in training. During years of study coach Glassman found that there was no discernable difference in adaptation between a person that trained on a regular basis and ate poorly, and a person that never trained and ate a healthy diet. What this means is that a person can train all day long while eating the same garbage and basically be just as healthy and productive as a person that does zero training and just eats well.
As a CrossFitter I have to ask this question: Why put your blood, sweat, pain, and soul into CrossFit to be only just as healthy as the lunch-walkers down at Weight Watchers?! I have to imagine that most of us at CrossFit want to be bigger, faster, stronger, and healthier than the average Joe on a diet. Most of us don’t CrossFit just so we can justify eating McDonald’s and pizza every night, washing it down with soda and cerveza. We CrossFit because we want to achieve, get better, be stronger, be healthier, look better, move easier, feel happier, play harder, last longer, do more, and freaking be bad ass. We don’t want to just maintain the status quo, and training without proper nutrition is just that, cruising along at mediocre.
We have to get our diet right folks!
If you want to see your true potential in the gym and you really want to excel, you need to match the intensity and passion that you bring to CrossFit with the choices you make regarding food intake. Just try it for a week; I promise you can see a difference in a week. On Monday do Cindy; then eat healthy all week. Eat meat, vegetables, nuts, and seeds; some fruit, little starch, and NO sugar. Then on the next Monday, do Cindy again; I promise you more rounds.
To quote Glassman, “refined carbohydrates are killing America,” stay away from the processed carbs; if it comes in package you probably don’t want to eat it. Eat meat, eat vegetables, eat fruit, eat nuts, eat a lot of it, it’s simple and easy. In two weeks you won’t want any of the other stuff food that’s killing you. Drink water. In two weeks you won’t care about sodas or Red Bulls, or any of the other drinks that are killing you. If you CrossFit on a regular basis your lifestyle is already fitness centered! Take the extra step and get serious about your food. Extremely high intake of refined sugar (processed carbohydrates, i.e. cookies, breads, crackers, sodas, tortillas, chips, baked goods, bagels, etc.) has been linked to serious health problems like heart disease, diabetes, and all types of cancer; they are also linking high carb intake to things like depression, and chronic pain diseases like Fibromyalgia.
I know that a lot of you reading this are saying “but I just can’t stop eating ____, or I just can’t give up ____.”
My answer to that is, yes you can. Just stop. Choose something else, find something else, get creative and make it work for you. Smokers find ways of quitting and nicotine is more addictive that crack cocaine. What if I told you that over consumption of carbs every day was the same as smoking a pack a day of cigarettes, then would you consider a low carb diet? It’s killing you just like cigarettes kill smokers. You may not get lung cancer but you will get diabetes. You may not get emphysema, but you will get intestinal cancer. Shoot, you both will get a heart attack. It’s not drama people, it’s reality. Read up on it, check up on it, and change up on it.