"Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep Intake to levels that will support exercise, but not body fat." - Greg Glassman, CrossFit Founder, CEO
Still wondering what you should eat? Remember we are eating to fuel our bodies!
Meats: these should be the base of what your diet is made of. Protein/ meat sources can be things such as chicken, beef, pork, fish, etc. Usually the leaner cuts of meat are better meaning 90/10 vs. 80/20.
Vegetables: Veggies should make up a large portion of your plate for most meals. Try to eat an assortment of different vegetables so that you get an assortment of nutrients and enough fiber. Try things such as leafy greens, cauliflower, peppers, onions, carrots, broccoli, etc.
Nuts and Seeds; These are a great source of healthy fats but be careful to not overdo it here. Nuts and Seeds are both very calorie dense making a small handful sufficient for a days servings.
Some Fruit: Fruit is a great, natural carbohydrate that also has great vitamins and minerals. While fruit is natural, it still has a large amount of carbohydrates to it and still contains natural sugar. Too much sugar can lead to inflammation in the body which is why Glassman recommends "some" fruit.
Little Starch: These would be things such as potatoes, grains, squash, etc.
Too many carbohydrates can lead to the increase of body fat and inflammation in the body. This does not mean to NOT eat them though. If you are coming into the gym and training hard you will need these carbs to help your body recover properly by replenishing the muscle glycogen.
No Sugar: This just means to try to avoid things such as candy, sweets, processed foods, etc.
Keep intake to levels that will support exercise and not body fat: you must eat according to your bodies needs. The amount that your body needs will different person to person.
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