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In CrossFit, we consider nutritional balance to be essential to the overall lifestyle we promote. We put it as simply as we can:
“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.” *



Many of us follow something called the Paleo Diet, which focuses on eliminating processed foods and high glycemic carbohydrates from our diet…much like the simple outline quoted above. This means no rice, bread, candy, potato, sweets or sodas. By removing these things from our food, scientists have found that we cut down significantly on our risk of coronary heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and obesity.


Another nutritional model that our athletes might follow is called “The Zone Diet.” This diet focuses on creating a balanced nutrient intake, while also implementing a system for portion control using measured units of macronutrients called “Blocks.” With this system, athletes will create meals by combining blocks of protein, fat, and carbohydrates all in the appropriate quantities to support their activity level.
Although these are both simple approaches, we wouldn’t say they are easy. In today’s world we are constantly inundated with information about what to eat, when, how much or how little and it can certainly be daunting. This is why we, the CrossFit community, have provided endless resources to those who are looking to learn more about these templates.
Below are a list of websites and blogs that we think are awesome….and that you might think are awesome too.

*CrossFit Training guide, 2013, p16