CrossFit is a fitness program, founded by Greg Glassman, that involves a combination of different workouts, such as strength training, cardiovascular, and explosive athletic movements. CrossFit has its own dietary guidelines. According to the CrossFit website, calories should be broken into 30% protein, 40% carbohydrates, and 30% fat. The basic components of the CrossFit diet are veggies, lean meats, and nuts and seeds. The guidelines of both the Paleo diet and the CrossFit diet are essentially the same.
The Paleo diet, also known as The Caveman diet, mimics what our early ancestors ate before the Agricultural Revolution- when societies transformed from hunting and gathering to farming. The Paleo diet basics are lean meats and healthy, organic fruits and veggies. By following the Paleo diet, you will eat a lot of protein, fiber, healthy fats, potassium, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
In order to perform your best in a high-impact WOD, you must have a ton of energy to expend. That’s where the Paleo diet comes in. The Paleo diet provides sufficient energy in order to sustain high-intensity workouts because it focuses on protein, green vegetables, and no sugar.
When it comes to both the Paleo diet, and CrossFit in general, there are a ton of resources online. You can find Paleo recipes all over the web! Here are some great online Paleo diet resources:
PaleoPot – paleopot.com (Crock Pot Recipes)
CrossFit Mayhem Nutrition Blog –crossfitmayhem.blogspot.com
Additionally, here are some simple, easy to make paleo diet meals that will benefit your WOD.
Veggie ScrambleAll you need for this recipe are veggies and eggs! You can use spinach, onion, bell peppers, kale, and any of your other vegetables! This breakfast is as easy as chopping your veggies and scrambling them in with some eggs. Easy to make and easy to customize to your liking- this breakfast will properly fuel you until your next meal.
Chicken, Egg, Avocado and Tomato
This fast recipe incorporates a ton of protein. To make this high-energy paleo breakfast, chop up cooked chicken breast and combine with a hard boiled egg, half an avocado, and a medium sized tomato. The chicken provides protein, and the avocado provides healthy fats, so you feel energized and stay full for longer.
Chicken, beef, or port stir fry is as easy to make as it is delicious. Stir fry is easy to customize to your liking, a great stir fry combo is chicken, broccoli, red and yellow bell peppers, and sesame seeds!
Too Busy To Eat Protein Bars
Our favorite paleo friendly snacks are Too Busy To Eat bars. Our protein bars are sold in CrossFit boxes all over the country, and for a good reason- they are the perfect pre or post-CrossFit snack! They are paleo-friendly, gluten-free, 100% natural, and absolutely delicious! We carry Double Chocolate Chip, Cookie Dough, and Vanilla Coconut!
Overall, whether you are debating the Paleo diet or trying to find a diet strategy that works best for you, remember that everyone is different- stick to the diet that works best for your lifestyle, goals, and commitment. As always, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn for more tips on living a healthy life.