Nutrition – Where to Start

Pyramid of Development

Do you want to improve your fitness now AND be healthy and active into your 70’s, 80’s and beyond?  Today let’s talk about the foundation: nutrition.

But where to start… counting calories? Counting macros? Keto? Paleo? Zone? Carnivore? Intermittent fasting? Juice cleanse?

There are more nutrition strategies than you could ever keep track of – and many of them produce good results by virtue of being a big improvement compared to the average American diet.  But are you are prepared to stick to it for the rest of your life? 

If you get good results counting your macros for 60 days and then decide you don’t want to live that way any more and go back to what you were doing before… your results will quickly follow. 

If we want gains in the next 30 days but also the next 30 years, we need a simple strategy that can be made sustainable for the long term.  That’s what CrossFit creator, Coach Greg Glassman, concluded after decades of his “clinical” practice training athletes, grandparents, kids, weekend warriors, and average Joes – combined with following the latest medical research on nutrition and long term health. He distilled it to one short sentence: 

“Eat meats and vegetables, nuts & seeds, some fruits, little starch, and NO SUGAR.”

It’s simple, but that doesn’t mean easy.  Here’s how to get there while making it sustainable: pick one manageable change to your current weekly habits and execute it for 2 weeks. Then, pick another.

What should be the FIRST thing to change?  Look for the thing you eat (or drink) each week with the most “Added Sugar” on the ingredients list.  Then pick something from the Reverb Grocery Guide (which follow’s Coach Glassman’s prescription) and eat that instead!  Make sure you have it stocked in your pantry/fridge/lunchbox so it’s ready to go. 

After you conquer “Added Sugar,” keep an eye on processed and refined carbohydrates (bread, pasta, rice, grains) and follow the same process of tackling ONE substitution for 2 weeks.

Good luck and let us know how we can help!


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