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I have a had a few really good conversations post-WOD recently about rest and nutrition….rest, we will discuss tomorrow. Today, let’s talk food.
I like to cook, and I really like to eat. When I first started CrossFit and heard about Zone, I quickly ruled it out because of the laundry list of things you could and couldn’t eat. Then I watched this video with Nicole, and started Zone almost immediately. At the time, I had been doing CrossFit for about a year and had hit a plateau. I saw that if I cleaned up my diet, I would improve. However, it wasn’t easy, and it took time to learn all of the weighing and measuring, what I could eat and what I couldn’t. I ended up downloading this cheat sheet and taping it the refrigerator as a guide. I will admit nothing I made in the beginning was really great – most everything was merely a tool to help me figure out what worked best for me.
I did a really strict zone diet for about a year. And when I say strict, I mean strict. I did not eat anything I didn’t weigh and measure, and I was obsessed about my diet and tweaking it to gain optimal performance. I did not eat out, and what’s worse, I no loner enjoyed meals. Meals became so scientific, that it just wasn’t fun.
There is an abundance of information online regarding zone and paleo meal plans, and when people ask me what is best, I tell them you have find what works best for YOU. After becoming crazy obsessed with zone, I have since found a really good balance for me. My diet now is mostly paleo plus milk, with a side of ice cream now and then. A typical day for me looks like this:
Breakfast: 3 eggs, 2 slices of bacon (or a handful of almonds), and an apple
AM snack: a handful of nuts and some fruit
Lunch: 4 oz. of chicken breast or steak, a small salad and some fruit (the fat will be in the salad dressing or nuts)
Dinner: Some type of meat (chicken, fish or steak), vegetables, avocado/nuts
PM snack (only if I am hungry): usually fruit or a glass of milk
I tend to eat way more fruit than vegetables, but am working on correcting that. I also eat peanut butter most every day because I love it. Some people may frown on that, but I don’t really care. It works for me, and I love it. If I can add bacon or peanut butter to any food, it makes it better 🙂 I also save lots of time by making things in advance. When I cook dinner, I tend to make several servings and eat the leftovers the next day (or freeze them if there are ALOT of leftovers).
Eating a clean diet is not easy at first, and it takes time to tweak it and figure out what works best for you. I would like to hear from some of you what you eat typically in one day! Please post to comments what you eat, how often you eat, and what you love to eat the most!