People are great at making excuses for not getting outside, being active and living badass. Good news! I’m here to smash your pathetic excuses on the rock of tolerance.
This is by far the most common excuse for replacing fun with ice cream and shame. Here’s why it’s lame:
Our nutrition plan is simple: eat real food in reasonable quantities. A serving of meat should be approximately the size and thickness of the palm of your hand. It’s almost impossible to eat too many vegetables and fruit is a great snack.
When at the grocery store:
Eat as many vegetables and fruits as you like. I get most of my vegetables from my daily Blender Bender, eat a salad at lunch and snack on fruit. Every meal I eat has meat of some kind.
Don’t be preoccupied with the number of meals you eat per day. Eat when you’re hungry. Sometimes I eat 4 eggs at 0630 and other times I don’t eat until after my morning WOD at 1100.
What about wheat?
I avoid wheat; however, if the worst thing in your diet is bread you’re doing alright in my book. Just don’t make it the centerpiece of your nutrition.
Carbs are cool.
Natural Carbs aren’t the enemy. Processed carbs are. If you like fruit, go nuts. I eat several apples, oranges, berries and whatever else I can get my hands on daily. If your goal is to lose body fat you may want to go easy on fruit, otherwise it’s open season.
Processed carbs should be avoided. So should processed fruit juices. Your body isn’t built to handle the massive load of carbohydrates they provide. Here’s a rule of thumb: if it’s pressed into a shape and put in a box it probably isn’t a good choice.
Everything in moderation (except fruit and vegetables).
I don’t drink milk, but I do put cream in my coffee and cheese on my eggs. Some Paleo/Primal folks consume zero dairy. Same with wheat. I eat hamburgers and drink beer. Just not everyday. The idea is a diet to support a healthy lifestyle. It’s not to obsess over every single choice you make.
What about Diet Soda?
Again, moderation. I occasionally drink a massive Diet Dr. Pepper. Just not everyday. If you drink several sodas a day you need to make a better decision and drink some water. …or another Bender Blender.
Kalian Osborn is the Co-Founder of Bounty Hunter Endurance
Have questions? Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Have fun. Don’t drink and drive this New Year’s Eve.
Kalian Osborn is Co-Founder of ReblCa and Bounty Hunter Endurance. He also works as the Operation Manager and Endurance Coach at CrossFit Determination in Roseville, California.
We spend 90% of our time at Bounty Hunter Endurance on nutrition, strength and endurance.
Every month athletes are provided with detailed menues, shopping lists, motivation and, when available, “couponing” mastery from our head cheapskate. Most importantly, we are a support system keeping you on track and bring you back on when you fall off. It’s sort of like Weight Watchers with less clapping and more sweating.
Being strong makes everything in life better. It’s true. Ask a strong person if you don’t believe me. Struggling to carry a 24 pack of water is lame. Picking up both your kids for a hug is friggin’ awesome. We spend a lot of time making our athletes stronger, more flexible and more capable in their everyday lives.
Lean and strong is a great combination. Lean, strong and fast is even better. What good is a tight body if you can’t run down the beach “Baywatch” style? Exactly. Our training is tailored to make you a better Endurance athlete. Regardless of distance. Can’t run a mile? Cool, we can fix that. Ultra-Marathoner who can’t jump? We can fix that, too.
Classes start February 2013 at CrossFit Determination and amazing trails, parks and tracks in NorCal.
For more info email me: email@example.com
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(Neither of these women are bulky. One of them isn’t even a woman.)
A common concern from women interested in CrossFit (or any program with strength training) is getting (gasp!) bulky.