CrossFit and Paleo
Guest Blog by Trisha Jefford
As both CrossFit and the Paleo diet grow in popularity, the discussion about how they are working together is growing. Though both have been around for some time, their recent newsworthiness makes each a hot topic. Initially, the CrossFit diet of choice was the Zone diet. Much stricter than the Paleo movement, the Zone diet provides guidelines for a specific ratio of carbs, protein, and fats. It requires that food is weighted and measured, whereas the Paleo diet provides no instruction on portion size. Ultimately, the goal of CrossFit is the same as that of the Paleo dietâ€”bodies that are stronger, faster, more athletic.
The two elements (CrossFit and Paleo) are in constant conversation with one another. Lean proteins provide amino acids and amino acids stimulant muscle growth. By eating a diet high in meat, like the Paleo diet, the body is encouraged to build muscle. The diet also requires that you give up grains, which are poor sources of protein. Like CrossFit, the Paleo diet allows a person to occasionally alter their plan to better meet their needs. Craving a piece of wheat bread? Ok, but in moderation. Can’t do your Workout of the Day in six minutes? Take ten.
What it comes down to is that people who put good things into their bodies get better things out. After eating a junky lunch, a workout is never good. Meals packed with protein and unprocessed foods, however, are able to fuel you through a challenging workout like CrossFit. The higher fat intake that Paleo requires also helps the CrossFitter maintain energy for the high intensity workout.
CrossFit and eating Paleolithically are a natural fit because they ask a person to commit to a lifestyle and not a fad. Both suggest an easy way of living at any fitness level, while encouraging health and strength over a simple number on the scale. By eating like a caveman, the combination seems to suggest, you’ll soon be as strong as one.
About the Author
Trisha Jefford is a self-proclaimed foodie and wine enthusiast who loves to scour the net for new ideas and trends in food creation and presentation. She currently writes and blogs for the website EZCater.com.