Our next nutrition challenge is just around the corner and we are very excited to get started. Even if you decided not to participate this time around there is info in this blog that will be beneficial so keep reading.
One of the best motivators for sticking with your fitness & healthy diet is accountability. We are luck enough to have a great support system right here at CrossFIt True, the people you are surrounded with all have a desire to become healthier and with that kind of support we can accomplish anything. (we currently have 17 people taking on this challenge!!!! Look below to find out who)
So,I ask even if you are not doing the challenge take part by helping those who are stay on track. Ask them how the challenge is going, share a healthy recipe, and participate in the workouts along side them. It can be challenging to make the right decision when no one is looking, but with a group supporting you, you’ll have the desire to not let them down and the better choice become easier.
In our nutrition talk I mentioned the value of being prepared. With the start of the challenge just days away, you should already be starting this preparation process (even if it’s just figuring out how you are going to be successful).
Here is how I break it down so I don’t get overwhelmed:
-Start thinking about what I want to eat for the week and make a grocery list of the foods I will need.
-Food shopping I like to do this on a different day than I am going to do my food prep. If I try to do both…I get cranky.
-This is when I cook the majority of my food.
The bad news is that it does take a bit of time and organization.
The good news is you won’t have to do any other cooking or dishes for the rest of the week!!!
It’s a great trade off!
Now is the time to get to know the layout of the Lurong website, they have tons of great resources that you’ll want to take advantage of. On the main screen when you log in there is a side bar on the right-hand-side this is where you’ll find most of your resources. (except for the food search engine that is under nutrition & tools)
Food Summary Charts:
These are the same lists I have hanging at the gym next to our check in station. These charts are a broad list of what foods fall into which category.
***Remember you are not choosing one category for the entire challenge. Rather you are trying to eat as many meals and snacks at the best level possible.***
There are two different meal plans that will take you through all 6-weeks. It lays out everything you could possible need.
All the meals
A grocery shopping list
What you should prep before hand to make everything run smooth.
There are 3 different recipe books. These do not include a shopping list or how to prep, but they are FULL or amazing recipes to try. (and if you do let us know what you think on our FB page)
These are a series of articles about nutrition. Everything from keeping your sugar balances so you don’t crash to grocery store video tours.
Food Search Engine
Not sure which category (elite/pro/starter) a particular food falls into? Use the Food search engine to help you make the right decision.
If you are taking the next step and looking to count your macros, I highly suggest downloading My Fitness Pal (MFP) or another calorie/macro counting app.
If you are on MFP you can request to be friends with me and then you’ll be able to see my food diary. My user name is Moe0139
Unless you do the premium version on MFP (I just use the free version) you won’t be able to put in an exact macro count, you’ll need to use percentages and just get them as close as possible.
If this is your first time counting macros, allow yourself errors. Counting macros can be overwhelming….it’s like learning the Snatch…there are a ton of moving parts and to make them all flow together….well that takes time and consistent practice. Keep at it and it will come together.
Huge Shout out to all of those participating (if you see them around give them a high-five and continue to encourage them)