“Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch, no sugar”
This is one of the best, easiest and universal approaches to nutrition I have found during my time in the world of health and fitness. Almost everything you have a question on can be related back to this short phrase.
When you first joined, or started CrossFit, the number one thing it did was that it simplified fitness. You came to the gym. You worked as hard as you could on the workout of the day. You went home. Rinse and repeat 3-5 days per week. If you are hitting the gym hard and not taking into account what you put into your body, you are doing yourself a disservice.
How do you start? Just like you started CrossFit. One step at a time. Trying to do it all at once will lead you to crash and burn and stumbling back to where you were before. You have to scale your nutrition so you have to ability to follow through on the goals you set. Take the last piece of the above phrase “… no sugar” in today’s society its extremely difficult to avoid processed sugar. Instead of cutting it out completely, target one food that you could replace, or even do without that has a large amount of refined sugar.
An easy one many of us get caught up in are beverages. Most of the time if a beverage has added sugar its going to be an insane amount. Cutting out that one or two drinks a day can have a huge overall benefit towards our health.
Working on health and fitness doesn’t stop when you leave the gym, it actually really counts when you are outside the walls of the box. Fitness is a journey, not a destination. it takes time, patience, and a whole lot of work. Keep at it, you won’t regret it.