The easiest way to explain how to eat healthy without getting into the scientific side of it is as follows:
Fresh Whole Foods are best! Eat meat and vegatable, nuts and seeds. Some Fruit, little starch and no sugar, and drink lots of water.
Eat meat and vegatables
When you serve your plate it should consist of a piece protein (meat,chicken, fish) about the size of your palm. The rest of the plate should be covered with colourful vegetables. The more colourful the better. Deep greens and rich reds are colours of vegatables with lots of nutrients.
Nuts and seeds
These are a great snack and a complement to any salad. They are full of healthy fats that support brain and body functions.
1-2 pieces of fruit per day is a good amount. Fruits are full of vitamins but they also consist of alot of sugar. This why fruit should be kept to 1-2 pieces.
Starch refers to your processed carbohydrates like pasta, bread, oats etc. These types of food should be kept to a minimum per week, and not a daily staple of your diet.
This refers to refined sugars found in all those foods that we know are not good for us, doghnuts, chocolate bars, cakes etc.
Drink lots of Water
Water intake is very important. Staying hydrated is crucial to staying on top of recovery and also for overall general well being. A GENERAL rule of thumb is 330ml per 10kg of bodyweight. For example I weigh 90kg so I drink around 3lt of water a day.
The above way of eating is based on the 'Paleo Diet' or 'Caveman Diet', where you eat along the lines of what a Cave Man would have eaten millions of years ago. So basically, no processed foods designed to feed millions and that sit on the shelves of supermarkets for weeks.
Sticking to the above way of eating is not easy, especially when you have a social life. However if you can use the above as a guide to base your meals around, you will be starting a way of eating that will keep you healthy for the rest of your life.
Check out the recipe tabs to see how the above way of eating can not only be healthy but very very tasty.
For a mor information, check out the CrossFit main-sites nutrtion page.
Serious about CrossFit? Then you need to get serious about your nutrition!
To be at the top of your CrossFit game requires more time in the kitchen than at the gym. You need to find what works for you and that can only be done through trial and error and listening to your body. I cannot emphasise enough the focus you need to have on your nutrition, it is the the foundation that everything else builds upon, as detailed in the following diagram designed by the creator of CrossFit- Greg Glassman:
The following link explains in great detail the 'Zone Diet' which is one of the more popular ways of eating amoung CrossFItters.
Included above are meal plans and shopping lists. Take your time going through this as there is alot of information. When you understand it fully, give it a try, starting of at a low 'block' level and building up. (Once you read the link. you will understand wat 'block' refers too)