Good Afternoon CFTP!
First of all… An update on the “Salute The Point” leaders so far:
- Steven “Scoob” Clyde = 5 and Jenny Boyle = 5
- 4 Way tie with 3 each!
Half way through the month! Thank you so much for spreading the word! 3rd year doing this and still so impressed with your ability to bring your friends in. Thank you for not only bringing them in but also helping them through the awkward stages that we all go through starting out.
Today, I would like to talk a bit about nutrition. Over the years my idea of what a good diet is and what we should eat has changed as I learned what works for me. I watched a video of Naveen Jain and he had some interesting things to say about health. He said, “If our gut is healthy then all of the chronic diseases disappear.” He went on to say, “So, what I have realized is that what people think is a healthy diet, may not be healthy for you, but may be healthy for someone else… When we look at our micro-organisms in our gut, less than 5% is the same, so how could the same diet be good for you and for me?”
This is very interesting. Some of you may remember that when I first opened The Point I was an advocate of the Paleo diet because CrossFit heavily encouraged this at the time. So, I went on it and discovered that it really wasn’t a great diet for me and didn’t quite give me what I needed to be successful but then I watched someone like Sarah Spencer go on it and was super impressed with her results and it worked for her at that time.
Over the years we are going to see a new diet come out and it’s going to work, for some. For example, what is the hit diet right now? I bet you could guess it even before I say it… It starts with a K… The Keto diet. This is the new fad diet. I’m not calling it a fad diet because it is wrong but just because it is the diet that has come out recently, seemingly out of nowhere. People are making big bucks from this diet just like people made a bunch off of the Atkins Diet or the paleo diet, this diet and that diet… They all come and go.
So, what is the best diet for you? First of all, get rid of the word diet. In general, diet is a temporary status. “I’m on a diet” usually means that when I get off this diet I am going to go and eat a mountain of ice cream. Replace the word diet with your eating lifestyle.
In my opinion, the best way to figure out what foods are best for you is to keep track of what you eat. If you don’t know what you are putting into your body then you will never learn why your body is doing what it is doing. I love the Chinese proverb, “You give a poor man a fish and you feed him for a day. You teach him to fish… you will feed him for a lifetime.” You need to take charge of your eating. You can’t depend on someone to spoon feed you information if you are not willing to learn.
We are lucky enough to have access to one of the great minds in the nutrition world. Erika Peterson, instagram handle = cleansimpleeats. She is a very educated nutritionist who creates amazing recipe books. The reason I love her recipe books is because she does the macro counts for you and so you know exactly what protein, carb, and fat you’re putting into your body with her meals. She just came out with a new book and you, as a CFTP member, get a deal! Just enter CFTP in the discount code on her website www.cleansimplefoodie.com and you will get $15 off the order. Emily and I have 4 of her books and refer back to them regularly.
Above, I mentioned macros and above that I mentioned recording what you eat. If I were to advise any one way of eating I would tell you counting macros. What does this mean? Macro is short for macronutrients. There are three macronutrients and this is where calories (food energy) come from. They are:
The food we eat can be broken down into these three categories. We are lucky to live in this day in age because there are formulas to counting macros and guess what??? We don’t have to know them in order to accurately count macros. THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT!
I personally use My Macros+ but many people use MyFitnessPal. There are others out there but these two are the main ones I’ve worked with. These apps make it very simple and with MyFitnessPal Erika’s recipes are preloaded in there so they are easy to add. These apps are so easy. You can even scan most items you eat and they will auto populate.
Ever since I’ve started recording my meals into My Macros+ I’ve learned why I wasn’t getting certain results. Even though I thought I was eating well I was loading myself up with a higher percentage of carbs than I thought I was. It was very eye opening and it helped me learn why my body was reacting the way it was reacting. When counting macros we each have different goals so we need to set our percentages at the levels that are going to help achieve our goals. While my macro level may be 35/35/30. You may prefer a lower fat diet and a higher carb and protein diet than me like 40/40/20 to achieve those goals. Be proactive and LEARN what your body needs to be successful.
Notice what I said above… I LEARNED! I put in the work and I learned. I didn’t pay some person a thousand dollars to tell me what to eat. I put in the effort and I learned what my body needs and how my body reacts. On days when I feel particularly drained I can refer back to my app and see why my body is dragging. What did I feed it to make it feel this way? It’s great to get a”professional’s” opinion to get you started but once you are given that information, what are you doing with it? I could tell you that if you are going to achieve your lifting goals you need to do this and this and this but if you don’t do it then what’s the point?
What I am trying to tell you is that you are in charge of what you put in your body. Nobody can follow you around and make sure you are eating what you are supposed to. You are accountable to yourself and having a tracking system helps us stay accountable. When you have to enter into your macros app that you just ate a full tub of ice cream… You might think twice before finishing off those last few bites.
I love you all and want you to achieve your goals. If you have any questions whatsoever about what it is you need to do to be successful, please don’t hesitate to hit me up. Email me at Dan@crosssfitthepoint.com or hit me up on Facebook messenger. I am here for you and I will answer any questions you have. I will be your accountability manager. You put forth the effort on your end and I will give you 100 percent on my end.
Today’s Sunday Member Spotlight goes to:
Medical Assistant for a dermatologist.
Snowboarding, Vasa Fitness, spinning classes, Pilates….
Pull-ups and HSPU
Know your limits so you don’t injure yourself. Don’t compare yourself to others. Be proud of what you personally accomplish!
17.5! The first open workout I beat Zach in
Focus on better eating habits and nutrition. This always helps me see improvements in crossfit overall. Oh! And not dying from heat stroke:)
I didn’t really have a view. It looked fun and I wanted to try it. It is still fun and challenging and I look forward to it every week!
We started a three month trial with you guys through Groupon and have been addicted ever since! Although I have many things to work on in crossfit it’s nice seeing a continual progression. I love feeling strong! I really appreciate the time the coaches take to train us properly and also focus on our mobility so that we can meet our personal goals! Thanks CFTP!!
Coaches’ thoughts on Candas:
Coach Dan: I freaking love Candas. She is constantly impressing me. I don’t get to train her as much as I’d like to because of scheduling but then when I do I am dumbfounded on the progress she has made. She has never stopped improving and is constantly working on her weaknesses and strengths. She is a great example of what consistency can do to your body.
Coach Am: “Candas is a superstar, she’s so quiet and lovable! She works hard every time she walks in that gym! Superstar athlete, wonderful lady and a great asset to our gym family! Love ya lady! Keep up the great work!!”
Coach Leslie: “Candas is awesome! She’s always pushing herself, constantly improving and getting so strong! Love ya Candas!!”
Coach LaDee: “Sweetest, hardest working girl ever! Candas is always willing to push through a hard workout and does it without complaint. Lover…so much so that I put up with her husband just to make sure she keeps coming back ;)”