Nutrition with CrossFit - Another Myth

Two women workout at East Chestnut CrossFit in West Chester, Pa.

There are many myths about CrossFit such as having to be in great shape to do it. Another myth is that you have to go on a Paleo diet. 

“Every person is different,” says Emily Loeffler, Director of East Chestnut CrossFit. “Diets and nutrition for CrossFitters should be dependent on what their goals are, how they are currently eating and how their body digests and reacts to food.”

The Paleo diet is a high-protein, high-fiber, low-carb diet rich in good fats. It certainly can be a good solution for some people, but not for all. Sometimes it just isn’t practical, especially with finding time to cook and the expense of grass-fed, organic meats. And sometimes, it just doesn’t work.

Unfortunately, there are no cookie cutter nutritional templates, ‘if you eat this, you will look like this.’ Nutrition is a tricky topic because it varies so greatly from person to person. Talk to a coach or nutritionist to get a better idea of what will work best for you.

That being said, here are some go-to foods that may help you with your CrossFit workout.

  • Sweet Potatoes. They are complex carbohydrates that are slow-releasing, which could sustain you through your workout. They are also rich in B6, vitamin C and beta-carotene – all helpful for workout recovery.  
  • Banana and Peanut Butter. A nutrient-dense snack, with a blend of carbohydrates, protein and a limited amount of healthy fat. Banana is the key, as it is an excellent source of potassium, which is good for flexing and contracting muscles.
  • Fruit, berries, nuts and seeds. Fruits and berries are fast-absorbing carbohydrates which your body craves after a workout. Along with nuts and seeds, which are packed with nutrients and omega-3 fatty acids, your body may recover from your workout faster.

“The biggest advice I can give,” Emily continues, “is to take baby steps. If you switch too much all at once, you are just setting yourself up to fail. Make a small change each month and stick with it.

“Once it becomes second nature, make another small change, and then, over time, you will see great results. If you fall off the wagon for a day or two, it is not over, just put those days behind you and get right back on the wagon. It is true of diets and workouts!”