The 30 Day Paleo-Crossfit Challenge
I start a 30 day diet and exercise challenge today. I got the inspiration for this from Melissa Urban, a Crossfit gym owner from New Hampshire. I read Melissa’s post, understood the logic, and decided to go for it. I figure I have nothing to lose but body fat.
In a nutshell: For 30 days I will follow a Paleo eating style and I will follow the Crossfit training schedule.
From the Crossfit website: What Should I Eat? In plain language, base your diet on garden vegetables, especially greens, lean meats, nuts and seeds, little starch, and no sugar. That’s about as simple as we can get. Many have observed that keeping your grocery cart to the perimeter of the grocery store while avoiding the aisles is a great way to protect your health. Food is perishable. The stuff with long shelf life is all suspect. If you follow these simple guidelines you will benefit from nearly all that can be achieved through nutrition.
Modern diets are ill suited for our genetic composition. Evolution has not kept pace with advances in agriculture and food processing resulting in a plague of health problems for modern man. Coronary heart disease, diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis, obesity and psychological dysfunction have all been scientifically linked to a diet too high in refined or processed carbohydrate. Search “Google” for Paleolithic nutrition, or diet. The return is extensive, compelling, and fascinating. The Caveman model is perfectly consistent with the CrossFit prescription.
(I modified this a little~~ Cliff H.)
CrossFit is the principal strength and conditioning program for many police academies and tactical operations teams, military special operations units, champion martial artists, and hundreds of other elite and professional athletes worldwide.
It also is used by countless other ‘regular’ individuals to move towards high fitness levels.
Our program delivers a fitness that is, by design, broad, general, and inclusive. Our specialty is that we do not specialize. Combat, survival, many sports, and life reward this kind of fitness and, on average, punish the specialist.
The CrossFit program is designed for universal scalability making it the perfect application for any committed individual regardless of experience. We’ve used our same routines for elderly individuals with heart disease and cage fighters one month out from televised bouts. We scale load and intensity; we don’t change programs.
The needs of Olympic athletes and grandparents differ by degree not kind. Our office workers, combat soldiers, skiers, mountain bike riders and housewives have found their best fitness from the same regimen.