Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.
But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.
This blog post is designed to help any CrossFitter start following the Zone Diet while eating Paleo foods. This is the gold standard among CrossFit athletes both recreational and professional. While this will give you a solid knowledge foundation of how to get the most of your training it will not replace the books. They are…
- Enter The Zone: A Dietary Road Map by Dr. Barry Sears
- The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet by Robb Wolf
By reading those books you will gain more knowledge and understanding of how and why we follow these two diets as CrossFitters.
Both books can be bought here in Midland, TX at Barnes & Noble or online at http://www.amazon.com.
What is Paleo?
Paleo is essentially eating the foods we ate before the dawn of agriculture. As a CrossFitter you should look at Paleo as WHAT you eat.
Certain foods and processing methods of modern day agriculture don’t align well with our goals of maximizing health & performance. As a Christian i see it in the sense that the more man has to do with its production then the more inferior it is going to be compared to things that God has made. Some people simply follow just the Paleo diet with no regard for portions (which is what Zone is about) and they still have very good results. That is one option you have. True Paleo-ists don’t eat any grains, dairy, or sugar.
Here is a great video that will give you a brief, simple, rundown on the logic behind the Paleo diet:
What is Zone?
The Zone diet is basically about learning how to put together perfectly balanced meals that promote maximum health, wellness, and performance. As a CrossFitter you should look at Zone as HOW MUCH you eat.
As a CrossFitter that means maximum fat loss with no loss of muscle. AKA faster “Fran” times, heavier deadlifts, your first muscle-up, etc. Reading the book will reveal that A TON of research went into developing this diet. When following the zone diet every meal you eat is 40% carbohydrates, 30% protein, and 30% fat. You also eat a certain number of “blocks” based on how much lean body mass (muscle) you have. Don’t let the details, numbers, and percentages, scare you. Once you get this down it is much more simple then it sounds.
Here is a video that explains a very simplified version that you can follow:
Putting It All Together
Doing the simple version of zone or eating just paleo is a great way to get started. If this is as far as you want to go for now then that is fine. Following this simplified version will get you results and promote a healthy lifestyle for an active CrossFitter. But to really maximize your results you need to learn the details and how to put the two diets together. This stuff takes some time and effort to learn. If you aren’t serious about making a time/energy commitment to this then you might as well stop reading. If you’re ready to learn, read on!
- Step 1: Find out how many blocks you need to be eating.
Here is a block calculator that can determine how many blocks you should be eating:
Simply enter your information from Saturday’s weigh in. (If you don’t remember just text, call or email me my number is: 432-553-7053) Then set your activity level based on how many days/week you are coming to CrossFit. Obviously what we do is medium-hard. lol
- Step 2: Learn what a block is.
An entire block is composed of 40% carbs, 30% fat, and 30% protein. Here is how it breaks down in grams: 9 grams of carbohydrates, 7 grams of protein, 1.5 grams of fat.
- Step 3: Learn how to put meals together!
Essentially you will need to pick a protein and get the amount of you need from that protein. Then do the same with your fat and the same with your carbs.
This PDF has the appropriate serving sizes of most common foods:
-A One Block meal consists of one choice from the Protein List (pink), one from the Carbohydrate List (blue) and one from the Fat List (green).
-A Two Block meal consists of 2 choices from each list.
-A Three Block meal consists of 3 choices from each list…and so on.
Here is also an excel spreadsheet that can be very useful for the same thing:
Here is a decent video that shows a couple putting together a zone/paleo meal:
I plan to make my own video soon without all the little exceptions that they talk about in this video to help simplify it some for you guys.
You can also use your hands to determine approximate serving sizes!
Here are some solid products that are already zoned out for you. You just grab, eat, and go. Both are solid options but keep in mind whole food is always superior.
“But what if i am tempted and i want to cheat?”
Lastly just a little piece of motivation. Two CrossFitters who are AVID zone/paleo followers.
And Lindsey Smith
That’s about it… You guys are bound to have questions so don’t hesitate to call/text/email me with any inquiries! I’m excited! Let’s do this thing you guys!