Fixing Paleo Challenges for Crossfit

5 Mar

sweet potato

Dialing Paleo in for performance is a big part of what we do in the “Science Lab” seminars that we offer free when you purchase things that support our site (it’s mostly stuff you would buy anyway).  Click the link and it will give you more details.  

Easy additions to make your Paleo Challenges go from broken to unbroken for Crossfit (this is a Crossfitter page after all):

1. Don’t eliminate Paleo starches like sweet potatoes (some do)

2. Don’t eliminate salt or condiments that make healthy foods more palatable.

3. Quit asking athletes to workout in a distress mode eating at a deficiency. Not only is this not necessary it is actually detrimental to their body composition and athletic progress goals. I will concede that noob gains offsets some of this but if you are a Crossfit Affiliate you are probably aware that you lose some clients that end up sick or hurt as a result of not eating enough food trying to adhere to a standard they don’t fully understand.

4. Let’s stop the demonization of Energy Dense Paleo foods. Examples might be pulled pork, 85/15 grass fed ground beef and grass fed rib eyes. It’s hard to eat enough unsalted chicken breasts to meet your energy needs daily.

5. Lastly and most importantly, let’s keep in and encourage energy dense Paleo friendly dessert options like my coconut milk smoothies (it doesn’t need to be every day but I do it every day). I’ll even throw in 80% or more Dark Chocolate (yummy with fruit like blueberries or strawberries) and even red wine.  Or Coconut Milk Smoothies like these.

I try not to be too preachy but we are “Weight Watchering” Paleo and it’s leaving our athletes worse as a result. 100% Paleo for life is unrealistic, do 6 month or year long challenges that whole families would participate in because we don’t need to make Paleo suck for it to work.

3 Responses to “Fixing Paleo Challenges for Crossfit”

  1. More Tips March 8, 2013 at 10:24 pm #

    Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally,
    it seems as though you relied on the video to make your point.
    You clearly know what youre talking about, why waste your intelligence on just posting videos to your site
    when you could be giving us something enlightening to read?

    • Paul Nobles March 9, 2013 at 4:40 am #

      I definitely hear you but sometimes I need to get the message out quickly. I have a team of about 4 people at the moment and we are struggling to get out the info as fast as possible. All that said, it’s a good thing, people clearly want to hear what we have to say.

  2. Mike March 28, 2013 at 3:36 pm #

    Just recently have i been following this site. I have been doing Crossfit and Paleo simultaneously for nearly 7 months so far. I have found from reading your threads that you seem to put the “Controversial” rules of eating palio into facts. I have found that human beings in general and myself included have always eaten out of convenience. I wake up every morning looking for resources such a yours to keep my knowledge growing. Thank you again for ” Paying it forward” sort of speak.

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