As you begin to enter your fitness journey, one of the pillars of your success is what you eat. At CrossFit Hoboken, we endorse the Paleo diet due to both our personal success with clients and that way of eating as well as the additional evidence suggesting that grains are the culprit of most people’s weight issues.
What is the Paleo Diet?
The diet is based on aligning the foods that we eat with what we are genetically programmed to eat. That is not to say that we aren’t always evolving and can adapt to modern foods, but they simply aren’t as nutrient dense and optimal to our genetic code. The result of eating processed foods, grains, legumes, and dairy – many of the foods that have only recently become a hallmark of the standard diet – can be less optimized health, chronic disease, and a whole host of other complications.
What do I eat on the Paleo Diet?
You eat totally awesome food, which consists of vegetables (with preference for organic and definitely not genetically modified), lean meats (when we say lean we mean any cut from grass fed or wild sources; not flank steak vs. ribeye), healthy fats and oil (avocado, coconut, olive, macadamia, etc.; not canola, vegetable and other trans fats) and fresh fruit (minimizing high sugar fruits to avoid glycemic spikes).
Is the Paleo Diet low carb?
The Paleo Diet is completely agnostic when it comes to carb intake with the exception that we want your carbs to come from foods like vegetables and some fruits. A general rule of thumb is to adjust your carb intake based on your activity level. That said, the Paleo Diet does tend to be lower carb that the standard American diet which have grains as a foundation of their diet.
How do I get started on the Paleo Diet?
The easiest way is to sign up for the next CFH30 Paleo Challenge. These occur on a bi-monthly basis and allow you to shift your eating habits with others in our CFH community. We provide a daily food journal, before and after body scans, before and after photos. You may not want to wait until the next Paleo Challenge, so you can also download our CFH Nutrition Guide to get started now. DOWNLOAD CFH NUTRITION PACKET
What is the CFH30 Paleo Challenge?
The CFH30 Paleo Challenge is a 30-day nutrition challenge where you and your fellow CrossFitters stay adherent to the paleo diet. You will complete an initial body scan, before photos, and start logging your food daily. At the end of each week, you submit your food journal for review and our staff assist you in making changes. During the challenge we set up a Facebook group to encourage you and others during the challenge. At the end of the challenge, based on after photos, after scans, and adherence to the diet based on food journal, we award one male and one female a $250 credit to their Crossfit Hoboken Account. You can find the next available challenge on the Events page of MindBody or you can sign up below.