Tuesday, March 15

**Morning Classes!!! We are running for the WOD and it will be 37 degrees...So dress for it!!!** Yesterday's post discussed some goal setting, mainly in reference to performance. According to CrossFit's "Theoretical Hierarchy of Development of Athletes" NUTRITION is the base of our pyramid of fitness. Further, nutrition is really the base of our health and well-being. The diet that we recommend to everyone, CrossFitter or not, is one consisting of Meats and Veggies, Nuts and Seeds, Some Fruit, Little Starch, and NO Sugar. This is a scientific approach to balancing hormones to stay healthy inside and out. Putting things simply, we are trying to balance two major hormones impacted by diet:

Insulin is a hormone that is released when carbohydrates are consumed. Insulin transports those carbohydrates to cells for use and storage. Storage of energy typically leads to increased body fat. If we are constantly consuming carbohydrates our insulin levels stay elevated and we expose ourselves to all sorts of health issues including weight gain, high blood pressure, type II diabetes, and many others. "Hyperinsulinism" is described in the video below as that state of elevated blood sugar and elevated insulin levels leading to disease.

Glucagon is a hormone that is released when protein is consumed. The job of Glucagon is to transport stored energy to the areas of the body in need. The benefit of having the release of Glucagon is that it helps with weight management and potentially weight loss.

Creating the right balance of insulin and glucagon is the key to feeling better and managing our health better. Diet is the simplest way to create balance between the two hormones. Follow the concept of eating Meats and Veggies, Nuts and Seeds, Some Fruit, Little Starch, and NO Sugar. Is it easy to follow this sort of eating lifestyle? Yes, if you are looking to feel better, perform better, and reach those weight loss goals you might be shooting for.

The link below is a video of a lecture from Greg Glassman on nutrition and the impact of processed and carbohydrate dense foods.

Disclaimer: Please excuse any foul language from Greg. It's hard to find any videos of him where foul language isn't used.


Workout for Tuesday, March 15 Back Squats 5X5 @ 70% to 80%

5 Rounds for Time: 8 HSPU 8 Sumo Deadlift High Pulls (95/65) Run 1 Lap