This is not just a weight loss challenge. I encourage everyone to take the time now to set a goal for themselves. It does not have to be weight related. It could be performance based, commitment based, weight gain based, among other things.
Signing up for a nutrition challenge is no easy task. It requires some mental toughness, and the ability to be able to think before we act. Some people come from a very deranged diet, where others will find this as a way to just clean up the little things they have let sneak back in. The best part of the challenge is that YOU ARE NOT ALONE. In fact, we will be in good company with support from a large community of people. Be compassionate with yourself and remember that we will make mistakes along the way. It is important to not let those mistakes define you, but rather help you bring awareness to some things that are harder for you than others.
On the Challenge
“Eat Meat and vegetables, Nuts and Seeds, Some Fruit, Little Starch, No Sugar. Keep intake levels that support exercise but not body fat.”
-Greg Glassman, 100 Words of Fitness
Our challenge this year is a little different but the same as it has been. We are going after food quality and food quality. Greg Glassman got it right when he said “Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch, no sugar.” And that is exactly what we are doing.
Here is our food list for the challenge. You will have a choice of eating your allotted trays or going with macros. Once you choose one you can not switch to the other for the duration of the challenge.
If you are over 20% body fat for men and 24% body fat for women, supplements are off limits for you for the duration of the challenge.
If you are under 20% body fat for men and 24% body fat for women, you can have supplements but limited to before, during, or directly after training.
Post Wod Carb Shakes
Say NO to:
- All flours, almond flour, coconut flour
- All sweeteners-honey, agave nectar, stevia, coconut sugar, cocao
- Alcohol, juice, soda
- Dairy-cream in the coffee, cheeses, yogurt
- Corn and corn products
- Unnaturally processed condiments, dressings, sauces, marinades, or spices (read your labels)
- Dried fruit
- Legumes (peanuts, beans, soy)
- Canola, vegetable, soybean, grapeseed oils
- All protein bars. Quest bars, paleo cookies, lara bars
- All sport supplements that are not directly before, during, or after training (if applicable)
Commonly asked, and are ok
- Deli Meats (no sugar added)
- Bacon (no sugar added)
- Rice, Quinoa, Sweet potato (In Moderation)(but no restaurant sweet potato fries)
- Balsamic vinegar (vinaigrettes commonly have added sugars)
- Coconut, olive, avocado, and nut oils
- Coconut milk, almond milk
- Grass-Fed butter, ghee, nutritional yeast, salt
- Green beans and peas
- Coffee and tea (no sugar added) seltzer water
- Chicken and beef broth/stock
- Mustards and hot sauces made with natural ingredients (no sugar added, no unhealthy oils)
This can be overwhelming at first, but most restaurants will have an option for meat and vegetables.