Do You Have a Plan?
While trolling the internets for something to link to in today’s post I came across a post in regards to someone else’s daily food intake. While I’m certainly not going to repost what another CrossFitter has consumed in their day, I am going to point out something that the CrossFitter in question did. He PLANNED his day.
It’s been said so many times before that it has become cliche. If you fail to plan, you’re planning to fail! That said, how many of us actually plan out our weekly meals? Perhaps a week is too long with too many variables (really?) to account for. Fine then. How about a day…
Do you know what you will be consuming upon rising in the morning? How about what is going into your machine (your body) at lunch? Do you know what you’re going to do for 1-3 snacks in order to “keep the fires stoked”? Is stoking the fires even necessary? That last question should be brought up at the Paleo Primer this Saturday! Someone write it down.
I will be the first to admit that I suck at planning meals. I know what I’m gonna have for breakfast and after I workout and that’s it! I’m am absolutely horrible at keeping my fuel scheduled. As a result of this, I know i’m suffering not only in my workouts but in my daily output overall.
We all know what we’re supposed to be eating. We really do! I know that because we send a weekly email with meal plans and grocery lists included in them. Even if we didn’t, it’s not difficult to remember the following:
Eat lean meats, seafood, veggies, nuts/seeds, some fruit, little starch and zero sugar.
The above is sufficient dictation to set up a grocery list and daily, even weekly, meal plan. How can we simply ignore it and come into the gym, or even our day, and not know what we are going to consume?
Maybe we need to identify some parameters for a plan? Okay, we’ve heard this before too.
Eat 4-6 meals a day. Each meal NEEDS to contain lean protein and a quality fat source. Wanna lose some “non-functional mass” aka body-fat? Consume less than 100g of carbs in your day. Not too worried about fat loss (I call BS)? Eat carbs at every meal. The carbs that you do include NEED to be non-starchy vegetables.
Though the above italics are at best an oversimplification of things, it does serve the purpose of providing guidelines. if your worried about getting bored with food selection and preparation, plan to avoid it! Rotate though different recipes at appropriate intervals. Maybe 2-3 weeks of scrambled eggs with lean ham and/or bacon (mmmmmmmmm bacon) is all you can handle. No worries. Plan to switch the breakfast before you get to the point of wanting to strangle the chicken that provided the eggs. Boredom is laziness incarnate.
We all know that our days rarely change in their structure. We all know what to expect for the most part. Why can’t we come up with a simple, easy to follow plan that ensures success, energy, and progress? Don’t plan to fail.
Many have been asking for a presentation on Paleo Nutrition and its role in both performance and health. To that end Tamra O’Halloran will be shedding some much sought after light on just this topic. She’ll be at the gym on Saturday, April 28, at 2pm to share with us all the good things that await the would-be ancestral eater. If you’d like to learn a few things about the Paleolithic lifestyle and gets some answers to your questions, attendance will prove more than beneficial!
Put your name on the attendance list found here on Facebook! As you can see the event is growing quite well. This seminar is free to all members of CFLV.
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