Fruits and vegetables seems to have become one word when it comes to giving advice on a healthy diet. However, these two different food groups must be approached with different strategies. When it comes to optimizing health you need to choose the foods that best support your health and training needs.
Fruits and vegetables have varying macronutrient and fiber contents and can also contain different types of vitamins, minerals, and other key micronutrients. They contain different types of carbohydrates that affect their digestion and effect on blood sugar.
“Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.” -Michael Pollan
In America most folks are still missing out on many essential nutrients and simply do not consume enough vegetables. In schools kids are encouraged to have either fruits or veggies. The fact is that eight ounces of orange juice is not going to provide the same nutrients as one cup of broccoli. Whole fruits do contain fiber, vitamins, and minerals but when turned into concentrated juices they are not much different than drinking a soda.
Even as an athlete you may be guilty of eating two or three bananas in a day but neglecting consuming foods like green cruciferous vegetables that have true health benefits.
Fruits are higher in sugar and, unless you are a high-level athlete training multiple times per day, you probably do not need to consume that many carbohydrates in your diet. A piece of fruit to fuel your workout and some fast digesting carbs post workout should be the majority of your “carb” intake. Fill the rest of your meals with vegetables that will make you feel full and contain an abundance of vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
A healthy diet should consist mostly of healthy fats, high quality proteins, and complex carbohydrates from vegetables which are nutrient-dense and have a minimal effect on insulin.
If you are consuming fruits, focus on fresh seasonal fruit that will have a low impact on blood sugar. Dark berries are one of the best fruits in this regard and contain high levels of antioxidants. Kiwis and pineapples are a great choice and are ideal for post-workout recovery.
If you are looking for a more natural approach to eating, feeling better, and looking great, then we can help you get there. Reach out to one of our friendly staff members today to see how!
Each month, we will profile a Grand Trunk CrossFit member who has seen incredible results since joining our “box”.
It is our hope, that by showing you what can be accomplished through regular workouts and a commitment to fitness, you will be encouraged to take the leap and come in for a workout.
This month’s spotlight is on Shawn Penrice, a member since June of 2017.
When did you join Grand Trunk, and why?
Shawn: I joined Grand Trunk in June of 2017. I’d been doing CrossFit for five years and had transitioned to training in my garage gym. I missed the community aspect of a box and the competitive push, which I found at Grand Trunk.
What do you enjoy most about GTCF and CrossFit?
The people. I’ve made some great friends at Grand Trunk, and I find this group to truly support people achieving their goals.
What is your favorite movement or lift?
I love barbell work. Cleans are my favorite movement.
What is a CrossFit goal you have achieved that you are most proud of?
My first year of CrossFit, I did Murph heavily scaled with banded pull-ups. The following year I beat that time RX with a 20 lb. vest
What is a current goal you are working on and hope to accomplish?
Currently training for Ironman. CrossFit is playing a huge role in core strength and ability to recover.
What advice would you give a new member or someone who is thinking about trying CrossFit?
Let go of preconceived notions and try a few workouts. One of the awesome things about CrossFit is that workouts can be modified to your current ability while still giving you a great workout.
How has CrossFit impacted your life outside of the gym?
CrossFit and fitness have become a way of life for me and my family. Fitness is part of our daily lives, and it’s awesome to see my kids embracing fitness. I have also developed some of my closest friendships with people I met through CrossFit.
What is a fun fact that people might not know about you?
In April 2017 I completed the 50+ hour SealFit Kokoro camp which is modeled after Navy SEALs Hell Week.
If you could create your own WOD, what would it be?
21 clean & jerks
15 clean & jerks
9 clean & jerks
Clean & jerk weight increases each round.
Fill in the blank: I CrossFIt (because/so I can): Be active with my kids and continue to push the limits of what I am capable of physically and mentally.
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