I was asked about diet today after our Course.
A general prescription: Eat meat (protein) and veggies (carbs). Nuts and seeds (fat). Some fruit (carbs). Little starch (carbs). No sugar (death). This will get you most of the way there. This is referred to as a “Paleo” diet. Think like a caveman. You can think of the Paleo diet as a “quality of food matters most” regime. All fresh stuff, nothing processed. If whatever you eat comes in a box and you’ve never seen it on a tree or in the ground; its probably not really food so you shouldn’t eat it.
To really take it to the next level you will need to Zone which is prescription based on “quantity of food matters most” regime. Check out the article on the right sidebar on Nutrition to get an idea on how to eat. The Zone prescribes a diet in which you eat each and every meal as a balance of protein, carbs and fat. While prescribing quantity, the Zone is somewhat agnostic to quality. For example you can Zone on beer (carbs), steak (protein) and butter (butter).
The ideal world is a combo: Paleo (quality) & Zone (quantity) diet. Where you eat a certain number of Zone Blocks a day, and the composition of those blocks come from the Paleo diet. Throw yourself onto a Zone Paleo and WOD 3-4 times a week; you’ll be lean and mean in no time.
As an example of Zone Paleo; here’s what I ate yesterday. I shoot to eat roughly 19 Zone Blocks a day, give or take. I’m not perfect on the Blocks, but I try to be relentless about being Paleo, and really eliminating all Sugar.
– protein – 3 eggs, 3 slices of turkey bacon, 1/2 oz shredded cheese
– carb -3/4 cup of plain oatmeal, 1/2 an apple
– fat – 1 tablespoon of peanut butter stirred into my plain oatmeal, a small handful of almonds (6)
protein – 1 can of tuna
carb – half can of black beans
fat – a large handful of almonds and cashews (~24 nuts)
protein/carbs – 1 cup yogurt
fat – 9 almonds
protein – medium sized chix breast
carb – head of broccoli
fat – 1 tbl spoon of olive oil for cooking the chix breast, 1 tbl spoon of butter on my cooked broccoli
3/4 cup of yogurt