Coach P’s Nutrition Tip #17 – Earn Your Carbs

Our box, CrossFit Thermal, is doing a month-long nutrition challenge from July 7-August 7. Members are choosing various levels of engagement, ranging from strict Zone to strict Paleo, to “no grains, no extra sugar.” I will be posting a short nutrition tip to help people stay on point and make clean nutrition a life-long habit instead of just a short term “diet.”

Nutrition Tip #17: Earn Your Carbs

If you are looking to lean out, cutting carbs down is one way to do it. But for those who are highly active, you need glycogen replenishment from dense carbs like squash or sweet potatoes. Timing it to have a good chunk of carbs post workout is a great way to flush your system with the carbohydrates it needs and wants.

I will throw a sweet potato in the microwave at the gym on high for 7-9 minutes and by the end of class, it is steamed and cooled enough to eat. One day after a tough workout, I was lightheaded and felt exhausted. After a huge sweet potato, mango, and dinner, I felt great and had the best sleep that night. Post workout carbohydrates are a beautiful thing.

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Coach P’s Nutrition Tip #16 – Make Cauliflower Rice

Our box, CrossFit Thermal, is doing a month-long nutrition challenge from July 7-August 7. Members are choosing various levels of engagement, ranging from strict Zone to strict Paleo, to “no grains, no extra sugar.” I will be posting a short nutrition tip to help people stay on point and make clean nutrition a life-long habit instead of just a short term “diet.”

Nutrition Tip #16: Make Cauliflower Rice

White rice is in a grey area for me. It doesn’t contain gluten, but it breaks down to sugar quickly – so theoretically it can be used by highly active people as fuel, but should be avoided by sedentary and/or those looking to lean out. If you’re missing your rice, then here are two ways from NomNom Paleo to use cauliflower as a replacement. Believe me, I hated steamed cauliflower growing up, so I was skeptical of using it as a rice replacement, but there is NO bad cauliflower taste. It’s pretty amazing how shredding and then frying can give a similar texture and fairly tasteless food!

Simple Cauliflower Rice
(we actually don’t even do this much in terms of recipe. We’ll just shred the cauliflower, saute it in a pan with olive oil, and add salt and pepper)

Asian Cauliflower Fried Rice

Coach P’s Nutrition Tip #15 – Use Your Grill

Our box, CrossFit Thermal, is doing a month-long nutrition challenge from July 7-August 7. Members are choosing various levels of engagement, ranging from strict Zone to strict Paleo, to “no grains, no extra sugar.” I will be posting a short nutrition tip to help people stay on point and make clean nutrition a life-long habit instead of just a short term “diet.”

Nutrition Tip #15: Use Your Grill

We shouldn’t be so naive as to think that we are eating exactly how cavepeople ate, nor would that even be the perfect diet. However, thinking about ancient civilizations and remote tribes around the world where things like “heart disease” and “diabetes” aren’t words in their vocabulary (not just because it’s a different language), we do see a common occurrence of using fire to cook meat. If you are using fire (or a grill), chances are you are eating real food. Beef, lamb, chicken, fish, pork, veggies…who doesn’t love a good kabob?? If you’re looking for paleo-friendly marinades and recipes, just do a google search and you’ll find plenty of blogs and cookbooks.

Using a grill shouldn’t be reserved for 4th of July and Labor Day. Get out there and cook real food!