Coach P’s Nutrition Tip #14: How to Peel and Dice a Mango

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 #14: How to Peel and Dice a Mango

There’s nothing quite as good as a cold ripe mango on a hot summer day. But if you struggle to peel a mango, here’s a quick video showing how a cup can help the process. (There is a long flat seed running down the middle 1/2″ of the mango, so you’ll need to cut the sides off first.)

For the kitchen gadget obsessed, you can also buy a mango slicer and do the same. Or instead of cups, you can cube it like this:

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Coach P’s Nutrition Tip #13: Paleo Doesn’t Mean Low Carb Nor High Protein

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 #13: Paleo Doesn’t Mean Low Carb Nor High Protein

Many people hear of Paleo and think it’s low carb because of the exclusion of grains. They also think it’s high protein, most likely because they hear “caveman diet” and think of hunting wooly mammoths. Neither of these ideas define Paleo. Eating paleo is quantity agnostic, so the amount of each macronutrient is up to the user. You could actually be very high carb on Paleo by eating a good deal of squash and sweet potatoes. If you’re in the grey area of using white rice as fuel, then that’s an even more potent source of carbohydrates. Similarly, the amount of protein is up to the individual. Yes, you could be vegetarian and still be Paleo (that may have to be some concessions about thoroughly cooked beans, but there are plenty of resources out there to help with those of you who are vegetarian)

At the end of the day, there is going to be a balance of protein, fat, and carbohydrates, but those ratios are up to you as an individual. Your goals, preferences, and lifestyle will dictate what works best for you.

Coach P’s Nutrition Tip #12 – Travel Low Carb

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 #12: Travel Low Carb

It’s not uncommon for people to travel during the summer months or even other times of the year for work. Even if it’s for ‘oliday (said with a British accent), traveling can be stressful. This is why I lean more towards staying lower carb whether it’s traveling for work or for vacation. (about 1g/lb of bw or lower) Stress can lead to fat retention, so why add fuel to the fire? You’re also probably not working out the way you do back home, so the need for carbs is less. Also, you’ll probably be eating more often and have more calories per meal than back home, so keep those more towards the protein and fat. Finally, if you go into it saying you are going to stay lower carb, you’ll have a reason to resist that cake for dessert. (most of the time)

What does this look like? If I go to a traditional breakfast buffet, I’ll skip the pancakes, muffins, and pastries and eat eggs, bacon, and sausage. Maybe some fruit if it looks fresh. For lunch I’ll try to get a salad with some meat on it or meat and veggies of some sort. Usually it’s the same thing for dinner. If I’m going to have dessert, I usually go for ice cream that is gluten-free. Throughout the day I’m getting plenty of calories, but mostly in the form of protein and fat.

I’m all about living a little and staying around 80/20 or 90/10, but traveling can open the doors to being more like 30/70. Staying lower carb can help mitigate the temptations of travel and help you stay focused on your goals.