I have been doing CrossfitFootball for over a year now and love it because as someone who is not very creative it tells me what to do everyday and has put me in the best shape of my life. I just graduated college and now that I don’t have a meal plan I am on my own at creating meals. I was wondering if there was any websites out there that took the same strategy you have with working out with nutrition. I am looking for something that tells me what to eat everyday and gives me recipes for an athlete and maybe even a grocery list for the week. If you know of anything similar to this it would be very helpful.
Edward – That is a great idea and when you find a website that can tell me exactly what I should eat each day complete with recipes, let me know!
Your question was interesting in that you asked for a “website that took the same strategy you have with working out with nutrition”. For a what to eat strategy look at the CrossFit Football website, we have some good information and a decent resource for what to eat and how much you should eat. I try to post good recipes that I use often and will start posting recipes and food pictures to the tab at the top of this page that says EAT.
I think if we can come up with some good recipes, complete with shopping lists, this might go along way to helping you figure what to eat.
Lastly, you are a college graduate and you need to start being pro-active with your nutrition and training. I wish there was an place I could point you and say “just eat this and follow this and everything will be cool”, but it is not that easy. However, let me see if I can simplify the prescription for you.
This is about as basic as I can make it a strategy for strength and good health…Eat meat, seafood, veggies, saturated and mono unsaturated fats, root veggies such as sweet potatoes and turnips, eggs, milk and cheese, limit fruit, nuts and seeds and avoid sugars, all grains and processed foods.
Books you should read include Di Pasquale’s The Metabolic Diet, Cordain’s The Paleo Diet, Michael Eades has some good books on protein and understanding your body. You need to start researching your diet by looking at sites like RobbWolf.com, Paleo Brands and the vast resources in the CrossFit community for the Paleolithic diet.
Remember nobody ever got strong eating out of a vending machine.
I would add to that, don’t be affraid of saturated fats. They should be included in the “healthy fats” discussion, no doubt about that anymore. Lard, tallow, butter and ghee are your friends, especially for higher temperature cooking. Full-fat cream is also great for adding calories. The next step is to make sure (as in everything else you eat) that you get these from good sources, which, in this case, means pastured animals and, in the case of dairy, also preferably raw…
There is TONS of great information out there, whether its from first-class bloggers like Peter at Hyperlipid, Kurt at Panu, or Stephen at Whole Health Source, or from great sites like Mark’s Daily Apple, Robb Wolf and the likes. Keep asking questions and don’t stop experimenting until you find what you feel works best for you.
There is no single prescription for everyone as John has pointed out, but his general advice is as good anyone elses in the know!!!!
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I completely agree with your notion- I would love to have some sort of structured workout and eating program in conjunction. Most guys have a palate that can accommodate lots of tastes that would be provided (all sorts of proteins, carbs, and calories) ; there are lots of guys like us that just can’t formulate that ideal daily-diet.
Anyone that has established a solid eating routine (especially on a popular 9-5 work schedule; or a low cost ~$100 a week) would surely succeed with a blog that posted such advice.
As a collegiate rugby player, I’ve been searching for something like you’re looking for- a structured diet that doesn’t let me cut corners (and one that forces myself into the regiment I know I need)
Anyone out there with anything that can help- please don’t hesitate to email me with any and all info, I’m getting a bit tired of eggs and chicken.
-Fitz, University of Mary Washington ‘Mother’s Rugby’
I’ve been following the Paleo Diet for about two months now and I saw almost immediate results after cutting out all the unnecessary fats and starches out of my diet. Although it’s been really tough to follow, as I’ve been eating at a college dining hall for the past two years, I would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to get stronger and look fitter.
I had a few questions however.
For starters, why are potatoes always cut out of diets (including paleo), yet sweet potatoes are recommended.
Also, paleo states that you shouldn’t eat any dairy, yet on most CF sites it recommends milk and cheeses, and I find it difficult to accept that drinking milk could be nothing but healthy.
Should I continue to cut milk and cheese out of my diet? And is the occasional baked potato fine to eat?
Thanks for the feedback! I’m a big fan.
If you are looking for a great meal plan…..Go to http://www.paleoplan.com It only costs $10 per month, its all paleo. It gives you a shopping list, and recipes for every meal of the day, breakfast, lunch, diner, and snack. The menu is great, and the recipes are awesome. My wife and I have been doing it for 2-3 months now and the kids even like the meals.
Jason – Who plans the meals? I searched the site and could not find who is the person behind the curtain. Any background would be good as I like to know who is doing the planning and what the parameters of the diet are. Give us some feedback about the program…details would be good.
Max – I’m including some links for you to look at with regards to first, your concern with potatoes (http://freetheanimal.com/2010/04/paleo-fear-of-potatoes.html; features many links) and two, the milk/dairy issue (http://www.marksdailyapple.com/dairy-intolerance/ AND http://www.fitnessspotlight.com/2008/05/30/milk-does-it-do-a-body-good-part-4-the-final-word/; the latter is a four part series, but I’ve included part 4, the conclusion).
I couldn’t have put it any better than these guys have!
Basically, it’s a personal choice that revolves around your goals and individual health issues (Trying to lose those last 10 pounds of fat? Suffer with metabolic syndrome? Right after a workout? Casein or lactose intolerance?), as well as personal preferences. I’ll also leave you with this very good post, by Kurt Harris over at Panu, which reminds us that although dichotomic statements such as “Isn’t Neolithic bad and Paleo good?” can indeed seem attractive, but are often very misleading… Case in point, butter is a neolitich food, historically speaking yet, biochemically speaking, it would be hard to argue against the fact that one would be hardpressed to find a better fat, especially when coming from grassfed cows!
Some very helpful suggestions. Also check out http://www.thefoodee.com/. It sounds like it is exactly what you are ultimately looking for.
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I agree that each person should take the time to learn about nutrition and design their own meals….But it would be nice to be able to cut and paste sometimes.
How about adding a forum/section under “Eat” where we could share recipes?
This may serve the purpose of Edwards original question…though its not specifically for athletes, but with a couple tweaks it may work.
Not sure who the guy is behind it but here is some info that I do have so mabe you can contact them.
I get emails from: a guy name Jason G
1227 NW Davis St. Portland, OR 97209
“Remember nobody ever got strong eating out of a vending machine.”
True, but I sure got a great workout shaking all the Snickers out of that bad boy…
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Thanks for the mention of my site. My name is Jason and my wife and I run Paleo Plan. We started this after realizing what a pain it was every week to plan our meals, find recipes, and compile a shopping list. When you’re eating Paleo, the only way to I could be successful is to be prepared; to know what you’re going to be eating, and not get stuck, hungry, downtown with no options but what you can find in a deli.
While I don’t have any formal degrees or certs, I have studied Paleo-and general nutrition for years privately. However, for this project, I worked with Scott Hagnas at CrossFit Portland to create the structure, the philosophy, and most of the early recipes. He was instrumental in the early phases of this project (and is unfortunately too busy to be a permanent part of the team.) Scott himself wrote much of the content in Resources section of our website (http://www.paleoplan.com/resources/).
I hope this helps determine if we’re legit or not. We’re always open to feedback and work really hard to create a plan that is full-Paleo, simple enough to prepare that anyone can do it, appropriate for athletes following CrossFit, and tasty. Most of our customers say we nailed it.
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