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Spring Nutrition Challenge: The #800gchallenge

in by Lindsay

In need of a fresh start? Spring cleaning shouldn’t be limited to just cleaning out your home or apartment- this is the perfect time to clean up your nutrition, too! As the weather gets warmer, and outdoor activities become more readily available to us, we naturally become more active. As a result, we often find that extra motivation to start eating better, as a way to supplement our increased activity and our desire to look and feel our best.

In the past, Crossfit New Haven has done a number of different challenges, ranging from paleo diets to macro counting. All of these challenges have seen success within the timeframe of the challenge, but it’s not always easy or accessible for everyone to stick with these long term. Most often, the real challenge is creating healthy habits around our nutrition, and making these habits sustainable well into the future.

This year, we’re opening this challenge to our entire community at the District Athletic Club, and we’ve taken a slightly more flexible, inclusive approach. This challenge can accommodate any type of eating protocol, so if you already adhere to the paleo diet, Whole30, macro counting, or another style of eating, you’re absolutely eligible to participate.

Welcome to the #800gChallenge! We’re teaming up with OptimizeMe Nutrition and SugarWOD for 4 weeks. Below are some of the details, but please mark your calendar for the official kick-off meeting on Thursday, May 10that 6:30pm. The challenge starts promptly on May 14th, and runs through June 10th!

The Challenge

  • Eat 800 grams (g) of fruits and/or vegetables (total) a day.
  • No foods are restricted during the challenge but only fruits and vegetables count towards the 800g total.
  • Total calories (and macronutrient grams) are up to the individual based on their fruit and vegetable choices, as well as the other foods in their diet.

We’ll be getting into the nitty gritty rules during the webinar and kick-off meeting, but the idea here is that we’re weighing our food as a standalone or unprocessed item (i.e. these are whole, nutrient-dense foods), so dried fruits, juices and things of that nature wouldn’t count toward your totals. Yes, you will need a kitchen scale for this challenge, but luckily this is a super functional tool to have in your home, and it will cost around $12. If you want to get a head start on that, I highly suggest ordering the Ozeri Kitchen Scale, available on Amazon.

As I mentioned before, you can eat any fruits and vegetables you like, and adhere to any style of eating that works for you. Depending on how you allot your choices, you can satisfy a higher or lower carb diet, so there are decisions to be made when picking your fruits and veggies each day. We'll go over this in more detail in the meeting!

So why 800g?

  • It’s a flexible approach to eating well, and a simple way to hit the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables per day.
  • It pushes out poorer choices by filling your day with whole, nutrient-dense foods
  • It allows us to optimize any diet by diversifying our intake. (Your macro-counting is about to get a healthy overhaul)
  • It doesn’t require perfection in your diet, but will help build healthy habits
  • It’s sustainable! There are very few restrictions, and provides a great tool to check your nutrition down the road.

Read more here.


This challenge will be tracked and scored through SugarWOD!

2 points are awarded for eating 800 grams of fruits and/or vegetables in a day. You do not get extra points for any amount over 800g, but you’re welcome to eat more if it works into your personal nutritional target.
1 additional point is awarded for diversity in your intake: when 6 or more fruits and/or vegetables are used to hit your daily 800g total (where each of these 6+ items has to have a minimum of 25g). Hitting 800g is a day is a prerequisite to being eligible for this point.
1 point is also awarded for working out at District Athletic Club (max 5 points per week) - included in this are a CrossFit class, a yoga class, a spin class, a PT session or a visit to the fitness center. A run on your own or workout in your home gym does not earn a point.


We will award one free membership package to the person with the highest point total at the end of the 4 weeks.


$40 per person
If you have specific goals in mind (fat loss, performance, muscle gain, etc) and are unclear on how to reach them, then you may add on a $30 macro-calculation with our in-house nutrition coaches. You’ll be able to use these goals within the challenge to better reach your specific goals.

Who is eligible?

If you're a member at the District Athletic Club, then you're welcome to participate in the challenge! Non-members may participate, but will not be eligible to receive workout points, and cannot win the final prize.

Q&A Webinar

OptimizeMe Nutrition will host two informational webinars for rules on the challenge and an open Q&A. You only need to attend one.

Thursday, May 3 - 3pm EST 
Register now!
Tuesday, May 8 - 8pm EST
Register now!

Registration is required to attend! If you miss a webinar, you may still use the registration link for on-demand access.

Sign up:

The last day to sign up for the challenge is May 12th, 2018!

Click here to sign up for the 800g Challenge: $40


Click here to sign up for the 800g Challenge PLUS macro calculations: $70

(Note: these are both one-time payments. They are not reoccurring.)


Email with any questions!


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