Nutrition

trimming back to the basics

We have a modern snap shot into the effects of the Paleo Diet with the last 84 tribes of Hunter Gatherers on earth. These Hunter Gatherer tribes have survived relatively untouched since the dawn of time; we know these groups are muscular, strong and healthy. They have perfect eyesight and straight teeth and are free from diabetes, obesity, cancer and other problems plaguing the modern world. Since we are genetically identical to our ancestors of 2 million years ago and for the last 7 million years we have been genetically coded to eat a certain way, a diet that is based on animal based proteins, fruits and vegetables and healthy fats is the key to health. A modern diet based on grains, processed foods and sugars has taken us down a path of sickness, illness and obesity.

What should I eat?

Protein: Fish, Meat, Chicken, Eggs

Carbs: Fruits and Veggies
Fat: Nuts, Seeds, Avocados, Olives and Oils

Nom Nom Paleo is a great recipe site.  This will help you get started on how to cook

What foods should I avoid?

Anything that doesn't exist in nature, or has been processed. Corn, rice, bread, candy, potato, sweets, sodas, and most processed carbohydrates. Processing can include bleaching, baking, grinding, and refining. Processing of carbohydrates greatly increases their glycemic index, a measure of their propensity to elevate blood sugar.

What is caloric restriction and longevity?

Current research strongly supports the link between caloric restriction and an increased life expectancy. The incidence of cancers and heart disease sharply decline with a diet that is carefully limited in controlling caloric intake. The CrossFit prescription is consistent with this research. The CrossFit prescription allows a reduced caloric intake and yet still provides ample nutrition for rigorous activity

What is the deal with hormones?

Hormones regulate how the body stores and releases fat. The hormonal response your body has to food determines whether you store fat or burn it. As far as hormones are concerned, food is a drug--a very powerful drug. Consuming low-glycemic foods, that keep insulin levels steady, will allow stored body fat to burned up as a fuel. On the other hand, high-glycemic foods (especially processed carbohydrates) spike insulin levels, raise blood sugar, and send a double wammy message to your body telling it to (1) store calories as fat and (2) block body fat from being used as fuel. The CrossFit prescription is a low-glycemic diet and consequently severely blunts the insulin response.

Where does CrossFit New Haven get its meals?

CrossFit New Haven gets its food by shopping at Free Range/Grass Fed establishments like Elm City Market, Wooster Square Farmer's Markets & City Seed Co-Op Supported Markets, ordering bulk meats from local farmers like Four Mile River Farm in Old Lyme, CT or cooking together weekly.  At CFNH, we don't teach you how to "purchase" plans or meals for you to follow.  Instead we teach you how to cook!  Follow our members' quest for better food daily at many paleo friendly sites like Nom Nom Paleo, The Whole 9 or Mark's Daily Apple to help get you started.