At the very base of the CrossFit Pyramid of Health & Fitness, is NUTRITION. Why is nutrition the base of fitness?
Our bodies rely on the energy we receive from food to perform all of its normal functions. Even when we are sleeping and seemingly resting or sedentary, our bodies are using energy to perform autonomic functions such as pump our blood, breathe, repair muscle, supply organs, provide for cells, etc. If you need energy even when you’re sleeping, think about the amount of energy you need while training or performing physical activity. Nutrition and food is the key!
So many people approach me about nutrition and nutrition coaching, but have tons of questions. I am finding most people are hesitant to start with a nutrition coach because they don’t really know anything about nutrition.
That’s the exact reason you should hire a nutrition coach. As a nutrition coach my job is to educate you and coach you into making better and healthier nutrition and overall lifestyle choices.
Lets start here, and talk about macros. Macro counting and coaching can seem intimidating at first, but once you get started, and get practicing, it all starts to make sense. My job is to make things as easy as possible for you.
Here are some basic terms to start with
Macronutrient: Chemical compounds in our diet that provide us with energy. These are the building blocks of our nutrition. Each macronutrient has its own unique role in the ways they provide our body with energy. Macronutrient ratios within our diet vary depending on individual goals, body types, lifestyles, ethnic backgrounds, etc.
The three macronutrients in out diet are:
Carbohydrates, Fats, and Proteins.
Carbohydrates: Carbohydrates are generally our main source of energy. Carbohydrates are converted into glucose by your body to be used for energy. “Carbs” also play a role in the structure of cells, tissue,and organs. Main sources of carbohydrates include: fruits, vegetables, and grains.
Fats: The body also uses fat as a fuel source, and fat is the major storage form of energy in the body – fat is stored as glycogen. Fat also has many other important functions in the body such as producing hormones, protecting your organs, and supporting cell growth. Main sources of fats include: vegetable oils, nuts, and dairy.
Protein: made up of many amino acids joined together, proteins are a necessary part of the diet, and are essential for normal cell structure and function. Main sources of proteins inclue: meat, dairy, eggs, and beans.
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