New Year = new eating plan!

Posted: January 5, 2011 by jkheuer in Education, Events, Nutrition

OK peeps, time to clean up your diet.  Luckily, we’re here to help.  Later this month we will be holding a nutrition seminar.  It will be at 11:00am on Saturday, January 29th.  Andy will be discussing the merits of good eating and how to go about adjusting your diet for optimum health and performance.  If you have recently joined CFHW, it’s free.  If you’ve already been through your initial nutrition consultation and want a refresh, it’s only $20!  But act fast, spots are filling up.  Sign up at the gym ASAP.  To get you started, here’s some basic information on the two diets we suggest our clients follow: the Zone Diet and the Paleo Diet.

Zone

The Zone Diet is a way of balancing all your meals between the 3 basic macro-nutrient categories – protein, carbs and fat.  It prescribes a balance of 30% protein, 30% fat and 40% carbs at every meal and snack.  Below are some pros and cons to the Zone.

Pros:

  • don’t necessarily have to change “what” you eat, just how much
  • portions are controlled for you
  • macronutrients are balanced, therefore preventing spikes in blood sugar levels and sustaining energy for a long time
  • after initial learning curve, easy to follow
  • good 1st step toward a better diet.

Cons:

  • doesn’t control “quality” of food
  • initial learning curve can be frustrating
  • measurement process isn’t always available

Paleo

The paleo diet is sometimes referred to as the “caveman” diet.  In other words, if our ancestors didn’t eat it, you don’t eat it.  It’s pretty simple.  No grains, no dairy, no processed foods.  Meat, fish, veggies, fruit and nuts.  That’s it!

Pros:

  • premium quality of food
  • low amount of inflammatories in your diet
  • simple to understand
  • all natural ingredients
  • so easy a caveman can do it (hope we don’t get sued for saying that)

Cons:

  • very restricted diet
  • can be expensive
  • requires lots of planning and frequent trips to the market

If you want to be awesome, you can do some homework on your own before you show up to the seminar.  Otherwise, come prepared to learn, and have your measurements taken.  Oh yeah, you will be measured.

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  4. Aimee says:

    Hey! I was a “newbie” at the last nutrition seminar, and I paid $20. 😦

  5. Steve L says:

    I like the idea of doing a group purchase of a grass fed cow. I’d be down to take an eighth of a yummy beast (beef eight ball?). A boar or deer would do just fine too!

    • Alexis says:

      I would get in on purchasing a cow. I priced some packages out from farms up in Northern California. The problem isn’t the price so much as they’re all sold out, and I don’t know when they are filling new orders.

      I’m still searching local for a decent butcher. I’ll post if I find one.

      Maybe we should just buy a cow, raise it in the box and it could be CFHW’s mascot? Jonathan, what say you?

  6. jkheuer says:

    actually, if you get protein style at in-n-out it’s not too bad. protein style double double and 1/2 an order of fries is a balanced 5 block meal 🙂

  7. the daniel says:

    i assume this is going to cut into my 2 main food groups: in-n-out and whiskey ?

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