What is Nutrition?

Nutrition (also called nourishment or aliment) is the provision, to cells and organisms, of the materials necessary (in the form of food) to support life. Many common health problems can be prevented or alleviated with a healthy diet.The dietof an organism refers to what it eat. Simplified, it is the process of absorbing nutrients from food and processing them in the body in order to keep healthy or to grow.

The key phrase there being “keep healthy or to grow”, kinda like a plant.  Robb Wolf mentions that what we eat and drink is what we are watering ourselves with. You may have heard the common phrase: “You are what you eat”.   If you try watering a plant with Diet Coke for a week, the plant dies.  Yet humans consume gallons of diet coke and other liquid sugars, unaware of the damage being done.

Our bodies are more resilient to nutritional garbage than plants are, however recent research and studies show that poor and/or incorrect nutrition is one of the leading causes of inflammation, disease, and poor health in the United States. Poor diet can have an injurious impact on health, causing deficiency diseases such as scurvyberiberi, and kwashiorkor; health-threatening conditions like obesitymetabolic syndrome, and such common chronic systemic diseases as cardiovascular diseasediabetes, and osteoporosis.

Proper nutrition is not a diet (which doesn’t work anyway), it is a lifestyle and at first entails dedication and self motivation, especially with the mass marketing of junk food that brainwashes us on a daily basis. However, once you begin to eat properly and reap the benefits of this lifestyle change you will not want to go back to McDonalds. And if you do wind up there by chance, you’ll know what to do to keep healthy.

Proper Nutrition means fueling our mind and bodies with the appropriate combination of nutrients to achieve optimal performance. Whether you are an Olympic weighlifter, ultimate fighter, super mom, CEO, or whatever matters to you, having proper nutrition is a key ingredient to success.

The CrossFit Dietary Prescription:

  • “Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruits, little starch, and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat.” -Greg Glassman
  • Finely tuned, a good diet will increase health, energy and sense of well being while reducing fat, packing on muscle and optimizing physical performance. Diet is critical to optimizing human function and CrossFit believes that Barry Sears’ “Zone Diet” closely models optimal nutrition. CrossFit’s best performers are on the Zone diet. The Zone diet accelerates and amplifies the effects of the CrossFit regimen.