With the open upon us, it is crucial we treat our bodies in the best way possible. Intensity is up, metcons are longer, nutrition, recovery, and sleep are key! How can nutrition help with your recovery and athletic performance? Let me tell you!!
1) The paleo diet emphasizes a high percentage of lean meat consumption. Muscle repair and recovery requires lean protein which is packed with branched chain amino acids such as valine, leucine, and isoleucine. By increasing your intake of foods high in Branched Chain Amino Acids, you can reverse the breakdown of muscle that occurs after a workout, improving recovery time and this will allow you to train at a higher intensity during your next workout.
2) Muscle breakdown occurs when we exercise at a high intensity. Grains, cheeses, and processed foods cause high acidity in our blood and tissues also causing inflammation. A diet high in these products in conjunction with high intensity exercise, makes an athlete more prone to blood acidosis. The paleo diet is high in fruits and vegetables which are basic or alkaline that reverses metabolic acidosis and prevents muscle loss.
3) Fruits and vegetables are high in antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, and phytochemicals which help immune system functions. When we exercise, we release free radicals in our body and compromise our immune system. If we counteract this by eating foods that will help this, we will be able to workout harder and reduce our risk of being out with a cold or flu induced by a weakened immune system.
4) High levels of glycogen in muscle tissues gives athlete the best fuel for high level performance. Muscle can make all the glycogen it needs when they get starch and sugar in the proper time frame post exercise. Eating carbohydrates all day long is much too much and actually displaces the muscle building proteins alkalinity enhancing, nutrient dense fruits and vegetables that are needed to promote muscle growth and boost the immune system.
Need help getting a jump start on the whole “Paleo” Thing? Join the HomeGrown Crossfit Paleo Challenge which begins this Saturday, March 8th!!!
10 GHD Sit-ups/ab mat sit ups
10 GHD Sit-ups
10 GHD Sit-ups