For the first time in my life I'm in tune with my nutrition needs, thanks to Crossfit. I am not talking about just eating well, but rather truly understanding what my body needs to perform at its best.
Crossfit is made up of high intensity, dynamic exercises. Exercises that 10-20 minutes in make you think: "this is so hard, I don't want to do this!" However, once the workout is done you quickly realize it's the most productive thing you've done and if you're like me, you repeat the process 3-4 times a week.
One of the side effects of such an intense workout is that you become aware of the variations in your performance, and consciously or unconsciously start tracking them against your habits, in particular sleep and food. For example, you have pizza for dinner the night before a workout, you will feel slow and maybe even sick to your stomach during the WOD. The same is true for all junk foods. Eventually, your body learns that it will be punished more for eating those tasty but ultimately pain inducing foods during the workout, and naturally forms an aversion against them.
I am now at the stage where my first reaction to junk food is one of disgust. On the flip side, your body becomes more and more aware of what it needs, which is usually protein, healthy fats and nourishing carbs, all good things for a healthy well functioning body.
Moral of the story? When you commit to Crossfit your body has a nutrition rest of sorts: naturally rejecting junk food and embracing healthy options. This allows your chemistry to align itself with healthy habits.
Shout out to Dan Miller and the coaches, at Crossfit2120 in Del Mar, California for all the awesome, patient coaching they have invested in me.
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