veggies!!

Eating Paleo is a great place to start, but getting further into things you might want to start looking into what foods you should be eating at what time of year.

Seasonal eating is a great thing to try and get you head around and is something that our Paleolithic ancestors would have to have done without a choice.

There are several key benefits to seasonal eating, the main ones being:

  • Variety – its easy to fall into the same patterns of eating and get bored.  This forces you to learn to cook new things.
  • Natural rotation diet – eating the same thing day-in, day-out can lead to food intolerances.  Eating seasonally ensures you mix things up to avoid this.
  • Macronutrient ratios naturally syncronised – we’re designed to put on fat for winter and lean out for spring/summer.  Seasonal eating means that your insulin levels and body composition is always within safe limits as the dense carbs that cause insulin issues are only available for a few short months.
  • Fresher foods – if its in-season, your local farmers can supply it so you can get super-fresh produce (check out your local farmer’s market).

Here’s a great calendar of seasonal foods for you to use as a reference point.  This was originally from http://www.sustnable.org.uk/1_act5a.htm 

Take a look at the patterns of when fruits are around, when green leafy veg are dominant and when root vegetables come into play – fascinating stuff.

Now, I’m not saying that you can only eat the stuff on the list below, because there are obviously some omissions.  As a guide however to the kinds of stuff you should be basing your diet on, its a good start.

It’s also  a good guide to what you can expect to find at your local farmers market each season.

SEASONAL
FOOD CALENDAR

Month

Fruit
& vegetables
Fish
& meat

January

Cabbage,
cauliflower, celeriac, forced rhubarb (forced to do what?), leeks,
parsnips, turnip, shallots, squash
goose,
lobster, scallops

February

Cabbage,
cauliflower, celeriac, chard, chicory, forced rhubarb, kohlrabi, leeks,
parsnips, spinach, swede, turnip
mussels,
halibut, guinea fowl, lobster

March

Beetroot,
cabbage, cauliflower, leeks, mint, mooli, parsley, broccoli, radishes,
rhubarb, sorrel
sardines
(fresh ones!), lobster

April

Broccoli,
cabbage, cauliflower, morel mushrooms, wild garlic, radishes, rhubarb,
carrots, kale, watercress, spinach, rosemary flowers
spring
lamb, cockles

May

Broccoli,
cabbage, cauliflower, gooseberries, parsley, mint, broad beans, rhubarb,
new carrots, samphire, asparagus
sea
bass, lemon sole, sardines, duck, sea trout

June

carrots,
cherries, elderflowers, lettuce, strawberries, peppers, asparagus,
redcurrants, peas, rhubarb, gooseberries, tayberries, tomatoes, courgettes,
broad beans
welsh
lamb, crab, salmon, grey mullet

July

carrots,
gooseberries, strawberries, spinach, tomatoes, watercress, loganberries,
sage, cauliflower, aubergine, fennel, asparagus, cabbage, celery,
cherries, lettuce, mangetout, nectarines, new potatoes, oyster mushrooms,
peas, peaches, radish, raspberries, rhubarb, tomatoes, French beans
Trout,
pilchards, clams, pike, pigeon

August

carrots,
gooseberries, lettuce, loganberries, raspberries, strawberries, cauliflower,
aubergines, nectarines, peaches, peppers, courgettes, rhubarb, sweetcorn,
greengages, basil, peas, pears, apples, French beans, tomatoes
crayfish,
hare, skate, john dory (that’s a fish)

September

apples,
aubergines, blackberries, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, cucumber,
damsons, elderberries, figs, French beans, grapes, kale, lettuce,
melons mushrooms, nectarines, onions, peppers, parsnips, peas, peaches,
pears, potatoes, pumpkin, raspberries, rhubarb, spinach, sweetcorn,
tomatoes
duck,
venison, oysters, sea bass, grouse, mussels, partridge, wood pigeon,
brown trout

October

apples,
aubergines, beetroot, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, courgettes, grapes,
lettuce, marrow, mushrooms, parsnips, potatoes, squash, tomatoes, 
watercress
guinea
fowl, partridge, mussels, grouse, oysters

November

cabbage,
pumpkin, swede, cauliflower, potatoes, parsnips, pears, leeks, quinces,
chestnuts, cranberries, beetroot
grouse,
goose

December

Celery,
cabbage, red cabbage, cauliflower, celeriac, pumpkin, beetroot, turnips,
parsnips, sprouts, pears, swede
wild
duck, goose, sea bass, turkey
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Random Training Clip

Posted: March 11, 2009 in Uncategorized

Here’s some recent training clips.

Beyond the Whiteboard

Posted: March 6, 2009 in In The Gym, Our Services
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We’re now registered on Beyond the Whiteboard.

This is a really cool site where you can log your CrossFit workout results.

We’re set up as a gym on the site which means that if you’re a member, you can record your results for our workouts and then compare yourself against the rest of the gym or the CrossFit nation as a whole for each WOD.

I’ve been playing about with it and I’m really impressed – you get graphs and comparison charts and everything is really flexible for scaling etc.

If you’re coming to CrossFit Westcountry – please sign up.  It’s completely free for the Beta release and I’m planning on keeping it that way for my members once the full release is out.

ChrisCFW

Here’s a great summary of our beliefs about nutrition and carbs and dietary fat.

Gary Taubes has done groundbreaking work in this field and knows his stuff – you would do well to pick up a copy of “Good Calories, Bad Calories”.

One of our athletes has recently become a Taubes convert and has dropped dense carbs in favour of more protein and good fats – the results in his performance and sense wellbeing have been great to see.

Anyways – here’s the video, its a little long, but real interesting…

Paleolithic paintings from Lascaux cave in southern France

Check out this post from Dr Eades Blog on a paper about the metabolic results of following the Paleo Diet.

Paleo Rules!  Good Stuff.

http://www.proteinpower.com/drmike/saturated-fat/rapid-health-improvements-with-a-paleolithic-diet/

recoveryfirst

So you spend an hour of most of your days at the gym.

You sweat, groan and summon herculean efforts on a regular basis in the pursuit of getting strong, fit and healthy.

What about the other 23 hours?

The Other 23 Hours?

Whether you like it or not, your success in the gym is dependant on what you do outside of it.  It’s annoying but true.

I can’t remember where I saw it now, but someone whose opinion I respect said that in order to be successful, you need to be a 24hour athlete.

That means taking care of the following:

  1. Nutrition
  2. Sleep
  3. Hydration
  4. Stress
  5. Supplementation

Nutrition

Hard training demands that you pay attention to your nutrition. You need adequate protein, fat and enough carbs to support your efforts without screwing up your insulin.

Whatever you do, try to go Paleo as much as possible.  Eat meat, veg, nuts, seeds, little starch, no sugar.

If you’re trying to drop weight, go low carb – less than 100g per day.

If you’re trying to get stronger and put on some muscle, you need to get in at least 1gram of protein per 1pound of lean bodymass.  Try to keep your carbs around the 150g per day mark and eat your good fats.

Consider keeping track of everything at www.fitday.com.

Sleep

Get your 8 hours. 9+ is optimal.

Cat nap when you can.

Make sure your room is pitch black – no flashing lights on your bedside table!

Hydration

Aim for 3 litres of water per day when you’re training, but be happy if you get 2 litres in.

Stress

Don’t do it.  Enough sleep makes the world seem a better place, but just trying to be positive and getting some perspective helps.

Try to get in some quality “you” time each day – even if that’s just reading a book for 20mins before bed.

Supplementation

Take Fish Oil – do a search of this blog for doseage recommendations.

Take digestive enzymes with all meals.

Take Probiotics.

Try ZMA before bed to help with sleep and solve any Zinc and Magnesium deficiency issues.

Wrapping Up

That covers pretty much everything.  Pay attention to your body and if it’s telling you to back off, just do it or you’ll only end up setting yourself up for overtraining.

Be a 24 hour athlete and that hour in the gym suddenly becomes worth a whole lot more.

Carbohydrates

Posted: January 29, 2009 in Articles - Nutrition

If you’re interested in losing or gaining weight, then carbs play a key role.

The problem is that there’s a lot of conflicting information out there as to how many carbs you should be eating.

Here’s a link to a great post from Mark’s Daily Apple:

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/the-primal-carbohydrate-continuum/

This is a great site and contains a wealth of well thought-out posts.  One to bookmark…