The "D" Word
CrossFit is about more than just the movement, it's also about DIET.
By Peter Shaw
Nobody wants to say the “D” word. It used to be the underrated, overanalyzed, whispered only topic of conversation in health and fitness. It used to be that nobody paid any attention to diet, and the people who did were hardly experts on the subject matter. However, with a growing obesity epidemic rooting itself in the United States and spreading worldwide, reality has set in for most of us. Responsible choices must be made in order to shape not only our own health, but our children’s health. We must prove to everyone, by showing first hand, that a healthy lifestyle is a result of generous exercise paired with wholesome nutrition.
Let’s take a look at some meaningful dates in United States food history:
1956-1992, USDA recommends it’s “Basic Four” food groups: Vegetables and fruits, Milk, Meat, Cereals and breads
1985, no state has an adult obesity rate > 15% (stateofobesity.org)
1990, Mississippi becomes the first state to reach obesity rate of 15%
1992, USDA food guide recommends serving size for the first time with cereals, grains, rice, and pasta supporting the base of the food pyramid. This was against the suggestions of nutritional experts who had originally placed fruits and vegetables at the bottom of the pyramid.
2000, 23 states reach > 20% obesity rate. CrossFit Inc. is founded by Greg Glassman prescribing high intensity exercise with a diet of meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch, no sugar to promote healthier living.
2005, USDA released “MyPyramid”. A “revised” version of the pyramid recommending 50% of calorie consumption come from grains and milk. For the first time in history it recommends physical activity to maintain healthy living.
2007, Exercise Is Medicine is co-launched by the American Medical Association and the American College of Sports Medicine emphasizing the need for physical activity for healthy active living, with no mention of diet. The ACSM’s largest sponsor is Gatorade which is owned by Coca-Cola.
2008, 4 states reach > 30% obesity
2010, Michelle Obama launches Let’s Move campaign to promote healthier eating and physical activity in children. Goal is to reduce childhood obesity to 5% in 2030, which currently averages closer to 15%.
2015, 25 states have > 30% obesity rate (stateofobesity.org). Obesity has more than doubled worldwide since 1980 (WHO).
The world needs constantly varied functional movement performed at high intensity paired with meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch, and no sugar. What the world needs is CrossFit.
At CrossFit NCR, we are officially launching the NCR Nutrition Club. Our mission at CrossFit NCR is to bring health and fitness to the community through the CrossFit methodology. The NCR Nutrition Club is dedicated to helping you build the foundation to your fitness.
Proper nutrition supplies the body with the molecular building blocks necessary for physiological change leading to improved fitness. Improved fitness serves as a hedge against metabolic disease and other sickness.
Our nutrition club will include a monthly meeting and a Facebook group to promote conversation, collaboration, and accountability leading to better nutritional decisions.
See you at the next meeting!