I have added a link to some resources on the left sidebar of this page. Hopefully this provides some additional help. There will probably be some confusion for those of you who came to me for specific dietary prescriptions. When comparing what I originally gave you guys to the Zone, you will notice that protein is about the same, carbs are lower, and fat is higher. Please don't hesitate to ask questions if this is confusing.
The following is an excerpt from the Zeroing In On Health blog:
We get these diseases because our immune systems aren’t up to the job. One way in which our immune systems are compromised is found in the so-called healthy carbohydrates we eat which lessen our white blood cells’ ability to mop up invading microbes. It is clear from these studies that, if you eat ‘five portions of fruit and veggies’ and base your meals on starchy foods, as we are all advised to do, you could lose a major part of your immunity to infection for the whole of the day.
Of all of the sugars, fructose (found in fruit and high-fructose corn syrup) was found to impair the immune system the most. Steak and eggs just scored another point.
Ok guys...I'm going to temporarily hijack Bill's nutrition blog to make a nutrition related post. Now, I'm not going to mention any names...I'm all about preserving the identity of the innocent. Don't EVER let me find a drawer like this in your home:
That's an actual drawer in an actual person's home that I was at. I think the simple fact that I dug out my camera to capture the moment should tell you something about how I feel about the "drawer of doom". Don't eat this stuff. Don't feed it to your family. I know your kids would rather eat doritos than carrots, but tough titties. YOU ARE THE PARENTS. Think back to when you were a kid...did you have a lot of freedom when it came to what you ate? I sure as heck didn't! My Mother had a wooden spoon, and was definitely not shy about using it. Eat your dinner, or you get the spoon!
Ok, so that's awful parenting, and a bit of an over exaggeration...but you get my point. Don't let the inmates run the asylum!
Just for a quick comparison, here is what the pantry looks like at our house:
I dare you guys to take a picture of your pantry and post it to the comments!
By the way, this is a must-watch video:
This was in an email I received from Dave Eagle about 10 days ago:
I can’t thank you enough for the help on my diet. First off, I’ve never felt better. I have energy all day, I’ve really leaned out, and I love the discipline of sticking to a set number of calories, fat, protein and carbs. I’m also doing intermittent fasting 4-5x per week (17-18hr fasts).
I plan to continue this and see how much more lean I can get! I’m down 5lbs (I now weigh 154lbs), but feel like I look totally different already. Maybe I could be on your TESTIMONIALS page as a case study for what happens when you Crossfit and follow the “Bill Yundt Clean Eating Way of Life”? Jennie took my ‘before’ pictures…all we need are my ‘after’ pictures and we’ll be all set!
We will be sure to get some updated photos of Dave and post them ASAP.
In the meantime, if you are feeling frustrated or disappointed with your progress, it is time to reevaluate your commitment. Achieving your goals is NOT going to be easy. (I know, I know. This is a perfect time to say something about everyone's mother.) It will take hard work, determination, discipline, consistency, and toughness to succeed at this.
Here is how Dave celebrated his 30th birthday on Tuesday:
Yesterday was my 30th birthday, and for my "special" birthday dinner I had four scrambled eggs, an avocado, and a serving of almonds. My birthday "cake" from my wife was a hard-boiled egg in a paper muffin cup with a candle sticking out of it!
The beauty of it though is that you get out of it exactly what you put into it. I have yet to find anything as successful as CrossFit combined with a low-carb diet when it comes to weight-loss. As they say, the proof is in the pudding.
Please don't hesitate to ask questions. I love nothing more than helping you achieve success. It makes it difficult though if you don't speak up and let me know what you need.
Since the induction of our recent nutrition program, Bill and I have gotten a lot of emails and questions about what to eat. We’ve also heard from numerous people that the reason they aren’t succeeding is because they don’t have time to eat right. Sorry guys…no more excuses. I’m making a post that proves to you without a doubt that you can eat right regardless of where you are or how much time you have. Yes, I know the McDonalds drive-thru is fast, but not as fast as THIS:
That picture represents 75% of the food I will consume during the day. This is my breakfast, lunch and mid-afternoon (pre-workout) snack. I will eat one bag of nuts, one bag of carbs, and one bag of protein with each sitting. It’s not glamorous or fancy, but it gets the job done. This food gets put into an insulated lunch box with an ice pack and I carry it with me as needed. Look how easy that is! Plus, look how COOL I look carrying my blue lunch box!
This take a minimal amount of time, can be done ahead of time, and it ensures that I am staying on track. Nothing in life worth doing is easy! Um, if eating right was easy, it would be your MOM! (or something)
Alright gang, it has been a week since we started this journey. Grind it out another week or so and things should start to turn around for everyone. Keep hitting the carb and protein numbers I gave you with as much precision as possible. As for the fats, you all have some wiggle room here. If you are losing weight at a comfortable rate, keep doing what you are doing. If you have adequate energy to make it through your day and want to accelerate the fat loss, then stay below the fat number I gave you. Ladies, don't go below 50-60g though and fellas, don't go below 90-100g.
As always, hit me up with any questions.
Yesterday started out innocent enough with some scrambled eggs in ghee. A little while later I finished up the leftover flank steak from yesterday. When I got home from the Fort though I decided to set a good example for Matt and Brian. That bowl of red was about 3,500 calories! I added a bunch of beef tallow to the ground beef so that the fat:protein ratio would be more in line with what we are all doing. Any of us could have eaten a smaller portion of it and hit our numbers quite easily. Eating almost the entire dish definitely made me a little uncomfortable. We'll have to wait and see if I feel like eating tomorrow. Probably going to be a decent fast after this one. You can see the complete details on MyPlate at Livestrong.com.