Nutrition

Crossfit Open: Max It Out With Good Nutrition

Posted: Mar 15, 2014

Author: Natalie D. Castro, MS, RD, LDN

The foods you choose to eat essentially provide the power behind every lift you attempt. Are you fueling your body right?

Choosing foods that provide the correct balance of nutrients is key to fueling your body right for optimal performance. To avoid feeling a lack of energy before, during or after a workout, your meals and snacks should contain a combination of carbohydrates, proteins and fats. Carbohydrates provide the body with energy stores. Proteins build and repair muscle tissue. Fats help absorb the micronutrients, such as vitamins and minerals from foods.

To ensure you are eating foods that provide a balance of these nutrients, make sure each meal and snack includes a combination of the following:

[list_item]Nutrient-Rich Carbohydrates: fresh fruits, a variety of all fresh deeply colored vegetables. When portioned out correctly, high fiber grains and dairy foods or dairy alternative can also contribute to a healthy balanced diet.[/list_item][list_item]Lean Proteins: chicken breast, wild caught fish, lean beef, ground turkey breast, nuts and nut butters, beans, tofu, eggs.[/list_item][list_item]Good-For-You Fats: nuts, seeds, avocado and oils.[/list_item]

Remember, you are asking a lot of your body, fueling and replenishing your muscles with good nutrition is important.

Always strive to fuel your body right!

-Natalie D. Castro, MS, RD, LDN

About me:

Natalie Castro is a registered dietitian (RD) with Nutritiously You! She offers personalized, one-on-one nutrition counseling. She teaches her clients how to optimize their energy levels and improve the nutritional quality of their food choices.

Natalie completed her undergraduate and graduate studies in nutrition and exercise sciences and received the Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management.

She works passionately in helping others reach their health goals. To contact Natalie for an appointment e-mail Natalie_RD@yahoo.com;.


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