Workout of the Day:
Warm up to a heavy(ish) set of three and then a lighter set of five to prepare you for:
Rounds of 21, 15 and 9 reps for time of:
95/65 lb. Thrusters
(Compare performance with 06/08/09.)
Written by Michele Vieux
As defined by Webster’s, Foodways are the eating habits and culinary practices of a people, region, or historical period. Powerful but often subtle ways in which food has shaped, and shapes, our lives socially, economically, politically, mentally, nutritionally and morally.
I guess in the CrossFit world, this has two significances.
Many CrossFitters adhere to either the Zone or Paleo Diets or a combination of the two. It is not solely those in the CrossFit community that follow this culinary lifestyle but it is a common thread among many CrossFitters. If you have been CrossFitting for more than three months, you have probably had at least some exposure to Zone and Paleo (or at least vaguely know what I am talking about). You have probably also come to realize that diet (fuel) can have both positive and negative effects on performance, health and overall well-being.
Your culinary history is the second significance.
The food you grew up with, the tastes and smells you know and love, go back to for comfort, and crave (your foodway) is the other piece. Anthropologists, folklorists, sociologists, historians, and food scholars often use the term to describe the study of why we eat what we eat and what it means. The term foodways, therefore, looks at food consumption on a deeper than concrete level and is inclusive of – yet goes beyond – sustenance, recipes and/or taste. (Harris, Patricia, David Lyon and Sue McLaughlin (2005), The Meaning of Food, CT: The Globe Pequot Press.)
This shouldn’t be used as an excuse to gorge out on pasta and ice cream but sometimes, we can’t help what we know/eat/love. Comfort foods, the things we grew up with, became accustomed to and base memories on are important in our lives and shouldn’t be completely neglected and forgotten.
I’ve found that those who are the most gung-ho when starting a new diet (way of eating for life) tend to fall off the wagon or “cheat” more if they try to completely deprive themselves of the things they know and love.
I personally follow the 80/20 rule. Zone 80 percent of the time and leave the other 20 for comfort foods, drinks with friends, or that slice of birthday cake. I try to limit the unfavorable intake to one or two meals on one particular day of the week.
I have friends that use the Friday at 5PM to Sunday at Noon rule. And I have one client who eats a square of chocolate before bed every night because his mom used to give him chocolate when he was a “good boy” – he is now 57 years old.
When you are in your 80 percent time, try substituting “favorable” items for the processed ones. One of my favorites is to substitute spaghetti squash for pasta in Italian, Thai and Chinese recipes.
Okay. So these types of substitutions are plenty easy when you are shopping and cooking for yourself, you say. But what about when you go out to eat? No excuses here either. Nearly every restaurant these days, from fast food to fancy-pants, has healthier options and substitutions. Take the In-n-Out Double (*Double), protein style, grilled onion, mustard instead, add pickle for example. That’s about a 4-block, Paleo(ish) burger and you still have room for a few carbs of choice.
Basically, if you want it to make it work, you can. No excuses. There are easy ways to make it work and you can still enjoy your favorites on occasion.
What are your favorite favorable substitutions?
*Cheese eliminated due to high saturated fat content. So sad.