Roasted Root Vegetables
Easy recipe to make some starchy vegetables to go along with your meat this week.
Start by cutting everything into thumbnail sized pieces. The less you like something <cough beets cough> the smaller I recommend you cutting them.
-1 Golden Beet
-2 White Sweet Potatoes
-1/2 Sweet Onion
-1 TSP of Garlic
-2 TSP of Sea Salt
-1 TSP of Cumin
-1 TSP of Basil
-1 TSP of Ginger
-3 TSP of Coconut Oil
Add to an oven on 300 degrees.
Take out every half hour and stir the mixture. Add more coconut oil if needed.
Every Crossfitter loves making fun of Crossfit. In fact, the more of a dork you are the more you probably enjoy the jokes at the expense of your cult. I definitely fall into that category. To steal a line from the Naked Exerciser, I pretty much beat off with a hook grip.
I’m glad that there are actually funny people out there making fun of Crossfit. Its like having a comedian come to your office that knows all of the gossip and inside jokes. That combination of real comedic talent and something so inherently strange and self righteous makes the world a better place.
Also, having, for lack of a better term, watchdogs with a wide internet following calling bullshit on things like partner thrusters with someone koala-fying a barbell, neck supported ring push ups, and a wide variety of other inexplicable acts of idiocy that goes down at Crossfit competitions is great.
However, I think the line between satire and advice gets blurred too much with diet.
I love the fact that there is at least one voice that tells people that eating one cookie at Grandma’s house is not going to make the difference between an insulin injection and winning the CrossFit Games. Well, maybe the insulin injection for most people.
One of the most annoying things for people who have been around CrossFit for a while is when people come to the sport or the gyms with no athletic background and think that there is a simple, six week plan to a Reebok sponsorship.
News flash, if you were ever picked last for basketball in middle school you will never see yourself thrustering on a jumbotron. Unless you’re doing the more interesting version of the thruster, than maybe you can be elite in a more intimate pursuit.
While that cookie won’t make a difference in your unrealistic, untenable, and unbelievably misguided goal (you will probably go to the grave with as many CrossFit Games appearances as my first cat)*, it will make a difference in your overall, health, well being, and performance.
The same “hey guess what you’re not Rich Froning” is a two way street. You can’t do the things he does, train like him, or eat like him.
One of my favorite coaching stories goes like this:
We get a new member coming in. He’s a middle aged dude. Very out of shape with a well-cultivated, decades in the making beer belly.
He tells me he saw a poster of a guy who CrossFits and he’s interested in getting a six-pack like that before his wedding in four months.
He asks me what he has to do to do that.
Standard coaching practice is to launch into the standard “Eat Paleo and this is how we train abs more effectively in CrossFit” speech.
Instead I ask him if he had a six-pack in his 30’s.
He says no.
I as him if he had one in his 20’s.
He says no.
What about when you were a skinny teenager.
Again with a no.
I let him know that there are probably some plastic surgeons across the street.
What he was asking for is not possible. Dashing delusional hopes is probably not the best tactic, but if you let someone believe in something that’s impossible and they give it their all then you are a charlatan.
Eating Paleo won’t make you a super hero. On the flip side, what you eat does have an effect. You are equal parts not Jon North, not Rich Froning, and not anyone else you can name.
Eat the way you know is going to make you look, feel, and perform the best. Give it an honest experiment over several weeks and you know that the beer, pizza, and lulz diet won’t make any of those things happen. This is just as true as the fact that a monastic Whole Billion Challenge won’t make you Brad Pitt’s abdominal double in the Fight Club sequel.
*That’s a stolen joke, I’m not that funny.
Ox Tails are probably one of the most economical cuts of meat that you can get. You can get a large amount of nutrient and fat dense meat for cheap.
Plus, you get the bones at the end so that you can add them to a beef stock once you eat them.
Add it to the crock pot and you get a meal or three that requires almost no effort, money, or time.
-1lb of ox tail
-1 sweet potato
-1 TSP of sea salt
-1 TSP of garlic
-1 TSP of chili powder
Put it in the crock pot on low for 2 1/2 hours.
I was at your seminar at CF Lagrange yesterday and really enjoyed it- thank you for coming. My husband and I both crossfit 4-5x a week and we are participating in the 60 day challenge they just started there. Our goal is to do things “by the book” for this 60 days, be healthier, and hopefully adopt a few new eating habits forever. So we went shopping yesterday and a few questions came up.
1. If you buy anything that is not produce or meat, such as almond butter/milk or a even the most basic, organic, “all natural” salad dressing, the ingredient list (even if its a short list) includes corn syrup or some heinous 16 letter ingredient or whatever. Sweat it or not?
2. Second question is kind of along the same lines. My husband is a firefighter and they eat at restaurants a lot when he’s on shift. He can order meat and vegetables all day but chances are they dont fry their eggs in olive oil, etc. You dont know what they are doing to those meat and veggies to make them taste better. What is your view on eating paleo at restaurants?
3. Some paleo websites we looked at included “clarified” butter and stevia as acceptable. True?
4. Why is honey not paleo?
Thank you so much for the nice words and best of luck!
1. Don’t sweat it. Also don’t buy it.
It is not Paleo or otherwise good for you. These are precisely the types of things that we are trying to avoid at all costs!
2. In restaurants you just got to do the best that you can. They are usually cooking them in the cheapest oil possible and seasoning the hell out the them with whatever they can to make you keep coming back.
Do the best you can. Nobody is perfect and no diet is perfect.
3. Depends on who you are.
I don’t get wrapped up about clarified butter too badly. Try it and see how well it works for you.
I will say that you need to eliminate stevia completely. It is still an artificial sweetener. It will make you eat large quantities of questionable food (like Paleo Brownies) that are ok in moderation, but not good in a bender.
Don’t think of it in terms of letting you eat like you used to. How you used to eat is probably not that great. Use this as a motivation to push your taste pallet away from sweet and towards something better.
4. Honey is Paleo, but its not necessarily good for you.
Its just pure sugar. Yes, it has some good properties, but not enough to call it a true healthy food. Much like with stevia, it is a benign source of sugar. But you aren’t getting any real nutrition out of it.