In case you were one of the many people who lost sleep this past week contemplating why I would ever make such a drastic change to my diet, I decided to outline a few of the main reasons that swayed me in my decision.
1. I don’t eat enough
If you’ve looked at my past week’s food logs I think it’s pretty apparent – at least for myself – I don’t eat enough to meet the demands of my daily caloric expenditure. I usually go huge stretches over the course of the day where I don’t eat anything, and when you take into consideration I workout around 3-4 hours per day and my job has me constantly on my feet – I know I need to eat more. I’m hoping that by switching to a zone diet and doing some heavy meal prep once a week it will hopefully keep me more regimented and taking in the necessary amount of food.
2. I would love to gain a few pounds
I can feel your hate through my screen already. Look the bottom line is this, for my height and the fact that I want to be competitive in CF, I need to be heavier – probably 10-15lbs heavier. I’m too small for my frame. This goes hand in hand with my last point. I think if I have a more regimented eating schedule, and use the zone to tweak my macronutrients in whichever way I choose, this should take care of itself.
3. I don’t eat enough carbohydrates
Plain and simple. I need to eat more veggies and starchy carbs. I know my diet is imbalanced and skewed heavily towards meat with a side of meat. Zone – as well as paleo if done correctly (shame face) – puts a heavy emphasis on fruits and veggies outweighing the amount of protein at every meal. Should be a pretty drastic change for myself…
4. Controlling variables
This is more of just an insight into my nature. CrossFit is billed as the unknown and unknowable- but any good CFer will tell you the better you can control the random variables the better you are set up for success. Food is just another variable. If you can control that, and tweak that, so that it’s the same day in and day out there are no surprises on any given day/workout. That’s what I’m looking for: consistency. Not walking into a workout feeling bloated or that I didn’t eat or hydrate properly. I want to feel exactly the same every time I hear 3,2,1 GO!
5. It should be fun
Not the actual weighing and measuring part, but the rest of it. I think it’s going to be fun to switch up the routine and try something new. I’ve never weighed or measured food in my life, so it’s something completely foreign to me. I might pull my hair out in a month, but until them I’m excited.