I was talking with a few athletes at the gym recently about the nutrition challenge that just finished up a few weeks ago. We are starting to slide back into old habits. One of those old habits is sugar. But the best thing about this conversation was not the fact that we are all immersed in the same world with the same temptations and access to “easy foods”, finding camaraderie in “slipping”. Not at all! It was the fact that having been away from some of the worst nutritional offenders, like sugar, introducing it again has allowed us to make the connections about what happens to our bodies when we consume it! Light bulb moments! My favorite!
Feeding ourselves and fueling our bodies should be easy. It should not be stressful. Right? But nutrition has gotten very confusing. We have lots of avenues of input: your favorite Pinterest posters, bloggers, magazine articles, friends, grocery store aisles…….. The messages are often conflicting and overwhelming. And on top of it all, you might be responsible for shaping the eating habits of little ones! Talk about stressful!
There are several different schools of thought about nutrition, and lots of sets of rules you can follow. At the end of the day, if you were to make one change for yourself and your children, here is the one I would encourage: get added sugar and artificial sweeteners out of your diet. You’d be amazed at how often it’s added into our foods! Unless you get your food from the outside rim of the grocery store, there are scientists in white coats working day after day, to perfect chemical formulas that keep us coming back for their company’s products. Sugar is often titrated into the formula to light up our taste buds, and keep us returning for more.
Fat has been maligned for decades as a nutritional villain. But, new studies are showing that fat is not the culprit of our health woes we once thought it was. No, my friends, it’s sugar! Here’s an article giving you some information about what happens to our bodies when we consume sugar.
I’m not suggesting you go cold turkey. Great if you can, but small changes last the longest. Start with the obvious sources, and slowly take out a few more sneaky ones as time goes on. I love how she points out in the article that with kids, she allows them to make some choices on their own, that she’s not hardline about “absolutely no sugar”. Life happens, our diet should be something sustainable, and we should teach through example as well as trial and error. So make the best decision you can at each food choice, and don’t worry if you don’t pick the broccoli 100% of the time!
If you’ve already kicked sugar to the curb, but have other questions, here’s a great interview with Stephanie Gaudreau of Stupid Easy Paleo, though I advise caution for sensitive ears as there is some questionable language. She has a lot of interesting things to say about her career path and how she views nutrition. My biggest take away is that nutrition is always something you are figuring out for you. That it’s individual to you. And that it will change over time as you change, as your needs change, and as your life changes.
If you have questions about nutrition and exercise and how the two work together, come in and see us at Ashburn CrossFit!
Keeping our kids fit can be a struggle these days. There are long days sitting in school, homework at home, and time to relax in front of a screen. And it’s not as easy to send your kids out to play these days. We worry about their safety, our backyards might be smaller, or non existent. Schools get less and less recess time. But, more and more, we are learning that movement is integral to good brain development in children. Many of our kids these days are involved in organized sports, which is great! But for those who dislike sports, or who are not ready for the commitment of travel teams…….. what to do? CrossFit.
CrossFit for kids, especially young children, is not like CrossFit for adults. Children have different needs at different ages. One of the things that makes CF so fabulous for adults is that it is based on scaleable functional movements. Functional, meaning we can take it outside the gym, and it makes our lives easier. We use our bodies in the gym like we use them outside the gym! All of these basic movements are scaleable for kids too!
My young elementary classes center around games and animal movements, and the basic air squat. Kids get to be silly and practice building coordination and stamina as well as basic healthy movement patterns.
Middle schoolers can use light weights once basic functional movements are mastered. Their WODs begin to look a little bit more like the adult WODs, but we still include games and fun!
Teens classes are very similar to adult classes, but always keep the needs of teens in mind. Yes, we use weights, but carefully. Movement patterns are established first. Then weights can be added as long as the movement patterns are strong. If form begins to break down at all, we take the weight away. Most of the WODs include body weight movements, which can be mixed and matched to provide quite the workout! After all, CF is designed to improve your endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy! A lot of great stuff happened in a CrossFit gym!
What I love about CF for any age is the confidence that comes along with it! Every athlete, big or small, has moments when they think, “I never thought I could do that! Wow!” The teens are usually a little lower key about it though. 🙂
Take a look at these nine reasons that kids should do CrossFIt.
If you have any questions about kids and CrossFIt, or want your child to try a free class, email me. email@example.com