There is a whole lot of information to share with you this week! Are you ready? Take a deep breath. Good! Here we go!
First! For the past few years we have done a “Whole 30” challenge twice a year. Normally in the spring and fall. One other thing that happens in the spring is the Crossfit Open and in years past those of us that were doing Whole 30 were in the slumpy beginning stages while doing the Open WODS. This year we thought we would try something different, doing our month of Whole 30 in February in hopes that we will see the benefits of taking care of how we are eating and by the time February 23rd rolls around! A few of your fellow athletes are just wrapping up their own Whole 30 Jan. challenge, Jeff and Jenn are in their final countdown with their own spouses! Ask them how it’s going!
Here is how it’ll work! This year, if you choose to participate, you will choose between doing the Whole 30 paleo challenge or the Ketosis (or Keto) challenge! Here is the short version of each:
Whole 30 is 30 days of clean eating. You eat lots of vegetables, fruit, lean protein, eggs, fat, seeds and nuts. You cannot eat: dairy, sugar of any kind, alcohol, legumes (that means peanuts too) and grains. read more about Whole 30 here. We’ve done it a number of times and it’s really great for those that have never done a food challenge before and like having a very black and white way of what you can and cannot eat. It’s really a very basic way of eating for 30 days. Think the perimeter of the grocery store.
Ketosis is simply a high fat, moderate protein and very low carb way of eating. You eat lots of fat (think avocados, olive oil, nuts-yes peanuts too), whole fat cheeses and heavy cream, meat, vegetables, and very little fruit (mainly berries and coconut). Definitely not ideal for those that are lactose intolerant to go the dairy route but it doesn’t mean you can’t do Keto if you don’t digest dairy well. Simply keep that high fat in the way of avocados, nuts and good oils like olive, macadamia, walnut, avocado and don’t eat the dairy! Those who have done the Whole 30 a few times before and want to try something different might consider this route. Also good for those athletes that cannot go without their cheese/ dark chocolate and alcohol. Yep. Alcohol. Think clear, no sugar cocktails like vodka sodas, a good sipping tequila, etc. In moderation of course! Want to read more? Check out Ketosis here
Everyone that would like to participate will all begin Feb. 1st. Remember, this is NOT mandatory! This is simply for those that would like a “reset” of their regular diet or feel ready for something new. We won’t talk about it too much in class (though we will talk about food per usual). We have a private Jab Crossfit Whole 30 page that we use during this time, please join if you’d like! We use it to take photos of our meals, share ideas, complain and support each other on this journey. So get those pantries cleaned out, eat up the last of the holiday goodies and start planning your meals! The best way to be successful at this is being organized and planning ahead! Any questions? Talk to your coaches and fellow athletes! I have found Pinterest to be a huge help in finding inspiring recipes. Find me there, Carissa
Next! This coming Sunday, Jan. 29th from 9-10:30am Kate and Will Kahle are going to be running an Olympic Weightlifting workshop! Please come and join us for this free, extremely informative workshop focusing on the Snatch. Kate and Will have 8 years of Oly lifting experience and we are so excited to get a chance to have them share all of their incredible knowledge of this awesome, sometimes tricky, lift! See you there.
Finally! We celebrate another incredible athlete from our community!
Shreyas Verma has been a Jablete for just over a year! He is one of our committed 6:30am Jabletes. Although we tease him for mysteriously missing the warm ups, he never fails to come prepared to work hard and meet whatever challenge is up on the board. Not only has Shreyas himself made the 6:30 am mornings more fun, but he has also helped build our Jab family by inviting coworkers to suffer alongside with him. Shreyas, thank you for being a part of our Crossfit community and working so hard! Keep up the good work!
name: Shreyas Verma
where did you grow up? India
when did you begin at Jab Crossfit? Is this the first place you tried Crossfit? Jan 2016, yes