Fall 2012 Nutrition Challenge Kick-off and Paleo Potluck Dinner

CrossFit Charlottesville is hosting our sixth Nutrition Challenge! This event is open to the public, so come redefine your relationship with food, learn how to cook again, and get some abs!

At 5 PM on Sunday, September 23 we will host a Paleo Potluck Dinner at our gym. Bring snacks, appetizers, entrees, or desserts, as long as they emphasize good-quality real food (meat, fish, veggies, fruits, nuts, seeds, etc.) and skip out on the bad stuff (processed sugar, gluten, etc.). We will supply utensils, plates, bowls, and paper towels. Bring your own beverage.

Then at 6 PM we will start our Nutrition Challenge Kick-off. Anyone, member or non-member, is welcome to participate; all you have to do is bring $20 in cash for the prize pool. Here are the results from our past challenges:

Changing Member Lives: 8 Weeks of Paleo/Primal Eating and Strength Training with Result Pictures

Second Nutrition Challenge: 8 Weeks of Paleo + Primal Eating and CrossFit Training with Result Pictures

Third Nutrition Challenge: Paleo Eating Before and After Pictures

Fourth Nutrition Challenge: Paleo & Zone-ish Eating for 8 Week Before and After Pictures

Fifth Nutrition Challenge: Paleo Nutrition and Zone Guidelines for 8 Weeks Before and After Result Pictures

Food is fuel, and in order to fully achieve your health, performance, and body image goals, you need to dial in your nutrition. Unfortunately, exercise alone will not do the trick, and there is no such thing as out-training a bad diet. Here are three great resources about proper nutrition written by our very own trainers from CrossFit Charlottesville:

Nutrition Resources and Summary

Nutrition Basics for Health and Performance

Zone Diet for Health, Performance and CrossFit

Nutrition Challenge Rules

  • Consult your doctor before you make any nutrition changes.
  • You must bring $20 in cash to the meeting on Sunday in order to participate. The money will be used as a prize pool for the winner.
  • If you want to enter the Nutrition Challenge, follow the guidelines exactly. There are no exceptions or “cheat” meals.
  • It starts Sunday and ends after 8 weeks (right before Thanksgiving).
  • On Sunday we will take a picture of you showing your mid-section. The winner will be the one who shows the best body recomposition (more lean muscle mass and less fat). Men will go shirtless for the photo, and women will be asked to wear a sports bra.
  • You need to enter everything you eat into FitDay for the first three weeks. Once a week, print out your FitDay information and bring the sheets into the gym to review with Chris G.
  • Emphasize naturally-raised, organic, and pastured food as much as possible. Shop at Whole Foods, the Farmers’ Market, and the C’ville Market. Avoid processed food-like substances in the aisles by sticking to the perimeter of the grocery store.
  • Good: local, organic, or pastured meats and eggs, wild-caught fish, local or organic vegetables and berries, oils like coconut or olive oil.
  • Bad: processed sugar, gluten, grains, alcohol, soda (even diet).
  • Grey area: full-fat grass-fed milk and butter, whey protein, full-fat Greek yogurt
  • Supplements: fish oil (5 to 8 grams daily), multi-vitamin, vitamin D (5,000 IU per day), creatine (3 to 6 grams daily)

Calculating How Much to Eat

  • Take your body weight and subtract fat mass. For example, if you weigh 150# and have about 20% body fat, you have 120# of lean body mass.
  • Everyone will start out by eating 1 gram of protein per pound of lean body mass (our example would eat 120 grams of protein per day). Based on general Zone guidelines, divide that number by 7 to estimate fat and carb macronutrient blocks. This gives us 17 blocks for our example.
  • Multiply by 9 for carbs and by 3 for fat; so roughly 150 grams of carbs and 50 grams of fat (which we will tweak later on in the challenge). This is not purely a science, but rather it is just a starting benchmark.
  • If you are looking to shed fat dramatically, you need to be eating under 100 grams of carbs per day. Under 50 carbs per day and you are going to be lethargic and your performance will decrease. You need to experiment, track, and dial things in based on your specific needs.

More Resources

Facebook Event

Presentation Slides

Nutrition Cheat Sheet

Zone Meal Plan

Paleo Solution

10 thoughts on “Fall 2012 Nutrition Challenge Kick-off and Paleo Potluck Dinner

  1. It will be funsies!!! FOOOOOOD!!!

    1. wait whoa whoa WHOA. We take the pix AFTER the potluck?!?! That seems like an automatic way to look better in the ‘after’ pictures.

      1. I gorged on fast food and ice cream for a week prior to my before picture last nutrition challenge. Its a good technique. You look bloated and unhappy in the first one and lean and happy in the last.

  2. Many of you are wondering “what on earth will I eat without bread/pasta/grains/etc?!?!” Have no fear! Eating without those things will make you experiment more with foods you are not so familiar with (hellooooo veggies) and become more creative in the kitchen!

    Many of your trainers are pretty good with a spatula and a knife, and we’re happy to help. Online resources are also extraordinarily useful. A few of my personal favorites are:




    I’ll be bringing a tequila-lime shredded beef dish to the Potluck, in case ya’all were wondering.

  3. Told Tiffany about this website and wanted to share with the rest:
    “30 Nights of Paleo Crock Pot Meals”
    Lex found this a while back and it’s pretty good. The Slow Cooker Boeuf Bourguignon is FANTASTIC. Some recipes aren’t 100% paleo, and some are a little more involved than your typical “set it and forget it” crock pot meals. Either way, if I wasn’t following recipes exactly they were certainly giving me ideas for new ways to use the slow cooker.

    1. Oh I am very familiar with this list! I tend to make many of those “more involved” recipes into “set it and forget it” recipes (like the one for Mole) and it always turns out just fine 😉 (yay for being lazy but still making great food)

      1. Oh yeah… protip for the Mole recipe… make the sauce the night/day/weekend before you want to make the recipe. Morning of, just dump meat/sauce in the slow cooker and you’re good to go! That was another one of my favorites… might need to return to it soon now that weather is getting cooler 🙂

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