30 days – Not an extraordinarily long period of time, but also a good base for a challenge. I recently participated in GymCore CrossFit‘s Fall 30 day nutrition challenge and wanted to share my thoughts and results!
In the past, I have run and created several nutrition challenges. Yet, this is actually only the 2nd one I have participated in! Today, I will be sharing my overall feelings and results. The rules for this particular challenge were fairly simple – it was essentially a no sugar, clean eating challenge. There were some restrictions on types of foods you could not eat during the challenge, and some foods which were also suggested to limit. There were also cardio, and core challenges throughout the week; as well as points to collect for completing those challenges, stretching (or lack there of) and sticking to the rules!
So how did I do?! I felt like I did great! My goals for participating in the challenge were to A) Keep my nutrition on track and see how eating (or not eating) certain foods makes me feel B) Continue to work on my core strength C) See how closely I can follow the challenge rules.
Overall, my weight went down 4lbs – and while I didn’t do this challenge to necessarily “lose weight,” I will take it as a bonus. I am happy to say, not eating ANY gluten while on this challenge (with the exception of one item of food on an allowed “cheat” day) allowed me to see how much it really does effect my digestion. I was able to complete all the added core and conditioning challenges, and missed VERY few training days.
I felt great throughout the challenge, and while it did require a good amount of food prep and a large amount of grocery shopping – it was not too much of a stretch from what I was already eating. I was more careful about choosing sauces, marinades and toppings. I also was VERY aware of my ravenous and unnecessary sweet tooth- which eventually dissipated.
I wish I had taken some before and after pictures or measurements, because I really had some great results – but I will save that for next time. For now, I plan to continue on with the challenge “rules” and some added “core accessory work”.
If you are new to CrossFit, or Fitness – I HIGHLY recommend investing in help with your nutrition. Not only will it amplify your results, but it will increase your over all health. Talk with a trainer, or coach about where you are at, what you need and where you want to be! Nutrition is the foundation that our fitness is built upon!
That’s all I’ve got for today.