Top 10 Reasons to do the ODIN CrossFit Whole30 Nutritional Challenge
by Coach Bobby
10) Press the “Reset Button” from all the holiday food eaten over the past two months
With Christmas and Thanksgiving meals in the rearview mirror, and Spring and Summer not too far in our future, it will be nice to have 30 days to get good healthy food in your system and reset your daily habits.
9) Sleep like a champion
Improving the quality of food that you put into your body will actually help you sleep better at night. Having some cherries, or bananas, or turkey as your evening snack will put you over the edge with a good night sleep. Bananas help promote sleep because they contain the natural muscle-relaxants magnesium and potassium, turkey contains tryptophan, a chemical that can make people doze off in front of the TV after Thanksgiving dinner, and cherries are one of the few natural foods to contain melatonin, the chemical that helps control our body’s internal clock. You will be amazed at how well you sleep just by eating a whole foods diet with no sugar or alcohol!
8) Discover food sensitivities
The idea behind these elimination diets is to help people identify more subtle, gradual reactions to common food groups such as dairy, soy, nuts, eggs, gluten, sugar and alcohol. They completely avoid those foods for a few weeks. Later each food is added back one by one to test the body's response. This is a perfect time to learn more about your body and how it reacts to different foods.
7) You don’t want to feel left out when everyone is talking about Whole30
You can’t help notice all the pictures of foods on Facebook, people walking around with tupperware containers of brussel sprouts, and grilled chicken. Folks are going to be coming into the gym talking about their trials and tribulations with their Whole30 challenges…join them with yours. Build the ODIN Community. People bond over going through experiences that basically, well, suck. A tough WOD, a strict diet, running in the freezing cold…it is only 30 days. Embrace the suck and learn something about yourself and enjoy telling everyone about it. The first rule of CrossFit….
6) Do the best you’ve ever done during this year’s CrossFit Open.
The Open is right around the corner, and what better way to get ready for it than to put some great fuel into your body. In the gym we are going to be really working the metabolic conditioning aspect building “the engine”. Why not fuel that engine with great whole foods.
5) Improve your biological markers like blood pressure, body fat, cholesterol, etc…
When I did my first food challenge my markers were terrible. My doctor wanted me to take cholesterol medicine, my pant size was a bigger number than I wanted, and I just didn’t feel that good. After 13 weeks, I got my cholesterol numbers in a place where I didn’t need to take medicine, I dropped 8 inches on my pant size, and I went from technically obese to a healthy body composition. I am not promising that you will have the same results, but my guess is that if you give the Whole30 an honest shot and really commit to it, that you will see positive results.
4) Deal with the psychological and emotional relationship you have with food.
Do you have some “less than optimal” comfort foods? I know that I do. By taking some time to evaluate your diet and what goes into your body for 30 days, it will put you in a better place to understand how that glass of wine, or the chocolate chip cookie (cookies, really, ‘cause who can eat just one) have on your relationship with food.
3) Support Immune function and minimize inflammation
By eating a combination of foods that most closely resemble earth-to-mouth foods , and the proportions to which these are naturally available (without the intervention of high-tech agriculture), we can allow the body to appropriately self-regulate its craving for certain types of macro-nutrients, and stabilize our hormone levels throughout the day. Then there are the less-obvious effects of improving gut health, lessening systemic inflammation and daily immune activity – all of which help a person have more energy and fight off illness.
2) Look better naked
With all the benefits of sleeping better, eating better, working out better, being better emotionally (with food), not being all puffy and whatnot, chances are you will look better naked.
1) You are worth it.