seriously, What’s in the food that I’m eating??
For many of us, this information might bring you back to grade school science class. But hey, who doesn’t love an easy, digestible refresher? ..See what I did there? 😊
We’re talking nutrients today – What food is all about! Nourishment for our bodies.
Carbohydrates, proteins, fat, vitamins, minerals, and water are all nutrients. If we don’t have the right balance of nutrients in our diet, our risk of developing health conditions increases.
Nutrients can be divided into two categories: Macronutrients and Micronutrients.
Macronutrients, a.k.a. Macros, are what the body needs in large amounts (Macro = Large). These are Carbohydrates, Proteins and Fat.
Micronutrients are what the body needs in smaller amounts (Micro = Small). These are vitamins and minerals. For example:
Vitamin B1, B2, B6, B12, C (Water Soluble)
Vitamin A, D, E, K (Fat Soluble)
Minerals like Calcium, Potassium, Sodium, Magnesium, Iron and Zinc
So What are the benefits of tracking your food & MACROS?
We use SugarWOD to track our workouts inside the gym and overtime we see improvements – a motivating factor that keeps us going, helps us see the goals we accomplished while consciously (or subconsciously) determining the next ones.
Similarly, we can use a notebook or mobile app. to track our nutrition outside the gym which will in turn result in small improvements overtime if done properly. This is an especially great idea if we feel our nutrition is, or has been, a little off-track. But why??
1. To develop healthy eating habits.
Should you have to track your nutrition, and/or macros for the rest of your life?
No. Unless of course, it works for you.
Developing healthy eating habits sound self-explanatory, but some of us get so caught up in the likeness of everyday life that we forget what is truly valuable fuel for our bodies. Writing down everything we eat can help with this. Sometimes we need to reset. Reset our habits and change them for the better, little by little.
2. For awareness.
Do you realize what you’re eating? Or how much you’re eating?
Are there times when you’re sitting at your desk, working over lunch and all you have to eat is a granola bar from the vending machine? Or maybe you’re always snacking on all the sweet treats brought into the office. Or maybe you mindlessly munch on potato chips during football games.
We need to be more aware of the food we’re eating too much of & the food we’re not eating enough of.
A great way to do that is to weigh and measure. Yes, you read that right. I’m encouraging you to weigh and measure your food. Only for a few weeks! It may take some mental preparation, but you can do it. We’re tough. We do CrossFit.
“Within a couple of weeks of weighing and measuring, you will have developed an uncanny ability to estimate the mass of common food portions, but, more importantly, you will have formed a keen visual sense of your nutritional needs. This is a profound awareness” (CrossFit Level 1 Training Guide).
3. To accomplish your fitness goals.
Are you trying to build muscle, lose body fat, run a marathon? What are your fitness goals?
Eating food with more protein and fat will help build muscle, but training for an endurance race might require more carbohydrates. Protein, Fat and Carbs – Our three macronutrients! Which is what we focus on because those are the nutrients our bodies need in large amounts.
This is what varies from person to person – Our fitness goals and how our nutrition plays a part.
For a lot of us, it might make sense to consider tracking our macros closely. For others, maybe a more general nutrition program is the best option because weighing our food might be a challenge right off the bat.
But what are YOU trying to accomplish? There is no one-solution-fits-all approach! Everyone’s body is different. For more info on what’s best for you, check out our nutrition coaching program below.
Otherwise, stay tuned. We’ve got a challenge coming that might just inspire you to give weighing your food a try…
Until next time,
Hillary Deppe, CF-L1 Trainer