In this episode you’ll learn the Best Diet for You, to Sleep or Workout, Fasting & CrossFit, plus…
- How to figure out your best diet without trial and error.
- When to choose sleep or workout.
- If fasting will work for CrossFit.
- How to make sure your diet is actually working.
- And much, much more.
This is another session of listener questions. If you want your questions answered on the allaroundjoe podcast, simply ask in the comments section below, or drop me a line on Facebook.
Our first question comes from Scott R. in Mount Shasta, CA.
Question: How do you know what is the best diet for yourself?
2 options –
1. Test everything yourself, and make notes about energy, mood, skin, sleep, etc.
This is the way that most people go, or they just take advice from someone like me (or a friend), and just run with that. As you might be able to tell, this is not a good way of figuring out what is right for your body.
In fact, I used this method for over 10 years, and found out that I was poisoning myself by eating too much red meat (and other iron containing foods).
So, I know how to run tests, and I read about what’s good for you (and understand it), but I couldn’t tell exactly what was best for me. And, I don’t think that you can either.
What should you do…
2. Use a real testing company (like InsideTracker)
This was a life changer for me. It allows you to look inside of your body, and ask it what it needs. Do you see how this could be beneficial?
It is the most beneficial.
You simply go to InsideTracker.com (and use the code allaroundjoe for a discount), then pick your package (I like the Ultimate, because why wouldn’t you test everything…) and select a lab that’s close to your house to get your blood tested. A few days later, you’ll get an email saying your results are ready, and it will tell you exactly what to eat, and what to avoid.
Now, I’m fine with you using a company other than InsideTracker, although I’m not aware of any companies that make the results as easy to understand. I just want you to understand that you cannot find a diet that works for you 100% in a magazine.
The one thing that you’ll still have to figure out is macronutrients for your life… and this is going to be based on your activity level, and sport. Checkout my podcast on how to setup your diet for success to figure this out.
This next question comes from Pamela in Queen Anne
Question: What’s more important…getting enough sleep or getting a workout in?
This is a great question, and something that I see young parents struggling with all the time.
The simple answer is, you’re going to get more bang for you buck to do a quick, high intensity workout for 30 minutes, rather than get an extra 30 minutes of sleep.
That 30 minute workout will do much more for you than 30 minutes of extra sleep.
Also, if you can wake up 30 minutes earlier, and do that workout in the morning, you’ll probably get the most benefits. It will also keep you from disrupting your sleep if you do the workout right before bed.
Our last question of the day comes from Rae in Ballard
Question: I been hearing a lot a buzz about the benefits of fasting, but how should it be approached while doing intense training, like Crossfit?
Let’s start by talking about the different types of fasting.
You have multi-day fasting, single day fasting, and multi-hour fasting.
There are many benefits of fasting
– Blood sugar / insulin sensitivity
– Blood pressure
Now, to address the question, which is can you fast and be a CrossFit athlete.
You will have a pretty hard time with the longer duration fasting programs when doing high intensity workouts. You body simply needs food to perform at a high level.
That being said, you can utilize short-term fasting to your benefit, even as a CrossFit athlete.
Some ways of doing this are…
– Fast for a few hours after waking. If you do morning workouts, this can be a great idea. Just get ready for your day, and head to the gym without eating.
— You can also do this if you workout in the evening, just try to delay your first feeding until lunch time.
– Lastly, you can utilize fasting on your days off from the gym. I will do this commonly on Sunday’s, where I’ll delay my eating until 1pm or 2pm.
Side note: You should let those around you know that you are testing fasting :-). You might not be in the best mood if you aren’t used to feeling the way fasting makes you feel.
Just remember to think before you speak.
Resources and links mentioned in this podcast
InsideTracker.com – Use code allaroundjoe to get 10% off.
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