Let’s face it. Nutrition is a lot like politics. It’s personal. It’s sometimes messy. And you’re probably going to regret bringing it up with friends and family. But rest assured, we can make nutrition less controversial for you and everyone around you.
The philosophy espoused by CrossFit is fairly straight forward: Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat. [CrossFit Journal, September 2002, “The Garage Gym”]
But that’s not a very actionable plan. So, to turn this general guidance into something more quantifiable, Daybreak utilizes FLEXIBLE EATING, also referred to as flexible nutrition or macro dieting. However, we don’t limit ourselves to any single program, but rather, we take a BEST OF BREED approach. That is, we (a) identify your individual needs and goals, (b) pick the most relevant components from the programs we know work and (c) build and modify your program as we learn what is working, keeps you happy and allows you to live a balanced lifestyle.
The programs and concepts we use to guide our clients originate from: PALEO, WHOLE 30, ZONE and MACRONUTRIENT MANAGEMENT.
At the heart of FLEXIBLE EATING is the simple concept of eating the right foods, in the right amounts over the right period of time. This entails tracking the food our clients eat and drink so we can be sure they can support activity levels but not gain excess weight. It may also include weighing and measuring foods, but we often find success with easier ways to manage and control portion sizes.
We structure the program around macronutrients: carbohydrates, protein, and fat. We find if we eat quality, whole foods based on macronutrients, we will by default get the micronutrients (i.e. vitamins and minerals) we need.
To determine the quantity of macronutrients you need in a day, we’ll consider your weight, your gender, how many times you’re exercising and any other daily factors such as when you tend to feel tired. It’s this daily routine which will determine your overall caloric intake levels, which we’ll further break down into grams required of your macros: carbs, protein and fats.
You’ll then get an “allotment” of grams for each macro and your goal is to meet those number each day. The beauty of this approach (and the reason for the term FLEXIBLE EATING) is that you get to fill those macro grams with any food you want! Yes, it’s hard to believe, but as long as you’re hitting your “macros” you can take a little cheat here and there. Have a glass of wine. Eat that piece of cake at your child’s birthday party.
But you’ll have to do so within the context of your broader eating goals, that is, you’ll be limited to the quantity you eat and you’ll be accountable as you’ll be logging what you eat and when you eat. This way, you will tend to stay on track, yet you get a little bit of balance, which we find is the secret to success.
And as we guide you through this process and you begin to look, feel and perform better, you’ll naturally begin to make better choices. It won’t be easy, but we can certainly make it tolerable… and that’s how Daybreak does nutrition.