Saturday, June 9, 2012

Crossfit and Paleo Diet

Hey everyone! How is it going? I met with one of my friends from Berkeley College and he introduced me to a concept of fitness that I had never heard of before. We went to a seminar about "Paleo Diet" at CrossFit Hell's Kitchen. First, let me tell you what CrossFit is about.

"CrossFit is an intense exercise program featuring dynamic exercises like plyometric jumps, and Olympic lifts while using non-traditional weightlifting equipment such as kettlbells, sand-bags, suspension systems or water-filled implements. The program is structured in such a way that participants are challenged to do a certain number of repetitions in a workout in a specific time frame; the more advanced CrossFit participants will actually compete against each other to see how fast they can complete the daily workout and post their results on the CrossFit website." Link to the article here.
Looks pretty intense huh? I actually liked a lot the vibe of that gym. You can check it out at and you will be able to see a daily journal about the exercises and accomplishments they do. Doing some sport is always good, but honestly I'm one of those guys who find it a little boring to go to the gym by myself. This could be an alternative if you're like me. This gym is located at 36th street between 8th and 9th Avenues.

However, I didn't go there to try out their program (God forbid, because I'm certainly not in that shape at all!) I went there to hear about Paleo Diet. I wasn't really sure about what it was, but it ended up being a very interesting presentation not only about this particular diet, but also about nutrition in general. I did learn a lot of things I didn't know, and it's always good to get those tips in order to keep up with a relatively healthy life in such a city as it is NY! Nevertheless, paying attention to those tips after the presentation is a completely different matter... Let me give you a few lines about this Paleo Diet:
"The paleolithic diet (abbreviated paleo diet or paleodiet), also popularly referred to as the caveman diet, Stone Age diet and hunter-gatherer diet, is a modern nutritional plan based on the presumed ancient diet of wild plants and animals that various hominid species habitually consumed during the Paleolithic era—a period of about 2.5 million years duration that ended around 10,000 years ago with the development of agriculture. In common usage, such terms as the "Paleolithic diet" also refer to the actual ancestral human diet.
Centered on commonly available modern foods, the "contemporary" Paleolithic diet consists mainly of fish, grass-fed pasture raised meats, vegetables, fruit, fungi, roots, and nuts, and excludes grains, legumes, dairy products, salt, refined sugar, and processed oils."
Read the whole article from Wikipedia here.
Besides from introducing us to the Paleo Diet, Dr. Charles Williams also talked about other things related to nutrition, destroyed a few myths and other activities that affect our shape such as stress management or sleeping habits. All in all, it was a great talk and I got a lot from it.

However, after hearing all about how taking good care of your nutrition habits can benefit your shape and your life, my friend and I ended up having the following meal:

Consistent huh? Well, this is from BRGR and it's unbelievably delicious! What can I say... "I'll start tomorrow." Located at 7th Avenue between 26th and 27th, they have great 100% grass-fed beef. That means it's not the most unhealthy choice you can make around that area, so we're still good!

I hope you guys had a great week and enjoy your weekend! Thanks for reading and see you soon!

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