This gorgeous piece of art was Dallas’ birthday gift to me. It is the only thing hanging on a huge brick wall in my office, and I get to look at it all day, every day. I’m pretty good at following directions, and this little piece of communication from him to me is as clear and concise as it gets.
My “Zone Gone Bad” article was published in the CrossFit Journal today. In the article, I cop to some pretty serious confessions about me and food. To be honest, I can’t believe that no one is talking about this – the link between women (and men) with a history of disordered eating habits, and how the rigidity and rules of the Zone diet can bring those habits right back out. I’ve seen it personally, and I’ve talked at least a handful of other women about this same issue.
In the article, I describe how I had a serious flashback to some of my messed up eating patterns when I first started to Zone more than a year ago. Luckily, I didn’t travel too far down that path before I reigned it in and started eating for performance, as I should have been all along. Now food and I are tight. I still have my off days – when I get stressed or busy, meals are the first thing to fall to the wayside. But that doesn’t happen often, and when it does, I make up for it by taking an extra rest day or two, and eating like an NFL linebacker for the rest of the week.
I’ve had a lot of requests from people to see exactly what I eat. I don’t weigh, measure or track any more, but once in a while, I FitDay my food intake to make sure I’m still on the right path. I did that one day this week – and things are looking good. This is exactly what I eat in a typical day. (Like, very typical, considering I pretty much eat the same foods all the time.) A few key points to my diet…
- I eat a lot. More than any other girl I know. More than a lot of dudes I know. And Justin Lascek STILL sends me an email every day telling me I need to eat more.
- I eat a lot of fat. A LOT.
- I eat a lot of protein. Probably more than I need, but I have to get my calories in somewhere and I’m still trying to put on muscle.
- I don’t eat a lot of carbs. And my energy is consistent, and my performance in the gym has never been better. This week, I hit a dead hang pull-up PR, took 3:00 off my Grace time and put 10# on my hang power clean. All on under 150g of carbs a day.
- I am still not eating enough, because there still ARE days when I slack on my intake.
Now my situation is probably different than a lot of people. I’m TRYING to put weight on, and if I slack in my food intake for a single week, I lean out to the point where my performance suffers. That’s probably not typical. So maybe don’t think so much about how much I eat, but take from my diet that you probably can afford to eat more. And that fat is good. And that you judge how well your diet is going by how you are performing in the gym. Period.
If I’m a little obnoxious standing on this particular soapbox, it’s only because I came from a pretty unhealthy view of food, health and body image. I don’t want to see other women – and men – make the same mistakes I did – eating too little, training too hard, and experiencing the same frustration, discouragement and burnout that I did. I hope posting some of my food stuff helps, and please let me know what you thought of the article. Finally, I’m always available to answer diet questions – just email me, or post to comments.