Whatever your goal is - overhead squat your body weight, get out of bed pain free, run a mile in under 9 minutes, or being physically able to live your life independently – nutrition is key. You can be the strongest person at the box, deadlifting 900 pounds, but if you have poor nutrition, you’re diminishing your overall fitness. Below is the “Theoretical Hierarchy of Development” that was introduced to me at my Level 1 Certification. Note the strong foundation of this pyramid is nutrition. It was also stated at my Level 1 that nutrition can account for up to 50% of an athlete’s development.
“A theoretical hierarchy exists for the development of an athlete. It starts with nutrition and moves to metabolic conditioning, gymnastics, weightlifting, and finally sport. This hierarchy largely reflects foundational dependence, skill, and to some degree, time ordering of development. The logical flow is from molecular foundations, cardiovascular sufficiency, body control, external object control, and ultimately mastery and application. This model has greatest utility in analyzing athletes’ shortcomings or difficulties. We don’t deliberately order these components but nature will. If you have a deficiency at any level of “the pyramid” the components above will suffer.” (CrossFit Training Guide, “What is Fitness?”; http://library.crossfit.com/free/pdf/CFJ-trial.pdf).
So why have you been torturing yourself for over a week now by eliminating the perceived joy that crack (AKA: junk food or sugar) used to bring to your life? Because you MUST build a strong nutrition base in order to meet your goals in life, whatever they may be, and to develop as an athlete. It is difficult, you’re hurting, but you’re almost over the hump. So…. suck it up, blast some hip-hop, grind out that WOD, and I promise you that going Paleo will equate to your performance at the box improving and your performance in life improving. Stay strong, people, keep eating like a caveman!