I’ve had the pleasure of working for CFE for a little over six months now and have met a lot of awesome people. I sit in the front desk most of the day, posting the programmed WODs and figuring out social media. However, now and then I get the opportunity to speak with athletes, see how they’re doing both in and out of the box and give advice when questions are asked. Now, I’m no certified CrossFit Coach (not yet at least), but am currently enrolled at the University of Houston in hopes of receiving my Bachelor’s in Kinesiology. This doesn’t make me an expert though, not even close, but I’d like to think that I know enough to do my best and help athletes who are in need. In the world of fitness, there is so much rapid change that trainers – or people like me who strive to become trainers – continue to learn endlessly. That is why I like to try different training methods and diets so that I am able to speak with others from first-hand experience.

Most of us know that diet/nutrition is the decisive factor in most levels of fitness. Without a solid nutrition program or something close to it, we tend to see minimal results from our training. Nutrition is a topic that I personally love to talk about. I am very passionate about it, I’ve tried countless diets, programs and lifestyles to see the effects of such regimens on my body. Currently I am cutting down on all types of meat – leaning towards a vegetarian approach. This allows me a bit more freedom than Veganism (a lifestyle that has given me some of the best results yet), but not so much that I am constantly eating cheat meals. My diet pretty much consists of whole-grains, vegetables, fruits, low-fat dairy, nuts, eggs and legumes/beans. Most of these foods are packed with nutritious vitamins that the body craves, so I’m not missing out on much. I may take a B12 vitamin on rare occasions, but I get most of that from eating/drinking dairy products daily. So here is what I normally eat on a regular training day, take a look:

Breakfast: 390 cal – P: 32g/ F: 11g/ C: 42g

  • 2 slices of Whole Wheat Toast
  • 2 Cage Free Eggs
  • 2 Cage Free Egg Whites
  • 1 Red Apple

Snack (Pre and Post Workout): 537 cal – P: 69.5/ F: 8.1g/ C: 50g

  • 60g of Apple Pie Protein Powder (yes it’s real!)
  • 1.5 cup of Fat Free Skim Milk
  • 1 Banana
  • 16g of Natural Peanut Butter

Lunch: 505 cal – P: 17g/ F: 13.8g/ C: 78g

  • 72g of Spanish Style Rice (brown rice would be optimal)
  • 28g of Hummus
  • 65g of Tri Bean Blend
  • 65g of Brown Lentils
  • 1oz of Spinach
  • 30g of Guacamole
  • 1 Whole Wheat Tortilla (wrap everything in this bad boy and have yourself a BURRITO!)

Snack: 220 cal – P: 20g/ F: 8g/ C: 27g

  • 1 Performance Inspired Protein Bar

Dinner: 350 cal – P: 18g/ F: 11.5g/ C: 49g

  • 56g Whole Grain Spaghetti
  • 28g Swiss Shredded Cheese
  • 125g Roasted Garlic Pasta Sauce

Totals: 2,002 cal – P: 156g/ F: 52g/ C: 246g

Well there you have it. That’s Anthony’s fun and delicious diet. It’s nowhere near perfect, but it gives me enough leisure to both enjoy my food and be nutritiously balanced by hitting my desired macros fairly close. This is what I eat on a day where training is fairly rigorous and I gave 100%. On days which I am not training, I like to lower my calories to my Basal Metabolic Rate by cutting some of the carbohydrates because I don’t need an extensive amount of energy if I’m not putting it to use. Also remember that what I eat may not work for you, so I encourage you to try things out to see what works best for you! If you don’t know your Basal Metabolic Rate, get an InBody Scan at the box to figure that out! It helps to know what your body is burning so you can figure out a plan of attack to get to the place you want to be. If you want to get into the Macros or simply get some help with your nutrition, join Coach Courtney’s Nutrition Program! It’s given a lot of our athletes amazing results and it’s definitely working for me. Lastly, if you have questions feel free to ask me or any of the coaches, were all here to help and give you guys the best answers to your questions. Thanks for reading, we’ll see you all at the box!