Week 1 - A Fistful of Greens
For the next 4 weeks we at Limitless and CrossFit Chiltern are going to be running a nutrition challenge. For me it was really important that in doing this we stuck by our principles and beliefs. Most of the time when people think of a nutrition challenge it's about cutting something out of their diet. I strongly believe that as a society we are nutrient deficient With the common trend for people to want to cut stuff from their diet no-one really talks enough about what we should be adding in.
Research shows that our cells have differing rates of absorption for nutrients with cells for vital organs absorbing nutrients ahead of other cells of the body. What this means is that if we are nutrient deficient in our diets then our less essential cells such as skeletal muscles, joints and bone cells will be effectively starved of these nutrients. There is growing evidence that long term deficiencies can lead to conditions such as arthritis and other degeneration. The problem is that if your diet is lacking in micro-nutrients you won't notice as the effects take a very long time to show.
With this is mind I wanted our challenge to help you get more of what you need into your system. This start today for our Week 1 challenge to eat a 'fistful of greens'.
What the challenge?
Now I know that a fistful isn't an accurate amount, but it's a good minimum amount for you. We want you to consume a fistful of greens every day for the next 7 days, share food ideas to make it interesting and let us know you're taking part.
Who can join in?
Anyone! You don't need to be a client or a member, just be willing to eat better for the next 4 weeks.
Any green veg will do the job, but if you want to benefit the most I suggest as much variety as possible.
Can I eat too much?
Not really, with green veg more is better. Obviously If you go insane and eat 5kg of cabbage that's probably not going to end well for you, and anyone around you! But generally more is good.
How do I take part in the challenge?
All you have to do is post a picture on social media, tag in CrossFit Chiltern or Limitless Life and #fistfulofgreens #nutritionchallenge. At the end of the 4 weeks we'll give some prizes to those who embraced the challenge the most!
So let's get started guys. I want to see photos, videos and some nice recipes. Plus if any of you want to share growing tips for you home growers then that would be great too!!