Nutrition Challenge 2013

MDSoF intentions for the 2013 Nutrition Challenge:

  1. All MDSoF athletes participate at the appropriate level for each athlete.
  2. All participants understand and practice “eating is training.”
  3. All participants understand health comes from practicing healthy habits and living a healthy lifestyle year after year.

Rules for both Rx and scaled:

  • Saul & Susan are judges – all decisions are final. No sass allowed.
  • $40 to enter RX division; $20 to enter scaled division.
  • There will be a men’s and a women’s division in both RX and scaled.
  • First 10% of your entry fee covers administrative costs. Then the 1st place athlete in each division gets: 50%; 2nd place 30%; 3rd place 20% of the entry fees for that division.
  • Start date: Monday, Jan. 7th, 2013

  • Finish date: Sunday, Feb. 3rd, 2013
  • Take before and after pictures and/or measurements (neck, chest, waist and thigh). Pictures and/or measurements are due Monday, Jan. 7 COB and Monday, Feb. 4th COB. Measurements are at the biggest part of what you are trying to measure. Digital images are OK. Note that we are not concerned with weight, you shouldn’t be either.
  • Submit 500 word (or less) essay regarding your experience by Monday, Feb. 4th, COB.
  • Do a heavy clean and jerk, snatch, front squat, overhead squat or any other strength lift/exercise (e.g push-up, pull-up, muscle-up, handstand push-up, back lever, etc.) between Monday, Jan. 7 and Friday, Jan. 13 and then again before Monday, Feb. 4 COB.
  • Photos and/or measurements and essays must be in by Monday, Feb 4th, close of COB to win a prize. No exceptions!!!
  • Optional: Do Fran
  • Optional: Body fat testing pre / post at the Body Composition Center.
  • Optional: Bloodwork pre / post: lipids & trigycerides; CRP, fasting blood glucose, hgbA1C (ask Susan for details if you need more info).

Rx division: Look, Feel, Perform Better
There is a time when every athlete who is serious about being as fit and healthy as possible should eat ‘clean’ for at least 21 days. After that amount of time, it should be starting from a “blank slate.” When the athlete starts adding back foods that he/she used to eat, it should be pretty easy to figure out what works to look, feel and perform at his/her best (and what doesn’t support that).

  • Eat clean for 28 Days, if you don’t know what that is, check out your Whole9 Nutrition Guide. If you don’t have one, ask for one from Susan or Saul.
  • This is NOT a one-slip-and-you’re-out, contest. Life is not like that, so this challenge is not like that. However, for people who are trying to figure out health issues like gut disorders or skin issues, which can be slow to recover from, it is best to be very strict about removing all grains and legumes. If you have a question regarding what is right for you, please talk to Saul or Susan.

Scaled Division:
If you can’t front squat, we don’t teach you to clean. We want you to be successful and to do that you must have the all the foundational skills to be successful. Grocery shopping and cooking are the foundational skills for eating healthy.

  • Nine Paleo recipes cook ‘em and eat ‘em. To succeed in any nutrition change, you need to have three breakfasts, three lunches and three dinners “in your back pocket.” That means you need to know how to shop and cook for these at 9 PM when you are hangry (hungry and angry) and most importantly, cook at least a couple on Sunday when you have time. Submit recipes to S & S by Monday, Feb. 4th, COB.
  • Something-free or something-new for 30 days. Pick one thing that you want to change, either by leaving something out or adding something (i.e. veggies) and do it for the 28 days. Refer to the Whole 9 Nutrition Guide for help, if you don’t have one, ask Susan or Saul.

If you have any questions, please ask Susan or Saul.