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Nutrition at CrossFit 1080

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Paleo Food PyramidHere at CrossFit 1080, we program and have you work through workouts you might not necessarily really want to do, but we will never MAKE you change anything else in your lifestyle. We do find that if you want to improve your overall health and performance in life, you may need to adjust your diet, sleep schedule, and stress levels (I know, it does seem impossible, but I promise it is doable!)


By now, there is a good chance you have heard about the Paleo Diet – whether that was by someone who tried it, found success and had to share their story with you or if it was in an article you found explaining how “trendy” and “unsustainable” any diet could be. The hardest part about trying to change a lifestyle or habit is finding the information you need to be armed and ready for any situation that may come your way. Many people believe changing your diet is too difficult and is unsustainable, but we want to prove you wrong and provide you with the information and motivation you will need to be successful!


We believe the most important part of your health is the food you are fueling your body with. Here at CrossFit 1080, we support a Real-Food and Paleo approach to eating. We understand everyone is different and has different needs, but we feel for the general population, some simple changes to your diet can change your life. The 30 day strict Paleo Diet is based on an Elimination Diet – which eliminates all possible allergens so your body can “reset”, than you can reintroduce the food slowly and see if you react poorly to them. After your first 30 days, most people fall into a healthy and personalized version of Paleo that they will find sustainable, successful and make them and their families happy. I think Popular Paleo says it best: “Lets remember that Paleo is a spectrum, not a black/white, pass/fail, yes/no temporary diet meant to accomplish cheap short-term results. At its core Paleo is a personal conversation with your body, figuring out what works and what doesn’t—or better yet, what is necessary and what is unnecessary.”


Let’s focus on what a Paleo Diet includes:

We eat real food: animal-based protein, vegetables, fruits, and natural fat sources. Want to see it in a simple list? Here you go:

  • All animal proteins
  • All vegetables, except as listed above
  • All fruits (in moderation)
  • Quality fat sources: coconut products, olives and olive oil, avocados, grass-fed animal fat
  • Nuts and seeds (in moderation)


Our “Avoid” list:

  • Processed foods
  • Grains
  • Legumes
  • Soy
  • Added Sugar
  • Dairy
  • Alcohol
  • Vegetable oils


As our blog evolves, you will find nutrition posts every Monday about various Paleo topics and recipes. There is also a tab under the “Athletes” tab at the top of this site  called “Nutrition Resources” that has some general information about Paleo and includes lists of my favorite recipes, sites, books, and restaurants in the Twin Cities that support this way of life.  We also hold Nutrition Challenges throughout the year and you can learn more about that on the Athletes > Nutrition Challenge page!


Do you have any specific questions regarding Paleo that you would like to see a blog post on soon? 

What are your favorite recipes or websites for eating real food?

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