Here are important resources I use myself for controlling my nutrition:
Google. Because of course.
Uwajimaya. The International District. Seattle area QFCs. Trader Joes. Seattle Farmers Markets. Rain Shadow Meats. These are the groceries we regularly purchase and gather our food from.
TAIKO DRUMMING WHILE SHOPPING AT UWAJI IS AWESOME! AND INTENSE!
It Starts With Food by Melissa Hartwig
A life changer. Seriously, this can change your life if you let it. A great primer on the basics of nutrition, as well as a way to see how we’ve developed our emotional relationship with food. Definitely provides a better understanding of the whys behind the creation behind the Whole30 too.
Coleena and Lillian. “Gym mamas” who helped us develop a lot of recipes during past challenges, with tips/tricks/recipes that we use today!
Nom Nom Paleo: Food For Humans by Michelle Nam
This book helped us change the way we looked at Paleo cooking. Michelle made it fun and fresh. Many recipes reminded us of many asian dishes we thought we’d never have. A nice emphasis on umami too!
Paleo Nick’s videos on CrossFit HQ’s YouTube Channel. Spoiler alert: going to make the following multiple times during this challenge!
Up until Nick popped up a lot of performance cooking video and picture looked super bland (Sorry MDA of yesteryear). His videos made me a bit more confident in my growing cooking skills.
NW Fit Meals. “Northwest Fit Meals is a Seattle-based Paleo/clean meal delivery service geared towards fueling Paleo athletes and non athletes living the Paleo lifestyle. We believe in clean eating to bring balance, performance, and energy to your days and workouts as well as improving your quality of life. Athletes fueled by Northwest Fit Meals, no longer have to meal prep on their days off: They can save time from taking trips to multiple stores, don’t have to prep/cook/clean, aren’t tempted to cheat on their diet, and get their Sunday’s back! We bring you only the freshest ingredients and we utilize sustainable, locally sourced and organic ingredients whenever possible.”
Gena and Jesse are really good people and their cooking, to me, is amazing. Their turkey chili is to die for. Gena figured out how to make a performance paleo Korean BBQ plate. NW Fit Meals pops up at local events as caterers, but getting their meal service is so exciting. If you’re interested contact them, say you’re FOUNDATION, and that Andrew sent you. They deliver directly to the gym. Then you can run to the office and ask if there’s a stack of reusable containers full of delicious meals with your name on it. EXCITING!
Post-CrossFit competition. These were all mine.
This video because this is the only technique I use when I make myself scrambled eggs:
Whole30 Cookbook by Melissa and Dallas Hartwig
The companion cookbook to the Whole30. Wish I had this way back when, but it’s cool to see the evolution of the program.
The Food Lab by Kenji Lopez-Alt
Even though it’s lower on this list (only because it’s not a diet-based book), it’s one of my top 3 cookbooks. Kenji is humorous but the big thing is discussing and disecting the science behind cooking techniques and how that affects outcome like appearance, flavor, and texture. I must’ve gifted this book at least 10 times the year it came out. Fantastic.
The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan
A insightful look into how corn fcked us up, why we eat the way we eat, how culture dictates cuisine, and why we have so many options for food and “food” now. This isn’t a cookbook, but a nonfiction book on the topic of eating. You can also check out one of his other books In Defense of Food: An Eaters Manifesto, were we pulled the “Eat Real Food. Not Too Much. Mostly Plants.” from!
The Frugal Paleo Cookbook by Ciarra Hannah
I had the opportunity to listen to the author speak at an event and it was interesting how her approach to feeding her family eventually just led to writing this book. Great philosophy and proof that eating clean doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg as long as you’re creative and have some sort of plan in your head when you cook.
For other fun cooking tips and tricks. They’re Seattle-based! Pike place.
Ready or Not! by Michelle Nam
The latest by Michelle, and something I picked up just last week, this book is made specifically for those who live busy lives and want to respect their bodies through nutrition. Short on time? Great- look at the RED section of the book. Kinda have time? Look at the YELLOW section. Want to make some fancy meals and have set a side of ton of time for prep? Try the GREEN section of the book. I’ve only thumbed through it so far, but it looks very promising. There’s “150+ make-ahead, make-over, and make-now recipes”!
Next Thursday I’ll have my 2017 HOW TO EAT OUT WHEN TRYING TO EAT CLEAN guide.
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