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Teaching Old Dogs New Tricks

By Marcus | In Nutrition | on January 23, 2012

FGB IV

Pictured above is from Mike’s first workout with us at CrossFit Intrepid, back when we were teaching classes at Rec Park. As one of our most OG members, he has been exposed to our Paleo-leaning nutrition advice since day one and yet has been pretty steadfast in choosing to ignore it. I was surprised that he and Stephanie chose to participate in the Whole30 challenge this time around, but have been impressed with his progress. Mike shared with me some of the things he has learned along the way and I figured I would also link to past posts where we covered similar ideas.

Despite my amateur move early on in the Whole 30 that disqualified me, this challenge has definitely helped re-engineer the simple things I once perceived as time consuming, inconvenient and not a good use of my time.

That being said, my perspective has changed so much since the start:

I now notice the difference in the quality of black coffee (The Other Black Gold)
I spend more time in the kitchen than on my computer
I have a system when grocery shopping (Prioritizing the Grocery List)
I know the layout of Trader Joes, Whole Foods and my local grocery store
I’m aware of what I eat (Thought for Food)
I can cook a decent dish
I’ve fine tuned my multitasking skills in the kitchen
I’ve maximized the economy of my ingredients in different dishes (The Food Matrix: Paleo for Dummies)
I need to finish my backyard so I can recreate my garden (Green Thumbs)
It really doesn’t take long to prep and cook a decent meal (Simplify Your Cooking)
I now understand why Steph buys all the kitchen accessories that I once thought were useless (My New Best Friend: the Food Processor)
I am honing in on my food planning each week
I’m saving money (Nutritional Q&A 3)

For those of you on the current challenge or have played along in the past, what have you learned?


WOD 01.23.12

Press 3×5

3 Rounds:
12 Overhead Squats
12 Pull Ups

3 Comments to "Teaching Old Dogs New Tricks"

  • Ray says:

    January 23, 2012 at 6:42 AM -

    I’ve learned that I have been able to stick to it as long as I am in the confines of my own home. However, if I’m out to dinner with family or friends, all bets are off. Celebrating Chinese new year with the family is just one of the few weekends where I went a little out of hand with the food. I think I’ve had something bad every weekend so far :(

  • Mike Stanitis says:

    January 23, 2012 at 10:42 AM -

    I’ve been about 95% Whole30 compliant and haven’t found it difficult to do so.

    Don’t forget about Sprouts market. I get most of my fresh produce there, as well as grass fed beef.

  • Brian says:

    January 23, 2012 at 12:09 PM -

    Ray… somewhere Marcus is shedding a tear* for your plight.

    *Not actual tear, likely sweat that got near his eye or inadvertent bacon fat splash as the one known as Marcus was born without tear ducts and is physically not able to cry or even feel emotion whatsoever… replaced by the ability to demand bear-crawls as an expression of his emotion

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