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Nutrition Challenge 2018: Getting Started

It's GO time!

This year's challenge is simple (but NOT easy).

No weighing, measuring, counting calories or macros.

Just 3 basic principles:


Real food was once alive and doesn’t come from a box or container. If it has a long shelf life, if it is a man-made, edible, food-like substance – it is NOT food.


3-4 meals a day, no seconds, and no snacking. We will rely on the portion controlled containers to measure our food.

How much?

If you weigh <165#: eat 3 trays/day

If you weigh >165#: eat 3-4 trays/day*

no seconds, no snacks


Every meal needs to consist mostly of vegetables. A plate should be covered with vegetables then the protein and starch can be added. The large section of the container is for vegetables but you are allowed unlimited vegetables at each meal.

You'll also get challenge points for:

  • Sleeping at least 7 hours each night

  • Mindset: --list 3 (different) things you are thankful for each day --spend time each day doing something mindful: meditation, prayer, inspirational reading, ROM WOD, journaling, etc.

  • Up to 5 points/week for each CrossFit WOD you complete


Can I / should I still have my post-workout protein shake?

Supplements OK for:

Women with body fat < 22%

Men with body fat <15%

Pre and post workout supplements are focused on performance. If you are not where you want to be composition-wise, then performance is not the priority. For that reason if you are a man over 15 percent body fat or a woman over 22 percent body fat then you do not need to take pre or post workout supplements.

Can I count my yoga, zumba, power walk, dog walk, bike ride, spin class, gardening toward CrossFit WOD points?


While we encourage other activities, we believe the greatest changes in body composition and increases in overall fitness are achieved by doing constantly varied, functional movement performed at a high intensity (aka, CrossFit). That's why we do what we do. If you can't make it to class, check out our travel WOD's you can do at home or on the road.

What about fat?

Protein sources contain fat and you can also add approximately one thumb-sized portion of fat to your meal. Healthy fats include: nuts, nut butters, seeds, coconut/olive/avocado oil, olives, avocado. Avoid vegetable oils.

If you weren't able to make it the Friday Night Kick-off. You can watch the video HERE (on Mike Dorssom's Facebook Page)

You'll need to stop by the gym and grab your 3 food trays. If you want to order more trays for meal prep or freezing, click HERE.

THIS DOCUMENT provides simple instructions for the challenge.

Be sure to take time to watch this for more inspiration and motivation from CFNE's Ben Bergeron.


  1. use daily tracking sheet

  2. find a nutrition challenge buddy or group to check in with often

  3. CrossFit WOD at least 4x/week

  4. SLEEP!

  5. no alcohol

  6. no bread, pasta, cereal, oatmeal….

  7. no energy/protein bars

  8. no sugar or sugar substitutes

  9. no dairy

  10. Don't expect perfection!

Don't forget to visit our online store where everything is 40% off through Monday 10/01/18! Use code "40off"

UW Kinesiology Department

CrossFit New England


Sports Locker

All Terrain Sports

Big Hollow

Heritage Foods

UW Athletics

High Country Physical Therapy

Brown and Gold

Azteca Designs Boutique

*If you or a business you are affiliated with would like to be a 2018 Nutrition Challenge Sponsor, contact us

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