Excerpt from Dynamic Nutrition's post:From Paleo To Doughnuts, & the Truth In The Middle
"When I first started noticing the CrossFit craze about 4-5 years ago, it seemed like everyone in the community was eating “Paleo.” Time went on, and it seemed that more and more athletes were switching from Paleo to Zone, or even better – they were “zoning paleo.”
Today, a few years later – it seems like I rarely hear of or see pictures of meats and nuts, seeds, fruits or vegetables. Instead, I can’t help but notice that common nutritional practices have taken a sharp turn, so far that doughnuts are now recommended as “proper fuel.”
Wow – from paleo to doughnuts – talk about confusing! This begs the question, how should YOU be eating?
While flexible dieting is new to the CrossFit culture, it is not at all a new concept. In large part it can be explained as follows: “eat whatever foods you want, as long as you hit your prescribed number of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats for the day.”
1. First and foremost, if you are even considering flexible dieting, you must be prepared to track your macros.
2.Second, understand that not all of your calories will be coming from the “fun” foods like pizza and doughnuts.
If you know your macros, and eat with an emphasis on quality during the critical times (pre workout, post workout, etc..), you should have some wiggle room for a treat or two here or there. Maybe its at night, or maybe its on an off day, or maybe you have to wait until your refeed day – this will vary from individual from individual.
What I do NOT recommend is using 60 of your 100 grams of carbs on a doughnut preworkout, then using your other 40 on ice cream post workout."