Day 1
Today is the first day of our Fall Nutrition Challenge and we are excited for everything it can offer you.  The next five weeks are an opportunity to not only dial in your nutrition in ways that could take your training to the next level, but, also because we hope it will lay a strong foundation for a future healthier lifestyle.

We know that getting started can be the most difficult part.  For some of you, you have done this before and are familiar with the process.  We encourage you to think back on past Challenges and share with the rest of the group exactly what worked for you and what did not.  Our goal is to teach you a baseline or a starting point.  From there, you need to mold it to fit your needs and lifestyle.  With this blog, we would like to create a forum through which we can share stories, recipes, the common pitfalls that beginners fall pray to, as well as personal recommendations learned from experience being in your shoes.  Most importantly, we want to be available to support you and hold you accountable.  We can complete this Challenge as the strong and vibrant community we are at CFIV.

My most valuable lesson was identifying my food weaknesses.  I now call bread my gateway starch.  Its one of my favorite food items, especially fresh out of the oven and topped with butter and honey.   Once I eat it, I start craving it and I don’t stop until I have more.  Which  turns into a vicious cycle.  I’m not allergic to wheat and there is no reason why I couldn’t Zone a slice of bread here and there.  I simply know that it is the food that sends me over the edge into starch hell from which it is hard to turn back.  I have found that I actually don’t need bread in my life.  Out of sight, out of mind.  I don’t even think about it if its not in the house.  Of course, eating out at restaurants can still be challenging and it’s not to say I will never have bread again.  The difference is that I am aware of its power over me and I proceed forward cautiously with anything involving bread!

For those of you who are completely new to Nutrition Challenges, we want you to understand that you will make mistakes during this process and that it is ok to do so. All we ask is that you keep trying each day to follow the guidelines and make better choices.  For the best results, we have found that doing the Zone diet with Paleo foods is the way to go.  Either Zone or Paelo on its own can have outstanding results as well.  As long as the guidelines are followed.  Understanding these guidelines can be difficult and that is why we highly recommend that you log everything you eat for at least the first two weeks of the Challenge.  We can not help you figure out your nutritional fumbles if we do not see a written account of the food choices you make each day.  It’s that simple.  You have to write it down for us to give you constructive feedback.  However, please know that we are here to help you and we hope we can work together as a community and learn to live this healthier lifestyle together.

Please note that we are not doctors or certified nutritionists.  It is always recommended that you consult your doctor or a nutritionist if you have any questions when making major changes to your diet.