Great nutrition for kids in 150 words. Our goal with kids isn’t to get them on the Zone, but to get them to think and make good choices about what they eat. Our goal is to teach them very basic concepts: Sugar is bad, protein is good, and you need to eat some in every meal. Nuts and seeds are good fats. Eat them, don’t avoid them. Pasta, white bread, and white rice are not that good for you. Stuff that’s red, yellow, green and found in the fruit and vegetable aisle is good for you. Eat a lot of it.
Look at your plate, make a fist; eat that much meat every meal. Turn your hand over and fill it with nuts and seeds; eat that much good fat. Fill the rest of your plate with stuff you found in the fruit and vegetable aisle. Fill your plate this way at every meal, and don’t eat more.
Our goal is to have children (and their parents) make the best food choices they can. Our hope is that real, whole foods will replace processed food items. To that end we are compiling resources that may help not only provide some scientific underpinnings to support our position, but also provide you with easy and great-tasting recipes. *Courtesy of www.crossfitkids.com
Academic Performance: CrossFit Kids: Exercise and Brain FunctionBy Dr. Jon Gary February 02, 2011 “So it might be pretty obvious that CrossFit is all about (the) musculoskeletal system, cardiorespiratory system, but what isn’t as obvious is the effect of exercise on the brain,” says Dr. Jon Gary, a member ofCrossFit Kids. According to Dr. Gary, CrossFit Kids gives us a unique opportunity to enhance a child’s brain development.
“CrossFit Kids cross-trains the brain,” he says.
Dr. Gary’s aim is to help children move better through CrossFit Kids and help develop each child’s brain at the same time.
“Athletic performance is solving a problem. Whether it’s moving your body through space or an external object through space, you have to solve a problem. And it’s not your muscles that do the solving, OK. It’s your brain,” he says.
Another reason exercise is so important is a child’s vestibular development, or spacial awareness, which stimulates an emotional center of the brain.
“It’s extremely important for us in our programming that we activate the vestibular system on a daily basis,” Dr. Gary says.