Co-owner, CF-L3, CSCS
My athletic career started as a high-school and collegiate mid-distance runner, where, even at the Division I level of competition, nutrition was sadly completely overlooked. After leaving competitive running due to injury, I found CrossFit, where the paleo diet was very in vogue. The understanding at the time was that food quality, especially those foods available to our ancestors, was the sole piece of the nutrition puzzle needed to optimize body composition and performance. Enter the days of endless bacon and avocado. Eades, Sisson, Wolf, and Cordain were the champions of a well-intentioned but misguided nutritional revolution.
As the owner of CrossFit 214, we ran paleo challenges with mixed results. Some people seemed to lean out and get stronger, but others didn’t show any changes, or even went backwards gaining fat and losing performance. Frustrated with the mixed results, I started searching for alternatives.
At the same time my girlfriend and co-founder of Adaptive Nutrition started working with a body building coach and adopted a physique competitor diet. It was very low-fat and high-carb, the antithesis of paleo. The most confusing part? She got lean and FAST. I didn’t understand what was happening and struggled to reconcile her results with all my reading on the ancestral nutrition revolution.
Fed up with the mixed results of our paleo challenges and confused by the results my girlfriend was getting, I dug into research and publications from other sources, especially those around bodybuilding nutrition. I spent hours reverse engineering some of the most effective existing meal plans available on the market, and, after using them with my nutrition clients, found they were getting more consistent results. We learned to tweak factors that other programs had overlooked. We tweaked our timing of macronutrients and changed critical food ratios. These seemingly small adjustments proved to enhance both performance and body composition in ways we hadn’t seen before.
Finally, we packaged our prescriptions in a format that eliminates the pain points of usage that cause people to drop their plan and fall off the wagon. The end result is a growing pool of happy clients with crushingly good results, along with bodies and performance that speak for themselves.