Nutrition Coaching

Paleo vs Primal vs Zone: What is the best fit for you?!

We have found that nutrition is a lot like religion…it creates strong opinions. What we feed our bodies has a direct and traceable effect on our performance and health on a daily basis. Certain food groups can have a negative impact on our health without us even realizing it. At Big Mountain CrossFit we also realize that nutrition is not a one size fits all. We don't believe is "diets" but in lifestyle changes. We want you to find something that works for you AND something you can stick with forever! Below is information about a few different types of eating we support. You can read, research and decide what is the best fit for you. If you want further direction we offer individualized nutrition counseling and a number of Nutrition Challenges throughout the year.


The paleo way of eating is going back to mimic the way our ancestors ate as closely as possible. It is an effective way for fat loss, preventing diseases and increasing performance. Paleo calls for eating real food including lean meats, fish, vegetables, some fruit, nuts and seed, little starch and no sugar. This means no: grains, legumes (including peanuts), white potatoes, dairy, corn and sugar substitutes. While shopping avoid the center of the grocery store. If you pick up something to read the ingredients and the list is a mile long and filled with things you don't know what they are, much less how to pronounce them, it probably isn't paleo friendly.

1. The Beginner's Guide to the Paleo Diet 

2. The Paleo Diet

There are many other resources out there but these are a few that offer great advice.


Primal is also based off of the way our ancestors ate with a few differences from Paleo. The primal plan allows for all of the same foods as paleo but also includes some higher fat meats and dairy. Such as cream, butter, greek yogurts and some cheese. (just not all the time)

1. The Definitive Guide to Primal Eating Plan -

2. Getting Started with Mark's Daily Apple -