When I discovered CrossFit in 2012, I was a 22 year-old who had spent the better part of her life putting her body through the wringer. I had suffered from every eating disorder under the sun and continued to grapple with the mental turmoil that accompanies them. Seeing healthy, strong bodies built by working towards a performance goal, rather than a focus on aesthetics, lit a fire in me. I wanted that for myself.
I had been eating a strict paleo diet since being diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at 20, and while the emphasis on food quality had helped put and keep me in remission, the inadvertent lack of carbohydrates, coupled with intense training, hormonally tanked me. My PRs petered out and within a year and a half, I watched the scale go from 155 to 175. Once I realized what had happened, I began to incorporate more carbs, but to no avail. It wasn’t until a friend introduced me to “Flexible Dieting 2.0” in March 2015 that I began to grasp the proper approach to fueling my body for my goals. I successfully counted macros on my own for over a year, losing 10 pounds, improving my body composition, and establishing a new baseline for my nutritional needs. Alongside a change in programming, my performance in the gym began to skyrocket and for the first time since starting CrossFit, I felt like I was actively growing into the athlete I had one day hoped I might be.
In May 2016, I made the decision to go to the source, so to speak, and joined BIN. I knew that if I were to continue seeing progress, I would need to put things in the hands of a nutrition coach who better understood the nuances of how to help get me there. What I have gotten goes far beyond nutrition coaching. Coach Kelsey has spent the past 21 months not only calculating macros for me, but also listening to my frustrations, celebrating my successes, and continuously reminding me that this journey is ever-evolving. I have gone through periods of both erring towards fat loss and actively building mass, but the priority has always remained the same: enhance athletic performance while keeping my hormones and gut health in tip-top shape.
BIN is a program for anyone looking to improve body composition, athletic performance, overall health, or, as I can attest, all of the above. The undying support and genuine enthusiasm from this group of knowledgeable and empathetic coaches—born from a foundational belief that a client’s progress is closely tied to the relationship that is built—sets BIN apart from other programs of its kind.