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December 01, 2009

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Pat Sherwood is one of CrossFit HQ’s top trainers and spends a lot of time on the road at CrossFit Level 1 and Level 2 certs. He’s also a great athlete who competed in the 2009 CrossFit Games. Proper nutrition is essential for optimizing performance. But how can that happen with so much time on the road?

This video is the seventh in a series in which we get up close and personal with Pat and his eating.

In this playful and less rigorous edition, Pat unexpectedly drops in to see his mother in Hanson, Mass. While she’s out, he takes the liberty of inspecting the Sherwood kitchen for Zone-friendly food. After growing up overweight, Pat is curious to see if the family fridge holds the same goodies that helped put a little tension on his belt back in the day.

The fridge itself is packed with carbs and a little of protein, while the freezer holds all kinds of sweet treats. A bowl of candy sits in the guest bathroom for “seated snacking,” but the real mother lode of anti-Zone goodies is found in the basement.

“I’m going to have to kill a small animal in the back yard to get some protein around here,” Sherwood moans.

14min 25sec

Additional reading: Diet Secrets of the Tupperware Man by Greg Amundson, published Dec. 29, 2008.

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27 Comments on “Pat Goes Home: The Zone Chronicles Part 7”


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Hey Pat,
I never knew you were from Hanson, my wife is from there! Small world! It was good to see you at the recent Lvl 2 cert in Boston.


Webster Smith wrote …

Pat, not going to lie. I didn't get to go home for the Thanksgiving, but you gave me a glimpse of home. Felt as though I was talking a walk through MY mom's kitchen. Good stuff (in an "ignorance is bliss" sort of way).



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Funny video Pat. Had hoped to meet you someday, but I'm afraid your mother is going to kill you after she sees this.
Rest in Peace.


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She is going to kill you, Patrick. Next time make sure you drop your Rs more big guy. Waffehs, not Waffers. Butteh, not Butter.


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Familiar, disturbing and hilarious at the same time. Thanks for sharing, Pat!


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Thank you! Love these as always!


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Good to see you doing the videos again Pat! As always love the side commentary! Funny but informative. Pat with all the flying you do for CF HQ how many airlines miles have you racked up? And with Christmas and New Years around the corner are you going to get a break? Keep it up!


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Yeah, there are a few processed carbs around, but she did have red AND green grapes. As for the meat, maybe she just ate most of it?

Doing my part to rid the world of Jelly Belly jelly beans,


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I like the " That is't going to help my fran time " comment, but for the entire vid all I could think was close the damn fridge door your letting all the cold air out!


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OMG i so just asked for more zone chronicles on the games site! Its like a two day early b day present, you were close enough so ill count it as a present lol Thanks Pat frikin awsome vid! And as always, MORE! MORE! MORE!



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I thought i was going to learn how to eat klondike bars on the zone.


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Nice Vid! You should do CrossFit Humor Certs ;-)

"In case we're short on the carbs..". Shows how many people just grow in a heavily toxic food-environment.

A suggestion for one of your next vids: go to a supermarket with a camera. Just a walkthrough. Then afterwards, edit a red X over everything you can't eat on paleo. Like, cross out the bread shelves, the cereal shelves, etc.


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You sir are a brave brave man


replied to comment from Evan Taylor

LOL! I was thinking the same thing.


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Funny stuff. A nice break from the 60# weighted one arm pull up debate!


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Hey Everyone,

Glad you guys enjoyed the glimpse into my mom's fridge. She still has no idea I did that, let alone the fact that it is posted on the Internet. My days will be numbered once she finds it.

Jonathan, yes, I have a pretty good number of airline miles accumulated. And yes, I will be getting some down time near the holidays. To be honest, I will probably go stir-crazy staying in one spot during that time. I love doing the seminars and getting to interact with so many CrossFitters. You guys are cool.

Bleicke, I like your idea about the grocery store adventure. I will try to film that over the course of the next week. If there are other things you guys would like to see, just let me know. I will try to make it happen. The community usually has more creative ideas than I do anyway! I should have asked you guys what you wanted to see a long time ago.

Have a good night everyone.


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The candy dish in the bathroom is INSANE. I've never seen that in any house ever. Momma Sherwood is taking it to another level.

p.s. I like those sara lee "thin bun" things. Put enough protein on it and it balances out better than one of those giant ass buns you get.


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Got cake mix? (and Waffle Crisp of course!)


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Just a sample of what the typical American household cupboard looks like. My parents house is almost a duplicate, except for the candy dish in the bathroom! WOW Thanks for giving me my laughs for the day.


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The fact that there is candy in the bathroom creeps me out. Not only can you get sugar on your bathroom break, you can get residual urine and feces from your whole family. That has got to build your immune system.


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Just like walking through my mom's kitchen. Disturbing and hilarious at the same time. Now I must perform a walk-through of my own kitchen to reassure myself I would pass a Pat Sherwood clandestine macronutrient inventory.


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Pat, I can't believe you got so sweaty just by pushing around boxes of cake mix on mum's shelves. What was your workout?


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Great video as always. I was afraid you'd stopped making the Chronicles.

I'd love to see a trip to the store - and not a Whole Foods or a Trader Joe's, something that 80% of us have to work with (Albertson's, Kroger, Publix, regional-grocery-name-here).

A video discussing good paleo/Zone foods while walking up and down the isles would be helpful for a number of Journal readers. Also, you may want to highlight a few common misconceptions about certain foods (i.e. Bananas are fruit, but probably not something that needs to be loaded up on).

We're constantly bombarded with advertising that cloaks bad choices in healthy catch phrases. For example, have you ever taken a look at the back of a Zone protein bar? Horrible, but given it carries the Zone brand name many might put it in their basket totally unaware of the sugars and high fructose lurking...



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Great video. Looks like my mom's kitchen and basement.

I'm guessing if Pat ever did a video at a regular grocery store (Safeway, Giant, Harris Teeter, etc), he would walk BY each aisle instead of going down them saying "sugar... sugar.. carb... carb.. carb.. sugar.. more carbs.."

Stick to the perimeter (except for the bakery) as much as possible. Real food. I try to avoid anything with a label or expiration date way into the future. If it does have a label, stick to something that has few ingredients listed and ingredients you can pronounce. Good place to start.



Tom Seryak wrote …

I believe the plural of Cheez-it is Cheez-it, it's like a collective noun or something. Pat, you were the lead trainer at my level 1 cert at Virgina Beach in August '08. I could listen to you all day long...laughter is good medicine and you are bringing it to a lot of people along with the information. Thanks and keep them coming!


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Pat, love your videos, informative and hysterical! How about some post-wod meal vids??


wrote …

Brill video.

Pat you are great! Thank you for these videos.

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