Nutrition Refresher Part 1: Grains
Its been a while since I have blogged about our nutrition basics so we are going to spend a few posts reviewing some of the basics of a real food diet as an intro for our newer folks. Now wait a minute…if you are one of our real foods veterans don’t tune out yet, these posts are for you too. They should serve as a reminder of why you go to all the trouble to do what you do. Let it encourage you to clean up those few areas where you may have gotten lax. Grains are often the first issue we deal with when cleaning up someone’s diet. Why? Well, here goes… First, they are high glycemic, causing swings in blood sugar and consequently insulin levels which leads all kinds of problems. Second, they are full of difficult to digest proteins called lectins, gluten being the most infamous of the group. These proteins can cause a whole host of auto immune disorders and general gut health problems. Third, grains contain anti-nutrients called phytates. These block the absorption of vital nutrients into your body. Finally, any grain that has been ground into flour for any length of time has gone rancid leading to free radical damage in your body. The only way to deal with these issues is to sprout or ferment grains breaking down the lectins and neutralizing the phytates and then grind them fresh to deal with the rancidity issue. After all that work they are still high glycemic and should be consumed in moderation especially if you are trying to lean out. That is grains in a a nutshell!
Five rounds, each for time, of:
135 pound Power clean, 5 reps
135 pound Front squat, 10 reps
135 pound Jerk, 5 reps
Rest 90 seconds
Post time of each round to comments.