Good Calories, Bad Calories-Part 3

“Among some 63,000 Indians of all tribes there occurred only 2 deaths from cancer as medically observed during the year 1914.”-Fredrick Hoffman, American Statistician of the early 1900’s.

Chapters 5 and 6 are filled with quotes like this about primitive cultures eating their native diets regarding both cancer and diabetes. These chapters use evidence like this to make a case against refined carbohydrates as a primary cause of cancer and diabetes. Post thoughts on the evidence from these chapters and at least one of your favorite Paleo-ish recipes to comments.

This week read chapters 7 and 8.

January 23rd, 2010

When bad doesn’t equal bad…


Cholesterol again? Yes, another look at cholesterol. My good friends at CrossFit Redmond recently had an article linked to their blog regarding LDL cholesterol. You know, the “bad” cholesterol. The stuff that is floatnig around waiting to clog your arteries. It is a very interesting article that gives a bit of cholesterol history and tells some about how cholesterol, and especially LDL cholesterol, became villainized. It then talks about how advances in technology have allowed us to look at things like cholesterol much more closely, and how the story of cholesterol, and more importantly LDL cholesterol, is rapidly changing, and labeling it as “bad” simplifies the matter far too much and may be just plain wrong. This is a must read especially in light of our recent voyage into Good Calories, Bad Calories. Click below to read-or at least peruse (it is a bit long after all). After reading proceed on to my next paragraph

Men’s Journal“Your Unstoppable Heart”

So now that you’ve read it, here is my unscientific opinion. So how do we know that in another 20 years we will not have more technology that breaks the 4 “new” components of LDL cholesterol down even further and find that even some of those that are now thought of, in light of this new technology, as “good” will not then be thought of as “bad” or vice versa? My point is that this stuff is constantly changing. What is good for you today will not be tomorrow. What clogs your arteries today will be tomorrow’s natural statin. This fact is exactly what has led me to where I am now in my nutritional journey. In search of  a good litmus test for nutrition and health I stumbled upon the Weston A Price Foundation website. To keep this short, he essentially studied primitive cultures that were known for having extremely good health without the aid of Western medicine. This, in my very unprofessional opinion was much better than any modern statistcal data which, as we have seen, is ambiguous at bests. His research reminded me much of what we have been reading in chapter 5 of Good Calories, Bad Calories in regards to the lack of disease found in primitive cultures prior to the introduction of processed foods. These cultures had absolutely nothing to prove. They just ate the way they ate and were healthy. No agenda, no one to persuade and no money to be gained. This made them, in my opinion, an excellent case study in nutrition as it relates to health. So, let me get to the point here. Since medical science and technology is changing rapidly and  much of what we believe today may or may not hold true tomorrow it makes sense to me to eat “real foods” in their most natural state…period. This is exactly what Weston A. Price found in these healthy cultures and what Taubes is relating about the cultures he refers to in chapter 5.

As a side note, it is extremely interesting to me that in the 1930’s and 40’s Weston A. Price was, based on the above type of research, preaching that cholesterol wasn’t bad, omega 3’s are essential and vitamin D is crucial. You talk about being ahead of your time. These concepts have been considered on the cutting edge of nutritional research in the past 10 years.  If the trend continues you will be hearing more from mainstream sources on the benefits of  these nutritional concepts and many others, possible vitamin A, vitamin K and grass fed animals and dairy.

9 AM Class

Cardio Gone Bad!

Three rounds of:
Pacers (Reps)
Burpees (Reps)
Double Unders (Reps)
Row (Calories)

In this workout you move from each of four stations after a minute.The clock does not reset or stop between exercises. This is a four-minute round from which a one-minute break is allowed before repeating. On call of “rotate”, the athletes must move to the next station immediately for best score. One point is given for each rep, except on the rower where each calorie is one point.

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January 22nd, 2010

You’re the DJ

I’m sick of my music and I know you are too. Bring in your MP3 Player with a WOD playlist and we will sweat , bleed and cry to your sounds! Bring music that YOU like. Then our music will be like our exercise…constantly varied! Oh yeah, try and keep it relatively clean. Can’t wait to hear it.

AM Class

For time:
21 Pull-ups
21 Handstand Push-ups
18 Pull-ups
18 Handstand Push-ups
15 Pull-ups
15 Handstand Push-ups
12 Pull-ups
12 Handstand Push-ups
9 Pull-ups
9 Handstand Push-ups
6 Pull-ups
6 Handstand Push-ups
3 Pull-ups
3 Handstand Push-ups

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PM Classes

Happy rest day!

January 21st, 2010

AM Class

Back Squat

1-1-1-1-1-1

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Rest 5 minutes then…

One set of 20 reps of back squat with max load.

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PM Classes

For time:
21 Pull-ups
21 Handstand Push-ups
18 Pull-ups
18 Handstand Push-ups
15 Pull-ups
15 Handstand Push-ups
12 Pull-ups
12 Handstand Push-ups
9 Pull-ups
9 Handstand Push-ups
6 Pull-ups
6 Handstand Push-ups
3 Pull-ups
3 Handstand Push-ups

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