Friday, 10-17-14

 In Nutrition, WOD

Strength :

Push up 3x ME, weighted
Pull up 3x ME Weighted and Strict

WOD: 2 Rounds

1 min ME Cal Row
1 min rest
1 min ME Pull up
1 min rest
1 min ME Push up
1 min rest
1 min ME Wall Ball
1 min rest

Confused about what Paleo is? Here’s a cheat sheet….

Wait, I thought this stuff was healthy?

Most folks can easily understand the need to eliminate chemical-laden processed foods and nutritionally deficient sugars, but dairy, grains, and legumes… hold on a sec… aren’t those things healthy? Despite what we’ve been told and the perpetuation of the Food Pyramid, our bodies don’t need or want these so-called diet staples. What’s in them that is so harmful? Here’s brief explanation:

  1. Lectins

    How could the humble grain, the cornerstone of the modern era, be anything except good for us? Unfortunately, grains contain large amounts of the lectin protein, which is difficult for the human body to digest. In addition, lectins are sticky, which causes them to build up in your intestines and digestive tract and wreak all kinds of problems, such as leaky gut (yes, it’s as bad as it sounds). In turn, leaky gut can lead to gas, bloating, indigestion, headaches, fatigue, and even more serious complications like celiac disease and rheumatoid arthritis. Besides grains, lectins are found in legumes (particularly soy) and nightshades (eggplant, peppers, potatoes, tomatoes, and tobacco).

  2. Phytic Acid

    Phytic acid is another anti-nutrient (something that blocks the absorption of nutrients), and guess where it’s predominately found? That’s right, in grains, corn, legumes, soy, and even in seeds and nuts (however, seeds and nuts are okay to eat on the Paleo diet because they’re not loaded with other anti-nutrients). Phytic acid binds to magnesium, calcium, iron, and zinc, and because it is non-digestible to humans, it carries those critical vitamins and minerals outside of our bodies. So, all your hard efforts to eat healthful foods could be seriously compromised by over-consuming phytic acid. And a lack of these nutrients could lead to anemia, muscle cramping, PMS, reproductive inabilities, and lowered immune systems. All in all, not fun.

  3. Calcium=Good, Dairy=Bad

    Of course our bodies need calcium, but who said the only place to get it was from dairy? The Dairy Council, that’s who. Leafy greens, fish, and more are all rich sources of calcium without the pesky side effects of dairy. Our bodies simply weren’t designed to consume milk after infancy, much less the milk from another type of mammal altogether! The problems with dairy could cover many pages, but to summarize, it can lead to cancer, allergies, sinus problems, ear infections, diabetes, constipation, anemia, and osteoporosis. Yes, despite all the commercials telling you to consume more milk, yogurt, and low-fat cheeses to build healthy bones, milk can actually contribute to reduced bone density. This is because, among other things, milk is very acidic, and the body may leach calcium from the bones to help neutralize the acid.

 

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