It's Throw-back Thursday time! I'm throwing it back to one of the earliest CrossFit Journal articles ever, from November of 2002. This article is short and sweet, but get's right to the point about how some foods are just better than others, and how our country's view of nutrition is so very twisted.
I bring this up because it has come to my attention that some people still look at the nutrition labels on food products to find "calories", "fats" and "calories from fat". I realize that I've been involved in the CrossFit bubble for long enough now that I forgot that this is actually the norm. You have all hopefully by now heard about the Paleo diet, or at least heard other members talking about it. This article dabbles in the "why" of the Paleo diet and ones like it.
CrossFit Journal: Glycemic Index
Now, this is a very brief introduction to the science of nutrition. Since this article, there has been many many more like it, as well as much more scientific research to back the ideas. The list included is purely based on glycemic-index, and no other properties of the foods. The list of foods for something like the Paleo diet is more refined, cutting out foods such as legumes, oats and soy because of gut-irritating properties. If you'd like to read more about nutrition, I highly recommend "The Paleo Solution" by Robb Wolf. The book is highly informative and gives both the reasoning behind the diet AND how to implement it. Another great book is "Good Calories, Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health" by Gary Taubes. This second book is a little more "science-y", but it's a real eye-opener.
For some, these views may seem completely different from what you've grown up learning. As written in the article,
"For several decades now, bad science and bad politics have joined hands to produce what is arguably the most costly error in the history of science—the low-fat diet. This fad diet has cost millions unnecessary death and suffering from heart disease, diabetes, and,it increasingly seems, a host of cancers and other chronic and debilitating illnesses."
If this is still hard for some of you to digest (pun intended!), start with these two thoughts:
"People are treated by the health industry, which pays no attention to food, and fed by the food industry, which pays no attention to health."
"There are too many people counting calories, and not enough people counted chemicals."
"THE CONCRETE BEACH"
300 M. Run
50 KB/DB Thrusters (35/26)
150 M. Run
50 KB/DB Thrusters
300 M. Run
This WOD is a modified version of "The Beach" which was performed on the first day of the 2014 CrossFit Games. Obviously, we don't have an ocean here in Cortland, hence the "concrete" part! (Just be glad you don't have to do the burpees in the sand!)
"Fitness, like food, family, and friends, should be fun and support your life, not take from it.”
― Robb Wolf, The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet
Posted on Wed, August 6, 2014