Being one who needs things dumbed down as simply as possible, these next few posts were spot on for me.
It's the carbs, not the calories
Omega 6 vs. Omega 3
For the past 2 weeks, I have been incorporating cold / hot contrasts baths post workout. The results have been excellent. Muscle soreness has disappeared and each week has provided a new PR. This quick abstract talks about cold immersion in the fight against tumor growth and the latter link goes more in depth.
On the subject of cancer, here are some more studies on the effectiveness of a low-carb diet in dealing with tumor growth.
Low Carb slows tumor growth.
You have to have fiber to be healthy, right? Screw You Fiber!
Finally, from CF Balboa, here are the definitions of terms regarding natural and pastured meat.
Grass Fed Definitions
I'm sorry that it has been awhile since this site has been updated. My computer went down and the one at work won't let me onto the website. Whatever. My nutritional mentor started a new website. It is definitely worth checking out. PaNu.
Here is a short and simple explanation of fats and the BS behind those evil, artery clogging saturated fats. Saturated Fats are Good for You.
Need data to debate the benefits of a low-carb diet? Here are a few new studies that will help your argument. Low carb research.
A simple explanation of why grains suck. Healthy grains?
I made this the other day and it actually came out pretty good. I did add a 2 teaspoons of honey to help sweeten it up. Stick to the recipe and it should work okay. Pemmican Recipe.
Finally, an excellent rebuttal to those vegans who love to claim humans did not evolve eating meat. Vegetarianism is a myth.
It gets old trying to explain to different people what I eat and why I eat that way. I get sick of the, "Well, you gotta eat whole grains to be healthy. Where else can you get your fiber and B vitamins?" It is annoying as hell. Fortunately, at Pay Now Live Later, they have come up with a video that explains it all to at least the 9 year-old level (my son got a kick out of it).
Check the video our for yourself.
This next link is a compilation of Robb Wolf's answers to a multitude of questions. This is worth spending the time to go through: It will no doubt provide an answer to something you have been pondering.
Robb Wolf Compilation
We talk a lot about what humans ate pre-agriculture. We sometimes forget that it wasn't just lean meats, nuts, vegetables etc…but rather intestine, stomach, liver, heart, eyeballs, balls, etc…Here are two great articles on hunter-gatherer diets.
Grease and Guts.
If you read the previous two articles, you'll no doubt be interested in pemmican. Here are some articles on it.
The Nature and Early History of Pemmican
Pemmican in Transition
After reading that, you know you want to get yer hands on some or make it yourself. It is most assuredly an acquired taste. Here is a grass-fed meat place that has it.
Pemmican for Purchase.
Cholesterol and piss-poor scientists.
Another good explanation of cholesterol and it's history.
Here are a bunch of articles on vitamin D. If you have kids in school bringing home every nasty disease, I recommend reading through all of them.
Another take on the second law of thermodynamics.
I guess Neaderthals mostly ate meat. I always have wondered how the hard-core vegans can claim that we evolved eating mainly fruits and vegetables. These folks never lived in an area that has snow for half the year.
Get some guts
I managed to find some interesting articles this week. This first one discusses the differences between paleolithic skeletons and those post-agriculture. From that scientists can determine, with a fair amount of certainty, the health of our ancestors. Paleopathology.
In keeping with the paleo theme, this article discusses the importance of cooking in the evolution of our brain.
Robb Wolf addresses the subject of the ZONE diet and protein intake.
This post is lengthy, but I found it to be an excellent low-carb rant that takes on our love of wheat among other topics. Children of the Wheat.
More bagging on wheat.
The topic of fat composition in our diet is covered Here.
Finally, this article was in Men's Health. It goes into how there never was any evidence that saturated fat causes all the maladies that it is given credit for. It is reassuring to see the main stream finally seeing the light. The end of the article is frustrating. Despite 5 pages of saying saturated fat isn't the demon we have made it out to be, they can't quite come to grips with a low-carb diet being optimal for health. The standard party line is now to "make sure and eat a well-balanced diet and watch your calories". Saturated Fat.
This picture alone should convince you that eating real food is what you should be striving for. It is amazing the crap we pump into our bodies, especially our children's. I get fired up every month when my kids bring home the menu for their school's lunches. It is things like these chicken nuggets that they feed them and call it "healthy" since it is breaded in whole wheat and low fat. Top it off with some chocolate milk (for strong bones and teeth) and some fruit cocktail (to help get your 5 servings a day) and you have a well balanced diet: Low fat and protein, high carbohydrate. Perfect balance for our growing children. The fact that so many of these kids are overweight is bad enough. But, there is the added bonus of ADD/ADHD, radical mood swings, the inability to pay attention in class, stomach issues etc…
I'm a firm believer that a high sugar and grain diet does a number on brain function. Alzheimer's is being dubbed type 2 diabetes of the brain. This study talks about having success with schizophrenia on a low-carb, ketogenic diet. This article chronicles the success in fighting epilepsy with a high-fat diet.
If we used the same scientific methodology that Ancel Keys and the present day registered dietitians have used, we can say with reasonable certainty that exercise is making us obese.
Amazingly enough, a paleo diet seems to work.
Here is a quick look at our family tree. Interestingly, the vegetarians in the genus Homo did not have the success that the omnivores had in ultimately evolving to us. Finally, this article is a look at pre-agriculture man. We may not have been the knuckle dragging cavemen that we thought we were.
My son and I were watching the History Channel last night. They had an hour long show about the life of Gladiators. We both found it interesting that they were not the buff, Spartacus type (to the disappointment of the pilot on Airplane), but rather they had a nice layer of fat around them. They fattened up in order to provide some protection against the inevitable slashing wounds. They fattened up on an exclusively vegetarian diet, mainly barley. They didn't get to enjoy meat until the evening prior to their fight.
I continually address the benefits of grass fed meat and wild game. Cooking it can be problematic if you aren't vigilant. I have been having great success with steaks by cooking it low and slow. Basically: I take the steak and put it on the grill. Then I turn the grill on it's lowest setting. I never let the grill get over 240 degrees and try to keep it around 200-220. Every seven minutes I flip the steak. For a 1 inch thick cut, it generally takes about 28 minutes. Let the meat rest for 5 minutes or so before eating. It is ridiculous how tender and juicy the meat comes out. For other Paleo recipies check out Eat. Move. Thrive!
For those of you who will never give up grains, here is a historical look at how to eat grains.
Here is another good take on cholesterol. This is a three part series, so click on "newer posts" when done with this one. Also on this site is another three part series on the traditional Eskimo lifestyle and diet. Click here.
In honor of the dude who drove the nuns nuts when I was in grade-school:
The medical profession may finally be catching on
Theory to Practice
Robb Wolf's take
Finally, I mentioned last month about Omnivore's Dilemma. For those of us who are still trying to figure out the alphabet and are mesmerized by the opposable thumb, I recently watched the "cliff notes" version of the book. Go and check out King Corn.
I'm trying to get caught up on things that I have been meaning to post, so here they come.
A former teammate of mine, and a friend to some of us who have been around Coronado for awhile, succumbed to cancer recently. He was a father, husband, and a pipehitter. Right after I found out, a few different articles popped up regarding cancer and nutrition. Interesting reads.
Robb Wolf » Cancer & Ketosis
Will The Blogosphere Cure Cancer?
Cancer's Sweet Tooth
On a brighter note, a couple of different items came up this week. This morning the subject of working out in a fasted state was talked about. Here is a good article on the subject.
Sprints suck but they work. More 4 x 400 repeats?
It has been a month since holiday break. That means you should be back into a eating and exercising routine. Now is a good time to break out the scale and weigh your portions or read the labels. If you want to cut weight, cut back on the carbohydrates. They are hidden in a lot of foods or there are more in the food then you think. One way to check yourself is to enter everything you eat for a day or two on FITDAY .
Finally, this article is killer. The bottom line is to QUESTION EVERYTHING.