Priorities!

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     There are few things that interest me more than nutrition and Cross Fit.  The following is one of those things.  For the past 3+ years, myself and a few others have been working on getting our boy Johnny Walker and family to the states.  JW (pictured below in case you're slow) is a bad ass.  For the past 6 years, the mug has been an interpreter in Iraq and risked his life more times than I can count.  Few folks have sacrificed more than he.  Thanks to his tireless support to the US and his deep-seeded hatred of Muj, he earned his spot here in the States.   Last week, he and his family finally escaped and immigrated (legally) to San Diego.  Next to seeing 10 fingers and 10 toes on my kids at birth, I don't think I have ever been more relieved then when old JW hit the States.  Right on brother!  You made it!

(For those that play the stock market; I'd buy stock in Johnny Walker Red and Marlboro's)

JW and fam Three idiots

Primal Stuff

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I've put this on the site before, however it is the simplest explanation of primal eating that I have found to date.  Videos are always easier to digest than actual words if you are a product of modern education.
 Paleo eating in a nutshell
 Paleo exercise in a nutshell.
Here is a test to see just how primal you are.  Brought to you by the same folks who brought you the preceding vids.  How paleo are you?

There always seems to be a debate caused by the Paleo Diet by Loren Cordain, especially due to his take on saturated fat / fat intake.  Here is a counter argument to Cordain's stand on those points. 
Problems with the Paleo Diet principles.

You'd be hard pressed to find a 60 year old man in this morbidly obese country that looked like this.  If you did, more than likely it would be at one of the affiliates or some similar outlook.  It is in our DNA.

Can't make it to the box?  No problem.  Just Try This!

Finally, grassfed steaks can be costly.  Why not try grassfed beef heart.  It is extremely lean since it is the hardest working muscle.  It is no different than steak and tastes just fine, however you need to be careful not to overcook it.  This video shows you how to prepare it.  If you really are primal / paleo, you'll give this website a good once over.  I'll eat the heart and occasionally liver, but I haven't completely succumbed to the remaining offal.
 

 

Weekend Links

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I have a bunch of stuff I want to get posted before rolling out of town for a few weeks. 

The first posts are Parts 3 and  4 of the Benefits of High-Saturated Fat Diets.

From Livin' La Vida Low Carb, here are dozens of links to various low-carb websites

I have talked about the movie "King Corn" previously.  It is a great compliment to 'Omnivore's Dilemma" and I highly recommend renting it.  Trailer for King Corn.

This one may piss you off a bit.  It is brief, but it shows what happens when people with agendas convince our brilliant politicians that something must be done.  The result of this hearing contributed greatly to the food pyramid, rampant obesity, type 2 diabetes and CVD out the rear-end.  The McGovern Report.

Baby steps.  The rest of the world is slowly but surely catching on to what you already know.  High carb foods can cause heart disease.

I love this website.  If you are a fan of real food and want to keep the government from spoiling it, check out this site.  Food Renegade.

Soy does not fall in the category of real food in my book.  Here is an explanation of why soy is not a health food.

Robb Wolf discusses post work out carb intake .  It brings up a good point about the Zone that I have discussed with members before.   I think the Zone is an excellent place for the average person to start with regards to nutrition.  It is lower in carbs than they are probably used to and it forces them to think about what they are putting in their bodies.  However, after a short period of time with it, I think it is still way to high in carbs.  I've been really trying hard to document CF performance and how diet is helping or hindering it.  For me personally, when my carbs are in the 50-60 gm a day, my performance in the WOD and strength in the major lifts is at its peak.  Keep track of it and see where you perform the best.  For me, I'm 39 so longevity has passed up performing in something like the CF games as my priority.  That to me means sticking to a strict Primal diet and keeping my carb intake to bare-bones minimum.

Finally, the latest from PaNu

Weekend Links

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This first link takes about 1 hour to go through.  It is Gary Taubes giving a presentation to a group of doctors and students.  It is an excellent presentation. Why we gain weight.

This next set of links pertain to the BS that the mainstream attempts to force down our throats.
Multivitamins and deceptive claims.
 Snake oil comes in all kinds of bottles.
 Diet and Disease: Not what you think.
Reader's Digest Bologna

Here are a series of great explanations covering a variety of subjects on the PaNu website.  I recommend reading through all of them.  Cereals, Fats, Fish Oil, and Paleo-on-the-cheap.

This is an interesting article from Mark's Daily Apple discussing someone who on the outside should be regarded as ultra-healthy, however they developed Type II diabetes.  Former Marathoner Beating Diabetes.

This subject comes up from time to time.  Do you need that bit of carbs before working out?  Since I always workout fasted (usually14-15 hours in), my answer is a resounding NO.  Science may agree with me on that one.  Eating carbs does not delay the onset of fatigue during exercise.

These are a lot of great articles to plow through.  However, make sure an watch the Taubes video.  It is an outstanding explanation and well worth the time.

 

 

Weekly Reading

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The Lyon Diet-Heart Study:  Part 1Part 2, and  Part 3.

The benefits of a high-saturated fat diet  part 2.

This clip, while amusing, chaps my ass.  

Here is another good article from "Fat Head".  Again, it is frustrating.  Alzheimer's Project

This next link is not related to nutrition, however I read it after a ridiculous Tabata workout.  It was written in 1997 by Clarence Bass.  In search of the ideal aerobics routine.

Another reason for me to be leary of doctors when it comes to my heart.

Finally,  PaNu Update  

Weekly Reading

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There is a bunch of good stuff to check out this week, so I am going to pile them on.

Animals vs. Plants
Why diabetes will be with us forever.
 Another good plug for Intermitent Fasting (Feeding)
Conventional wisdom is killing us.
Lard: It is back.
In the unlikely event you are sore after the WOD, Stay off the MOTRIN!
The benefits of a High Saturated Fat Diet. 

This site has a bunch of articles pertaining to a low-carb / ketogenic diet and cancer.

Finally, Robb Wolf explains proteins.

Simple Explanations

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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.

Anti-tumor

Become Bionic

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  

computer is fixed

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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.

Paleo For Dummies

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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.
Caveman Cuisine

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.

Weekly Reading

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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