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Diet books – BLEH!

Don’t waste your money on diet books. Go buy some grass-fed beef!

So yesterday I went to Barnes and Noble to get a Paleo/Primal diet book for one of my clients to read. After seeing the Crossfit games, and my long lectures, she finally decided to give the whole “caveman eating thing” a shot.

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!

But when I got to the store I was overwhelmed by a whole lot of crap. All of the “advertised” books were fad, low-fat diets!

The book that I wanted, that they CLAIMED to have in stock was nowhere to be found.

I was overwhelmed by all of the conventional wisdom/fad diets lining the shelves.

I had the desire to run through the diet aisles knocking every book off the shelves and then sprint out of the store.

Or I wanted to grab an armful of the stupid books and throw them in the trash.

Either one would have felt really satisfying.

Of course I probably would have gotten arrested or something, but still….It would have felt good!

I didn’t do it though. Instead I managed to focus enough to find one of the HEALTHY DIET books I was looking for.

With that huge load of diet crap out there though, no wonder Americans are confused about what the right diet is!

Actually it is almost kind of depressing that we turn to brightly colored books with neon words stating “Lose 15 lbs in 2 day!” instead of just eating the foods that come naturally from the earth!

I mean honestly it is simple. Just do an experiment. Eat all the crap they recommend for 30 days and then go eat all of the natural foods that I recommend for 30 days.

Which makes you feel better? Which do you think you can maintain for longer than the 30 days?

I think I know the answer….

Actually I’ve lived the answer. Heck I used to buy diet books and read every article in all of the women’s health magazines looking for some secret new trick.

BUT IT DOESN’T EXIST!

Anyway, don’t take my word for it. Try an experiment yourself. You’ll see.

Oh and just a random side note…

While I complain about all of the crap diet books there were lining the shelves, there definitely were more Paleo/Primal/Caveman books out there than ever before.

I could make a very cynical comment about how there are now books being published about this healthy diet because there is now a market to make money off of….but I’ll keep my mouth shut.

What is next though? A Caveman Lifestyles magazine? Or maybe even a Caveman Vogue?

Hey I’m not saying I don’t get it. But I just think everyone needs to realize that everyone out there who is pushing something has an agenda.

Even me.

I obviously want you to believe that eating my way and lifting heavy weights is the BEST way.

And of course it is…. ¬†ūüôā

Is Paleo a trend?

Right now the hot topic in fitness is trends. What were the best, worst and weirdest trends of 2011 and what trends will continue into 2012?

On a few of the trend lists I found was Paleo…of course it was listed with alternative therapies and cleanse diets….but I guess at least its popularity is being recognized?

I was both happy and sad?, confused? that it was being include in these “trend” lists.

Why did it slightly upset me? Because I don’t consider Paleo to be a trend.

I consider a “trend” to be something that is “in style or in vogue,” which means that if you call Paleo a trend, you think that it will eventually go out of style.

And Paleo, aka a healthy lifestyle, won’t ever go out of style.

Yes, diets become super popular and then fizzle out as a new faster, easier diet pops up. But the diets that I would define as “trends” are all weight loss¬†diets. People do these trend diets because they are looking to lose weight quickly and don’t necessarily care about long-term consequences or their overall health. They want to lose weight and they want to do it fast – that is all that matters.

So no, Paleo isn’t a trend. Yes, it has just recently been getting a ton of attention and growing in popularity, but it will never go out of style.

How could being healthy ever go out of style?

Haha ok I guess you could argue that being healthy has gone out of style for the last 50 or some years and that is why we have an obesity epidemic….BUT you could also argue that we’ve been TRYING to be healthy all along and have just been misled by the government and corporations who’ve been telling us that low-fat, high carb is healthy!

I’m going with the second one. As more research comes out Paleo has been gaining popularity. We are now realizing that a high protein, high fat, only healthy carb (like veggies and fruits) diet may be the RIGHT way.

So it isn’t a trend rapidly gaining popularity only to fizzle out. Paleo has actually been around for a while, slowly gathering momentum until finally it has only recently gained mainstream attention.

And with its solid nutritional guidelines, backed up by LOTS of research (contrary to what Conventional Wisdom would have you believe), Paleo will only continue to become more and more popular.

What do you think? Is Paleo a trend?

I CAN’T eat healthy because…

One of the most frequent excuses I hear is that my clients can’t eat well because they don’t have the time to cook (or don’t enjoy doing it).

AND I always laugh at that statement. BECAUSE IT IS FALSE!

No matter how busy you are, you can always find time to eat healthily.

You can pre-cook a ton of meat on Sunday. I find it super easy to bake a full chicken on Sunday and eat that for lunch throughout the week. You can make salads with the pre-cooked meat or throw it in with some vegetables. You can make a ton of different sauces ahead of time even to throw on your dishes!

You can also make big casseroles, which will last you a few days.

AND if you don’t even have the energy to¬†throw a ton of meat in the oven and let it sit, you can use a CROCK POT! Yep…a crock pot is the lazy Primal eater’s best friend!

You can throw meat in it with some liquid and veggies and leave it while you watch TV or head out to do errands. You can cook a huge amount of food for the week ahead of time or make fresh meals every day. To have FRESH meals every day, just load in the meat and such before you leave for work. It will be cooked and ready to eat by the time you get home!

A crock pot is about as easy as it gets!

So no more excuses about how cooking takes up too much time¬†or that you don’t enjoy it! A crock pot makes cooking so quick and easy that no matter how much you hate cooking you can stomach this.

AND don’t try to make up some excuse about how you don’t have any recipes! There are tons of blogs out there with daily recipes AND one of my personal favorites is Ryan’s – The Grok Pot.

Yes the end of this is a shameless push for you to check out Ryan’s new blog. Also, it is a perfect description of what I eat on a daily basis. ūüôā

We are both super excited about our new crock pot!!!

 

Oh NUTS!

Candy and I love nuts – almonds, cashews, pistachios, macadamia nuts…

We are nut addicts. We probably don’t even go one day without devouring at least a handful of nuts.

And I’d always thought this was fine. I mean nuts have good fats and they aren’t super high in carbs. They seemed to fit perfectly with the Paleo/Primal diet. AND they are an easy snack to grab whenever I need something quick.

But are all these nuts really good for me?

Unfortunately, I’ve discovered the answer is probably…no. ūüė¶

I started eating more nuts when I cut out grains and legumes because of the food toxins they were supposed to contain. I figured they were a healthier substitute. BUT nuts still¬†contain phytic¬†acid, which is one of the main reasons you aren’t supposed to eat grains and legumes. And nuts may contain as much if not more phytic acid than grains and legumes do.

Here’s why phytic acid is bad:

1. Phytic acid inhibits mineral absorption especially iron and zinc.
2. Phytic acid interferes with the enzymes that breakdown protein.

A diet high in phytic acid can cause mineral deficiencies which can lead to disease!

Check out this article about why nuts may not be that good for you. I found it on Mark’s Daily Apple!

Oh Conventional Wisdom – How I hate you

Every day I hear the lies of conventional wisdom perpetuated and sometimes I just want to scream. Here are some things that I’ve heard recently that go along with conventional wisdom that are complete and utter BULLSHIT.

Piece of Conventional Wisdom: Women shouldn’t lift weights because heavy lifting will make them bulky.
Conversation (about six months ago):
Me: So what diet, or how much protein, do you think someone needs to add more muscle if they are lifting heavy?
Nutritionist: Why are you lifting heavy?
Me: Because I want more muscle and I want to be stronger. (I think I had an expression of “That is such a dumb question! DUH to get strong and add more muscle!”
Nutritionist: But you don’t want to get bulky do you? If you lift too heavy, you may get bulky especially if you are taking in a ton of protein.
Me: Uhmm…I still have chicken legs and I eat a ton of protein and have been lifting heavy for a while. I want to get rid of my chicken legs…
Nutritionist: Well I wouldn’t lift heavy as a woman. I do lots of cardio.
Me: (I left the room.) End of conversation.
REASONS THIS IS BULLSHIT: Let’s get one thing straight right now…LIFTING HEAVY WON’T MAKE YOU BULKY! If you can’t accept this…you are on the wrong website. I’m not even going to take the time to list all the reasons why this is incorrect. If you need me to refute this piece of conventional wisdom just read about any other post on this blog. Or just take a look at this picture…Is this a big bulky woman? I’d hope your answer is no….

Piece of Conventional Wisdom: You need to eat breakfast and you should eat 3-5 small meals a day.¬† And you definitely can’t work out on an empty stomach.
Conversation:
I tried intermittent fasting a few months ago and really liked it. I told people about it. The common reaction I got was: “You won’t be able to lift as much on an empty stomach or you will run out of gas. Your workouts will be hurt because you haven’t eaten.”
Lots of people also said there was no way they could do it. They said they NEED breakfast. They DON’T NEED breakfast. They are just conditioned to want it.
REASONS THIS IS BULLSHIT
: To date, I’ve had some of my best lifting days and workouts on days when I’ve fasted till after I workout. If you want more proof that intermittent fasting works, visit LeanGains.

Piece of Conventional Wisdom: 45-65% of your daily calories should come from carbs.
Conversation (When people find out that the only carbs I eat on occasion other than cheat days are fruits, vegetables, and potatoes.)
Person: I could never give up bread! And I need carbs to get through my workouts and to refuel afterwards.
Me: But on most diets you have to give up something. With other diets you’ve managed to give up “bad” foods like fatty meats. If simple carbs, like white bread, is bad and bacon isn’t, why can’t you just switch what you give up.
Person: But you need carbs to function. The food pyramid has carbs on it.
REASONS THIS IS BULLSHIT: Ok for one, most people aren’t working out hard enough to really NEED carbs. And if you are doing crossfit intensity workouts, add in potatoes and such and you will be more than fine.
For two, it is never easy living life the healthy way. Of course there are outside temptations, but really you’d rather eat bread than butter and bacon? I don’t know…butter and bacon for bread seems like a pretty good trade-off to me…Plus, doing something that will make you healthier makes sacrificing bread seem very worthwhile.
If you want more information about letting go of carbs and why you DON’T need them, visit Mark’s Daily Apple.

Piece of Conventional Wisdom: Bacon and butter are not good for you. High fat diets will raise your cholesterol higher and that is bad. Use vegetable oil or low-fat substitutes instead.
Conversation: There have been too many conversations about this with everyone around me. But the usual I hear is: “Dude all that saturated fat is so bad for you.” “You know that is going to raise your cholesterol? You really should use margarine instead.” “You cook with duck fat? You should use vegetable oil instead.”
REASONS THIS IS BULLSHIT: Usually when I hear these things, I become speechless because I don’t even know where to begin explaining how wrong they are.
I would just love for one of these people who say this to me to provide me with a study proving I’m wrong (a study that I can’t prove wrong). Of course they never do yet they question me (and I’ve actually done the research not to mention discussed the research with other people, such as Ryan, who’ve done even more research).
I mean I challenge anyone to bring me a study that definitively proves that fat is bad for you and that processed crap like vegetable oil, margarine and low-fat substitutes are better.
Here is my proof that fat is good and all that other CRAP is bad:
Mark’s Daily Apple
Good Calories, Bad Calories
Paleo Diet
Protein Power
Robb Wolff

For a full list of evidence, visit the UCLA Ancestral Health Symposium.

Oh and something that really pissed me off today….Denmark has put a tax on foods with saturated fat. This list of taxed items even includes olive oil. Does anyone else think there is something wrong with this? Check out the Time Magazine article on it.

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