Diet, nutrition, feeding the machine… whatever you call it you should know what you are doing. You probably don’t smoke if you are on a CrossFit website. Why? Because you know how bad inhaling smoke into your lungs can be. The problem is that a lot of what passes for diet & nutrition these days encourages you to ingest products that are unhealthy. Refined sugar and man made vegetable oils are toxic substances. Grains, even whole grains cause hormone spikes and naturally contain defense toxins. Fat has been demonized to the point where we see people promote fat free cookies as a healthy choice. Does it make sense that man can create food products that are more healthy than the natural food that is raised or grown in a field? How can altered fats be better for you than natural fats that exist in the same natural food? Frankly it’s arrogant.
At CrossFit Redmond we encourage you to put as much thought into the food you eat as you do any other decision you make. Below are resources that you can use to educate yourself about nutrition. This come from a perspective that isn’t bought and paid for by the Government, the university system or the Agri-businesses that spread donations around like so much of that “healthy” Crisco they will happily sell you.
I eat bacon, eggs, coconut oil (saturated fat!), red meat, nuts, lots of fresh vegetables and some fruit. If we drink milk we drink full fat milk and often time raw. We don’t eat any bread, pasta, potatoes, rice, beans, corn and greatly limit the sugar we get from treats by eating natural desserts like fruit covered in cream. We won’t make you eat this way, but if you complain about your fitness level, weight, body composition, etc… we will just point you back to this page and ask for your food journal. It’s not hard. In fact it is pretty easy and it can be a lot of fun too. Try it for 30 days and see if you don’t feel and look better.
This video shouldn’t be missed. Take an hour to better understand what we talk about around here.
Why we avoid sugar and high fructose corn syrup:
Worried about fat? Maybe you shouldn’t be!
The anti-saturated fat camp has long used the China Study to back up their claims. What happens when a statistically minded person takes a look at what that study actually proves? Have a look for yourself in The China Study: Fact or Fallacy? by Denise Minger. That is just the beginning keep reading about the China Study in her archive.
For even more on the China Study you can find a debate (linked here) between T. Colin Campbell, author of the China Study, and Loren Cordain, author of The Paleo Diet. Get a (really big!) cup of coffee and let the dust fly as two professors who have made this controversy their career. Dr. Michael Eades review The China Study as well here.
ARTICLES TO GET YOU STARTED
Fat Loss 101 from Fitness Spotlight
Why Cholesterol May Not be the Cause of Heart Disease by Mark Hyman
The Primal Blueprint Carbohydrate Curve from Mark Sisson’s Daily Apple
What if It’s All Been a Big Fat Lie? By Gary Taubes
Why Eating Too Many Carbs Makes You Fat from Diabetes Health
Low-carb gaining a foothold…with the mainstream from Protein Power
Big Fat Lies (video) by Gary Taubes
Article on why you should avoid soy products, complied by Dr. Mercola
DIET & NUTRITION WEBSITES
Mark’s Daily Apple
Weston A. Price Foundation
Dr. Michael Eades
The Paleo Diet (Dr. Loren Cordain)
Fat Head (the documentary’s website – hilarious videos)
NUTRITION BOOKS & VIDEOS
Good Calories Bad Calories by Gary Taubes
The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson
Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon
Protein Power by Dr. Michael Eades
The Paleo Diet by Dr. Loren Cordain
Fat Head (documentary) by Tom Naughton
LOCAL FARMERS MARKETS
Redmond Saturday Market
7730 Leary Way Redmond (The northwest corner of Redmond Town Center)
9 am – 3pm Every Saturday May 2 – Oct 31