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This is not Fred Flinstone – The Paleo Diet

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Paleo diet or ‘caveman’ diet gains traction despite controversies; ‘This is not Fred Flintstone’

 Could Paleolithic man hold the key to today’s nutrition problems?

A growing number of adherents to the so-called “caveman” diet contend that a return to the hunter-gatherer foods of the Stone Age — heavy on meats, devoid of most grains — could alleviate problems like obesity, type 2 diabetes and many coronary problems.

The Paleo diet movement is backed by some academics and fitness gurus, and has gained some praise in medical research in the US and elsewhere even though it goes against recommendations of most mainstream nutritionists and government guidelines.

Loren Cordain, a professor of health and exercise science at Colorado State University, said he believes millions in the United States and elsewhere are following the Paleo diet movement, based on sales of books such as his own and Internet trends.

“It was an obscure idea 10 years ago, and in the last two to three years it has become known worldwide,” Cordain, one the leading academics backing the Paleo diet, told AFP.

“There are at least a half-dozen books on the best seller list that are promoting this,” he added.

The underlying basis for the Stone Age diet is a belief that homo sapiens evolved into modern humans with a hunter-gatherer diet that promoted brain function and overall health. Backers say the human genome is essentially unchanged from the end of the Paleolithic era 10,000 years ago after evolving over millions of years.

“It’s intuitive,” Cordain said. “Obviously you can’t feed meat to a horse, you can’t feed hay to a cat. The reason for that is that their genes were shaped in different ecological niches.”

He said peer-reviewed research has shown the Paleo diet better than the Mediterranean diet, US government recommendations and diets aimed at controlling adult diabetes.

Sometimes you need a good kick in the …

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I seriously had a really bad day yesterday. I am finding more and more people that I thought I knew – really are only in it for themselves. The more things change, the more they stay the same. I have to learn to not be so open and trusting to everyone. The people in my life should meet the requirements I set and earn the right to be trusted — no more settling for half ass’ed quality people.

 

I really needed a good hard workout this morning and sure enough — it was waiting for me. I visualized some of the anger inside to push myself –hoping it would leave my body.  I will let you know.

Warmup
800m jog
10 Pass thrus
10 OHS
10 Whirly Birds
10 Cobras
10 Kick to Handstand (no wall allowed!)

Skill
Kip swing
KB swings

WOD
20m AMRAP
100m sprint
12 35# KB Swings
10 Pull ups (I did jumping)
total: 8+100m+8kb swings

Yeah, it sucked. It was humid and 20m seemed to go on and on and on…

My friend Jason posted this Paleo Cookie recipe. They look pretty tasty –I think I will try to make them soon. Let me know if you do.

Paleo Cookie:
2 Cups walnuts
1/8 cup raw, unfiltered honey (more or less to taste)
1 Tb. cinnamon
2 egg whites, whisked till frothy

Grind nuts and cinnamon in blender or food processor. Stir in honey.
Combine with egg whites. Drop by teaspoon on oiled (coconut) cookie sheet. Bake at
350 degrees 15 minutes. Cookies will be soft; do not overbake. Makes 15
cookies.

A Guide for Going “Paleo”

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Paleo Zone for Dummies!

Going Paleo Zone can be daunting for those who are new to the concept so I have put together an easy step by step guide to help you get started. Welcome to Paleo Zone for Dummies!

Paleonola – 100% grain free granola for those that want their ‘cereal’ back

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A few weeks ago I was on Twitter and saw a tweet come across from @Paleonola. Since going mostly Paleo, I miss cereal — plain and simple. I sent them a message asking if they are available anywhere local and if not, do they send samples because I would love to try it. I have tried all sorts of ‘paleo’ snack mixes and have been disappointed by most of them. Not only are they expensive, but they taste like cardboard.

Going paleo needs to be approached with the understanding that it may cost you more to buy food, but in the long run, that really isn’t the case and simply put, it’s better for you. Eating real food wins over processed any day of the week.   So a few weeks later, I get a package of samples from Paleonola. They sent me samples of the different flavors they offer –Original, Chocolate Fix, Maple Syrup, Apple Pie and Pumpkin Pie.  With names like that, what’s not to love?

Now in all honesty, I did not eat them as a cereal. I ate them right out of the bag as more of a snack mix. I started with the original and ended with the Maple Pancake. So what did I think? I LOVED THEM. My least favorite was the maple pancake but it wasn’t because I didn’t like it – I just didn’t prefer the flavor of maple syrup but it was good. And yes, the Apple and Pumpkin Pie really did taste like Apple and Pumpkin, so how can that be wrong? The mixes were fresh too – which was a nice surprise because I have found that many of the mixes you buy at local stores tend to be dry.

Would I buy these combos? You bet! When you eat Paleo, you are always looking for healthy options on the go that taste good and this definitely would fit the bill. It gives you a feeling of eating a ‘cheat” but it’s not! It’s 100% grain free granola created by people who started off creating it for themselves.

Paleonola products are “made with hearty nuts, unsweetened coconut and real cranberries.”

• Always All Natural
• No High Fructose Corn Syrup
• No Trans Fats
• No Artificial Flavors
• No Cholesterol
• No Hydrogenated Oils
• No Preservatives
• No Soy
• Gluten & Vegan Friendly

 

The Paleonola folks are just starting out, so you can get their products directly from their website – www.paleonola.com and they ship out USPS. For those looking for Paleo snack options or want your cereal back, give Paleonola a try. You won’t be disappointed!

Paleo Eating

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Potatoes bad, nuts good for staying slim, Harvard study finds

Yeah, there is something to that Paleo eating after-all.

Everyone knows that people who chow down on french fries, chug soda and go heavy on red meat tend to pile on more pounds than those who stick to salads, fruits and grains.

But is a serving of boiled potatoes really much worse than a helping of nuts? Is some white bread as bad as a candy bar? Could yogurt be a key to staying slim?

The answer to all those questions is yes, according to the provocative revelations produced by a big Harvard project that for the first time details how much weight individual foods make people put on or keep off.

The federally funded analysis of data collected over 20 years from more than 120,000 U.S. men and women in their 30s, 40s and 50s found striking differences in how various foods and drinks — as well as exercise, sleep patterns and other lifestyle choices — affect whether people gradually get fatter.

Weekend Away

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Paleo Diet Infographic

Here’s a cool Paleo explained infographic I found at one of my favorite blogs: the clothes make the girl. Mel has some great info, has a great sense of humor, is strong and kicks ass. She inspires me regularly.

As I am away this weekend – I am going to share some of my favorite images from last weekend’s Reebok CrossFit Mid-Atlantic Regionals:

This guy inspired me so much. Strong, focused and just generally HOT. (what — I’m just being honest)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is Christmas. That is her real name and she’s awesome! And strong, fit, nice, funny and HOT. (Ok, what? I am being honest)

Healthy Fudge Babies

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http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2009/10/13/make-these-now/

My friend Lori made these the other day and let me tell you — YUM!

Original Fudge Babies

(Serves… depends on how good bad non-existent your self-control is)

  • 1 c walnuts (120 grams)
  • 1 and 1/3 cups pitted dates (230 grams) (If you want a sweeter result, up the proportion of dates.) (If you’re unsure as to what dates to use, see fudge baby FAQ post)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3-4 tablespoons cocoa powder, depending on how chocolatey you want the balls to be (I used 4T extra dark)

1. Chop/blend all the ingredients, using a food processor, Magic Bullet, etc.  (No need to blend the dates first; I just blend everything all at once.)
2. Roll into cutey-pie little balls.  (Use plastic wrap if you wish.) Or, if you want true brownies, shape the dough into bars!

Version 2:

Hot Cocoa Fudge Babies

I’ve been toying around with the original recipe.  Here is my newest-favorite variation:
30 grams cashews, 80 grams dates, 5 grams (1T) dark cocoa powder.
Blend.  Even fudgier than the original! :)
(Add mint extract + cacao nibs and you’re in Wild Bar territory.
And if you leave out the cocoa powder, you have a homemade cashew cookie Larabar!)

 

Paleo and looking younger…

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It’s an extraordinary claim. But scientists say you can extend your life AND stay fit throughout old age – just by a change of diet that switches on your youth gene…

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1323758/Can-cutting-Carbohydrates-diet-make-live-longer.html#ixzz1MMUDAW6o

 

Double Unders — Making some progress!

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I'm so lucky to get to see this every morning...brings me so much joy.

I love those days when you just aren’t feeling your best and contemplated not going to your workout but you do and you have end up having a breakthrough!  They come when you least expect it!

Warmup
lap around both bldgs
2x
21 push ups
15 pull ups
9 KTE

Skill
Handstand forward roll
Cartwheels

WOD
3 RFT
50 Double Unders
75 Squats
18:26 R’xd

I am determined to not scale when DU’s show up on the board. I mentally just have to forget that I will come in DFL and realize that it’s because I am getting better. So the breakthrough? I was able to string 6+ DUs together! That is the most I have gotten EVER and boy I was winded. But the feeling of satisfaction I got from knowing that I was indeed improving was just the success I needed today.

I started regularly with CrossFit Impavidus at the beginning of February and the progress I have made in the almost 4 months since then is really amazing. DUs, Kipping Pull Ups, Hand Stands, CartWheels, Knees to Elbows, Deadlilfts… Goes to show you that sometimes we all need to shake things up, make some changes even when you have fears and doubts about it.

A few observations — I was really tired after Round 1 and that’s when the DU’s started to string together. I think because I was so tired – I let go, relaxed a bit — and there you go. It’s something about not being able to be in control. I am going to try this theory out with pull ups too. I get so tired that I even thinking about what to do is challenging and that’s when they technique takes over — muscle memory kicks in.

Yesterday, at work – our HR department hosted a catered breakfast for us all. I took the fruit, eggs, bacon — all paleo. They did have home made biscuits so I made an exception and had one– I love this restaurant’s biscuits. I didn’t get sick or anything but what I noticed was that last night, I was restless and woke up a few times and then during the warmup this morning — I didn’t have as much energy to push through the pull ups like I normally do. I have no proof that it’s because of the wheat/gluten I had yesterday, but it had me wondering — what do you think?

Practice makes better…

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I’m not going to lie — getting back on the Paleo wagon has been tough since heading out on vacation. I didn’t go hog wild during my trip but certainly didn’t do my Paleo focused eating. Arizona is made for Mango margaritas, guacamole,  chips, salsa and ice cream.  At least in my excuse created mind. I am not of the mind that you can’t live a life that enjoys food once in a while — I was taking a break from my daily life and that means letting loose with the idea that coming back to my life includes getting back to my passions and focus.  So – I returned feeling renewed and ready to go back to the routine. It has been proving a bit difficult. It’s almost like ‘once you open that door, it’s hard to close again’.

Yesterday was my 13th wedding anniversary — Scott and I got married in Las Vegas Nevada, 13 years ago. Who knew back then that we would turn out to be 2 suburbia folk, working white collar jobs, raising 2 great kids? Well – in all honesty, my life has more than I thought was possible for me —  I am lucky to have so much in my life!  We went out to dinner last night and that included dessert!  So — now that I realize that it’s a slippery slope – I need to commit to getting back on the straight and narrow. I can feel how different I feel and I don’t mean that in a good way.

Warmupx2
Sampson Stretch
10 Pass Thrus
10 OHS
10 Pull ups (3 dead hangs min)
10 Hollow Rockets
10 Ring Digs
30 Double Unders (once again, closing my eyes seems to work)

Skill
Snatch progressions

WOD
7 RFT
7 Power Snatch
7 Snatch Balance
7 OHS

I was solo today during the workout so Coach Jerry and I worked a lot on snatch progressions. I seemed to have a break thru with them after getting super frustrated time after time which is great! It’s the small successes that add up — and we spent a considerable amount of time on the skill part today. So much so, that we didn’t leave a lot of time to do the WOD, so I ended up doing 3 rounds before my form broke down and I stopped. I started off with 53lbs and ended up doing 45lbs during the WOD — scaling so that I could do it with proper form makes a difference!

Before I left, I also did some handstands and Coach Jerry gave me some pointers about doing handstand push ups now that my handstands are improving. I have been practicing a lot and he shared with me this quote:

Practice makes Better…

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