We have decided to cut out added sugars and sweeteners during the month of January. Anyone else interested in joining the challenge? Reply to the post, or contact me privately if you prefer.
I’m borrowing a page from Whole30 (It Starts With Food) and we probably won’t follow ALL of Whole30 but for now we will cut out sugar and see where that gets us. Check the following link for more info.
Great article from Business Insider: “The 11 Most Destructive Nutrition Lies Ever Told” http://www.businessinsider.com/the-11-most-destructive-nutrition-lies-ever-told-2013-11
Some of my favorites: 2. Saturated Fat is Bad For You; 3. Everybody Should be Eating Grains; 5. Low-Fat Foods Are Good For You; 6. You Should Eat Many Small Meals Throughout The Day; 7. Carbs Should Be Your Biggest Source of Calories. All of these are persistent lies that have made it into the mainstream conventional wisdom, and this article debunks them, giving links to actual scientific studies.
To be clear, I don’t think a “very low-carb” diet is appropriate for everyone, but I DO believe strongly that low-fat diets are universally terrible. I really think that low-fat diets are killing people, in the thousands each year. Telling someone with metabolic issues to go on a low-fat diet is like handing a gas can to someone whose clothes are on fire.
I have been thinking about doing some high-intensity training, but I am a little afraid of CrossFit and others like them. I would like to find something appropriate to my fitness/endurance level, and I want to make sure I’m doing it right and not hurting myself.
This article is quite insightful, explains what a “MetCon” is, and then goes on to explain how a 20-minute high-intensity workout might be counterproductive and how to choose an appropriate level.
The Case for the Short Metcon by Robb Wolf
This is a great article about the stages of change
Context and the Stages of Change by Emily Deans, posted on Evolutionary Psychiatry
It’s written from a Paleo perspective, but it’s useful for anyone who wants to guide others through a difficult life change. It explains why some people aren’t ready to listen, no matter how compelling the argument or evidence.
1. Precontemplation (a.k.a. Denial) Set a good example. Prompt them to consider something but don’t try to convince them, yet.
2. Contemplation – Person is not sure, and may be more open to convincing.
3. Preparation – Actively looking for support, resources, and pointers to how to get started.
4. Action – They’re actually doing it
5. Maintenance – avoid relapsing, turn short-term coping into long-term life skills.
Whatever your most important issue, it will get no love as long as Congress remains broken. If you care about any issue in the US, you should care about fixing Congress.
I like this TED talk by Lawrence Lessig. It explains how Congress is broken and what we should be doing about it.
Lawrence Lessig: We the People, and the Republic we must reclaim
Top 11 Biggest Lies of Mainstream Nutrition
I love this article… it is a great summary of why everything we think we know about weight loss is wrong. Plus, it has links to real, honest scientific research.
Some of the biggest lies:
Lie 5. Low-Fat Foods Are Good For You
Lie 9. Low Carb Diets Are Dangerous
Lie 11. High Fat Foods Will Make You Fat
I was also pleased to see that most of the “life lessons” I have learned along the way (in the last 2 years anyway) are actually listed here :)
Any thoughts about it? Anything you really disagree with?