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ARE YOU A GRAIN EATER?!?

Very often I find myself and Sheppy explaining to people why they shouldn't eat grains. The big Paleo Bear talks about it all the time and tries to get more and more of our students off of them. What I noticed is that there is a common belief amongst the general public that is the same as that which our mainstream health practioners tell us: grains and cereals are good and healthy. Mark Sisson, from Mark's Daily Apple, talks in his blog about the responses he gets about this subject, and some happen to be the same ones we come across at the gym. So let's take a look at some of these assertions: "YOU NEED FIBER!" A few years back, scientists found that high-fiber foods "bang up against the cell's lining the gastrointestinal tract, rupturing their outer covering" which "increases the level of lubricating mucus." (Excessive mucus prevents absorption of nutrients.) Yuck, thats sounds awful!! There is plenty of fiber in the vegetables and fruit we should be eating. "YOU NEED VITAMINS AND MINERALS!" Yes! We do need vitamins and minerals, like B1 and B2, magnesium and iron, zinc and potassium. But not from heavy-carb, bulky grain! Even a serving of "whole grain" can't compete - nutrient, vitamin and mineral-wise - with a bad ass salad! "ITS THE FOUNDATION OF THE GOVERNMENTAL FOOD PYRAMID!" Governmental endorsements are not pointed in your favour, grain-eater. They are strikes against you. The fundamental problem with grains is that they are "Neolithic" food that the human body has yet to adapt to consuming. In fact, grains were right there on the forefront of the agricultural revolution. Also they were harsh, tough things that probably didn't even taste good. It took a ton of work just to make them edible, thanks to their toxic anti-nutrients. Some animals are clearly adapted to grain consumption. Birds, rodents and some insects can deal with the anti-nutrients. Humans, however, cannot. We simply do not have the the wiring necessary to mitigate the harmful effects of lectins, gluten and phytates. So the answer is NO. We do not need grains to survive, let alone thrive. Take the hint and stop eating them!   TUESDAY Warmup: Burgener Warmup Tech: Snatch - not a 1 rep max, just go heavy enough that you can still work on your technique, eg: first pull, second pull (full extension of the hips while arms straight) and receiving it in a full squat. Wod: 2011 Regional Games wod #1
  • 1 Km Run
  • 30 HSPU
  • 1 Km Row
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