For Your Health, Froot Loops – By William Neuman
Yet another attempt to label foods that are horrible for us as healthy. This process was certainly influenced by major food manufacturers and is seriously flawed. The research that was mentioned in the article about consumers wanting more information without being told do not eat this is a major reason for America’s diet related health problems today. The modern person has long forgotten the idea that food is fuel. Would someone put watered down gas mixed with sugar and a dash of horse shit in their car? Most likely not, but labels such as this on our food are leading people to believe they are putting 93 octane in their bodies when they are really consuming 60 octane junk. Even the fairly new “organic” label is becoming a profit tool. For example the term “all natrual” is not defined by the federal food authorities, however it is used plenty in the grocery store. The normal consumer is going to see this label and think hey it’s organic when it is not in any way organically grown.
Rather than worrying with companies putting more eye catching, profit focused “eat me I’m
healthy” labels on food products, the alphabet soup agencies in D.C. must focus on educating each and every citizen on how to read and understand nutrional labels.
I realize it is a huge stretch to ask everyone to eat in the zone or eat a paleo diet, but it would be a huge step in the right direction for everyone to have QUALITY information on diet and understand how to use that information.
Like so many people have said to me and I’ve said to others. Stick to the outside circle at the grocery store, go to the farmers market, and know what is in your food. Those basic rules will make a healthier America.
First day of strict zone……so hungry…… 🙂
“LAY OFF ME I’M STARVING!!!” – Chris Farley
Great Article – A few choice quotes
—“said the program’s criteria were based on government dietary guidelines and widely accepted nutritional standards.” –>Well, there’s your problem. Same problem with the USDA food pyramid (base being grains). The government basically gets with General Mills and says…here…Write this policy and we will edit for content. It is quite sad. It is ALL politics. The farm lobby is just way to powerful. No politician would EVER stand up and say that “corn is indeed not healthy for us”. The farm lobby would then smear it into being anti-farm….which in turn is anti-American.
Sounds conspiracy theorist but it is true.
An interesting predicament our government has gotten itself into. Farm lobby ->USDA food pyramid with emphasis on grains->programs such as the Green Check thing that recommends Fruit Loops ->Obesity epidemic. 1/3 of Americans are medically classified as OBESE. This does not even consider the “overweight” We have a health care crisis and an over burdened health care system. Sky rocketing medical costs and longer wait times to see a Dr. The most cost and time consuming hospital visits are due to obesity and diabetes related issues. –read–insulin resistance from our shitty diet.
So…..basically we have a government created problem due to farm lobby(recommending foods that lead to obesity) –> leading to collapse of health care system –> leading to “Health Care Reform” –> polarization of the country and driving us deeper into deficit spending for health care.
Instead of bastardizing the insurance agencies about health care they really should be making the hard choice to stand up to the farm lobbies and give people the truth about diet.
–ANother choice quote — “they did not want to hear negative messages” ……..OK. Since you can’t handle being told that Fruit Loops is actually not healthy….we just won’t say anything. In fact we will put this happy green check mark on it. There….all is fine now. YOU ARE INDEED MAKING SMART FOOD CHOICES……..gimme a friggn break!
–Last — “She said Froot Loops was better than other things parents could choose for their children.” — like????…… bong water and crack rocks for breakfast. (but at least bong water is all natural).
It is crap like this that makes me feel sorry for the uneducated that actually need dietary recommendations. It is crap like this that makes me realize how flawed our lobbyist controlled government is.
Quick question about diet. You have mentioned the trio bars from costco on here before. They’re the ones that are paleo diet friendly. I recently bought a ton of those and some trail mix made by the same company. Problem is one serving of them far exceeds fat block recommendation for me. This makes it very hard to construct a zone meal with them included. Even a 1/4 serving provides a little too much faaStor a 4 block meal. So, which has prevenlance in the diet, paleo or eating in the zone?
CFT BS 335, SP 160, DL 405(Tied PR)
Tied CFT PR 900
Well said Kevin. A national education campaign is needed, and you are right it doesent need to be funded or run by the government.
We should make up a new sprint workout (400m) and call it… “Dash Of Horseshit”
Zone is your biggest priority right now. Consider Paleo a luxury, but one worth having if you can do it.
400 m sprint
AKA- ” Dash of Horseshit”
21-15-9 reps for time of:
115# Power Snatch
165# Bench Press
30″ Box Jumps
Slade (please correct me if I am wrong Russell)
I don’t think you should not be hungry on the Zone unless you don’t have the correct number of blocks. You should structure your blocks in a way that you feel satisfied almost all if not all day? If your block total is 15 or 16 and you have a 4 block b-fast, 2 block snack, 4 block lunch, 1 block snakc, 4 block dinner, 2 block snack there is no way you should be hungry.
What did you eat today?
On the article I agree with almost everyone. The article seems totally crazy when you eat Paleo and Zone it is hard to even comment.
take “not” out in first line –trying to work at the same time. YOU SHOULD NOT BE HUNGRY!
I’m still working out nutrient density of my meals. Also, I eat (or I used to eat) a lot of crap and my body is asking……hey where’s the sugar, man?????
BS 325(PR) SP 180(PR) DL 415(PR) Total 920 PR (previous CFT 850)
Working on zone and I have a question re: food choices, specifically Meatballs and Italian salami & sausage which are high in fat. how much (if any) of their fat content should I be counting? Thanks! -Christy
In the case of meatballs and sausage…I think it is 50/50. PRO/FAT
Then again…I’im the last person to be giving zone advice…so I defer this to my esteemed colleagues
Rest day… I wish! Ran 13.1 RX for Crossfit Endurance.
Clean and Jerk 1-1-1-1-1-1-1
Like Mandy said once we were done; should’ve started with a higher base weight, and we may have been able to keep climbing on up.
Clean not so tough…..Jerk-tough. Have to learn get deeper under the weight to make it easier. I wasn’t doing that which affected my ability to get the weight up easily.
I have a question about endurance runs and reg. WOD’s…how often should you add them into your weekly wo’s? I would like to run atleast 1 marathon and a couple of half-marathons this winter. Last winter i barely touched a weight (esp. lower body) while training for races. Im new to this, so im up for suggestions.
BS 335, SP 155, DL 365 = 855, not terrible considering my schedule lately but far from PRs.
Was rough Zone today but not enough time to plan meals strictly. Leaving again tomorrow.
Thanks Patrick and Kevin for the info. Looks like you can’t go wrong just staying away from sweets but other than that nobody really knows.
Travel Zone sucks, I bought a sandwich then removed every scrap of everything had a slab of turkey and an Apple. My Total suffered 845, I felt at least 5 % weaker but the challenge is strong. Tomorrows WOD looks sick!
I agree with the paleo but I have never been one to set limits on how much I eat. Like Russell told me though I will never perform at my highest ability. I still eat right for the most part just have never put portion limits on it. I am going to start that tonight by only drinking six beers instead of twelve. I would say thats a good start.
Take a look at the crossfit endurance website. Its got a lot of useful information there about when and how much. Basically they say 2 interval/speed work days with 1 tempo/long distance day. Their advice = Crossfit 4-6 days/week and CFenduance 3-4 days a week, with the best results for those who can do all 6 days of crossfit, and 3-4 days of cfendurance.
Tracey, I follow crossfitendurance.com pretty strictly and have seen a ton of improvement in my half ironman distance events. Most important though is running pose! It is pretty central to the training.
Scaled: 2 x 20# DB Walking Lunges/ 20″ Box Jumps/ ring rows