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March 11, 2009

Some shots (iphone isn’t as quick as they are) from the 6am athletes. Nice work from everyone today. I sense a paradigm shift in every ones Nutrition…all h-e-double hockey sticks is about to break loose-in a very good way. Of course Congratulations to Sarah on her first pull up today. There will be 1000’s more and she has already said she wants her muscle up by Jan. 1-You can get it Sarah!

Here is the second WOD we did at the Throwdown Saturday.



5 Rounds For Time

21 Deadlifts 135/95
7 Thrusters 135/95

Some paleo info from www.earth360.com/diet_paleodiet_balzer.html -I googled Paleo Diet Info. There is a lot more out there.

Paleolithic Diet buffs refer to the new foods as Neolithic foods and the old as Paleolithic Diet foods. In simple terms we see Neolithic as bad and Paleolithic as good. Since then, some other substances have entered the diet- particularly salt and sugar, and more recently a litany of chemicals including firstly caffeine then all other additives, colourings, preservatives, pesticides etc.
Grains, Beans and Potatoes (GBP) share the following important characteristics:

· They are all toxic when raw- there is no doubt about this- it is a fact that no competent source would dispute- they can be extremely dangerous and it is important never to eat them raw or undercooked. These toxins include enzyme blockers, lectins and other types. I will talk about them in detail later as they are very important.
· Cooking destroys most but not all of the toxins. Insufficient cooking can lead to sickness such as acute gastroenteritis.
· They are all rich sources of carbohydrate, and once cooked this is often rapidly digestible-giving a high glycemic index (sugar spike).
· They are extremely poor sources of vitamins (particularly vitamins A, B-group, folic acid and C), minerals, antioxidants and phytosterols.

Therefore diets high in grains beans and potatoes (GBP):

· Contain toxins in small amounts
· Have a high glycemic index (ie have a similar effect to raw sugar on blood glucose levels)
· Are low in many vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytosterols- ie they are the original “empty calories”
· Have problems caused by the GBP displacing other foods

As grains, beans and potatoes form such a large proportion of the modern diet, you can now understand why it is so common for people to feel they need supplements or that they need to detoxify (ie that they have toxins in their system)- indeed both feelings are absolutely correct. Unfortunately, we don’t necessarily realize which supplements we need, and ironically when people go on detoxification diets they unfortunately often consume even more Neolithic foods (eg soy beans) and therefore more toxins than usual (perhaps they sometimes benefit from a change in toxins). More detail on these issues follows in subsequent pages.

The essentials of the Paleolithic Diet are:
Eat none of the following:
· Grains- including bread, pasta, noodles
· Beans- including string beans, kidney beans, lentils, peanuts, snow-peas and peas
· Potatoes
· Dairy products
· Sugar
· Salt
Eat the following:
· Meat, chicken and fish
· Eggs
· Fruit
· Vegetables (especially root vegetables, but definitely not including potatoes or sweet potatoes)
· Nuts, eg. walnuts, brazil nuts, macadamia, almond. Do not eat peanuts (a bean) or cashews (a family of their own)
· Berries- strawberries, blueberries, raspberries etc.
Try to increase your intake of:
· Root vegetables- carrots, turnips, parsnips, rutabagas, Swedes
· Organ meats- liver and kidneys (I accept that many people find these unpalatable and won’t eat them)
Expect some minor tuning problems- don’t worry, you can deal with them:
· It will take some time for your body to adjust to the changes after all these years. There is a huge surge in your vitamin intake. There is a huge decrease in your toxin intake.

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  1. Mark Lee Reply

    For the record I am not saying that the Paleo diet is the only answer- and I am sure that it has its flaws. I am testing it on myself and trying to measure my zone blocks in conjunction. I guess i’m just inspired by the people who I saw/met at the throwdown, who’ve had great success. Also trying to spark a little interest in Nutrition by posting one MD’s summary of this nutritional approach. Happy hunting and gathering of information. Let us know what you find.

  2. Littles Reply

    I like toxins…..
    I’m going to stick with the zone for now eating mostly favorable carbs.
    I think I’ll lose my mind giving up dairy at this point. I’m seeing results right now, so I guess when I plateau I’ll want to clean it up and try this.
    Random babbling by Liz Miles.

  3. Littles Reply

    A question for you Mark.
    If you combine Paleo Zone, what do you do with the root vegetables?
    Most are unfavorable on the Zone.

  4. Mark Lee Reply

    Liz I hope your questions were answered at the CF Boston Nutrition lecture tonight. I think that the glycemic effect is blunted by the high protein intake and the trade off in toxicity seems worth the “unfavorables”

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