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I had a great day yesterday filled with lots of great people around me and an easy relaxed day. I went out to lunch with two of my favorite people -Scotty & Britt – was able to take a nap – and go out to dinner with Scotty and eat a good meal and just have no real stress. The only thing that would have made it perfect was to include a long massage in there at some point, but that’s my fault. I could have scheduled one. Oh Well.
I came across this blog post yesterday that I think may resonate with many people out there — and hopefully inspire some others to give CrossFit and eating healthier a try:
I was reluctant to give CrossFit a try because of an old rotator cuff tear, a delicate back and no interest whatsoever in lifting heavy weights. I had heard that it was a real man’s realm, and to be a woman in CrossFit meant you had to look like an Olympic weightlifter, and also perform like one.
I quickly realized possessing Olympic strength wasn’t necessary, but I didn’t realize how little strength I actually had until I was faced with the dreaded pull-up bar and the evil devil of a weight lift called the squat snatch. I also didn’t realize how tight, misaligned and inflexible my body had become during my years pounding pavement in New York carrying a heavy bag over one shoulder.
I started attending CrossFit classes about three times a week last January, and at the beginning, I sucked at everything. Really sucked. In fact, the only thing that kept me going at the beginning was my determination to not be the absolute worst performer in every class, because we keep score. My competitive nature helped with that, but what finally got me excited was the day I was able to touch my toes to an overhead bar I was hanging from. That takes flexibility, core strength and also a little rhythm. I never thought I would be able to do it. Now every month I am reaching some kind of personal best in workouts that vary from strength training to gymnastics to endurance exercise and sprints. My back problems are also gone thanks to building the strength up in my core and everything else that supports it. Oh yeah, and the back fat that used to squish out from under my bra is gone, too.
The thing to remember is her story is not unlike so many others’ experiences out there. But with that being said, it’s easy to fall into old patterns and start eating like crap and slacking off on fitness goals. I know I have been slacking like no other in my nutrition and I can feel it. So, even though I am aware of how much better I feel when I am on point – I am so drawn to sugar and other crap to soothe my stress, combat boredom, or whatever other excuse I can find. It’s like I can’t help it. And the more you let loose the reigns, the more you crave the crap and the more dulled your memory of how awesome you feel becomes. It’s a slippery slope. If it were easy, we all would be doing it.
Earlier this week, someone on facebook posted a picture of an obese woman at a McDonald’s counter. I hate when people post those pics with the intention of mocking or pointing out their obesity. We all have our issues and baggage to deal with and putting someone else’s out there isn’t helping anyone. This pic is not the pic posted, but it gets my point across — whenever I see someone obese, the first thing that I think is: Inflammation. That is a big driver of their obesity. My husband always rolls his eyes because whenever I say it. Not everyone responds to food the same way – some tolerate gluten and sugar differently but I will argue until the day I die that we are all better off without it.
- deadlifts 135#
All grains, including other non-gluten containing grains like oats and corn, are bad because they contain gut irritating lectins and mineral binding phytates, but you’ll learn here why gluten-containing grains and wheat especially can not only cause the same problems as other grains, but also cause much more trouble down the road.
Three main constituents are of interest here: gluten, WGA (wheat germ agglutinin) and opioid peptides found in wheat. Gluten is a compound protein that composes about 80% of the protein found in wheat, barley and rye and WGA is a lectin found in wheat that can be particularly damaging. Opioid peptides are psychoactive chemicals and those found in wheat are similar to those found in other well known psychoactive drugs like opium or morphine.
Contrary to what is believed by many, wheat is not to be avoided only by those who suffer Celiac disease, the autoimmune disease caused by a reaction of the immune system against gliadin, a gluten protein. Those with Celiac disease only react more strongly to wheat and gluten than those without the disease, but most people have a reaction in some way or another to wheat consumption, often in insidious ways.
What is a fad diet? I only asked because a few commentators have suggested that gluten-free is the latest in a long line of fad diets – similar to the low carb Atkins Diet craze of a few years back, or the hunter-gatherer diet – an eating regime supposedly enjoyed by our ancestors of 2.5 million years ago.
These types of diet – normally endorsed by a celebrity or two – spring into being from nowhere, gets ample media attention, and then disappear within the space of 12-18 months.
For the 1 in 100 people in the UK who suffer from coeliac disease – a severe intolerance to gluten – eating an appropriate diet is essential for preserving their health. For the uninitiated, coeliacs can suffer from stomach cramps, severe bloating, diarrhoea, headaches and other debilitating symptoms from eating foods that contain gluten.
But what about everyone else? The list of well-known figures opting not to eat gluten is lengthening by the week. Lady Gaga, Gwyneth Paltrow, Rachel Weisz, Jennifer Aniston, and Victoria Beckham all avoid gluten. So far, so fad.
However, it is not just trend-hungry celebs that are going gluten-free.
The list of elite athletes who have ditched gluten is also growing. These include Novak Djokovich, Andy Murray and the US pro cycling team. All of them claim that the change in their diet has boosted their performance. In the case of Mr Djokovich, he clinched his first Wimbledon title a few weeks after ditching gluten.
In the US, medical experts are giving weight to the idea that removing gluten from your diet can benefit a much wider group than just coeliacs.
This from Doctor and author Michelle Pick, writing in the Huffington Post two weeks ago:
“It may seem like a fad, but I’ve been taking [non-celiac] patients off of gluten for years, and I honestly can’t think of anything in my practice that makes as dramatic a difference in health and wellness as following a gluten-free diet.”
The Dangers of Gluten
A recent large study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that people with diagnosed, undiagnosed, and “latent” celiac disease or gluten sensitivity had a higher risk of death, mostly from heart disease and cancer. (i)
This study looked at almost 30,00 patients from 1969 to 2008 and examined deaths in three groups: Those with full-blown celiac disease, those with inflammation of their intestine but not full-blown celiac disease, and those with latent celiac disease or gluten sensitivity (elevated gluten antibodies but negative intestinal biopsy).
The findings were dramatic. There was a 39 percent increased risk of death in those with celiac disease, 72 percent increased risk in those with gut inflammation related to gluten, and 35 percent increased risk in those with gluten sensitivity but no celiac disease.
This is ground-breaking research that proves you don’t have to have full-blown celiac disease with a positive intestinal biopsy (which is what conventional thinking tells us) to have serious health problems and complications–even death–from eating gluten.
Yet an estimated 99 percent of people who have a problem with eating gluten don’t even know it. They ascribe their ill health or symptoms to something else–not gluten sensitivity, which is 100 percent curable.
And here’s some more shocking news …
Another study comparing the blood of 10,000 people from 50 years ago to 10,000 people today found that the incidences of full-blown celiac disease increased by 400 percent (elevated TTG antibodies) during that time period. (ii) If we saw a 400 percent increase in heart disease or cancer, this would be headline news. But we hear almost nothing about this. I will explain why I think that increase has occurred in a moment. First, let’s explore the economic cost of this hidden epidemic.
Undiagnosed gluten problems cost the American healthcare system oodles of money. Dr. Peter Green, Professor of Clinical Medicine for the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University studied all 10 million subscribers to CIGNA and found those who were correctly diagnosed with celiac disease used fewer medical services and reduced their healthcare costs by more than 30 perecnt. (iii) The problem is that only one percent of those with the problem were actually diagnosed. That means 99 percent are walking around suffering without knowing it, costing the healthcare system millions of dollars.
And it’s not just a few who suffer, but millions. Far more people have gluten sensitivity than you think–especially those who are chronically ill. The most serious form of allergy to gluten, celiac disease, affects one in 100 people, or three million Americans, most of who don’t know they have it. But milder forms of gluten sensitivity are even more common and may affect up to one-third of the American population.
I am mostly gluten free, my son Nate is gluten free, my older sister has sensitivities to it — Scott’s cousin is Celiacs. You think there’s a problem? Nate’s pediatrician told me that gluten-free was just a fad — yeah, a fad.
FRIDAY, Aug.19 (HealthDay News) — Complaints of celiac disease are on the rise in the United States, with more and more people growing ill from exposure to products containing gluten.
Nearly five times as many people have celiac disease today than did during the 1950s, according to one recent study. Another report found that the rate of celiac disease has doubled every 15 years since 1974 and is now believed to affect one in every 133 U.S. residents.
“It’s quite widespread,” said Dr. Alessio Fasano, director of the Center for Celiac Research and the Mucosal Biology Research Center at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. “We thought there were regional differences in the past, but now we know it’s everywhere.
“That increased incidence rate has left researchers scrambling to figure out why more people are developing the chronic digestive disorder. Doctors still can’t explain the trend, but they are making some headway testing a number of hypotheses.
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Women with untreated celiac disease may hit menopause earlier, and have a higher risk of some pregnancy complications, than women without the disease, suggests a small study.
However, if women with celiac disease are diagnosed early, and follow a strict diet as treatment, the findings suggest they won’t go through menopause any earlier than disease-free women.
Celiac disease affects “the whole spectrum of the reproductive career of women,” said Dr. Shawky Badawy, the head of obstetrics and gynecology at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York.
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!
lap around both bldgs
21 push ups
15 pull ups
Handstand forward roll
50 Double Unders
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?
The slant of this is annoying — that you shouldn’t go gluten free if you don’t have a health issue bc you could lose out on vitamins. If you are eating whole, clean foods –that shouldn’t be an issue.
“Gluten-free” is fast becoming the “low-carb” diet trend of the 21st century, although only 10 percent of the people buying its foods suffer from the celiac disease, wheat allergy or “gluten sensitivity” that make gluten avoidance a medical-must.
The burgeoning gluten-free marketplace has been a boon to men and women whose good health depends upon keeping gluten out of their gullets.
…Celiac disease, also called celiac sprue, affects an estimated 1 in 133 Americans, many of them unaware that they have a genetic disorder in which the body perceives gluten in their food as an alien invader and launches an immune system attack on the intestines and other organs. Symptoms can range from diarrhea, abdominal pain, fatigue and headaches to malnourishment, osteoporosis, neurological conditions and in some cases, infertility and cancer.
Celiac sufferers must strictly adhere to gluten-free eating. Even a stray crispy crouton in a salad could be enough to launch an internal immune system siege that can sicken them.
Like those with wheat allergy, which can trigger hives, congestion and potentially fatal anaphylaxis, celiac patients must be vigilant about the contents of everything they eat. Offending foods containing wheat products include such surprising items as salad dressings, cold cuts, egg substitutes, imitation crabmeat (surimi), some herbal teas and licorice.
In addition to wheat, rye and barley, gluten can be found in exotic grains like spelt, kamut, faro and triticale. Even some oat products may contain traces of gluten picked up in the field or during processing.
With the addition of people suffering from gluten sensitivity, the market for foods once considered in the dietary fringe is expected to grow further. Packaged Facts predicts it could approach $5.5 billion by 2015.
(Health.com) – Sarah Cooper was a new mom in her mid-20s, busily juggling her family and a career as an electrical engineer, when everything came to a halt.
She lost all her energy. She developed acne. And she began experiencing gastrointestinal problems: bloating, diarrhea, cramping, constipation. Her doctors, thinking something must be missing from her diet, put her on various vitamins, none of which helped.
“It was all I could do to go to work,” she says.
After years of failed treatments, Cooper’s luck changed. She saw a doctor who suspected she might have celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder that can appear at any age and is caused by an intolerance to gluten.
A protein found in wheat, barley, and rye (and countless food products — like bread and pasta — that contain those grains), gluten gradually damages the intestines of people with celiac disease, preventing the absorption of vitamins and minerals and setting off a slew of related health problems, which can include fatigue and bad skin.
Today is a rest day –and pulling those sleds and flipping those tires yesterday made this rest day much appreciated!
I went to Wegman’s for my weekly grocery shopping pilgrimage. I probably spend at least another 20 bucks a week buying gluten free stuff for Nate. It’s mind boggling that gluten is found in just about everything we eat. To ensure it’s not – it costs extra $$. And to be honest – a lot of it tastes like crap as we found after spending the cash. It’s trial and error and researching to find what a 6 year old will eat —
While I was there I couldn’t help but notice once again — the stuff that people buy in their carts. It’s a lot of crap — soda, chips, ice cream, white bread, sugary cereals – all staples of the American diet. It really does show in what they look like too — slightly to more than slightly overweight living in suburbia people. I wish that everyone could realize what eating like that day in and day out does to their bodies –and learning how to eat the way we are designed would make them feel so much better! Some day, people will start to realize that what we we were taught about proper nutrition was not really about proper nutrition and more about politics and economics —
I’m not perfect — I had pizza last night for instance. But I do eat Paleo 80-90% of the time and it is so ingrained in me now that I can feel what eating crap does to my body — it’s not good people.