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Posted in Members, Nutrition, Uncategorized on October 28, 2010 by Crossfit Sioux Falls

The Good Doctor says to eat your Fish Oils

As a gym owner and trainer for 9 years I have been hit up over and over about supplements. What works? What should I take? Etc. etc…

I am very very picky when it comes to a supplement that I would personally take, and even more so about a supplement that I would promote others to take.

Until recently, I have never found a fish oil that I have really liked. And everyone no matter if they do CrossFit or don’t even workout MUST take some form of fish oil for health, longevity and performance (especially if you do CF). So I have tried a bunch of different brands searching for that “one”oil I can hang my hat on.

My good friend and fellow CF athlete/coach, Kenny Kane, out in California introduced me to Stronger Faster Healthier ( http://www.strongerfasterhealthier.com/ ). SFH is a new company (and I believe) has some of the BEST products on the market (or I wouldn’t take them;-). They launched their company in March 2010 and are in over 50 CF boxes across the US, endorsed by CrossFit Endurance, CrossFit Football, and rapidly growing throughout the CF community.

Bottom line, I highly encourage to you to try them out and let the product speak for itself.

CFSF will be placing an order on Nov 4th next Thursday for anyone at the box that would like to take advantage of these products. If you place the order with us you will not have to pay the shipping that you would normally pay if you ordered it online for yourself (in SD the shipping is about $9 minimum)

Products that CFSF recommends:

-The Fish Oil (multiple flavors, honestly is easy to shallow and NO fish burps)
-Endurance Powder (for pre workout)
-Post Workout (for recovery after lifting and wods)
-Whey Protein (better than other whey proteins bc very very small amt of sugar)
-For a list of the other products check their site or ask us at the box.

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The Paleo Grocery List

Posted in Nutrition on October 22, 2010 by Crossfit Sioux Falls

Health is simple: Workout HARD and Eat Properly

This is a great blog from the Fuel as RX website check it out:

Grocery shopping – some people love it, others hate it. No matter where you fall on the spectrum the fact is, you’ve got to do it if you want to eat. Now throw following a Paleo Diet into the mix and things have gotten even more complicated, and some would tell you, more expensive. But it really isn’t as difficult or expensive as one might think! Use this guide and tips to help plan your next trip.

Let’s start shopping!

Produce Department

-Focus on the crops that are in season in order to get the best prices and nutrient content.
-Choose organic when/if possible and if your bank account allows.
-Stock up on what’s on sale – many vegetables can be frozen for later use!
-Purchase spinach, salad blends, pre-cut vegetables, etc. if convenience and minimal prep time are important.
-Fill your cart with color!

Vegetables – Get Lots!!

Great choices include: spinach, greens, broccoli, zucchini, cauliflower, asparagus, brussels sprouts, cabbage, onions, garlic, fresh herbs, sweet potatoes (for post workout meals), mushrooms, tomatoes, eggplant, bell peppers, avocado… (Avoid the nightshades if you have autoimmune issues.)

Fruit

Don’t go crazy here! Fit fruit into your diet primarily in the post workout period. Great choices include: Berries, watermelon, cantaloupe, mango, peaches, grapefruit, oranges, plums, apples, bananas…

Meat Department

-Go for grass-fed meat, wild caught fish, and free range poultry if it’s available and within your budget.
-If choosing farm raised meats opt for leaner cuts, if grass fed the fat is good!!

Meat

Beef, bison, venison, wild game, pork – they’re all good! Sirloin, tenderloin, flank, and strip steaks are the leanest choices.

Poultry

When choosing poultry the breast and thigh portions will yield the most meat and from a food to $$ ratio are the best bets! There are also many ‘natural’ sausage options available in large supermarkets – chicken apple sausage is wonderful!!

Fish & Seafood

Salmon, tuna and other fatty fish are the best choices due to their high Omega-3 fatty acid content. For variety cod, perch, tilapia, mahi, scallops, shrimp, etc. are good choices too.

Dairy Department

-Don’t spend too much time here!! Look for the eggs. Omega-3 fortified eggs from free-range chickens are the optimal choice! Get some and move on!!

Frozen Foods Department

-Fresh produce is not always the best choice depending on the season and your budget. The frozen food aisle is another great option for fruits and vegetables. It is always a good idea to have a few bags of broccoli, spinach, brussel sprouts, etc. in the freezer for a ‘quick’ fix meal!
-Make sure to choose plain frozen vegetables without sauces or flavorings added – you can season them at home!
-Choose unsweetened frozen berries, peaches, cherries and other fruits.
-Pick up a couple large bags of plain chicken breasts, salmon, and/or other meats. If you are on a budget buying bulk bags of meat is cheaper than purchasing from the meat counter.

The Aisles…

Many times this is where people get in trouble! So many pretty packages with pictures of cookies, crackers, snacks, etc. AVOID aisles of temptation!!
-Pick up a selection of salt-free spices. My favorites include garlic powder, oregano, basil, cumin, curry powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, rosemary, sage, and for everything else an all-purpose spice like Mrs. Dash is great!
-Next stop – oils. Coconut oil and olive oil are must haves. Avocado and walnut oils are also very good on salads.
-Coconut milk (the kind in a can with no sugar added), is great for making curries, in post workout smoothies, and as an alternative to creamer if you’re a coffee drinker. Get some!
-Nuts and nut butters are also good to have around for quick snacks and in a pinch. Walnuts and macadamia nuts are the best choices and walnut butter is EXCELLENT! When choosing nut butters make sure there are no added ingredients – pure nuts is what to look for. If there is the option to ‘grind your own’ take it! Also, purchase unsalted nuts if possible.

Miscellaneous Items

-Some other items to consider depending on your goals, level of strictness and situation may include; unsweetened dried fruit, balsamic vinegar, green tea, and jerky (although the BEST place to get jerky is through Paleo Brands (click the link and look around)- they have GREAT Paleo frozen meals and cookies too!)
-If you are an athlete or looking for some quick post or during workout carbs grab some coconut water and Larabars for quick convenient fuel.

This list by no means covers all the possibilities but it’s a good start. Now grab a cart and start shopping!

Do you have any “must have” items on your list?

Share them in the comments!

Paleo is the way, Nuff Said…

Posted in Nutrition on October 13, 2010 by Crossfit Sioux Falls

Chuck is flying higher now that he is in the Paleo Challenge

I came across this post and thought WOW! Is there even a discussion. I will take CrossFit and Paleo over the Old Endurance way EVERYDAY!

Pre Paleo and CrossFit:

Post Paleo and CrossFit:

The Paleo/Primal lifestyle (and in passing, CrossFit) are the subjects of a skeptical but grudgingly admiring article in today’s New York Times: “The New Age Caveman and the City.” Call it a fad if you will, but I challenge you to assemble a random sampling of Paleo-eaters/high intensity exercisers and vegan/vegetarian long slow distance enthusiasts…by any metric, performance or aesthetic, the “caveman” types will seem almost a different species.

Beans are good for you…FALSE!

Posted in Nutrition on October 8, 2010 by Crossfit Sioux Falls

PR time...275! Are you kidding me???

Anyone ever hear people saying or think themselves that beans are touted as the healthy protein alternative to meat?

Do you know how to respond?

Well lets uncover the truth:

The fact that they can cause gastrointestinal distress should be enough for our concern. Most legumes are poisonous if eaten raw. Legumes are high in lectins, protease inhibitors, and phytates. Lectins are proteins that bind carbohydrates, been identified as being inflammatory and toxic. They have a casual relationship with auto-immune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, Type I diabetes, and lupus. Phytates or phytic acids, have been shown to inhibit the absorption of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron, and zinc in the digestive tract. Furthermore, the presence of protease inhibitors interferes with the breakdown of proteins into amino acids. Vegetarians seeking protein from legumes, may actually be making their protein deficiencies worse!

A diet high in legumes, at best, will give you gastrointestinal problems and could result in a mineral deficiency. At worst, a diet high in legumes could induce an “auto-immune” response. The soy industry has been pushing the “health benefits” of soy.

As a result, most of our processed foods contain a soy additive or byproduct, in effect, lacing our foods with possible toxins.

There are a lot more myths about the food pyramid and the traditional American diet. To find out what they are begin reading the Paleolithic Solution by Robb Wolf immediately!

Happy Friday!

If You Restrict Yourself Too Much, You Will GORGE…

Posted in Lifestyle, Nutrition on October 7, 2010 by Crossfit Sioux Falls

After trying every diet known to man, and helping people with diet and exercise for ten plus years …. I have seen this time and time again Gorging!

People do a complete 360 cut out everything known to man for 7 weeks (or less depending on the person), and once the 7 weeks is over its gorge city!!!

As humans we are not expected to be perfect. If you are really making a “lifestyle” change, there are going to be times that we will cheat. As long as we are balancing our food with tons of positives, a little negative here and there is not going to hurt us. It will only make us feel like we are not “dieting”.

A phrase you will commonly hear me use is “there is a reason the word DIE is in diet”.

Truly make this a lifestyle change, not just a challenge. Take this opportunity and really apply it to your daily life not just for these 7 weeks, but for a lifetime!!

Watch this video below and find out what happens when we restrict ourselves for too long……

No dairy? No problem! 4 Non-Dairy Ways To Keep Your Bones Strong

Posted in Nutrition on September 28, 2010 by Crossfit Sioux Falls

One of the most common concerns I hear for not giving up dairy is that by doing so, you will put the health of your bones at risk, primarily due to insufficient dietary calcium. With that in mind, I thought I’d offer up a few suggestions for keeping those bones healthy sans dairy. Take note, though: I’m not saying dairy is bad or that it can’t be used as part of a healthy diet (although individual results may vary), I’m simply laying out a case against the argument that you can’t get adequate calcium unless you’re eating dairy.

1. Eat your greens!
A large part of our bones are composed of calcium, making it an essential mineral for maintaining healthy bones. But there’s much more to bone health than just calcium. According to Michael Murray, ND, there are over 24 bone-building vitamins and minerals that work together to protect us from osteoporosis. For example, vitamin K is needed for osteocalcin (a protein found in the bone matrix) to mineralized bone. Magnesium increases calcium uptake and vitamin D helps it to get deposited into our bones. So, while milk is high in calcium it is incredibly low in magnesium and the other co-factors that allow us to utilize the calcium we consume. Green leafy vegetables on the other hand, are full of these vital nutrients ensuring that we get the calcium from our food. In fact, one study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (Heaney RP, Weaver CM.1990; 51:656-657) compared the absorption of calcium from kale with the absorption from milk and found that calcium absorption from kale was 40.9%, compared to only 32.1% from milk. What’s more, just 1 cup of cooked collard greens provides you with more calcium than a cup of cow or goat milk!

The following foods are essential for maintaining strong bones:

Kale
Parsley
Sesame seeds
Soft shell crab
Sardines and anchovies (small fish with edible bones)
Bok choy
Brocolli
Brussels sprouts

2. Get Your Daily Dose of Sunshine
Vitamin D is essential for keeping your bones strong. It works to absorb calcium from your digestive tract and escorts it right where it needs to go: your bones. According to health integrationist Layna Burman, if you’re fair-skinned, you need 15-minutes of sun exposure (sans suncreen) between 12pm-2pm every day in order to get your daily requirements. If you’re darker-skinned, you’ll need closer to 30-minutes of sunlight daily. Most of us don’t get enough sun exposure especially during the winter, leaving us with weak vitamin D levels. Concerned about skin damage? Supplement with 2,000-4,000 units of D3. You could also get your vitamin D levels tested with a 25-hydroxy vitamin D test.

3. Do CrossFit
Bone is living tissue that responds really well to exercise. Just like your muscles become stronger and bigger with regular use, your bones will also become stronger and more dense with exercise. According to the Osteoporosis Foundation, the most effective type of exercise for building and maintaining good bone density is weight-bearing exercises and resistance training. Muscle and bone go hand-in-hand; the more muscle you have on your body, the stronger your bones are!

4. De-Stress
When you’re experiencing stress, whether it is good or bad, your adrenals secrete cortisol, your primary stress hormone, to help remedy the situation. While cortisol is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent it can also be catabolic, meaning it breaks down muscle and bone, when it’s elevated around the clock. For example, exercise is a good form of stress that elicits the release of cortisol but when you’re over-trained and don’t give your body time to recover, you wind up doing more harm than good. Chronically high cortisol can also make your blood more acidic, forcing your bones to release calcium, an alkalizing mineral, to buffer the acidity. While I’m on the topic of acid/alkaline balance, I should also mention that certain foods also contribute to an acidic environment. Sodas and carbonated drinks have phosphoric acid which binds to calcium in your digestive tract and stops it from being absorbed. Excess amounts of coffee, alcohol, and sugar can also be acid-forming causing your body to leach out calcium from your bones. High cortisol levels coupled with a highly acidic diet can set you up for some serious bone loss. Be kind to your body by giving it plenty of downtime and feeding it alkalizing foods like fruits and vegetables.

Supplementation:
Calcium supplements are best absorbed when they are chelated (bound) to amino acids. It is also necessary to have adequate stomach acid to digest and absorb calcium. If the stomach produces too little stomach acid (hydrochloric acid), calcium remains insoluble and cannot be metabolized. That being said, the recommended daily dose of calcium is highly individual and depends on factors like age, gender, activity level, etc.

Taken from: CrossFit Oakland

Guess What Happens When YOU Drink a Coke???

Posted in Nutrition on September 7, 2010 by Crossfit Sioux Falls

When somebody drinks a Coke watch what happens…

In The First 10 minutes: 10 teaspoons of sugar hit your system. (100% of your recommended daily intake.) You don’t immediately vomit from the overwhelming sweetness because phosphoric acid cuts the flavor allowing you to keep it down.
20 minutes: Your blood sugar spikes, causing an insulin burst. Your liver responds to this by turning any sugar it can get its hands on into fat. (There’s plenty of that at this particular moment)
40 minutes: Caffeine absorption is complete. Your pupils dilate, your blood pressure rises, as a response your livers dumps more sugar into your bloodstream. The adenosine receptors in your brain are now blocked preventing drowsiness.
45 minutes: Your body ups your dopamine production stimulating the pleasure centers of your brain. This is physically the same way heroin works, by the way.
60 minutes: The phosphoric acid binds calcium, magnesium and zinc in your lower intestine, providing a further boost in metabolism. This is compounded by high doses of sugar and artificial sweeteners also increasing the urinary excretion of calcium.
60 Minutes: The caffeine’s diuretic properties come into play. (It makes you have to pee.) It is now assured that you’ll evacuate the bonded calcium, magnesium and zinc that was headed to your bones as well as sodium, electrolyte and water.
60 minutes: As the rave inside of you dies down you’ll start to have a sugar crash. You may become irritable and/or sluggish. You’ve also now, literally, pissed away all the water that was in the Coke. But not before infusing it with valuable nutrients your body could have used for things like even having the ability to hydrate your system or build strong bones and teeth.

http://www.nutritionresearchcenter.org/healthnews/what-happens-to-your-body-if-you-drink-a-coke-right-now/

How does a Coke taste now???