Thursday, January 31, 2013

We are a day away from the start of the Nutrition Challenge. Please take a look at Tuesday’s Blog if you missed the info about the weigh in, pics and signing up . You must be signed up and paid by Thursday so that you can receive the food log email Thursday night. All measurements need to be taken by Friday. Sign up for a time at the front desk! If there’s not a timeslot open to sign up when you’re available email [email protected] to set up a new time.

As we get closer to the challenge, a lot of questions have been coming up. It seems that a big worry for many of you is, “How will I ever live without my protein powder!?!?!” Remember the Whole30 Quote?

 It is not hard. Don’t you dare tell us this is hard. Quitting heroin is hard. Beating cancer is hard. Drinking your coffee black. Is. Not. Hard. You won’t get any coddling, and you won’t get any sympathy for your ‘struggles’.”

It’s 30 days, people. Can 30 days without protein powder really be that terrible? How much do you have at stake if you lose the powder for 30 days?? Is it really going to reverse your strength gains that much, if any? Did it ever occur to you that the reason your protein seems to be helping you so much is because for every other meal or snack you’re eating crap and not enough of the healthy protein that your body is craving? Take 30 days to try real food rather than the fake stuff. Maybe you will find that you don’t really need supplements after all. We want you to be successful! We are stocking up on Paleo Kits, great packaged beef jerky, nut and berry snack packs, that you can purchase at the front desk in the next week if you need to refuel after a WOD. Other easy post WOD snack options can be found here.

Below is an excerpt from Robb Wolfe’s article, Wey’ing In: Are Protein Powders Paleo Read it and see if you’re still dying to fill up your shaker.

Let’s look at the label – sure it says it has 20 grams of protein, all the essential amino acids, is 100% ‘pure’ – blah, blah, blah…  Unfortunately, what you think you’re getting and what you’re actually getting can be two very different things.  Protein powders fall under the realm of ‘supplements’ in the eyes of the government and therefore are not regulated nor checked for purity or content.  A Consumer Reports investigation uncovered concerning amounts of arsenic, lead, mercury and cadmium  in several well known and darn right popular protein powders – we’re talking ‘exceeding maximum’ pharmacologically deemed ‘safe’ numbers here.  And do you really know what else could be in there?  There have been several cases and reports of seemingly innocent ‘protein powders’ being contaminated with anabolic steroids or like substances which have resulted in positive ‘doping’ test results.

Have you ever went to the meat counter and asked the butcher to cut you off a big slab of whey or cracked open an egg to be greeted with a white powder?  I’m guessing it’s a great big negatory on that one.  Believe it or not protein powders are a processed food.  Yes, you heard that correctly – these powders are far from a ‘natural phenomenon’.  You cannot milk a cow and get a powder, city kids you’re just going to have to trust me on this one.  So, where does the powder come from?  In the case of whey, it’s often a waste product of cheese making and unless you’re getting the super pricey, meat is a better deal, protein powder from grassfed animals you’re likely getting ‘grain-fed waste’.  Let’s also consider the process that makes the whey into a powder (it’s liquid in real life…) – this process be it whey or egg white often utilizes extremely high heat (like higher than cooking).  This ‘hot air’ denatures the protein to an extent that may increase its carcinogenic load.  And hold on, there’s more!!  Some of these powders even come with some bonus MSG!!  Remember that rule about food that comes in a package, needs a label and can live on a shelf for an extended period of time?  Apply that here.

 Thursday’s WOD


Five rounds for max reps of:
Body weight bench press