Thursday, June 30, 2011

Why, Why, Why...

April Working hard on her kettlebell swings
So I have a client that is making great strides on her new journey of clean eating and crossfitting. 

I am not a doctor I am not a scientist but I do love to do research. I do realize that anyone can put up a website and provide information that supports their claims.  So, I am not claiming that this is the end all be all way of doing things.  I am saying this makes the most sense to us. When we applied it to our life we saw and felt results we never dreamed of and now sharing that experience with April reinforces that feeling everyday I see her succeed.

April is making such great strides that many people in her life are turning their heads, scratching their noggins and asking... "Hey April, What are you doing?  What is different?"  When pressed April will answer and is quickly  bombarded with comments like... "You do WHAT??? or You should be able to do or eat X, Y, or Z!"  There are a lot of people who truly want to understand what she is doing but she has had a lot of nay sayers bringing her down because her new path is not the "norm" for weight loss and fitness.  

With all of the questions and comments April was having to answer she asked if I could put it into an email and she could just forward it on.  So, I did and what is below is the email I sent to her.  

Again, I encourage all healthy weight loss and fitness this is just a summary of why we have chosen to change our habits to clean eating and crossfit.

April after one of her workouts...
she gives it her all every time!



Why Paleo, Why no Grains & Legumes or Carbs or dairy?

Tuesday, June 28, 2011 12:52 PM

The simple answer is this. Sugar is the enemy... Believe it or not sugar is everywhere.  For example once eaten your body turns CARBS into SUGAR...

The consumption of any carbs creates a spike in insulin and thus the erratic cycle of high blood sugar and low blood sugar begins. Feeling hungry then eating cereal grains/legumes/processed food-type-carbs then crashing... you are hungry again and the cycle starts all over... and your blood sugar levels are on a roller coaster ride.  Unfortunately processed carbs are the foundation of the typical American Diet... and as we all know most Adult Americans are overweight :( 

By avoiding excess processed carbs like grains and legumes your body is spared these blood sugar spikes and crashes and leaves you feeling fuller (and happier) longer and allows your metabolism to run more efficiently.  You get your energy from the food God put on the earth for us... LEAN proteins; Vegetables (which are favorable carbs) give you vitamins, minerals, calcium and fiber; Healthy fats like nuts are also a great energy source.

My favorite description of the Paleo approach can be found on the Whole9 site:
I eat “real” food -- fresh, natural food like meat, vegetables and fruit. I choose foods that are nutrient dense, with lots of naturally-occurring vitamins and minerals, over foods that have more calories but less nutrition. And food quality is important -- I’m careful about where my meat comes from, and buy produce locally and organically as often as possible.
It’s not a low calorie “diet” -- I eat as much as I need to maintain strength, energy and a healthy weight. In fact, my diet is probably much higher in fat than you’d imagine. Fat isn’t the enemy -- it’s a great energy source when it comes from high quality foods like avocado, coconut and nuts. And I’m not trying to do a “low carb” thing, but since I’m eating vegetables and fruits instead of bread, cereal and pasta, it just happens to work out that way.
Eating like this is good for maintaining a healthy metabolism, and reducing inflammation within the body. It’s been doing great things for my energy levels, body composition and performance in the gym. It also helps to minimize my risk for a whole host of lifestyle diseases and conditions, like diabetes, heart attack and stroke.

For the science and technical facts behind the way I eat and why visit these websites:

Grain info:

Dairy Info:

SODA, DIET OR REGULAR: (this was not in the original email because it was posted today but I would have included it as well)