One of the greatest sins ever committed by the USDA, the Food Pyramid was introduced in 1992.  It was replaced by another model that limits meats to a tiny portion and lumps it with beans!  This pyramid still prescribes 6 oz of grains a day!  When the average American prepares a meal, he conjures up a meat, maybe a vegetable, and definitely a STARCH.  Starches (i.e. Grains) contain a molecule called Gluten.  While most of us can ingest gluten with little digestive problems, it still prevents our bodies from absorbing the precious nutrients we eat.

Gluten intolerance, though,  comes in many forms.  Some suffer an overt adverse reaction to gluten (such as celiac disease)and are aware of the dangers of gluten ingestion.  Others are never made aware of the intolerance and instead develop other symptoms and diseases over time.  This EZine article lists a few to start:

Difficulty walking, slurred speech, depression, anxiety, anger control issues, chronic fatigue, ADD/ADHD, migraines, diabetes, seizures, autism, neuropathy, memory and concentration problems, pain and mobility issues similar to multiple sclerosis, exhaustion, infertility, and repeated miscarriages.

The world of science has finally started to catch up and dedicate much more research in the correlation between gluten intolerance and diseases.  Until then, abiding by the first few lines of  “World Class Fitness in 100 Words,” and eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar.  Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat.

WOD 09.07.09

Back Squats 3 x Max Reps (BW)

4 rds:
30 Box Jumps
30 PP

c/o Sn Bal 10-8-6-4-2

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5 Responses to “Debunking Conventional Myths: The Food Pyramid”

September 7, 2009 at 10:43 AM

Run 1 mile
100 pullups
200 pushups
300 squats
Run 1 mile

Done straight through, not cindy style

September 7, 2009 at 6:58 PM

this workout looks pretty crazy actually, id like to do it

September 8, 2009 at 9:08 PM

so do i! i still have to make it up…

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