9/11/2009 2:19am, #241"Chance favours only the prepared mind."
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9/11/2009 9:02am, #242
I'm just saying that source is the wrong place to look for rigorous data in. Not that you shouldn't be looking for it. If they even STARTED going into the intricacies of determining the glycemic index of something, or had a lot of complicated lists of ingredients, or anything like that then people wouldn't read the book. You just need a better source (which may or may not exist) to draw data from for analysis.
9/11/2009 10:05am, #243
Originally Posted by TheRuss
The fatty meat thing is a hangover from years of Ancel Keys-style research on saturated fats. Crap, the lot of it, though there's some accidental correctness involved when the fat in question is strongly Ω-6 biased.
I think his salt ideas come from those goofy studies that tried to say that the low sodium content of the San diet was the main factor is their lack of cardiac illness. Crap.
While I agree that his hard-on for dairy is extreme, it should be noted that lactase is not the only issue. Many people experience an inflammation-increasing systemic autoimmune reaction to dairy proteins. This seems to be a genetic thing for which per-person experiments are the only useful mode of investigation.
I agree completely about oats and quinoa. He also doesn't look hard enough at traditional processing methods for grains, legumes, &c, that ameliorate most of their problems. My theory is that he's concerned about simplicity in his efforts to provide an easy to follow set of directions (see: Kintanon's comments).“Most people do not do, but take refuge in theory and talk, thinking that they will become good in this way” -- Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, II.4
9/12/2009 12:10am, #244
(I was looking for Poppycock at the corner store, but they didn't have any. D'oh.)
"Jack Rusher has spoken very highly of it (so I haven't written it off), but..."
Also, as an aside, I'm starting to think there might be a consumer market for physiological metrics. A company could combine gene sequencing, blood tests, etc. and narrow down a bunch of the "if A then B, if not then C" items to just "A" or "C" based on the results. There could be some real money in it, too.
Right now, I'd probably recommend something by Berardi if I were to recommend anything. His basic rules:
1) Eat every 2 to 3 hours
2) Eat lean, complete protein with each meal
3) Eat veggies with each meal
4) Eat "other" carbs only during and after exercise
5) Eat a balanced fat profile containing 1/3 of each type of fat
6) Ditch the calorie-containing drinks
7) Use whole foods as your primary source of nutrition
8) Have 10% foods
9) Develop food preparation strategies
10) Balance daily food choices with healthy variety
9/12/2009 7:13am, #245
Aside: On the topic of diet and inflammation, I've noted bizarrely powerful effects from (of all things) adding three tablespoons of flax oil/day to my diet.
“Most people do not do, but take refuge in theory and talk, thinking that they will become good in this way” -- Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, II.4
9/12/2009 12:50pm, #246
Okay, he doesn't really comment on the "lean" aspect of it.
But get this idea straight first – make sure that every time you eat there’s a serving of protein involved.
Habit #4 – Eat veggies and fruits at any feeding; “other” carbs
mostly after exercise.
Habit #8 – Plan to break the rules 10% of the time.
The difference, in results, between 90% adherence and 100% adherence is negligible. You just have to be sure you’re clear on what 10% really means. For example, if you’re eating 6 times per day for 7 days of the week – that’s 42 feeding opportunities. Since 10% of 42 is about 4, you get to eat 4 “imperfect” feeding opportunities per week; these imperfect feeding opportunities include both “junk food” and even skipped feedings. Therefore, if you break 1 of the 10 rules, that counts as one of your 10%. So don’t waste your skips by missing a feeding. Schedule your 10% feeding opportunities and enjoy them. Then, with your next feeding opportunity, get back to the rest of the habits.
9/12/2009 8:14pm, #247
The idea to try out the heavy flax regime came via a post on a peculiar blog that features one fellow's series of N=1 experiments. One of his readers had noticed some positive changes in his MMA training, so I skeptically gave it a go. As I posted in a comment on his blog earlier today:
My experience with 3T/day of flax seed oil have been more or less identical to his — before: high doses of NSAIDs just to survive training, constant soreness and fatigue, &c.; after: no joint pain at all, complete discontinuation of NSAIDs, lower frequency and severity of injury.
[*] I didn't have much fat at 185 (photo: No BS MMA and Martial Arts - View Profile: Jack Rusher@@AMEPARAM@@View Profile: Jack Rusher</title>@@AMEPARAM@@Jack Rusher), so I've had to re-jigger my training to avoid hypertrophy-inducing exercises and do my best to dump some water weight.“Most people do not do, but take refuge in theory and talk, thinking that they will become good in this way” -- Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, II.4
9/21/2009 9:12pm, #248
I have emerged from the lab (read: my kitchen) with the ultimate in low-carb wrap technology.
Behold... the reverse burrito.
That's right. A shell of fried cheese surrounding a hamburger filling. I would have tossed bacon in there too, but I wasn't thinking that far ahead.
9/25/2009 12:31am, #249
Onto foods that are less likely to induce crippling constipation... I've been on a spinach kick lately. Going to pick up some more on my next grocery run - mostly for salad purposes. Lots of decent protein options - chunks of chicken, hardboiled egg, bacon, cheese, whatever. I'm trying to figure out the dressing situation, though.
There was some feta-based dressing at the grocery store that tasted pretty good, but it was very expensive (and canola-based). Currently using some "ranch with bacon" dressing, which is nowhere near as delicious as it sounds. I'm thinking I should make some myself. I'm thinking something creamy, with olive oil and feta, but that's as far as I've figured things out. Any of y'all make your own dressings?
Edit: If I can find a decent source of flaxseed oil, that might be an option as well.
10/15/2009 7:36pm, #250... When we think about football, we worry about the dangers posed by the heat and the fury of competition. Yet the HITS data suggest that practice—the routine part of the sport—can be as dangerous as the games themselves. We also tend to focus on the dramatic helmet-to-helmet hits that signal an aggressive and reckless style of play. Those kinds of hits can be policed. But what sidelined the U.N.C. player, the first time around, was an accidental and seemingly innocuous elbow, and none of the blows he suffered that day would have been flagged by a referee as illegal. Most important, though, is what Guskiewicz found when he reviewed all the data for the lineman on that first day in training camp. He didn’t just suffer those four big blows. He was hit in the head thirty-one times that day. What seems to have caused his concussion, in other words, was his cumulative exposure. And why was the second concussion—in the game at Utah—so much more serious than the first? It’s not because that hit to the side of the head was especially dramatic; it was that it came after the 76-g blow in warmup, which, in turn, followed the concussion in August, which was itself the consequence of the thirty prior hits that day, and the hits the day before that, and the day before that, and on and on, perhaps back to his high-school playing days.
This is a crucial point. Much of the attention in the football world, in the past few years, has been on concussions—on diagnosing, managing, and preventing them—and on figuring out how many concussions a player can have before he should call it quits. But a football player’s real issue isn’t simply with repetitive concussive trauma. It is, as the concussion specialist Robert Cantu argues, with repetitive subconcussive trauma. It’s not just the handful of big hits that matter. It’s lots of little hits, too.
That’s why, Cantu says, so many of the ex-players who have been given a diagnosis of C.T.E. were linemen: line play lends itself to lots of little hits. The HITS data suggest that, in an average football season, a lineman could get struck in the head a thousand times, which means that a ten-year N.F.L. veteran, when you bring in his college and high-school playing days, could well have been hit in the head eighteen thousand times: that’s thousands of jarring blows that shake the brain from front to back and side to side, stretching and weakening and tearing the connections among nerve cells, and making the brain increasingly vulnerable to long-term damage. People with C.T.E., Cantu says, “aren’t necessarily people with a high, recognized concussion history. But they are individuals who collided heads on every play—repetitively doing this, year after year, under levels that were tolerable for them to continue to play.”...