Wednesday 140129

Workout
Row 1,000M
BWT BP x30

Row 750m
BWT BP x20

Row 500m
BWT BP x10

Lindsey Vonn says she’s healthier than ‘skinny-fat’ supermodels and not envious

Lindsey Vonn is under scrutiny for comments she made in Self Magazine about “skinny-fat” supermodels, according to a “Good Morning America” report on Thursday.

Vonn might not be an Olympic hopeful in Sochi after a series of knee injuries have kept her from competing, but the skier is making headlines with a comment about health, weight and “skinny-fat” supermodels.

The 29-year-old girlfriend of Tiger Woods opened up to Self Magazine in an interview entitled, Lindsey Vonn: How to be Fearless. The blonde beauty divulged personal information about her depression, her relationship with Woods and the Olympic skier’s anxieties. When asked if she had ever felt insecure about her body, Vonn took the opportunity to send a few digs to “skinny-fat” supermodels.

It was hard to go to the Met ball (last May), with people who eat lettuce and a Diet Coke for dinner. It’s difficult to be at events with a room full of women who weigh half as much as you do. That’s always tough. I don’t envy them, though, because so many of them are skinny-fat. They have more cellulite than most people. I feel like I need to give them a cheeseburger. It’s sexy and beautiful to be strong.

Ouch, Miss Vonn, that was a little rude and contradictory. Many thin women, including supermodels have to struggle to maintain their weight. It is also difficult for certain body types to increase muscle mass. And the term “skinny-fat” refers to a high percentage of body fat on thin people. A cheeseburger would only increase body fat, not to mention how extremely unhealthy the food is.

ABC News Nutrition and Wellness Editor, David Zinczenko, explained the term “skinny-fat,” which is used to describe “someone who, despite being at his or her ideal weight, may lack muscle or have too much body fat. Zinczenko provided a few healthy eating tips to reduce a person’s body fat percentage.

  • Eat foods that are high in fiber (such as lentils and black beans). They will keep you fuller for longer.
  • Eat green vegetables. They are low glycemic index foods, which means they keep your blood sugar stable.
  • Protein powder boosts metabolism. It can be added to a morning smoothie.
  • Eat complex carbs, not the carbs that have been stripped of all its fiber.
  • Consume walnuts and salmon contain omega-3 fatty acids, a healthy fat which has been thought to prevent cognitive decline.

Lindsey Vonn confirmed her relationship with Tiger Woods in March of 2013 via social media, and told Self the pro-golfer helped her stay patient throughout her stint in rehab. However, social media is not happy with Vonn’s “skinny-fat” remarks, which sparked outrage.

An anonymous Facebook user posted disdain this morning after “Good Morning America” aired.

Lindsey Vonn- Are you serious? We know anorexic models are unhealthy, but you let your insecurities make you say that they are skinny-fat: a term that means skinny but not muscular. Just like yourself and do not worry what others do!!!! Ugh

The sentiment has been recurrent throughout the comments under the Self Magazine article and on Twitter. Perhaps Lindsey Vonn should use her celebrity to promote a healthy lifestyle rather than labeling others with the term “skinny-fat?”

Wednesday 140115

Workout
Clean
1-From Floor + 1-From Hang

MetCon
4x
750m Row
1:30 rest

From NPR

Pain In The Back? Exercise May Help You Learn Not To Feel It

by  and  – January 13, 2014 3:09 AM

Janet Wertheimer does a back hyperextension exercise at Boston Sports Club in Wellesley, Mass. Regular exercise has helped control her chronic back pain.
Janet Wertheimer does a back hyperextension exercise at Boston Sports Club in Wellesley, Mass. Regular exercise has helped control her chronic back pain.

More than 1 in 4 adult Americans say they’ve recently suffered a bout of low-back pain. It’s one of the most common reasons people go to the doctor. And more and more people are being treated for it.

America spends more than $80 billion a year on back pain treatments. But many specialists say less treatment is usually more effective.

In fact, there’s evidence that many standard treatments for back pain — surgery, spinal injections and painkillers — are often ineffective and can even worsen and prolong the problem.

Dr. Jerome Groopman agrees with that premise. He suffered back pain for almost 20 years. He was a young marathon runner 32 years ago when back pain struck out of the blue.

“I couldn’t run. It was difficult to sleep,” he says. “I wasn’t confined to bed, but I was hobbling around.”

Dr. Jerome Groopman found that surgery made his back pain worse.
Dr. Jerome Groopman found that surgery made his back pain worse.

Courtesy of Dr. Jerome Groopman

Groopman, a Harvard cancer specialist Read more Wednesday 140115

Monday 131216

Workout

Hang Snatch + 1 OHS…go for a heavy single

Just becasue you did not come in after the TitanFit Christmas Party does not mean you get to skip this one…

MetCon

1000m Row
50-Thrusters

750m Row
30-Thrusters

500m Row
20-Thrusters

From The New York Times

Skip the Supplements

By PAUL A. OFFIT and SARAH ERUSH – December 14, 2013

PHILADELPHIA — PARENTS whose children are admitted to our hospital occasionally bring along something extra to help with their care: dietary supplements, like St. John’s wort to ameliorate mild depression or probiotics for better health.

Here’s the problem: The Joint Commission, which is responsible for hospital accreditation in the United States, requires that dietary supplements be treated like drugs. It makes sense: Vitamins, amino acids, herbs, minerals and other botanicals have pharmacological effects. So they are drugs.

But the Food and Drug Administration doesn’t regulate dietary supplements as drugs — they aren’t tested for safety and efficacy before they’re sold. Many aren’t made according to minimal standards of manufacturing (the F.D.A. has even found some of the facilities where supplements are made to be contaminated with rodent feces and urine). And many are mislabeled, accidentally or intentionally. They often aren’t what they say they are. For example:

In 2003, researchers tested “ayurvedic” remedies from health food stores throughout Boston. They found that 20 percent contained potentially harmful levels of lead, mercury or arsenic.

In 2008, two products were pulled off the market because they were found to contain around 200 times more selenium (an element that some believe can help prevent cancer) than their labels said. People who ingested these products developed hair loss, muscle cramps, diarrhea, joint pain, fatigue and blisters.

Last summer, vitamins and minerals made by Purity First Health Products in Farmingdale, N.Y., were found to contain two powerful anabolic steroids. Some of the women who took them developed masculinizing symptoms like lower voices and fewer menstrual periods.

Last month, researchers in Ontario found that popular herbal products like those labeled St. John’s wort and ginkgo biloba often contained completely different herbs or contaminants, some of which could be quite dangerous.

The F.D.A. estimates that approximately 50,000 adverse reactions to dietary supplements occur every year. And yet few consumers know this.

Parents of children admitted to our hospital often request that we continue treating their child with dietary supplements because they believe in them, even if that belief isn’t supported by evidence. More disturbing were the times when children were taking these supplements without our knowledge. Doctors always ask parents if their children are taking any medicines. Unfortunately, because most parents don’t consider dietary supplements to be drugs, we often never knew about their use, let alone whether they might react dangerously with the child’s other treatments.

The F.D.A. has the mandate, but not the manpower, to oversee the labeling and manufacture of these supplements. In the meantime, doctors — and consumers — are on their own.

Our hospital has acted to protect the safety of our patients. No longer will we administer dietary supplements unless the manufacturer provides a third-party written guarantee that the product is made under the F.D.A.’s “good manufacturing practice” (G.M.P.) conditions, as well as a Certificate of Analysis (C.O.A.) assuring that what is written on the label is what’s in the bottle.

The good news is that we’ve been able to find some vitamins, amino acids, minerals and a handful of other supplements that meet this standard. For example, melatonin has been shown to affect sleep cycles and has a record of safety, and we identified a product that met manufacturing and labeling standards.

The bad news is that this was a vanishingly small percentage of the total group. Around 90 percent of the companies we reached out to for verification never responded. They didn’t call us back, or their email or manufacturing addresses changed overnight. Of the remainder, many manufacturers refused to provide us with either a statement of G.M.P. or a C.O.A.; in other words, they refused to guarantee that their products were what they said they were. Others lied; they said they met G.M.P. standards, but a call to the F.D.A. revealed they had been fined for violations multiple times. Perhaps most surprising, some manufacturers willingly furnished information that their product didn’t meet standards — like one company that provided a C.O.A. showing that its product contained 47,000 International Units of beta-carotene, when the label stated 25,000.

Now, when parents in our hospital still want to use products whose quality can’t be assured, we ask them to sign a waiver stating that the supplement may be dangerous, and that most have not been studied for their effectiveness. “Use of an agent for which there are no reliable data on toxicity and drug interactions,” the waiver reads, “makes it impossible to adequately monitor the patient’s acute condition or safely administer medications.”

What can other individuals who are concerned about supplement safety do? They can look for “U.S.P. Verified” on the label — this proves the supplement has been inspected and approved under the United States Pharmacopeial Convention. Unfortunately, fewer than 1 percent of the 55,000 or so supplements on the market bear this label. The real answer is that, until the day comes when medical studies prove that these supplements have legitimate benefits, and until the F.D.A. has the political backing and resources to regulate them like drugs, individuals should simply steer clear.

For too long, too many people have believed that dietary supplements can only help and never hurt. Increasingly, it’s clear that this belief is a false one.

Paul A. Offit is chief of the division of infectious diseases at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where Sarah Erush is the clinical manager in the pharmacy department.

Saturday 131214

Hang over?  let’s sweat

Workout

1000m Row
50-Thrusters*

750m Row
30-Thrusters

500m Row
20-Thrusters

*Use a bar or sub Wall Ball.

From Slate

Why Cul-de-Sacs Are Bad for Your Health

 131206_EYE_3
A cul-de-sac in Austin, Texas – 

Award-winning Canadian journalist Charles Montgomery’s fascinating new bookHappy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design examines how lessons from psychology, neuroscience, and design can help us fix broken cities and improve our quality of life in an increasingly urban-centered world. Here at the Eye, Montgomery shares an excerpt from the book.

Of every 100 American commuters, five take public transit, three walk, and only one rides a bicycle to work or school. If walking and cycling are so pleasurable, why don’t more people choose to cycle or walk to work? Why do most people fail to walk even the 10,000 daily steps needed to stay healthy? Why do we avoid public transit?

I was naive enough to ask that question of a fellow diner I met in the food court of the bunkerlike Peachtree Center in downtown Atlanta. Her name was Lucy. She had driven her car in that morning from Clayton County (a freeway journey of about 15 miles), pulled into a parking deck, followed a skyway a few dozen paces to an elevator, and then a few more to her desk. Trip time: about half an hour. Total footsteps: maybe 300. She flashed me a broad smile.

“Honey, we don’t walk in Atlanta,” Lucy told me. “We all drive here. I can’t say why. I guess we’re just lazy.”

Lazy? The theory doesn’t stand up. Lucy’s own commute was proof. She could not have made it to work any other way. Suburban Clayton County suspended bus service in 2010. (The service had carried 2 million riders in 2009 before it was shut down.)131206_EYE_1

Nobody walks in Atlanta.  Courtesy of Steve Hardy via Flickr

 

No, the answer to the mobility conundrum lies in the intersection between psychology and design. We Read more Saturday 131214

Tuesday 121120

Workout

1000m Row
30-Wall Ball Shots

750m Row
20-Wall Ball Shots

500m Row
10-Wall Ball Shots

Want to have a drink during while giving thanks, need a drink because your family is driving you crazy and you want to be as Paleo as possible?  We found a guide on Paleoeffect.com for you.

Paleo Alcohol Guide

We get it. You’re a lifestyler and don’t want to give up the juice. Hey, we’re with you. If you can’t seem to cut it, you may as well make the best choices that you can with your alcohol selection. Yea, we’re not sure if the distillation rids the alcohol of grains or gluten, so just to be sure, this Paleo Alcohol Guide will outline the core components of each type of alcohol, so you can make those decisions on your own. We’ve outlined the types to avoid and also, made a couple of selections in each category for the best Paleo solutions most easily found in major retailers. Cheers!

The Lighter Side…

Beer : No & Yes

Traditional beer contains 3 basic ingredients: wheat, barley and hops. Wheat and barley are grains, and hops are actually the female flower clusters of a vine. As you should know by now, grains are out, and thus, so are traditional beers. For the best selections in this category, try to stick to gluten free sorghum varieties and cider beers.

Sorghum Suggestions: Bard’s and Redbridge

Cider Suggestions: Woodchuck, Angry Orchard

Red Wine : Yes

Red wine is my all time favorite recommendation for those who want to drink, while maintaining a Paleo lifestyle. Why you ask? For so many reasons! Red wine can be found organic, from sustainable farms that promote local economy. Yes for that! Additionally, in moderation, its good for your heart, and has antioxidants like resveratrol. This is the healthiest thing on this list. Go get you some.

Suggestions: Choose 100% organic from sustainable farms

White Wine : Yes

What makes whites different from reds? They are usually made from white grapes, but more importantly, they remove the skin, which changes the color and taste (called tannins) and removes the resveratrol (bummer). White wine is also full of good stuff like antioxidants, but not as much as the red wine.

Suggestions: Choose 100% organic from sustainable farms

Champagne : Yes

A sparkling wine, champagne is made from grapes and sent through a secondary fermentation of the wine in the bottle to create the carbonation, this is done by adding yeast and sugar.

Suggestions: Choose 100% organic from sustainable farms

Sake : No

What is sake you ask? It is a rice wine that is served often in Japanese sushi houses. One of my sad moments in Paleo can be attributed to the fact that sake is made from rice. And though it is gluten free (be careful, some cheapo brands add barley), it is not made from Paleo ingredients and should be avoided. Not the worst of the worst, but still made from a grain. Drink very sparingly.

Suggestions: None, you should avoid this beverage

Now let’s bring on the booze…

Vodka : No & Yes

Vodka is primarily made from distilling grains or potatoes and sometimes fruits and/or sugar. Again, we’re not sure if the multiple distillation rids this liquor of grains and gluten, but if you have an allergy and you’re not sure, shoot for the stuff made from fruits like grapes or sugarcane.

Suggestions: Ciroc (made from grapes, flavorless), VuQo (coconut)

Cachaça : Yes

Cachaça is often confused with rum, but unlike its not-so-identical twin, Brazilian law requires that the liquor can only be made from the distillation of fermented sugarcane juice. No byproduct molasses or additives of any kind, making it the optimal choice when available.

Suggestion: Leblon

Rum : No & Yes

Here’s the skinny. Rum can be made from the distillation of fermented sugarcane juice or sugarcane byproducts like molasses. If given the choice, you’ll want to stick to the sugarcane juice version. And don’t worry about the color, dark rum is dark because it is distilled in charred oak barrels, while white in steel drums, not because of ingredients.

Suggestions: 10 Cane Rum

Whiskey : No

Whiskey is made from the distillation of fermented grain mash. This can include barley, malted barley, rye, malted rye, wheat and corn. If that doesn’t scream STOP!!!, I don’t know what does! You may as well go to a bakery, buy one of every type of bread, put it in a blender with water and drink it…well, not really, but it sounds funny doesn’t it?? Haha, but again, we’re not sure if the multiple distillation rids this liquor of grains and gluten, but if you have an allergy and you’re not sure, avoid this beverage.

Suggestions: None, you should avoid this beverage

Bourbon : No

Bourbon is a whiskey that is made primarily of distilled corn, but also wheat, rye and malted barley. Didn’t I say no to whiskey? I did, so don’t drink it if you’ve got an allergy!

Suggestions: None, you should avoid this beverage

Scotch : No

Didn’t you see what I wrote about whiskey? Oh, you didn’t know scotch was a whiskey? Well, now you do, so you can’t use that excuse anymore. It was originally made from malt barley (grain), but now is made with wheat and rye as well. Single malt or blended doesn’t matter, this drink is made from grains, so if you have an allergy and are unsure, avoid this drink.

Suggestions: None, you should avoid this beverage

Gin : No

This one makes Angel really really sad because he loves Nolet gin, but gin is made from the distillation of grain mash including barley, corn and wheat, very similar to whiskey. The difference is that gin is usually infused with juniper berries and a variety of floral or fruit extracts. No matter the variety, this one is out if you’re scared of allergic reactions or sensitivities. Sorry baby!

Suggestions: None, you should avoid this beverage

Tequila : Yes

Tequila is made from the agave plant. And I know what you’re going to say… “But agave is processed!!!” and just to give you affirmation, yes it is, as is everything on this list. Though as far as alcohols go, this one is a keeper. Stick to 100% agave. If you stray, you’ll be consuming 51% plant and the rest is allll sugar. What’s the difference between silver and gold you ask? Same as rum – gold is aged in oak barrels.

Suggestion: Easy. Patrón.

Brandy : Yes

Is made by distilling wine. It is made predominantly from grapes, but can be from other fruits as well. There are many different varieties – watch out for the cheapo brands, they sometimes add caramel color to their product and you don’t want that!

Suggestions: Catoctin Creek Organic 1757 Virginia Brandy

Cognac: Yes

Cognac is a variety of brandy. To be considered a cognac, it must meet requirements like what type of grape (ugni blanc), must be twice distilled in copper pots and aged at least 2 years in French oak barrels. The grapes are combined with yeasts and left to ferment.

Suggestions: We don’t drink cognac at all, but have heard that Bio Attitude is very good.