Thursday, December 6

I posted a nutrition video the other day from CrossFit and in it they walked through the CrossFit prescription for what to eat - meat, vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. We know that the modern American diet gets this backward - lots of starch and sugar.

So, what about “everything in moderation?” What would that look like if you were trying to stick with a healthy diet?

According to researchers that would be about 12 french fries or 140 calories. Unfortunately a large serving of fries from McDonald’s is about 4 times that at 510 calories.

This article from the New York Times explains how french fries and potatoes are a staple of the American diet, much more so than other countries. And potatoes are vegetables, right? So they can’t be that bad for you? Wrong - especially when we’re deep frying them and covering them in salt, cheese, gravy, and chili.

Potatoes rank near the bottom of healthful vegetables and lack the compounds and nutrients found in green leafy vegetables, he said. If you take a potato, remove its skin (where at least some nutrients are found), cut it, deep fry the pieces in oil and top it all off with salt, cheese, chili or gravy, that starch bomb can be turned into a weapon of dietary destruction.

My point is that you need to understand what and how much you are eating. Foods like french fries, potato chips, and other processed snacks are engineered to keep you eating them long after you have consumed a normal portion size.

Eat slowly and assess how you feel as you are eating. Do you really need more? Can you make a better decision when ordering? It’s easy to fall into Big Food’s trap. As always, the more information you have, the better choices you can make!

You Don’t Want Fries With That

Workout for Thursday, December 6
For Time, Partition However You Choose:
100 Cal Bike
100 Wall Balls (20# to 10' / 14# to 9')
100 Cal Row
*Just get the work done...as fast as possible*

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