Category Archives: Diet

Savage AF – WE ARE A HAPPINESS FACTORY!

The Mayo Clinic, WebMD, Psycology Today, and Washu (hey that’s me!) say that working out (especially cardio) can ease the symptoms of depression. How this works (I think) is that the increased heart rate causes your body to release endorphins which hang out in two receptors of your brain; the pleasure center and pain receptors. Ever been playing too rough an hurt a couple of hours from them or even the next day? Or in my case take a beating at a Martial Arts Tournament, anyway… That was all because of endorphins! It also could be Reducing immune system chemicals that can worsen depression, and/or Increasing body temperature, which may have calming effects. Either way you feel better about yourself and you are building that inner Savage.

The Mayo Clinic also says:

Regular exercise has many psychological and emotional benefits, too. It can help you:

  • Gain confidence. Meeting exercise goals or challenges, even small ones, can boost your self-confidence. Getting in shape can also make you feel better about your appearance.
  • Take your mind off worries. Exercise is a distraction that can get you away from the cycle of negative thoughts that feed anxiety and depression.
  • Get more social interaction. Exercise and physical activity may give you the chance to meet or socialize with others. Just exchanging a friendly smile or greeting as you walk around your neighborhood can help your mood.
  • Cope in a healthy way. Doing something positive to manage anxiety or depression is a healthy coping strategy. Trying to feel better by drinking alcohol, dwelling on how badly you feel, or hoping anxiety or depression will go away on its own can lead to worsening symptoms.

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10 Popular Diet Tips to Ignore

The Beachbody Blog posted a great article called “10 Popular Diet Tips to Ignore” you’ll want to read the article for the Better Advice, but below I have listed the Bad Advice some of which I have given in the past!

  1. Choose fat-free or sugar-free foods.
  2. No cheating ever!
  3. Stop snacking.
  4. Don’t eat fruit—it’s full of sugar.
  5. If it’s organic, it’s good for you.
  6. Calories in, calories out—it doesn’t matter what you eat.
  7. Try XYZ Extreme Diet—it works for everyone!
  8. When in doubt, order the salad.
  9. Don’t exercise—it’ll only make you hungrier.
  10. Treat yourself for a job well done!

What’s the worst diet advice you’ve ever received?

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See what researchers found when they tested a bottle of Fiji Water against a glass of tap water

Upworhy posted this great article, that has been thoroughly fact checked, on how gross bottled water (even the expensive ones) really are. Read the article for the particulars but here is a list of findings and a video.

  1. Bottled water is more expensive than tap water (and not just a little).

  2. Bottled water could potentially be of lower quality than tap water.

  3. The amount of bottled water we buy every week in the U.S. alone could circle the globe five times!

  4. Paying for bottled water makes us chumps.

  5. Bottled water is FILTHY.

  6. There are 750 million people around the world who don’t have access to clean water.

If you’re properly disgusted, here are a few ways you can help destroy the bottled water industry:

  1. Don’t buy bottled water. Get a reusable water bottle. The savings will add up.I carry a Brita® Sport Water Bottle everywhere connected by carabiner to my backpack or fanny pack!
  2. Rally your schools, workplaces, and communities to ban bottled water.
  3. Demand that your city, state, and federal governments invest in better water infrastructure.

 

7 Ways to Eat Good on a Hood Budget

 

  1. Choose Produce Not Packages
  2. Cook Big and Save Some for Later
  3. Soup Up Your Options
  4. Make a Plan and See Where Ya Values Are
  5. Season Your Food
  6. Join a Co-op or Local Community Garden
  7. Drink More Water

You can also read my previous post on how junk food works and my post on how to survive a fast food restaurant for some more tips.

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8 Tips for Survival in a Food Desert

No, I haven’t lost my mind (well not about this).  No one wants you to eat fast food except for the fast food industry. It’s terrible for you. It makes you fat. It destabilizes economies and nations. It kills the environment. Read Fast Food Nation. See Super Size Me. If you’re really serious about getting or staying in shape, fast food restaurants are not on your path to success.

However, sometimes fast food feels like the only option. Long road trips, coworker lunches, the only place your child or childish companion will eat—these are all situations where you may be forced to enter one of these grand cathedrals to gluttony.

While the fast food companies have generally shown an blatant disregard for their customers’ health, they should be publicly shamed for our nation’s obesity epidemic. We have shamed them just enough that they are begrudgingly offering some menu items that have some nutritional value. They still can’t resist adding a little unneeded fat or extra high-fructose corn syrup just to spice things up, so it’s wise to take a buyer-beware approach when ordering your meal. Here are some tips to make healthier choices and some suggestions about the healthiest (relatively speaking) things to order at some of the major fast food chains.

1. Get less for your money. This may seem counter intuitive, but the so-called value meals really only offer you extra calories, saturated fat, sugar, and other diet killers. While it may seem like an unbelievable deal that you can get twice as many fries for only 19 more cents. Follow Nancy Regan’s advice and “Just say no!”. If you really want to save money, pack a lunch.

2. Discover your inner child. The best place to find a reasonably sized portion for an adult is, sadly, the children’s menu. Bowing to the horrible publicity created by childhood obesity, fast food companies have made the most improvements to their kids’ menus. In many restaurants, the kids’ meal is the only way you can get healthy sides like fruit or carrots. Don’t be ashamed to order the junior hamburger or even the kids’ meal. You might get a free toy in the transaction, Booya!

3. Stick to salads. A big problem with fast food is that many innocent-looking nuggets and patties are loaded with added fats, “flavorful” chemicals, and high-fructose corn syrup, which wreak havoc on your blood sugar levels. So, order the salad. You’re probably not going to be eating organic fruits and vegetables in these salads, but they’re probably less slathered with bad-for-you additives than the other options. Until you get to the dressing. Ask for oil and vinegar or a vinegar-based dressing like Italian. Also, most places give you enough dressing to dress several salads so use only half the packet of dressing or ask for a side cup you can squirt it into, and then dip your fork in the dressing before you take a bite of salad.

4. Beware of “theme” salads. It’s called a salad. It looks like a salad. It has lettuce. It must be a salad…right? Don’t be fooled by clever naming tricks.  A taco salad at most places includes all the unhealthy ingredients you’re trying to avoid. Use common sense when selecting a salad. Make sure all the ingredients are vegetables, fruits, and lean proteins that you recognize.

5. Have it your way. Remember the old Burger King jingle, “Hold the pickle, hold the lettuce, special orders don’t upset us”? Take them at their word—only don’t hold the pickle and the lettuce, and do hold the mayo and ketchup that includes high-fructose corn syrup. Ask if you can substitute the grilled chicken breast for the breaded chicken breast, wheat buns for white buns, or even lettuce cups for buns. (in California, we call that “protein style.”) Ask for extra veggies. And hold the “cheez,” especially if it’s spelled with a “z.” Tell them you’d rather salt the fries yourself. When you order the “healthy” grilled-chicken or fish sandwiches, make sure they’re not loaded with mayo or special sauces. Ask for salsa or mustard instead. Yes, you’re being picky. But, it’s your health that’s on the line here!

6. Watch what you drink. The most profitable menu items for restaurants are soft drinks. They cost almost nothing to make and what you get in return is tons of sugar and chemicals, and maybe, eventually, diabetes! Try to stick with unsweetened iced tea or water. And to play the broken record again, if you must get soda, get the small size.

7. A milkshake is not a drink. It will often be suggested that you wash down your burgers and fries with a frosty milkshake. Sounds good, right? You can tell yourself you’re getting your calcium! You’re also getting over 1,000 calories if you get a large size at some restaurants. Even the kid sizes come in at 300 plus calories. Your drink shouldn’t have more calories than your meal.

8. Hide from sandwhiches that sound like action movie titles. He grew up in the mean streets of South Boston. A boxing hero that has taken the law into his own hands, and now he’s back to clean up his home. He’s Big Mac! Or my favorite, The Baconator which sounds like a SyFy movie. If it sounds like it could beat you up don’t put it in your body.

How We Decide The 21 Day Fix Portions For Our Recipes (repost from tb3)

Original post by: Denis Faye

Believe it or not, converting recipes to 21 Day Fix container equivalents isn’t an exact science. In some ways, you might even consider it an art. Here’s an explanation of how it’s done.

The premise of creating the container system was simple. Divide a wide variety of healthy foods into a series of colored containers to help people learn how to eat right.

How We Picked What Foods Go Into Which 21 Day Fix Containers
The execution of the system, however, wasn’t so simple. Foods needed to be divided not only into various types of food (fruit, veggie, etc.), but they needed to be divided by macronutrients levels so people get a balance of protein, carbs, and fat. We also needed to consider calories by volume because sometimes the same amount of seemingly similar foods can have very different calorie amounts. This is why there are two fat containers: orange and blue. The foods in the orange containers have more calories by volume, so a serving would contain too many calories if measured in a blue container.

This is also why tomatoes are on the green list, but tomato sauce and salsa are purple. They may, basically, be the same food, but sauces tend to have more calories by volume, so a green container of loosely packed, chopped tomatoes and a purple container of marinara sauce have roughly the same calories. (Tomatoes straddle the line between veggie and fruit, which is another reason they make sense in either container.)

There were scores of choices like this that needed to be made—and oftentimes hotly debated. There were also the educational considerations. For example, treats replace a yellow container in the 21 Day Fix plans. The reason for this is that the foods in the yellow list are among the least important foods in the average diet (considering the green and purple both contain arguably healthier carbohydrate sources) so it made the most sense to sacrifice those if you want to be a little naughty.

Bringing Recipes Into the Picture
When recipes are built specifically for the 21 Day Fix, matching containers is easy. Ingredients are selected from the lists in container-friendly amount and there you go! But matching containers to recipes not necessarily built with the 21 Day Fix in mind is another story. Many of the ingredients aren’t included in the Fix and if they are, they’re at amounts different than the containers. The levels of protein, carbs, and fat need to be considered. Calories need to be considered. These considerations are multiplied by the already-mentioned considerations of the containers and, well, that’s a lot of considerations!

But wait, there’s yet one more consideration: what makes sense to you, the reader? Often, container choices can make complete sense scientifically, but maybe you see ingredients that you feel should have been better considered.

There’s also the consideration of which consideration to consider first! (Are we having fun yet?) Deciding this lends a high degree of subjectivity to the process.

So, we welcome you to be part of the conversation. If you have a question about the portion choices we’ve made in a particular recipe, come on over the Expert Advice section of the Team Beachbody Message Boards.

Or at least consider it.

A lot of data to process – Joe Rogan Experience #672 with Dr. Rhonda Patrick

I am still trying to process everything that was discussed on this episode. There is all kinds of good stuff in here about how your diet effects pain, how training in heat can help you deal with injury, and how your doctor might not really be the guy to go to for depression. Please enjoy and let’s process this together in the comments.

The following notes were done by the POWPERFUL u/JoshuaKevinPerry on reddit. If you found them useful tip him a couple bucks https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=26LWYHVA6V5QS

For podcasters show starts at 7:45

Today’s guest is Dr Rhonda Patrick https://twitter.com/foundmyfitness?lang=en she has a youtube channel that explains everything she specializes in, it’s good stuff. https://www.youtube.com/user/FoundMyFitness For sure, read the wikipedia articles. Let me assure you right now: there are dick jokes on the way. via youtube setup

1:00 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kombucha

1:30 http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5012154 horrifying story

2:30 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25705824

5:30 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22863164

6:00 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glutathione_peroxidase

6:30 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18432918 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9921710

8:00 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FOXO3 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23891001

13:11 http://namathneurocenter.com/

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nfl-shutdown-corner/joe-namath-gets-results-from-hyperbaric-chamber-treatments-for-concussions-164511928.html

http://www.newsmax.com/Health/Headline/Joe-Namath-hyperbaric-oxygen-therapy/2015/05/17/id/645130/

17:00 http://ndt.oxfordjournals.org/content/27/suppl_4/iv11.full High-altitude seems to have ” decreased frequency of obesity, diabetes and coronary artery disease.”

18:00 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2938508/ post exercise ice baths

19:30 http://www.alzforum.org/news/research-news/cold-shock-protein-reinvigorates-synapses Definitely don’t try to give yourself hypothermia for brain health.

http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/site/scripts/news_article.php?newsID=2290

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v518/n7538/full/nature14142.html

24:00 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proinflammatory_cytokine

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18382117

26:00 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/omcl/2014/402631/ Kayaks and Cryotherapy

30:00 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/911386 cold exposure and norepinephrine

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norepinephrine

32:00 Vasoconstriction is the narrowing of the blood vessels resulting from contraction of the muscular wall of the vessels, in particular the large arteries and small arterioles. The process is the opposite of vasodilation, the widening of blood vessels.

34:00 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Targeted_temperature_management

34:30 “Dick Joke” Kappa

39:00 “No one lives forever, no one. But with advances in modern science and my high level income, it’s not crazy to think I can live to be 245, maybe 300.” -Joe Rogan

http://i.imgur.com/LBcxptV.jpg

45:00 http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2015/07/01/1506264112.full.pdf

http://www.bbc.com/news/health-33409604

49:00 http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/leading-causes-of-death.htm

52:00 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Low-density_lipoprotein common terms-cholesterol

55:00 http://www.drhagmeyer.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/mucosal_barrier_degradation.gif

100:00 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stevia

105:00 http://www.crohns.net/page/C/PROD/VSL3000

sidebar https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsVgi8hoFFc

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2015/01/29/you-can-earn-13000-a-year-selling-your-poop/

107:31 Topical anal creme?

127:39 http://cdn.roguefitness.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/n/o/norma-tec-web6.jpg

http://www.roguefitness.com/normatec-mvp-recovery-system

Rogan should have an ebay auction on all the free shit he gets. Chairs, toilets, workout equipment.

133:00 http://journals.lww.com/nsca-jscr/Abstract/2013/06000/Heart_Rate_Variability_Threshold_Values_for.7.aspx

143:00 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21876150

154:00 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3903052/

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3057175/

Telomeres are an essential part of human cells that affect how our cells age. Telomeres are the caps at the end of each strand of DNA that protect our chromosomes, like the plastic tips at the end of shoelaces.

156:00 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cycloastragenol

218:00 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dynorphin

223:00 https://kungfuwithwashu.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/a781d-bd1.jpg

224:00 http://www.nature.com/news/super-muscly-pigs-created-by-small-genetic-tweak-1.17874

http://www.nature.com/news/crispr-the-disruptor-1.17673

233:00 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apolipoprotein_E

240:00 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zhh4W24rwrw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QT0TqceznpQ

241:00 http://www.childrenshospitaloakland.org/main/news/omega3-fatty-acids-and-vitamin-d-may-control-brain-282.aspx

How Junk Food Works

Junk food is literally that, empty calories of energy that provide little nutritional value and usually are stored as fat. Yet junk food is irresistible and for good reason – companies spend tens of millions engineering it to be that way. It’s almost evil. Click below to get super educated on this matter. Thanks Josh and Chuck for letting us all know what’s up! All of the links for what is discussed in this episode are below the download link.

Download Episode HERE!!

How Junk Food Works, on HowStuffWorks

Is high-fructose corn syrup bad for you? 2009 SYSK episode

Encyclopedia of Junk Food and Fast Food, on Academia

The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food, on the New York Times

Junk food diet for weight loss? On the Mayo Clinic blog

RIP Cereals: 34 Parts of A Complete Breakfast That Are No Longer With Us, an SYSK slideshow

Your Apples Are A Year Old, on Food Renegade

3 Steps for Successful 21 Day Fix Meal Planning

3 Steps for Successful 21 Day Fix Meal Planning (a reblog from TB3)

author: Amanda Meixner

“When it comes to being healthy and fit, it’s not just about what you do in the gym. It’s really about what you do in the kitchen.” – Autumn Calabrese.

Planning your 21 Day Fix meals may seem a bit daunting at first, especially if you’re new to healthy ingredients or portion control, but with a little practice, you will see just how easy it can be to get your clean eating on track. Below are step-by-step instructions for planning your meals and some pro tips on healthy eating.

 

1. Calculate Your Calorie Level and Daily Container Count
Whether you are trying to lose weight, maintain weight, or gain weight, calculating your proper daily calorie goal is essential to reaching your goals. Here’s how:

1. Multiply your current weight in pounds x 11. This number is your Caloric Baseline.
2. Add 400 (The Fix Calorie Burn) to your Caloric Baseline. The resulting number represents your Caloric Needs to maintain your weight.
3. Subtract 750 (the caloric deficit) from your Caloric Needs. This number is the Caloric Target you should eat to lose weight.

Using your 21 Day Fix Eating Plan Guide, look up the corresponding container count on page 15. Your calorie bracket will determine how many containers of each color you should eat each day.

Here’s an example using a 150-pound person who would like to lose weight.
1. 150 x 11 = 1650 (Caloric Baseline)
2. 1650 + 400 = 2050 (Caloric Needs to maintain weight)
3. 2050 – 750 =  1300 (Caloric Target to lose weight)

Note: If your Caloric Target is less than 1,200, round up to 1,200. If it’s more than 2,300, round down to 2,300. If you are trying to gain weight, add 750 instead of subtracting 750.

 

2. Write Down A Sample Day of Meals
Now it’s time to start planning. Go to the food lists on pages 24-39. Read through the choices and mark down some of your favorites under every container. Then, using
this meal planner, plan a sample day. Think about what types of food you would like to have at each meal and include some of your favorite healthy snacks. Don’t be afraid to keep it simple.

Pro Tip: Choose most of your foods from selections near the top of the list as they are more nutritionally beneficial. Here is a sample day prepared by our Social Media Specialist, Amanda Meixner, who follows the 21 Day Fix Eating Plan.

21 Day Fix Sample Day of Meals

Before you move on to the next step, think about what you would like to eat for the next 3-5 days. Do you want to eat the same thing for breakfast each day, or do you want to switch it up? What about your snacks, lunches, and dinners? Do you have time to cook meals, or would you prefer to eat simply? Write down the variations you’d like, which “free foods” you’d like to add (page 37) and any treats you’d like to substitute for a yellow or orange container this week (page 38 & 39).

 

3. Make a Grocery List
Set yourself up for success by writing out your grocery list and sticking to it. Base your list on the foods you chose for the next 3-5 days. It’s okay to buy a surplus of these foods so that you have a little extra on hand, but try to stick to the amounts that match your calorie level. Remember that one green container holds about 1 cup or more of vegetables, and that a serving of protein is about 4 ounces (before cooking). If you plan to eat 4 red containers of boneless, skinless chicken breast over the next few days, you would buy 1 pound of chicken. Click the image below to download your Fix-friendly grocery list.

21 Day Fix sample grocery list

 

10 Time-Saving Tips

  1. Buy pre-cooked chicken breast or fish from the deli section.
  2. Choose canned tuna for quick meals.
  3. Buy pre-cut vegetables. (Just make sure nothing is added to it!)
  4. Hard-boil several eggs at once for quick, high-protein snacks or to add to salads. Here are our tips on how to cook perfect hard-boiled eggs.
  5. Bake all of your sweet potatoes at once.
  6. Pre-cook enough quinoa or brown rice for the week.
  7. Chop all carrots, cucumber, bell peppers, etc. at once for healthy snacks and ready toppings for salads.
  8. Mornings can be hectic. Have your breakfast ready to go by prepping a large batch of oatmeal or these simple egg cups.
  9. Stock up on berries or fruits that don’t need to be cut like apples, oranges, and bananas.
  10. Raw, unsalted nuts make a great, portable snack.

Thinking about Death

You can’t make any decisions about how to live without deciding how you want to die. Some people will find this to be a bit morbid, but it really isn’t once you understand. This is a foundational issue in Shaolin philosophy and martial arts. This principal we are talking about here is Karma.

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A childish misunderstanding of Karma

Most people misunderstand Karma. They believe that Karma is a mystical force that screws people over for being jerks, and this is not true. Childish and not true. Karma is neither positive or negative. Karma is the consequence for action. All actions have Karma. If you push a child on a swing they will come back to you. This is Karma.

So what does this have to do with death? Glad you asked! I am going to assume that everyone reading this wants to die the same way, old, healthy, and without trauma. We all want to just fade out softly, right? So what do we have to do to make that our Karma?

Think Well – A negative attitude, or bad finding will kill you earlier than you’d expect
Eat Well – If you fill your body with poison you will die
Drink Well – Clean water (no flavorings or other additives) and tea
Sleep Well – 7-8 hours of sleep a night no exceptions
Move/Breathe Well – Exercise and a daily Qigong/Yoga practice will extend your life

Here is to long life!

Namaste!