Tuesday, September 14, 2010

CF ATL 1504 Michael V.

Workout of the Day

Five rounds for time of:
Row 250 meters
135 pound Front squat, 10 reps
15 GHD Sit-ups
20 Box jumps, 24 inch box

Items of interest about our friends, both from the Wall Street Journal yesterday.

Georgia Tech is rated the #1 Engineering school in the USA by the Wall Street Journal.  In a new twist on ranking schools, WSJ surveyed employers to find out what schools they found best prepared their new hires.  GT rated #7 overall, with ratings of #1 in Engineering, #3 in Management Information Systems, & #4 in Computer Science.

Feature article on Lululemon describes their unusual marketing strategy, and their growth in what has been a down market for clothing retailers.

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  • Dave Hodges

    “with ratings of #1 in Engineering”
    No surprises there.

  • Andy L

    Calling all Paleoers. I’m looking for some new snack ideas. I’m getting tired of rolled up deli meat, lara bars, almonds, etc. Anyone have anything good to snack on?

  • Chris

    Deli meats aren’t really Paleo; they’re chock full of salt. Don’t know about lara bars. There’s good stuff to eat if you want to put in the time. Paleo deviled eggs are just like regular deviled eggs, but they use avocado instead of mayo, and you could put like crumbled up bacon in ’em and that seems like it would be pretty good, too. I generally hate cooking/working in the kitchen, so I don’t really take the time to make a lot of different things, but my go-to snack for awhile has been half a can of sardines all mashed up with 2 ounces of avocado spread over 4 oz of chicken breast. Yum.

  • Dave Hodges

    Sardines and pepper. Works every time.
    Another thing I do is to cook way more pork sausage than we need and then keep a pyrex tub of sausages in the fridge. Comes in handy.
    Then again, sausage isn’t actually Paleo since it has FAT in it. And you’re supposed to remove all your fat from the meat you eat in the Paleo diet, just like all cave men did with their fancy Wuesthof knives.

  • Jonathan H CFATL

    Not technically correct. The reason we remove excess fat (and choose leaner cuts of meat in general) is because of the skewed ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 fat present in grain fed sources. If your meat comes from grass fed or pastured sources, then the ratio is much closer to the ideal 1:1 or 2:1 ratio, allowing us to enjoy the fat without further skewing our own internal O6:O3 ratio (and allowing us to rely less on fish oil supplementation).

  • Dave Hodges

    That is definitely a good reason to avoid eating those fats, especially since grain-fed livestock are also heavily medicated. The fats keep large amounts of hormones, pesticides, and other unwanted things. And that’s all well and good. You won’t see me touting the benefits of eating Wal-Mart 80/20.
    But that isn’t the reason stated by Cordain. As a matter of fact, Cordain is a hard believer in the calories-in/calories-out paradigm that has been refuted so ably by Taubes, et al.:
    “Both carbohydrates and fats can be consumed (theoretically) in quantities greater than the daily energy expended because there is no physiological limit or ceiling that occurs when these substrates are metabolized. Excess dietary carbohydrate or excess fat do not make us acutely ill like excess protein. Hence, these excess calories are simply stored as body fat. Over the long haul, when more energy is consumed than energy expended, we gain weight.”
    Not to mention, Cordain is a die-hard defender of Ancel Keys’ “Lipid Hypothesis” which was also ably refuted (ibid):
    “This nutritional plan is totally unlike those irresponsible, low-carbohydrate, high-fat, fad diets that allow unlimited consumption of artery-clogging cheeses, bacon, butter, and fatty meats. Rather, the foundation of The Paleo Diet is lean meat, seafood, and unlimited consumption of fresh fruits and veggies.”
    Right. Bacon and butter clog your arteries. He’s not talking about omega-3 and omega-6; he actually believes Gerald Ford’s Dietary Guidelines.
    Look, I like Paleo eating. It’s generally what I do. As a road map to understanding what is good to eat, it generally works. But Cordain shows his true hand as he kowtows the conventional wisdom on diet and weight control. Supplementing with fish oil is fine – but unnecessary if one follows any number of traditional unprocessed diets.
    There are MANY approaches to traditional diets that can be taken and none of them caused Syndrome X for untold thousands of years. The Inuit ate nothing but fish and whales (and the contents of the whales’ stomachs) and never had the Syndrome X diseases. This is in stark opposition to other tribes who ate no fish, but rather fermented vegetables, traditionally prepared grains, and domestically raised livestock. These tribes didn’t get Syndrome X either.
    What sets apart these diets from modern ones is what Weston A. Price set to discover an hundred years ago. And he basically discovered that Syndrome X (atherosclerosis, tooth decay, obesity, cancer) occurred in populations that ate refined flour, did not ferment vegetables, and did not eat enough animal fat. Grains can be prepared in traditional ways that make them completely useful to the human body. Nobody actually does this nowadays for items sold in stores, but Sally Fallon gives a great overview of these things in “Nourishing Traditions”.
    Gary Taubes also addresses the problems of Syndrome X as stemming from a departure from traditional diets.
    All this said, I think the Paleo diet is a good one. But I also think that it’s overly restrictive and based on some REALLY bad science in cases. Cordain tries to walk on both sides of the fence with a lot of his claims (just like Barry Sears does).
    Sorry for the rant.

  • Michael McLaughlin

    I would say a nice basket of chili cheese fries (nom nom nom!) but in the spirit of Paleo, I dig on some strawberries and almond butter. Grill up a bunch of chicken breasts…slice them thin and roll them up in a romaine lettuce leaf (seasoning is key…I’m big on Jerk and Southwest type seasonings without salt).

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