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Entries in diabeeetus (5)

Campus Improv Eats Cannot Possibly Get Better

So in recent editions of Campus Improv Eats we've dissected food choices from Sabal, Shaka, and Alyssa Jabara. We've also seen Conor's lunchroom exploits and Binno's breakfast. But what I have to share with you folks today will trump anything we have seen.

I have been fortunate enough to get a first-hand look into most of the high schools in the area. I get to meet their coaches and see what practices these programs follow, good and bad from Detroit Central to Stoney Creek, and most schools in between. And when I arrive, the first thing I usually look for (besides the basketball court) is the weight room. The weight room tells a lot about a program, not only with the equipment and layout, but with the slogans and such. There's the classic "IRON SHAPRENS IRON" spraypainted on walls, or "Will to Win" on posters. But what I saw the other day at School Who Must Not Be Named had me more confused than the first time I saw the alphabet appear in a math problem:

First off, it goes without saying that this could only happen in football; basketball, softball, and even wraastling coaches just aren't capable of that kind of prehistoric thought. Secondly, I am a huge peanut butter fan; peanut butter on toast, celery, in oatmeal, and just plain on a spoon. So I see the Peanut Butter Club headline and think Hey that sounds enjoyable, but of course the bottom portion caught my attention. So I asked an adult what exactly this was all about and my attention was directed to another poster in the weight room:

Every 5 Counts turned out to be a reference to the kids in the Peanut Butter Club. Their assignment is to eat one peanut butter sandwich between every class. No jelly, of course. Tallied up, that equates to, you guessed it, 5(!) peanut butter sandwiches on white bread over the course of a single school day. So, for the sake of tradition, here's the breakdown:

  • Protein: Pat Sherwood said legumes count as protein for 3rd-world countries
  • Carbohydrate: 10 slices of diabeetus
  • Fat: peanut butter in absurd quantities

So there is a day's worth of carbohydrate blocks crammed into the mouths of poor school children over the course of about 5 hours. That equates to 180 grams of carbs, none of which coming from fruits or veggies. And I have no idea how much peanut butter they are using, but I can only assume it's a lot because football. Everything I have heard about protein tells me that when it comes in fibrous sources, it does not get absorbed into the body well, which is why peanuts and beans do not necessarily count for protein. The imbalance shown in this methodology is just fascinating.

Win or loss. Just for sheer volume of stupidity, and for this being the craziest thing I have seen in a weight room, I give this a win. Would I recommend this to anyone? Only as a way to one-up the Baconator Diane Challenge I did from Summer 2010 in the Old Weight Room.

Next time. Let them have some jelly so at least they will be able to open their mouths to answer questions in class without peanut butter slurring their speech. I mean, yeah it adds to the carbohydrate total, but at this point your pancreas is probably so confused anyways, what's an extra carb block or 10.

Football coaches are just a different species, man. I will never get it.

CrossFit Cures Chronic Disease

"We sit collectively (CrossFit trainers) in unique possession of an elegant solution to the world's most vexing problem. And it may be so elegant that it's optimal" That is Coach Glassman's intro at a Level 1 seminar in California. What is this problem, you ask? That would be chronic disease.

CrossFit may turn out to give people a pass on cancer, diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer's, and just about every other chronic disease we know of.

This is a bold statement; I am proudly in the worship-Glassman group, and I was still skeptical when I first heard this somewhere around a year ago. But man, the stuff coming out is pretty convincing. Of course, I would expect the same knee-jerk reaction I had: there's no way that's a legit claim. And I'm not asking you to watch one video I post and be convinced.

But watch this video. [note, it's Coach Glassman. Course language, obviously]

"All of it is preventable. Much of it is reversable."

Processed Foods Disease

Last week the CrossFit Journal published a great interview with Dr. Robert Lustig from UCSF. I linked the short version, but the 30-minute version is also available on YouTube if anyone is interested. Definitely worth a watch/listen.

Like some of the other videos like this I've posted on here, it's looking like we have a lot more control over things like cancer and diabetes than is perceived.

Zone Diet Feature: Preventing Disease Before Birth

If you go back and read the highly-debated Zone Diet FYI post, you'll remember that controlling the protein, carbohydrate, and fat in your diet has a direct effect on what your hormones are doing - which, in the end, dictates a lot about your weight, performance, and health.

As it turns out, it may also have an effect on your offspring.

Dr. Barry Sears, inventor of the Zone Diet, is one of the co-authors of a new textbook that details how an expectant mother's exposure to high-quality fish oil and an anti-inflammatory diet (like the Zone) will lead to a reduction in health problems for her child. The study, I believe, is still ongoing, but there is an article about it on the Zone blog and I thought it was interesting. Check it out.

Can Diabetes Be Prevented Even Before Birth?

You Might Be a Crackhead.

The nutrition aspect of CrossFit is usually a struggle. Whether you're Zone, Paleo, or strict peanut butter plan, we all want something that's going to improve our performance. But then it gets late at night and the ice cream and Oreos start calling your name, and before you know it, you wake up in the midst of cookie, ice cream, and chip wrappers. 

"But I just wanted one!"

It's not gonna happen. A lot of processed foods activate the "pleasure center" in the brain. This the same part of the brain that is activated when people use morphine, heroine, or coacaine. So once you have one, you reach for another, and another, and another... Since scientists are speculative people, they tested it out at Connecticut College. Specifically with Oreos. Turns out that Oreos are just as addictive as coacaine (if not more). 

This becomes a huge issue in terms of body homeostasis. Those Oreos cause a spike in insulin, which absorbs sugar out of the blood and into skeletal muscle and fat tissue. However, the more Oreos you have, the more insulin you need to get that same absorbing effect. This is called the "insulin resistance" phase. Over time, your pancreas is unable to keep up, and can't produce the huge amount of insulin you need in order to keep your blood from turning entirely into sugar. This becomes what is known as Type 2 diabetes. 

A (fairly) simple diagram that shows insulin resistance.

This brings us to the question: are processed foods like Oreos and McDonald's partially responsible for the meteoric rise of early onset Type 2 diabetes? Should companies that make these products make customers aware of the addictive properties? And do we treat people who eat foods like this daily as addicts?