In this video we discuss why food habits matter as much, if not more, than what you eat.
Our culture is obsessed with different ways of eating with multiple books on each:
Keto, Paleo, Vegan, Vegetarian, Carnivore, Calories In/Calories Out, South Beach, High Carb/Low Fat, Low Carb/Fat, High Protein, South Beach, Atkins, Zone, and literally hundreds of others.
But get this: while what you eat is important, the habits you have around food are just as important and maybe more more important than what you eat for long-term health.
Furthermore, these habits apply no matter what way you choose to eat. For example:
That's cool you went keto bro, but do you know how to navigate social situations and peer pressure? Going keto doesn't magically give you those skills.
That's awesome you're eating Paleo, but do you still use food as reward and punishment and an emotional crutch? If so, that needs to be addressed in order to live long, healthy, and happy life.
Good job on going vegan, but do you know how to cook real whole foods or are you just eating hyper-processed vegan junk foods?
The point here is that there are certain habits you need to master no matter what way of eating you choose.
Furthermore, while our culture's "What to Eat" books promise results in 21 days or 30 days, habits don't change in days or weeks.
They take months or years to change and they're way more likely to change when you have someone coaching you.
Whatever flavor of the week is your preferred diet, that's cool. But don't forgot about the habits necessary to eat healthy for the rest of your life that underlie any way of eating.
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Click here to join our Team and/or Donate!Our Goal is to get 100 Walkers out there this year!CFSB will be participating for the Third year in Walk MS with CFSB Member’s Brian and Demetria. Come out with us and show some support with Team Deme on Saturday 5/2. The registration begins at 8:30am and the walk starts at 10am at IUSBEveryone from CrossFit South Bend will be meeting at 9:15am and taking a big Group Picture before we get started! We are going to meet in "tent village," which is new this year. We should have a 10-ft by 10-ft tent for our team to gather.The t-shirt order deadline is Monday 4/6. It's the same design as last year, so it's basically for new walkers, new donors or anyone that needs a new shirt (including kids).Read on to hear Brian and Demetria’s StoryBrian and Demetria’s Story – Walk MS: South Bend 2019My primary job in life is providing care for my wife, Demetria. In 2006, Demetria was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. MS is an unpredictable and disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain as well as between the brain and the body. MS is different for everyone, making it challenging to solve. Most people diagnosed with MS have the relapsing remitting form, meaning they experience “attacks” or increased neurological symptoms that last for several days to several months, followed by periods of “remissions” where they partially or completely recover from their symptoms. Demetria deals with a rarer form called primary progressive MS. It’s different in that there are no attacks or remissions, rather the decline of the central nervous system is slow and steady. Unfortunately, there are no medications to reverse the neurological damage. Medications only offer the potential to slow disease progression.Only a few years after her diagnosis, Demetria experienced a rapid and severe decline in her neurological system, developing very serious physical disabilities not typically associated with MS patients. By 2010, she developed a speech disorder, head tremors, severe muscle weakness in her legs, and ataxia in her arms. It’s been a very difficult journey, but we continue to fight her disease together and Demetria’s toughness and perseverance provides a great source of inspiration. But we are not without joy. Despite all of her challenges, Demetria gave birth to our son, Jude, in 2014! The love, energy, and enthusiasm that he displays every day reflects Demetria’s spirit. When I joined CFSB, it was to start “caring for the caregiver.” My experience has been amazing. While I’m proud of my improved fitness, my goal was always to find life balance and strengthen myself to continue my caregiving journey. I never expected to find such a truly positive and supportive community that would help me in achieving this unique goal. Last year, when we invited the coaches to Walk MS, we were hoping they would wear our orange Team Deme t-shirts during classes on the day of the walk to help raise awareness for MS. Instead, they asked us to share our story, closed the gym to join us at Walk MS, and encouraged everyone to join our team. The support we felt from the entire CFSB community was incredibly uplifting. Thank you to everyone that helped make it a memorable day and thank you to the members and coaches who continue to strengthen me and allow me to continue caring for Demetria.This year, we are once again participating in Walk MS: South Bend to recognize Demetria’s fight against multiple sclerosis. My wife and I wanted to invite all of CFSB to join “Team Deme” and participate in Walk MS: South Bend on Saturday, 5/2. Since 2014, Team Deme has raised almost $15,000 for the National MS Society (and with CFSB’s help, almost $6700 last year)! The money raised helps the National MS Society fund research, advocate for change, and support programs for those impacted by MS – programs that my family has used to obtain home care, medication, and medical equipment. It makes a big difference in many lives. Please consider donating to our team and/or joining us on Saturday, 5/2 for Walk MS: South Bend. You can use the following link to join our team, register for Walk MS, and get more information:http://main.nationalmssociety.org/goto/TeamDeme20Finally, we always give orange t-shirts to those that join us at Walk MS. We are going to re-use the same t-shirt design as last year. If you are new to our team or need a new shirt for any reason, please let us know your t-shirt size by Monday, April 6th. Thanks so much to the entire CFSB community for your love and support!
Is Salt Healthy or Not?
As usual, it depends, but generally speaking salt/sodium is incredibly healthy and a vital nutrient for overall healthy function.
That being said, it's always worth checking with your doctor about what's right for you if you have specific medical conditions like high blood pressure, kidney stones, etc. that would require special consideration.
There are a few important things to keep in mind when it comes to salt:
1. Where do we get it in our diets?
-Almost all the sodium in the modern diet comes from hyper-processed foods that are meant to be shelf stable until the apocalypse and to taste better because of the sodium in them.
-It's this type of sodium from hyper processed foods that is problematic NOT real whole food with added real salt for seasoning
-Unlike potassium, there's very little sodium in most real whole foods. Where's the sodium in beef, kale, an apple, etc?
-Yes there are some that have more than others, like celery, but most of our sodium needs to come from salt.
2. How much should you get?
-3-6g a day is what has been shown in the published research literature to be most effective for heath outcomes. This equates to 1.5-3 teaspoons a day
-This is quite a bit higher than the standard recommendation of 1.5-2g a day
3. What kind should you get?
-Celtic Sea Salt or Redmond real salt
-Ideally avoid hyper-processed salts
4. How do you incorporate it?
-Season your food with it. Any chef will tell you salt is an integral part of good cooking
-You can also add finishing salts at the end of cooking to bring out saltiness if that's what you like
-Generally speaking, salting your food before it' cooked just naturally enhances its flavor without adding saltiness per se. Meanwhile adding salt afterwards does add saltiness
5. Why is it important for health?
-Energy production-on all of our cells there is a sodium-potassium pump, that, among other things, is heavily involved in energy production
-Nervous system function-all the signals sent in via our nervous system rely on electrical conductivity to do their job and sodium is one of the most important electrolytes
-Hydration-water cannot be properly absorbed and utilized by our body without adequate electrolytes like sodium
6. What about blood pressure?
-Again talk with your doctor about your individual case, but one of the main takeaways from the research literature is that salt/sodium is NOT the issue but rather the balance between sodium and potassium.
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Studies on Salt
There's 1 question I get more than any other when it comes to weighing and measuring food. Here is an example of the question:
If I put a sweet potato on a scale and the scale says "227g" is that how many carbs are in the sweet potato?
Put simply, no.
There would only be 41g of carbs in that sweet potato.
Because that "227g" on the scale is the WEIGHT of the food itself, not the amount of macronutrients (protein, carbs, fat) in the food.
Seeing 227g on your food scale is equivalent to saying you have a half pound or 8oz of food by WEIGHT on your scale whether that's beef, chicken, sweet potatoes. etc.
However, the amount of protein, carbs and fat in that food is different from the weight.
For example when it comes to animal protein:
8oz/.5lb/227g by WEIGHT of 85/15 ground beef has 42g of protein and 32g of fat.
Meanwhile the exact same amount by weight of chicken breast has 52g of protein and 3g of fat.
On the carb side here's a good example
8oz/.5lb/227g by WEIGHT of a white potato is 48g of carbs, and 5g of fiber
Meanwhile the exact same amount by weight of butternut squash has 27g of carbs and 14g of fiber.
So how do you know the conversion between the weight of the food and the actual macronutrient amounts for the food (protein carbs and fat). You can look them up online, but the easiest way is to use something like MyFitnessPal to do the conversion for you.
Also with oils it's super easy to remember. 1 Tablespoon of oil=14g of fat. I hope that clears things up.
Let us know if you have any questions in the comments.
Our CFSB Nutrition Class is officially live!
This class is open to anyone, CrossFit South Bend member or not.
It takes place every Saturday at CrossFit South Bend from 12:30-1:15pm.
Your first class is free!
Each class includes:
-An opening discussion and celebration of everyone's bright spots for the week. This week someone said they didn't get Krispy Kreme this week as a bright spot.
-A new class topic each week. This month included topics like what to eat, how to save money, and how to save time.
-Crowdsourcing of different ideas. For example, this past weekend we shared our best ideas for quick and easy meals.
-Free Food! This past weekend coach Meg brought healthy snacks for the super bowl.
-An awesome communal atmosphere to share tips, support, and ideas with other like-minded people.
You can come to a single class a la carte or you can become a nutrition class monthly member.
-25% off a la carte class prices
-recordings of all classes (via private Facebook group) to watch if you can't make it live
-A private Facebook group to share, tips, tricks, and grocery finds with others.
-CrossFit South Bend Members: $45/month, $15/class
-non-CrossFit South Bend Members: $75/month, $25/class.
We hope to see you there!
Epic bars, bites, and sticks are some of our favorite on the go healthy snacks and now they're available at CrossFit South Bend.
What's great about Epic?
-Real whole food in bar, stick or bite form-good quality protein and spices in a bar
-Nose to tail philosophy-rinds, animal fats, bone broth, etc.
-Sustainable farming practices-grass-fed and pasture raised meats
At the gym we carry
-Bars-these are pemmican bars that are a mixture of fat and protein for a more chewy consistency.
-Sticks-very similar to traditional jerky without junk or fillers
-Bites-an interesting bite-sized option in-between the sticks and the bars. Not quite as stiff as the sticks but not quite as chewy as the bars.
-Performance Bars-a combo of dried fruits, nuts, and different flavors.
Give them a try if you haven't yet.
Every product I highlighted in this video is either Whole30 approved or Whole30 compliant.
Carbs get a bad rap these days.
At one end of the extreme, the Standard American typically includes 300-400g a day from grains, cereals, pastas, processed foods, fast food, etc.
This is crazy, to put it mildly, especially for a sedentary population.
At the other end of the extreme the keto diet recommends somewhere around 25-50g of carbs. This can be useful for some people, but not for everyone.
We believe somewhere around 100-200g of carbs a day from real whole foods like starchy vegetables, non-starchy vegetables and fruits is a good place to start for most people.
So what plant foods count as healthy carbs
-White Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Cassava, Plantains, Butternut Squash, etc.
More Carb Dense Vegetables
-Beets, Carrots, Onions, Turnips, Parsnips, etc.
-Broccoli, Cauliflower, Spinach, Kale, Cucumbers, etc.
-Apples, Oranges, Strawberries, Blackberries, etc.
Coming in January 2020 CFSB Nutrition will be offering:
-A One-Day Whole30 Seminar at CrossFit South Bend on Saturday January 11th
-A dedicated ongoing nutrition class starting Saturday January 18th
-One-on-One Whole30 coaching to help you achieve Food Freedom Forever.
In preparation for all these big events in January 2020 we’re highlighting some of the best client stories from 2019.
In this video we sit down with Angie who did our three month one-on-one nutrition coaching program.
During the program Angie:
-took control of her eating and her health
-found out she didn't need to have things like chocolate every day by paying attention to how food made her feel
-figured out that dairy was a major cause of skin flare ups for her -her sleep was much better
-changed the way she responded to and thought about cravings
-was able to share what she learned about healthy eating with her family to help not just this generation but future generations as well.
From my perspective, working with Angie was definitely an awesome coaching experience.
People always ask me: "Does the program work? Will I get results?" and I always say "Yes...if you do it". That's the key bit, actually putting in the hard work and doing it.
Angie's a perfect example of someone who put in the hard work and got results. She also learned a lot about herself and her relationship with food.
Congrats on all your progress Angie! We're super proud of you!