Quite frankly, sometimes I am so stoked to write something that is inspiring. Something that will make you feel good about your health and fitness. Make you want to get in the gym and work hard and fave fun. Unfortunately today isn’t one of those days.
I want you to get inspired. But I also want you to get mad. So mad that you start paying attention to the best of your ability to one of the most insidious yet salient things involving your health and fitness: what you are eating, and more importantly what is in your food.
ICYMI, agriculture/chemical (theres already a problem here) giant Monsanto lost a landmark case to a man whose rare form of cancer was linked to glyphosate, the main ingredient in the omnipresent RoundUp Weed Killer.
First of all, some reports claim that many of the dollars will be gobbled up by taxes and fees, which is infuriating in its own right:
But that isn’t the real story.
Every day I see people working really hard at their health by making time for a workout, for community, for fitness. It isn’t easy. CrossFit definitely isn’t easy.
It makes me mad it can all be in vain because we trust that there are protections in place so yo udon’t have to think about what you are eating THAT much right?
Wrong. So so wrong.
The fact of the matter is, those making the money don’t care about your long term health and wellness. All of those million and billion dollar corporations, from Big Agriculture, to Big Pharma, even ties from Pepsi Cola and the fitness industry (gasp!)
The sad part is, at the end of the day, you are your only real ally in this fight. I hope to be a resource for some too, and I genuinely believe most boutique fitness studios are on the same page. I need healthy happy people coming to my gym, otherwise they won’t come and I’ll be out of a job.
With this news though, it is more important than ever to be an informed customer.
I’d encourage you to know the answers to the following questions:
What is a GMO?
What makes a food organic?
What are the three main macros? When and why do I eat them and what are they in?
What is a healthy food?
Where does my food come from?
Who owns the business producing my food?
What are the ingredients of this food?
Are pesticides used on this food I’m eating?
If you know the answers to these, I think you are at a good starting point for making choices. If you don’t know, ask me! I’m happy to help where I can.
The thing I will leave you with this week is some general shopping rules that I try to live by, and eating rules I try to live by too, as much as possible.
1.) Shop on the outside of the stores (perishable items). If it isn’t perishable, it isn’t food.
2.) Buy organic whenever possible (I know this can be expensive, but think about the hidden costs, cancer is way more expensive than a dollar more per pound).
3.) Eat healthy fats, and this may not be what you think. If the animal was healthy, that is good, and the fat is healthy. Nuts, seeds, olive oil, avocados yes! Try to get a decent balance of Omega 3 vs omega 6 fatty acids
4.) When eating, be conscious of the macros in the food. If its out of balance, you will be too
5.) Know a bit about where your food came from, and who is producing it
6.) forget most of what you’ve been told is a “healthy” food. Those who made those rules don’t care about your health, they care about you eating what they produce (think food pyramid).
Again, these are broad and perhaps a bit strange if you’ve never thought about things this way before. However, with the news this week, and just how poorly we are informed and how bad our food supply really is, I felt like it was a good day to drop some doom and gloom, but also to let you know you have the power to protect yourself as best you can. Stay healthy friends.