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Blog02With the amount of free information out there these days, it is tempting, and often easy to acquire new movement skills simply from watching a how-to on YouTube. But, in the context of a highly technical skill or set of skills, the clean and jerk or snatch for example, does this method of learning replace being taught by a professional coach?


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While I think that calling it “Paleo” is misleading and we would do better to promote eating REAL FOOD and things that nourish your body rather than intoxicate it, this info graphic does an excellent job explaining the major idea of this food revolution. Enjoy.

Paleolithic Diet Explained
Learn more about the Paleo Diet.

One of the most common questions we get during or after our Nutrition Seminars is “How do I feed my family on Paleo? My kids won’t eat anything that looks like a vegetable?”

If this sounds like you, then you’re in luck, because Robb Wolf’s latest podcast is a must listen for anyone with questions on how to feed a family the paleo way.

Here is a list of that Robb covers in the show along with special guest Sarah Fragoso from EverydayPaleo.com:

  1. Keeping Paleo Fun
  2. School Lunches
  3. Pizza Day At School
  4. Breastfeeding
  5. Breastfeeding Part 2
  6. Starting A Family Paleo
  7. Kids & Cooking
  8. Any Specific Problems Women Notice
  9. How To Do Paleo Without Being Neurotic
  10. How To Handle Kids At School
  11. Day Care Workers
  12. Kid Doesn’t like Veggies
  13. PMS / Teens

I highly recommend giving it a listen if you are stuck on what to feed picky kids… or spouses.

Click here to listen.

I guess it’s a sign that RAWCF is getting noticed, but I have recently been the lucky recipient of multiple phone calls and even drop-in visits from different people trying to get me to sell their “Nutritional Supplements” to you; avid pursuers of optimal health via CrossFit.

The general pitch goes like this: you guys, clients of RAWCF, are sheep and need a shepherd to guide you, to educate you that even if you eat real food (a la Paleo), you will still NEED to take the latest and greatest nutritional supplement. This alone is not the problem, but If you watched the video attached to this post, you saw how ridiculously easy it is to create your own supplement. And though it’s a little more regulated here in Canada, there is still very loose policy regulating the dietary supplement industry, and that’s exactly what it is… industry.

Tell me again why I should spend $160/month to buy some “technologically advanced” supplement endorsed by an athlete and supported be some doctor to boost my energy? Thats usually how the sales pitch goes. Athletes take it, so it must be good for me? Right?

Do people still fall for this kind of logical fallacy?

The above scenario is usually followed immediately by an explanation of how I, as a gym owner, can benefit from their new MLM scheme. All I have to do is convince my clients to signup for their supplement plan blah blah blah. And there’s the kicker: The conversation invariably ends with how much money I will make… not how healthy my clients will be.

The overarching problem here is that because real food is just that… real food, it’s irreducible and it also has a fairly set cost of production and low profit margins (it’s also hard to attach a celebrity endorsement to broccoli). Supplement makers on the other hand, can create a large pill, pack it with filler, splash a little bit of some “beneficial ingredient” in there and call it a proprietary nutritional supplement. And since the law doesn’t require them to state how much of each ingredient is in there, only list them, you could be paying large amounts of of money for heavily marketed baking soda. Snake oil. Check this info-graphic for more insight.

The best advice I can give you is buyer beware. If the person selling the product is the same person telling you about the benefits… time to do your own research. I in turn need to point this spotlight at myself also. I am guilty of promoting fish oil usage at the gym, and I also provide an opportunity to buy it. This is a situation that requires you the client to do the background research, and I hope you will do it.

I and the other trainers at the gym are not gurus. We are just normal people dedicated to helping our clients become as healthy as possible. We work hard to stay up to date on the research and information. But a quick Google search on any of the supplements listed in the info-graphic above will swamp you in so much conflicting information that it can be overwhelming. We try our best to filter it for you guys, but ultimately it’s up to you.

My bottom line is this: We made it for millions of year on real food, real work, real rest, and real social lives. It has been my experience that deviation from this formula tends to lead you down a slippery slope towards sickness. There is no magic pill.

Now it’s up to you.

Here is a link to watch the full versions Bigger Stronger Faster online if you’re bored.

Fish Oil Calculator-Click Here

Here is the answer to the question I keep getting asked: How much fish oil should I be taking?

The folks over at Whole 9 have created a nifty calculator that will help you determine the correct fish oil dosage for YOUR body.

The calculator is endorsed by Robb Wolf, and if you don’t know who he is then go check out his website for the latest and greatest in the quest to bring you ACTUAL nutritional help, not just correlational BS put out by the government of media.

Do your research folks (Robb has!), and fix your eating. Your health and performance depends on it.

Fish Oil Calculator-Click Here

fish-oil

Just finished writing a new post on the health benefits of supplementing with fish oil over at DevinGlage.com. It’s a good read, but don’t take my word for it. If you aren’t taking a fish oil supplement currently, I strongly recommend you start. Not only will it improve your brain function, and body composition, but it will also have an effect on your performance. Taking 2-15g a day, depending on body size and type, will also help your sore muscles after a hard WOD, as it has inflammation inhibiting properties.