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Simple Nutrition: Part 4 by E.C. Synkowski - CrossFit Journal

Simple Nutrition: Part 4

By E.C. Synkowski

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CrossFit trainer E.C. Synkowski offers practical nutrition information to help with day-to-day choices.

In Part 4, she talks to a group at CrossFit Hingham about sugar, oils, alcohol and dairy.

“Typically, wherever we see diseases of modern civilization—obesity, heart disease, cancer—we also see a consumption of sugar,” she explains. “So that’s why we want it to be generally eliminated from your diet.”

In other words, don’t make it a staple.

Next up are oils, including those of the soybean, canola and safflower variety.

“They are high in polyunsaturated fats and specifically the ones we don’t want … the omega-6 polyunsaturated fats,” Synkowski says.

To state the obvious, alcohol isn’t recommended as your typical baseline food and is a fructose source.

Dairy gets a bit fuzzy. If you can tolerate it, then go for it, Synkowski says.

“Think about food not necessarily as ‘yes-no,’” she advises, “but as ‘more ideal’ and ‘less ideal.’”

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Additional audio: CrossFit Radio Episode 220 by Justin Judkins, originally aired April 18, 2012.

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2 Comments on “Simple Nutrition: Part 4”


wrote …

Some good things were mentioned here including "The Whole Soy Story". Like she said soy in the west is not at all like soy in the east. You def want to stay away from soy here in the west. The other thing that I'd like to mention is dairy. Dairy can be horrible for you or it can be incredible for you. For it to be incredible for you, you need raw (unpasteurized and non-homogenized) dairy from cow or goats that ONLY eat grass, are organic, and the cows need to be A2 cows. If you do this, dairy is incredible for you. If you can't get your hands on raw dairy you don't want to drink regular milk, even if it is organic whole milk. Too much damage has been done to it by processing it. Think about it people, in CF we talk about staying away from processed foods. If dairy is pasteurized or homogenized it's been processed. You can do some things though that are still beneficial though like taking organic whole milk and make your own homemade kefir with it. Take your nutrition to the next level people. Educate yourselves! I recommend checking out the Weston A. Price foundation, "Nourishing Traditions" by Sally Fallon, "The Real Food Summit" by Underground Wellness, and the blog "The Healthy Home Economist". Thank you CF HQ, Coach, and E.C. for putting stock into nutrition.


Matt Burns wrote …

I really like that EC mentions alcohol is used in the body like fructose. However, I believe it needs to be considered as a macro nutrient on its own. Below we have a typical light beer nutrition label:

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 12 oz (340.0 g)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 102Calories from Fat 0
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.0g0%
Total Carbohydrates 5.1g2%
Protein 0.7g

According to this there are just under 24 calories of nutrients listed and yet there are 102 calories in the 12 oz serving (4 calories/g of carb and pro). That leaves 78 calories unaccounted for on the nutrition label.

Well, it turns out that alcohol has 7 calories/gram. Which should classify it as a macro nutrient and yet it is never listed as such. So in this particular beer there are 11g of a sugar that is as bad or possibly worse than high fructose corn syrup.

I just wanted to add that to the discussion. Now I'm going to go have a beer with full knowledge of how bad this will be for me.


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