Bacon for the Health of It
TUESDAY’S WORKOUT (CAP)
A) 3×5 Back Squat @ 75% (20 min)
B) 3×5 Press @ 60% (15 min)
C) For quality and time:
50 / 40 Walking lunges
Rest exactly 1 min
800m / 600m Run
Rest exactly 1 min
50 / 40 Plank ups
**10 min cutoff**
AND COMING WEDNESDAY (CAP)
2 rounds, each for time on the 15:00:
“Up, Over, Around & Up”
– A distance variation on our beloved Franklin Hill Sprints
About 13 years ago, and completely by accident, I started down a nutritional path that put me directly at odds with pretty much everything I had ever learned or heard about what I should be eating for a long and healthy life. Up until that point, I ‘knew’ saturated fat was the enemy. The message was clear and it was everywhere. If you paid attention to anything at all, it was generally accepted as fact – saturated fat lead to higher cholesterol, which lead to heart disease and eventual early death. Saturated fat was the enemy!
This showed up everywhere… in all dairy products (margarine instead butter, fat free milk, low-fat cheese and fat free yogurt), in my choices of protein (opting for chicken over beef, and even chicken breast over the tastier legs and thighs), and avoiding egg yolks entirely in favor of the whites only.
At the same time I was making these choices, I continued to eat the things that were generally accepted as good (or at least not bad)… pasta, ramen, cereal, bagels, bread (lots of bread), potatoes, diet soft drinks, without a thought of the health implications of these on my long term health. These were, after all, generally accepted as good, safe, and harmless.
Then, in 2001, in my studies at two highly accredited, and influential programs (one was the Nutrition and Lifestyle coaches course with Paul Chek at the C.H.E.K. Institute, the other, the Metabolic Typing Advisor Course), I was introduced to something completely opposite. That saturated fats weren’t the problem at all… and that the refined carbohydrates and sugars were. Then I read the book “The Cholesterol Myths” by Uffe Ravnskov and “Nourishing Traditions” by Sally Fallon and Mary Enig. The message was starting to sink in.
Hearing that everything I had ever learned about saturated fats and cholesterol and its impact on your health was flat out wrong was one thing. Doing something about it was completely another. It’s taken me all of the past 13 years (with help from the Paleo movement) to really believe fully… I have moments to this day when I have to remind myself that yes, it’s OK to eat eggs and bacon every day.
Still, even after all this time, it’s not main stream thinking… and when you think about it, how could it be? There is an active and very strong lobby against changing this thinking (drug companies that manufacture statins). And even if there weren’t, changing people’s thinking around something they have been told by their doctors and brought up to believe in their families as fact, takes time.
Well, I’m really happy to see that ever so slowly, it IS changing…
A few days ago, Dr. Oz owned up to the possibility that maybe he was wrong – that the years of advice he, and almost all doctors in the medical profession, have been dishing out over the last 50 years about saturated fats and cholesterol has been flat out wrong.
Wow… talking about a mainstream breakthrough!
He does a great job of explaining it in his video below.
Take the time to watch both parts 1 & 2… learning this now and changing your habits may just add years to your life.