Raw Adventure

Today’s Workout
3 rounds, for time
500m row
7 Strict DB Press (45/30)
12 Strict Toes-to-BarThis whole nutrition thing is a never-ending adventure. Recently my boyfriend and I have been doing a lot of learning about “advanced glycation end-products” or AGEs. We first heard about it in a Robb Wolf podcast and then in Loren Cordain’s new book, The Paleo Answer. AGEs play a role in inflammation and in the acceleration of the aging process and age-related diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, heart disease, and stroke. They can easily accumulate in your body while your ability to cleanse your body of them is limited and slow.

AGEs are in our foods (exogenous) and can also be produced in our bodies (endogenous). Endogenous AGEs come about mainly due to excessive levels of sugars, like fructose in particular, in our bodies. But even those of us good about sugar intake make be taking in large amounts of AGEs exogenously. Cooked meats have particularly high levels. In fact, cooking food in general increases the level of AGEs.

Which leads me to my latest food adventure – going mostly raw, and what we do cook will be at lower temperatures, poaching, steaming, etc. No more baking, roasting, or grilling. Already, just a few days in I find myself eating a lot more vegetables and getting more creative about my meals. I forgot how fun it is to make a big crunchy salad and homemade dressing! If nothing else comes of this experiment, I’ll have reminded myself of all the foods I love and forgot about due to falling into patterns and ruts in my daily life.

On the flip side, I could be extending my life and ridding my body of a bunch of literal waste accumulating inside it. Unlike some other nutrition plans, I might not know the effects of this one for years, or perhap even ever. But I am already feeling the effects of eating more raw – my body looks and feels better even in the last few days. So, I’m going to stick this one out for a while. I am making it my project to make eating this way tasty and satisfying and we will be sharing our experience and results as time goes on.


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