What Can I Eat?

Wednesday September 28, 2011

A. Agility Ladder

B.  150 Situps

     100 Release Pushups

     50 Pistols

*Reps and sets are determined by each athlete.  Mixing and matching is allowed as long as all the work is complete

Okay, so how are we all going to survive without bread or "carbs" for a month?  First of all let's figure out what in the heck a carb is.  I've had a few look at me like you were going to starve during this month without the precious carbohydrate.  As a matter of fact, you will be forced to eat the most ultimate, nutritious, bad-ass carbohydrate ever created: the vegetable!

Agriculture was invented about 10,000 years ago.  Prior to that period, all we had as humans to live on was whatever nature yielded.  We were known as hunter-gatherers, but really the monicker should be stated in reverse.  Tribes would spend hours picking vegetables, nuts, seeds, and fruits from the surrounding area.  When the food was picked out or the plains lacked animals, the people would move on.  We survived as a race like this for hundreds of thousands of years.  The invention of agriculture did a few things for us.  One, it allowed civilizations to form because tribes could now be fixed in one place.  The other, was it changed our diets forever.

Reliance on grain, corn sugar, soybean oil, cereals, and breads has led to the creation thousands of processed of foods.  Sadly, and largely due to worthless food pyramids, when people hear the word carb they immediately think of the bread group.  However, this high carb recommendation by the government's food pyramid is what led to the epidemic of Type 2 diabetes in this country.  Too many carbs and no exercise= Diabetes, heart disease, inflammation, and obesity.

Back to the No Bread Challenge.  The goal here is to eat foods that existed before the advent of agriculture.  Here is what you are going to eat for the next month:

Carbohydrates

Vegetables: cucumber, tomato, cabbage, carrots, lettuce, arugula, romaine, spinach, squash, zucchini, broccoli, onions, chard, kale, celery, beets, cauliflower, peas, watercress, Brussels sprouts, asparagus, artichoke, seaweed

Fruits: banana, apple, peach, pear, strawberry, raspberry, goji berry, blueberry, cherries, apricot, orange, lemon, lime, tangerine, coconut, mango, papaya, grapefruit, kiwifruit

Grains and such: oats, brown rice, brown rice pasta, sweet potato

Fats

Nuts: almond, peanut, cashew, macadamia, pecan, walnut, pistachio

*nut butters are also acceptable

Oils: olive oil, avocado, canola, coconut, sesame oil

Fish: salmon, tuna, trout, mackerel, herring, sardines, halibut

Seeds: Sunflower, flaxseeds, sesame, pumpkin, hemp

Protein

Meat: beef, chicken, turkey, buffalo, pork

Fish: see "fats"

Eggs

Legumes/Beans: garbanzo, lima, kidney, black, pinto, green beans, black-eyed peas, edamame, lentils, navy beans, split peas

Quinoa: special blog about this magical food later

This list is merely a jumping off point.  There are lots of other examples from each category that are allowed.  Keep an eye out for new "superfoods" in the blog that possess a large amount of nutrients and taste good too.