On Monday we reviewed what counts as a “whole food”.

You may be wondering what the big deal is. After all, shouldn’t taking a multivitamin cover your bases?

Well, it’s not that simple.

Nutrient density

Learning to eat well isn’t just about taking away “bad stuff”.

It’s really about adding more good stuff.

Stuff that gives you more bang for the buck.

Your food should actively enhance your health.

Your food should make your body run better. And every bite you eat should earn its rent. No freeloaders.

Whole foods are “better” because:

  • Whole foods contain nature’s medicine cabinet — a host of chemicals and compounds that promote health.
  • Whole foods usually contain these chemicals and compounds in a form that we absorb and digest — not a formula cooked up in a lab, which may be chemically similar but not as well used by our bodies.
  • Whole foods contain these chemicals and compounds in the proportions that are appropriate — we aren’t overdosing on one vitamin or mineral from a pill.
  • Whole food nutrients work together — not in isolation. You often need substance A to absorb or digest substance B. And often, A and B are in the same food. It’s like the food evolved to be that way or something.
  • Whole foods are closest to their original form — so you can expect to get the maximum nutrition possible, especially if those foods are fresh, seasonal, and local. (Right now there is lots of great fruit coming from the Okanogan, get your hands on some!)
  • Whole foods match our hunger and fullness cues better: We’re able to stop when we’ve had enough.
  • Once your taste buds adapt, whole foods generally taste better — compare a fresh, in-season, just-picked strawberry to a “strawberry” milkshake. The flavors are more complex and nuanced. And if you slow down and eat mindfully, whole fresh food tastes good, while highly processed, chemical-laden food… doesn’t

end rant.

Strength:

Every 90 seconds for 12 Minutes (8 working sets):

2 Snatch

Start at 60% and add weight as appropriate. Finish heavier than last week.

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Conditioning:

3 Rounds for Time:

400m Row
30 Squats
20 Toes-to-Bars