The Roundup: Better nutrition, exercise for partners & the alkaline myth
Man, it’s been a while since I posted one of these.
My current work life is keeping me away from working on the site. I’m now living in Oakland while working in Marin and San Francisco. Three days a week, I’m spending 4+ hours a day COMMUTING. So not awesome. But I’m on my way to changing that.
I’ve started seeing GYROTONIC® clients at a training center in Oakland, The Working Body. And next week they are moving into a new space 3 times larger than their current space. I’ll be practically living there as I build my client base.
So if you know someone in Oakland or Berkeley who wants or needs some GYROTONIC® training, get them in touch with me!
For years, I’ve chosen to not use any supplements. That might be changing.
A long time ago, when I first started personal training at a major chain gym, selling supplements was part of how we made our money. And in that, they trained us about the benefits of taking supplements and the problems with not taking them. Part of the script was that fruits and vegetables today don’t have the nutrition they used to. I bought into this for a while but as my diet got cleaner, more organic and more slow food, I decided that if I eat a healthy variety of whole and organic foods, I should be able to get all my nutritional needs met.
Recently I began training an Ayurvedic nutritionist who mentioned that top soil degradation has decreased the nutritional content of our foods. Since this was the same thing I used to say to people when I tried to sell them supplements, I decided to look into it again. This article from Scientific American spells it out quite clearly, A 2004 study of 43 different fruits and vegetables showed that they had “reliable declines” in many essential nutrients over the last 50 years.
So… I will be looking into high quality, food based supplements again. Got any recommendations?
Looking for a fun activity for your and your partner? Why not try rock climbing?
I do. It’s one of my favorite recreational activity along with slacklining. I was introduced to rock climbing back in 2008 by my then girlfriend and now life partner. It’s a great, fun activity for couples. While you might be in a crowded climbing gym, lots of people milling around, lots of noise, music and sounds from the weight room or the group exercise classes, you and your partner are locked in. You have to be. One is up on a wall doing their best not to fall and the other is belaying, making sure the partner on the wall will be safe if they can’t finish the route.
You’re both getting great exercise, you’ll help each other figure out challenging sections of the climb and you’ll be encouraging each other to make it up each climb and to be willing to advance to new climbs. It really can be a great bonding exercise, one that will also improve each of your strength, mental focus, problem solving skills and endurance.
Sacha and I go together once a week and I always look forward to it.
Don’t buy the alkaline fib
I won’t call it s a “lie”. Information thrown around about an alkaline diet or alkaline water isn’t maliciously disseminated. You’re not being “lied to”, it’s just scientifically incorrect information.
From many of my trainer friends, I’ve been hearing alot about an “alkaline diet” and it’s supposed benefits for health. And many of my friends have water ionizers which can produce alkaline water. In fact, we have one at home but I recently changed the setting to strictly use it as a water filter and skip the electrolysis function. I finally decided to dig into the claims of alkaline water or diet and what I found really reinforced how much I love real science.
In this two part article from from Chris Kresser, he walks through the claims made by proponents of the alkaline diet and points out the flaw basis for the claims offing multiple scientifically based references. One thing that always annoys me about blog posts is that people can say whatever they want and make it sound scientific, but they offer no references to any actual clinical studies. On my own page debunking the idea that tofu is bad for you, I cite the relevant scientific studies. If any writer expects me to put credence into what they’re writing, SHOW ME THE SCIENCE. And Chris Kresser does.
So before you spend a few thousand dollars on an ionizing water filter, read up. You’ll probably be better off with a simple multi-stage water filter.