Categorized as: NUTRITION

Salmon Is The First Genetically Modified Animal Approved Food

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today that it has approved a genetically modified salmon for sale in the U.S. This is the first genetically modified animal approved for sale as food. The FDA does not require it to be labelled as genetically modified.

The product, called AquAdvantage salmon, was designed to grow faster and with less feed than conventional salmon. It was developed by AquaBounty Technologies, a publicly traded biotechnology company based in Maynard, Mass. It is a subsidiaryof Intrexon, is a Maryland-based “synthetic biology” company with revenues of nearly $72 million and net loss of $81.8 million in 2014.

The key advantage of most genetically engineered food, including plant crops like corn and soybeans already in the U.S. food system, is efficiency. AquaBounty claims the new salmon requires 20-25% less feed than any other farmed Atlantic salmon on the market today.

Salmon is now the second most popular seafood in the U.S. after shrimp, but the potential market for AquAdvantage salmon is not clear. Large grocery retailers like Whole Foods and Kroger have policies against selling genetically engineered seafood, according to the activist group Friends of the Earth, which opposes genetically modified food. It’s not just genetically tinkered meat: a number of fast food chains said they have no plans to carry a new GE apple that does not brown, for example. Such consumer aversion to genetically modified organisms has led brands like Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, Cheerios cereal, and the restaurant chain Chipotle to go GMO-free. Read More…

Need to Know More About Omega-3? This Cheat Sheet is For You.

Different types of fat have different consequences to your body and total health. While fat and its many different forms have been getting more attention and conversation, today we’re focusing on Omega-3 fatty acids.

According to the American Heart Association, Omega-3 fatty acids benefit the heart of healthy people, and those at high risk of or who have cardiovascular disease.

Symptoms of omega-3 fatty acid deficiency include fatigue, poor memory, dry skin, heart problems, mood swings or depression, and poor circulation.

What Are Omega-3 Fatty Acids?

Omega-3s are a polyunsaturated fat found in food and play a crucial role in brain function. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, fats like the kind found in Omega-3 fatty acids, are “highly concentrated in the brain and appear to be important for cognitive (brain memory and performance) and behavioral function.”

Optimal levels of omega fatty acids have been shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, dementia, and many other inflammatory diseases.

Higher levels of omega-3 — especially EPA and DHA, which we’ll talk about next — are reported to correlate with reduced risk for cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, and depression. Read More…

Recipe: Loaded Paleo Nachos

  1. Nacho “Chips”
  2. -1-2 large sweet potatoes
  3. -Dash Himalayan sea salt
Spicy Chipotle Chicken
  1. -2 organic chicken breasts
  2. -1 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
  3. -1/4 tsp chili powder
  4. -1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  5. -1/4 tsp garlic powder
  6. -1/4 tsp onion powder
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Homemade Salsa
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Optional Toppings
  1. -1 jalapeño, diced
  2. -3 tbsp scallions, diced
  3. -Any other desired nacho toppings
  1. Nachos
  2. Preheat oven to 375 and line baking sheet with foil
  3. Slice sweet potatoes thin, using mandolin
  4. Spray baking sheet, lay sweet potatoes down, and bake until crispy
  5. Remove, let cool, and place on plate
  1. Cut chicken into bite size pieces
  2. Combine spices and coat chicken with the spice mix
  3. In a skillet, heat oil and add chicken and cook until fully cooked
Everything Else
  1. Place sweet potato chips, or chips of choice, on plate
  2. Top with chicken, guacamole, salsa, scallions, jalapeños, and any other desired toppings

Rethink Your Drink

When it comes to weight loss, there’s no lack of diets promising fast results. There are low-carb diets, high-carb diets, low-fat diets, grapefruit diets, cabbage soup diets, and blood type diets, to name a few. But no matter what diet you may try, to lose weight, you must take in fewer calories than your body uses. Most people try to reduce their calorie intake by focusing on food, but another way to cut calories may be to think about what you drink.

Calories in drinks are not hidden (they’re listed right on the Nutrition Facts label), but many people don’t realize just how many calories beverages can contribute to their daily intake. As you can see in the example below, calories from drinks can really add up. But there is good news: you have plenty of options for reducing the number of calories in what you drink.

Getting to Know Your Kitchen

Since Paleo is all about home cooked food, it’s only natural to learn how to become comfortable in the kitchen. Most people who dread cooking really only have a problem with it because they feel clueless or overwhelmed. If cooking skills could be acquired automatically, Matrix­-style, everybody would love to cook.

So today we wanted to give you a few quick hacks that should make it much easier for you in the kitchen. 

Using the wrong knife for the job is bound to bring frustration. Never use a steak knife to prepare food; they only come in handy when eating the food, not preparing it. Use a chef’s knife for most jobs (chopping, mincing, slicing, …) Don’t try to cut meat or vegetables with a paring knife (the short and stubby one), instead use a paring knife for precision work (peeling, deveining, removing seeds, …)

No need to break the bank either to own good knifes. Most inexpensive brands will do just fine. The shape of the knife itself is more important than the quality of its build or its stainless steel. Avoid using your knifes on hard surfaces like glass, as this damages the knifes much more rapidly.

Meat Doneness: 
Make life easier on yourself and avoid making mistakes by using a meat thermometer every time you cook a protein. Chefs know when it’s ready by instinct and by touch, but right now you’re not trying to be the next Gordon Ramsay, so avoid frustration and get a basic meat thermometer. Perfect roasts every time!

Taste, Taste, Taste: 
Taste everything (except raw meat) as you go and you’ll slowly learn to differentiate when something is too salty or when something is too bland. If you’ve added too much of something, you can often save the dish by adding more liquid to dilute the flavors.

These are just a few easy tricks, but they will get your head in the right space to understand that mastering your kitchen is not that difficult. You’ll be on your way to becoming great just by using these few tricks.

 Tuesday, May 26th, 2015:

A) 12 Minute EMOM
  • 2 Heavy Clean w/ 2 Second Pause in Bottom Position
    Score weight. RX = Bodyweight
  • Deadlift (BW) 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6
  • 30 Double Unders Between Each Set

coming Wednesday…

A) 10 Minutes Farmers Carry (70/45)
B) 10 Minutes Overhead Walks (165/115)
C) 10 Minutes to Find a 1RM Press

Food Allergy Vs Food Sensitivity Vs Food Intolerance

I’ve had many patients and friends ask me the simple question,“What’s the difference between a food allergy and a food sensitivity”?  With a short glance many just assume they are the same thing. But there is actually a difference, a big one.

When the term food allergy is said the images of a person’s throat closing after eating a peanut, or a rash some children get after eating strawberries come to mind.  A food allergy can be caused by even the smallest amount of eating, or exposure to a food. Sensitivities often have less noticeable symptoms, but are just as destructive.

What’s a Food Allergy:

When one consumes a food they are allergic to they have a type of autoimmune response, which can include eczema, rashes, anaphylaxis,etc. The response is typically due to antibodies in ones blood (IgE).  This type of reaction typically occurs very soon after eating the food and is easily noticeable. A food allergy is not typically life threatening but can be in certain cases, so it needs to be approached with extreme care.  A true food allergy can be hard to get rid of, but there are often ways to decrease the affects one has when exposed.

What’s a Food Sensitivity:

Food sensitivities are much harder for most people to realize since the symptoms can be less specific and don’t always occur immediately after food consumption, but can up to 24+ hours later. Many people don’t know they have food sensitivities but frequently suffer from headaches, migraines, irritable bowel syndrome,depression, fatigue, brain fog, muscle aches, etc. which are often caused by food sensitivities.

Dr. Gangemi at the Sock Doc said it well in one of his weekly health tips:

“Ever wake up with a stiff neck (a crick in your neck)? Most likely it’s because of what you ate or drank for dinner the nightbefore rather than how or where you slept.”

Many people have not learned to piece together why they get these aches and pains, headaches, bowel disturbance, etc.  Identifying these sensitivities can be difficult for many because the symptom does not often occur immediately afterwards. Another confounding variable is the same food one is sensitive to may not always cause the same symptom, or even any symptom at all! Confused? For example, if one has a food sensitivity towards oranges the consumption is going to cause inflammation and an immune response, but it may or may not cause an outward symptom. If your body is in a healthier state (less overall stress [physical, emotional, & biochemical]) then you can handle the orange better, but if you have another form of stress the same day then the orange will push your body past its’ total load, leading to outward/physical symptoms. Other times a food someone is sensitive towards will only cause a reaction if one eats it frequently,while if they have it sparsely it may not cause the same symptoms.

Food sensitivities don’t often cause life threatening health conditions, which food allergies occasionally do, but they do make living life much less enjoyable.

What’s a Food Intolerance:

A food intolerance doesn’t necessarily cause the same histamine reaction that a food allergy or sensitivity causes, but it is because ones body doesn’t contain the correct enzymes to properly breakdown a food. This is commonly seen in people with Celiac disease or those who are lactose intolerant. If one is lactose intolerant they don’t produce the enzyme lactase, or they don’t produce enough of it, meaning they can’t properly break down the lactose (a milk sugar) and it will continue to travel through the digestive tract intact, causing abdominal bloating, spasm, gas, etc. Read More…

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Thursday May 14, 2015:

30 Minute Cap:

  • Push Press 1 RM
  • Thruster 1 RM
  • Squat Clean 1 RM

Find a 1 RM Push Press when you fail that use that weight to build up to a 1 RM Thruster when you fail use that weight for Squat Clean 1 RM


coming Friday…


20 Minute AMRAP:

  • 400m Run
  • Max Pullups

Score: Post number of pullups completed Rx’d or Scaled