Tuesday, October 10, 2017

So close to getting it right...

Image stolen from linked article.
It looks like congress commissioned a report on the methods used to create the national nutrition guidelines.  The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine was tasked with evaluating the science behind the USDA recommendations.

The Hill just published this : Mandate is clear: Flawed dietary guidelines process must be reformed. Where they say things like this

In order to “develop a trustworthy DGA [guidelines], the process needs to be redesigned.”

and this

several of the evidence reviews had not been conducted systematically, allowing for cherry picking or outside industry influence, and that some 33 percent of the scientific questions requiring systematic reviews did not receive a review.

and this

the guidelines’ recommendation to eat “healthy whole grains” turns out not to be supported by any strong science

I've been saying this all along, and I'm happy that someone official is saying it. But the cynic in me knows that this is only happening because it's cool to be against our administration right now. Don't get me wrong, I'm always against the current administration (whoever it is), but I'm thinking that the insanity in the White House may be a good thing because people are realizing that no good can come from the government.

Of course, the article concludes with this

With the process for the 2020 guidelines soon to be underway, now is the time for the Congress to take action to reform the Dietary Guidelines development process so that proposed guidelines work as intended – as a tool to restore and protect our nation’s health.

That's the wrong conclusion. We have had a renaissance in the wisdom of crowds - thousands of small gyms like ours have been experimenting with nutrition and have gotten the word out that maybe we should just not be listening to the government. The right answer is to remove all guidelines from the USDA. That way we can run thousands of small experiments. When we hit on something good, it will be replicated and amplified (gluten free, paleo, no sugar, etc) and when something doesn't work, it will only have consequences on a small scale, and people will then try something else. Putting the government in charge of your nutrition will amplify the errors. In fact, I would argue that the only reason the USDA guidelines are being investigated is that the grassroots efforts on re-educating have gotten so good and so loud that the USDA can no longer ignore the fact that their advice isn't working, and others' advice is.  It only took 37 years.


row 500 / run 400
crawling lunge
10 KB swings or snatches
double KB overhead lunge
10 TGUs or windmills
10 goblet squats
5 pull-ups or push-ups or dips


power snatch 3-2-4x2


5 push-ups between strength sets

Group Workout

6 rounds, switch arms each rep:
3L, 3R kettlebell overhead squat at a challenging weight
focus on smooth transitions and keeping core engaged during squat


4 rounds:
2L, 2R Turkish Get Ups at a challenging weight


30 sec armbar stretch on each side


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