Conflict of Interest

Conflict of Interest??

Every once in a while I read some piece of ridiculous nonsense that I just feel the need to rant a little bit.  So here it goes.

I read an article in the NY Times about the interconnection of the food industry and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  When you think about what nutritionists and dietitians do, its all about health, proper diet and nutrition.   Now it seems that this trade group is accepting corporate sponsorships, and by corporate sponsorships, I really mean big time food corporations who have anything but nutrition and health on their mind.  In the article, it lists ConAgra, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Kellogg’s, General Mills, Aramark, Mars and the National Dairy Council as major sponsors.
To make matters worse, these “sponsors”can become an academy partner and earn themselves a spot to educate professionals on the benefits of their products. 
This is just as bad as hiring the Cheetos mascot to hand out chips at an American Heart Association Walk (link)  yea that really happened.  Whoever decided that was a good idea needs to smack themselves in the head. 

Anyway, theses sponsors educating nutritionists is insane.  Doesn’t that seem a little off?
So according to this association its ok if you have Mars telling nutritionists about the benefits of eating M&M’s. 
Or ConAgra telling you about Slim Jims and how nutritious they are.  Awesome.

Just a slight conflict of interest there.  Educating the public on proper nutrition has always been a fight.  On the one hand, you have the correct information trying to be put out there so that the public makes smarter decisions, and then you have the corporations stopping that at every turn.  It can be traced back to the 90’s when the food pyramid was first coming out.  Grains were the bulk of the pyramid and you had the dairy and meat industries fighting for their placement on the pyramid.  
Everyone has their own interests at heart, and never the health of the public.  It seems that money takes precedent over the actual education of the public.  Keep the public buying your “unhealthy crap” and you’re set.  If the public actually goes out and changes their lifestyle and does what is in the best interest of their own health, then they’re out buying whole foods, fruits and vegetables, not processed, over salted, sugary junk. 

This is a great way to influence the people that are supposed to be helping the public maintain a proper diet.  Maybe not all are swayed by nonsense like this, but there’s always those few that find a way to agree with the nonsense and rationalize it.  Then you have Slim Jims as part of a well balanced diet. 

We need to stand up and be responsible for our own health, and our own well being, because it seems the people that we were to rely on for quality information can be bought. 

Stay Healthy!! Keep Moving!!

Fridays Fitness Favorites

Can’t sleep, clowns will eat me. But seriously if you can’t sleep or have trouble staying asleep, maybe vitamin D can help you out.

Are you making these shopping mistakes. I usually go to the store hungry and that’s a terrible idea. Especially at the checkout line.

Interesting article on chocolate

Are you making these mistakes?

One last one by Charles poliquin. Post workout nutrition is important.

That’s it for this week. Have some good stuff coming next week. Mondays motivation is pretty good and watching the video got me pumped up.

Enjoy the weekend and the Super Bowl.

Motivation Monday

Today’s motivation comes from “The Pursuit of Happyness”
Don’t let anyone tell you that you cant do something. You can do anything you want to no matter what it is. Get out there and get after it.

Happy Monday!!

Friday Favorites

Enjoy the articles for this week

Nutrition is always super important

Great tips for health

Are you burnt out? Lacking that energy to do anything and always fatigued? Maybe you are overdoing it. It is ok to not workout everyday.

interesting take on portion control. Maybe a little extreme, but hey sometimes you have to go to extreme lengths,0,1967162.story

For all my office workers who sit at a desk all day long. Low back tightness sucks. Some stretches to help thanks to gold medal bodies

The Crunch Marathon

How many crunches do you think it would take to burn 1 pound of fat?

The answer may surprise you and I’ll reveal it at the end of this post.

What I really want to talk about is how crunches are literally a pain in the neck…and the back. There are some schools of thought that the spine has a finite number of times it can go into flexion. Whether or not its true, the abdominal muscles and “core” muscles are meant to stabilize the torso, not necessarily flex the spine.
Now what should you do, since I’m telling you to take crunches out of your program? There a tons of things to do that can help activate and make your “core” stronger. Planks and side planks are a great place to start. While they may be boring, they are a great way to develop stability throughout the body. Think about it, picking up something off the ground, your core muscles must contract to keep the body in one straight line. Try it.
Now if those exercises get too easy for you, try adding movement to them. The body doesn’t really work while being stationary, so adding movement translates well into real life. Planks while moving the arms or legs, reaching with the arms in multiple directions, adding rotation, crawling, pulling or pushing objects, and even using a Swiss ball can all add an additional challenge while trying to stabilize the body.

Want one of the best core exercises out there? Try a Turkish get-up. Super amounts of stabilization necessary, not only from the core muscles, but from the shoulders as well.

Ok so now for the answer to the question from the beginning of the post. It takes 22,000 crunches to burn that 1 pound. Don’t take that as a challenge, do something else.