This might be a leap, but when I read this I read that obesity causes cancer

No, this doesn’t say that obesity causes cancer or that sugary drinks cause cancer, but they do lump in cancer with diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.

I am talking about this article.

In the articles it says that 180,000 deaths worldwide can be linked to sugary drinks. As stated later in the article this a bit of a leap to place all of the blame, or even the majority of it, on sugary drinks, but it is becoming more and more obvious that being obese will kill you in more ways than one. Being overweight puts you at risk for diabetes, we all know that. Being overweight puts extra strain and stress on your heart and can cause your heart to fail prematurely, we all know that. But how many people know that obesity can also cause cancer? Not many. More and more research is showing that cancer can be prevented.

Using data from national health surveys around the world, the team tied sugar-sweetened beverages to 133,000 deaths from diabetes, 44,000 deaths from cardiovascular diseases and 6,000 deaths from cancer in 2010.

Watch what you put into your mouth. Avoid substances that aren’t food!

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McDonalds sausage and egg burrito

As I was leaving this morning I heard a commercial for McDonald’s breakfast and they made their sausage and egg burrito sound so simple. Sausage, egg, cheese and tortilla – simple! What is really in this “food”?

Right from the McDonald’s website:

Flour tortilla

Enriched Flour (Bleached Wheat Flour, Malted Barley Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Water, Shortening (Interesterified Soybean Oil and/or Hydrogenated Soybean Oil and/or Soybean Oil and/or Hydrogenated Cottonseed Oil), Contains 2% or Less of: Sugar, Leavening (May Contain One or More of: Baking Soda, Sodium Aluminum Sulfate, Corn Starch, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Calcium Sulfate, Monocalcium Phosphate), Salt, Wheat Gluten, Dough Conditioners (Sodium Metabisulfite [Contains Sulfites], Distilled Monoglycerides).

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Cheater busted

I saw this video earlier today posted on Twitter. I watched it on my phone and it was posted from an account that is solely on Twitter to hate on CrossFit, so I didn’t pay it much mind. My first thought when I saw the video was that he wasn’t quite standing up all the way on the box, but didn’t think much more than that.

Tonight CrossFit has announced that this guy’s score on 13.2 is being wiped clean, he is being no-repped for all of 13.2. No way he can make Regionals now. On top of that his box is no longer able to validate any scores for the Open. Pretty stiff penalty and I wonder how many other boxes or individuals are doing the same thing – not quite holding the movement standards as high as they should.

If we, as a community, want to be able to keep the Open known as a fair event then we MUST have standards for the movement to make sure everyone is performing the same workout as it is designed. We know that people are hedging a bit on their standards all over the world. Hell, my skeptical ass thinks that probably 40-50% of the scores aren’t valid. It’s unfortunate. Continue reading

I thought I didn’t want handstand pushups in the Open, but it is box jumps that killed me

CrossFit 808

Apparently I think too highly of myself. Shocking, right?

When I saw 13.1 I honestly thought I could get 150 reps. I honestly thought I could make it to the 165# weight and then try for a new PR.

I only got 140 reps on my second attempt at 13.1.

When I saw 13.2 I honestly thought eight rounds should be my realistic goal. Sure, the box jumps will gas me and this will be a sprint, but we just did a 17 minute AMRAP and this was only 10 minutes.

My first go at it killed me and I only got six full rounds (and 12 reps into my seventh round). I knew I could do better and still, honestly, thought I should get eight rounds. I wasn’t so over-confident that I thought I could get 10 rounds like a lot of the elite athletes were getting (or FOURTEEN rounds like the top female got), but eight seemed reasonable. The second time doing 13.2 I even did mostly step ups instead of box jumps and still fell 20 reps short of completing eight rounds. Continue reading

Truvia is a f***ing joke

Truvia: “From nature, for sweetness”. This is what their website claims.

Truvia: “The sweetest stuff on Earth”. This is what I keep hearing on the radio.

Truvia is supposedly derived solely from a Stevia plant. This plant supposedly makes caloric free sweetener perfect for a sugar substitute. As opposed to the pink and blue packets seen on restaurant tables all over the United States, and presumably world wide, Stevia and Truvia are all natural and not made with any chemicals that one cannot pronounce. The radio commercial I keep hearing I think says that Truvia does not contain anything “I can’t spell”. Well, I suppose the voice actor for the commercial made sure they could spell “erythritol”.

The radio commercial certainly leads one to believe that Truvia is basically ground up crystals of this miraculous Stevia plant. Nothing added, all natural and caloric free all while giving your tongue – AND YOUR BRAIN – that sweet stimulant you think you NEED (you don’t really want it, your mind is playing tricks on your addictive ass). I continue to hear this commercial over and over and it got me thinking – what is REALLY in Truvia? I bet it isn’t just a leaf. I have tasted a few leaves in my lifetime (don’t ask) and none of them tasted like sugar. Continue reading