Saturday, April 21, 2012
I think the first issue is that most kids don't do ANYTHING. Why would you want to go outside and play something like football when you can play the video version of it sitting in your room eating Doritos and drinking Mountain Dew? After all, you can be a superstar and not even need to have the slightest bit of physical ability. Not to sound like one of those old guys that say "Back in my day", but back when I was a kid you were expected to be outside playing until it was time to come in for dinner. I don't think my mom was thinking about mt physical fitness, she just wanted me out of the house and away from her. Regardless of the logic behind it, it worked. Even the kid that was our "fat" friend wasn't fat by today's standards. It is said that kids get about 30 hours a week spent either playing video games, watching TV, on the internet, or some other form of electronic media. That's almost a full time job. This is leading to an increase in Nature Deficit Disorder , which is a real thing and not something I made up. Now, all we need is to get Erwan Le Corre to develop school Phys. Ed. programs and maybe we can eliminate this.
Now lets look at what we feed kids. Our government programs stress a diet heavy in "healthy" whole grains, low-fat dairy, and plenty of other crap that serves no purpose other than to make people fat and dependent on the medical "professionals". I'm not sure, but I think most of the "professionals" are the same ones helping to form those government policies, but that is another issue. I saw a sample menu that the government recommends. For breakfast is a bowl of whole grain cereal with skim milk and a slice of toast with margarine. I don't think anyone in the Paleo/Primal community needs to be told what's wrong with that. In fact, the biggest problem would be the arguing what is worse, the grain filled cereal or the rancid PUFA filled margarine. If you don't know why those are bad, you can learn about it here and here. So even when people try to feed their kids what they think is healthy, it is just helping to make them fatter and sicker. The fact is though, a lot of parents aren't trying all that hard to make sure kids are getting the most nutritious foods. Walk around any grocery store and take a look at what is in people's carts and see what they are feeding their kids. To drink we have sodas and sugary fake juices and cool-aid. For breakfast we have pop tarts, donuts, and frozen waffles. To go on top of the frozen waffles is margarine and what they call syrup, but is nothing more than high fructose corn syrup with artificial maple flavoring. What is that maple flavoring made out of, I wonder? Continuing on with the rest of the menu we have an assortment of hot pockets, macaroni and cheese, and frozen pizza.
And lets not even get started on school lunches. It would take too long to cover it all, and I'm not a skilled enough writer to do it justice. Here we are using tax money to feed kids the worst assortment of fake foods that are based on horribly flawed nutrition guidelines. The real shame of it is that most of the kids getting school lunches on the free lunch program are the kids that aren't getting much in the way of nutrition anywhere else. This could be a way to see to it they get one or two good meals a day in at school, and maybe even show them what a nutritious meal looks like and they could take that bit of information home with them.
I personally pack my daughter's lunch, and I'm always wondering if and when we will get the letter sent home or the call from the school concerned about the nutritional value of her lunch. "It's just meat, vegetables, and fruit. Don't you think that's to much meat and fat? Where are the whole grains?" If it happens I hope they are ready for all hell to be unleashed. I will walk in the office with every scrape of documentation from every study explaining why what they think is total bull shit and politely invite them to kiss my ass.
The last part of the problem is many parents are waiting for someone else to step in and be the parent. "The schools have cut P.E. so what am I supposed to do?" What you are supposed to do is be a parent. It is your responsibility to see that your kids are getting what they need. YOU make sure they go outside and play. YOU make sure they don't spend unending hours in front of the TV or attached to a video game controller. YOU feed them healthy food. And maybe most important is YOU lead by example, and show them what it means to live a healthy lifestyle.
Thursday, April 19, 2012
I'm back! I have decided to move from the Wordpress blog back to this one. Why? Because it's free. I'm not a professional blogger. No one will be confusing this site with Free The Animal. It just isn't worth it to me to keep the domain name and pay for the web hosting. So here I am (to all 3 of you that have any interest in anything I have to say).
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Wednesday, July 20, 2011
I have decided to move to a different blog location. Please follow me at www.myprimaladventure.com. The new blog should have a cleaner look and will not have the problems that were experienced her with comments and viewing on mobile devices. Hope to see you there.
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Friday, July 8, 2011
Over the 4th of July holiday I had the chance to have a “discussion” about fitness, nutrition, and running shoes with a former marathoner. Can you guess how that conversation went? It was what I expected for the most part. There were a few surprises. I had no idea runners were so attached to their running shoes! I had just come in from running some sprints. I had worn a pair of minimalist shoes(Nike Free TR’s. Not really that minimalist, but they are what I have.) since the holiday festivities were held right outside where I was staying so I was worried about debris in the grass and the pavement was a little hot to go barefoot in the Florida heat. I mentioned how I would have preferred to run them barefoot, as I find it better. The runner then went on to inform me of the role good running shoes play. Apparently, it is important they be flexible, with proper padding in the heel, and good arch support. I was told how if I don’t have those things then I will suffer from any number of ailments from running, ranging from shin splints to stress fractures in my heals over time. I informed him that that is not the case for me, and that if those are problems people face then they are not running properly. Well, that went over like a fart in a wet bathing suit. Experienced runners don’t like to hear they are doing it wrong. But riddle me this Batman, if the arch is one of the strongest load-bearing structures(the Roman aqueducts are still standing after all), then why do we need to “support” them? You only need to have cushioning in the heel if you are slamming your heel down on the ground. In that case, then yes, you will hurt yourself without it. I used this example, let me know if I’m off base, If you were pounding on your hand with a hammer and realized “hey, this hurts”, would you A) develop a padded glove to wear that will absorb the shock and minimize the impact of the blow, or B) STOP HITTING YOURSELF! The running shoes are simply masking the problem, and further weakening your foot in the process. As a species, we’ve been developing for a very long time, and the ability to run is a big part of our development. The amount of time in our history that we have been wearing modern style shoes is a mere blink of the eye in the big picture of human evolution. Something tells me natural selection is a little better at determining what works best for us than Nike, Asics, Saucony, and New Balance combined.
I am far from being any kind of expert on barefoot running, or in running in general. I am just getting back into it, and retraining myself after a lifetime of poor technique. But there are people out there that know quit a bit, and they are worth listening to. People like Prof. Dan Lieberman, Chris McDougall, Barefoot Ted, and Barefoot Ken Bob. If you are interested you can find their books here, it is definitely worth your time.