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Conventional Wisdom Confusion

By Marcus | In Nutrition | on March 5, 2014

For those of you on the Nutrition Challenge, the cognitive dissonance can be overwhelming when taking the advice of the Whole30 versus that of conventional wisdom. There’s advice that has been given since most of us were born that is being shown to not be 100% correct. Unfortunately, many doctors went through curriculum steeped in these same teachings. Not to fault all of our medical professionals, but many find themselves too busy to read about new studies to revise their viewpoints. It behooves each and every one of us to educate ourselves to the utmost possible to avoid being given a rubber-stamped prescription for the latest pharmaceutical.

In order to help those of you who may be newer to the gym, I’ll summarize which previous posts tackle common conventional wisdom beliefs. Here are some of the most frequent offenders:

  • Dietary cholesterol will cause high blood cholesterol and cardiovascular disease (CVD)
  • Red meat and egg yolks should be avoided or limited due to their high cholesterol and saturated fat content
  • Saturated fat is a deadly poison, to be shunned as much as possible
  • Dietary fat needs to be kept to a bare minimum, low-fat or non-fat foods are better
  • Brown rice is superior to white rice

To get up to speed, check out the following posts on our site:

Nutritional Q&A 1 — whole egg consumption

Nutritional Q&A 11 — brown rice vs white rice

Debunking Conventional Myths: Cholesterol — cholesterol, whole eggs, red meat

Mr. Cholesterol & the Low-Fat Diet Craze — cholesterol, low-fat

Don’t Be a Lipophobe — dietary fat

Now if there’s a burning question where the Whole30 guidelines fly in the face of something you’ve always been told, please post it to comments! I’ll be happy to research and give you a thorough answer in a future post.

WOD 3.5.14

Snatch 3×3

Then, 4 rounds for time:
400m Run
5 Bar Muscle-ups*
25 Sit-ups

* — subs are pullovers, ring muscle-ups or 2 rope climbs

2 Comments to "Conventional Wisdom Confusion"

  • Mike S. says:

    March 5, 2014 at 10:01 AM -

    Is it OK for an athlete be eating complex carbohydrates from paleo sources such as sweet potato, pumpkin, carrot, or squash? Does the quantity and time of consumption depend on the athlete’s goals (strength/performance/fat loss)?

  • jsutandyo says:

    March 5, 2014 at 10:38 AM -

    Whole30… honestly one of the best things I’ve ever done

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