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The Ill Effects of Corn

By avelyne | In Nutrition | on March 1, 2013


Day 5 of the Nutrition Challenge!  How’s everyone feeling?  I know I’ve been crabby recently and yet even thru my longer work days I have the energy to power through without having that feeling of grogginess.  Recently I was having a conversation with my co-worker about the Nutrition Challenge and was explaining its’ purpose and the things I could and could not eat.  Surprisingly, he understood and was curious to know more.  He started naming certain foods and wanted to know why they weren’t allowed.  One food he brought up was corn.  It’s the great American vegetable found at family BBQs all over the nation-WRONG!  For those of you that were scared into submission at Saturday’s Nutrition Seminar know that “CORN IS A GRAIN!” (to be read in Marcus’ loud thunderous voice).

As I was doing more research to help my co-worker understand the classification of corn, I came across King Corn.  King Corn was released in 2007 and has appearances by Michael Pollan and Dr. Loren Cordain.  From KingCorn.net:

“King Corn is a feature documentary about two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation. In the film, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, best friends from college on the east coast, move to the heartland to learn where their food comes from. With the help of friendly neighbors, genetically modified seeds, and powerful herbicides, they plant and grow a bumper crop of America’s most-productive, most-subsidized grain on one acre of Iowa soil. But when they try to follow their pile of corn into the food system, what they find raises troubling questions about how we eat—and how we farm.”


I highly recommend watching this movie, if you haven’t already done so.  It’s available on NetFlix or DVD.  The movie is only an hour and a half and chock full of information on the corn industry.  If you haven’t already given up traditional beef raised in feed lots, this might make you reconsider.  It’s definitely a sad state when Iowa corn producers can’t even eat their own crops.

WOD 03.01.2013

  • Max Height Box Jump
  • Deadlift 1-1-1
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3 Comments to "The Ill Effects of Corn"

  • Amanda says:

    March 1, 2013 at 8:03 AM -

    For what it’s worth, Celina and I did a downramp/ramp up, whichever way you want to call going into full-on Whole30. Maybe you call that eating Paleo, I dunno. I just know that the transition totally helped me.

    1. I haven’t had sugar cravings.

    2. Have I wanted a beer, glass of wine? Yes. But feeling like I have a countdown to see what difference the Whole30 makes has kept me from taking the plunge.

    3. I haven’t been (as) grumpy as I thought I’d be – I guess you can ask my co-workers the answer to that one.

    4. I felt better prepared and in a better rhythm once the full on Whole30 started.

    5. Hot tea has been a great way to unwind at the end of the day.

    @ Sean, Ruth, Marcus – could we have some forum, whether the online system we did last year or something else, for us to all compare meal ideas?

    Stuff like Holley’s chicken crab cakes are awesome… especially when Celina and Kyle made them with sweet potato hash with a fried egg atop… num yummy!

    I have the Well Fed Recipe book, and there are some great ideas for meals, spice blends, and sauces in there that folks may like to hear about/read about.

    (Yes, I’m giving Celina and Kyle huge shout-outs. They really helped me prepare and learn a number of Whole30 preparations and lessons they learned. THANK YOU BOTH!!)

  • Kyle says:

    March 1, 2013 at 2:43 PM -

    @Amanda thanks for the shout out, but I’m probably not the best role model, since I would just tell you to replace your cravings with more steak and/or bacon. Craving a bowl of ice cream? Eat a bowl of steak! Craving a glass of wine? Try a nice tall glass of bacon!

    My dietary habits summed up:”I worry what you just heard was ‘give me a lot of bacon and eggs.’ What I SAID was, give me ALL the bacon and eggs you have.”-Ron Swanson

  • Ruth says:

    March 3, 2013 at 11:00 AM -

    Amanda, we won’t be hosting the forum this year, but you are all welcome to post favorite recipes everyday to comments!

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