Captain Obvious

“What is right is often forgotten by what is convenient.”- Bodie Thoene

Captain Obvious

Paleo is growing. It’s everywhere! And plenty of places it shouldn’t be. Whatever term you use, it’s exciting that it’s gaining some traction. Despite all the media hype and headlines, following a “Paleo” lifestyle certainly isn’t anything new. Here’s a good article that talks about the man who made it a household name to so many people (myself included), “The Truth About Robb Wolf.

This week, an article illuminating Brasil’s Dietary Guidelines has made the rounds on the interwebs. With a cover image like that, who isn’t gonna read on? Within the article there is a link to the English version of Brasil’s Guidelines. Take a look. And then compare it to the version provided by the USDA. (Click on the “Policy Document” link).

Let me established that I’ve only skimmed both documents (and to be clear, and out my personal bias, I wouldn’t waste my time reading the shit the USDA puts out line by line). From a design standpoint alone I think the comparison between the two is fascinating. The contents page of each speaks volumes about their respective entirities. Brasil’s feature a clear concise contents page, simply listing each of the 5 chapters, requiring  a modest 1/2 page. The Brazilian guidelines go on to feature beautifully highlighted summaries of key points, like “Four Recommendations and One Golden Rule” and “Ten Steps to Healthy Diets”, all presented in a language reinforcing the general principles of health it’s trying to demonstrate.

The US version begins with a rambling four-page “Contents” outline with titles, sections, and subsections.The document wanders off immediately, beginning with a section on exercise. Isn’t this supposed to be about food? Get to the point, Uncle Sam. In contrast to the Brazilians, the USDA version goes on with a focus on specific food metrics, dialing in on target numbers and nutrients. And the visual presentation of this information follows suit, in a cluttered and finicky aesthetic. Know your audience, USDA; you’re competing for the attention of the average American. Reading food guidelines is no “Fifty Shades of Grey” so you better figure out a way to capture my attention.

Here’s hoping there will be a radical redesign of the USDA’s guidelines in the 2015 version. But considering the larger politics at play, that seems doubtful.

03 February | Tuesday

Mobility | 15:00

Workout | Part “A”
14:00 @ a consistent pace: (4 rds)
Row x200m
Run x200m
AD x20 cals

Rest 4:00

Part “B” | 16:00 EMOM:
Evens: DU’s x30 seconds
Odds: Bee-inch press x5 (75#)

GTS Challenge Day 1 & 2 | PPT work

Stretch | 20:00

I didn’t warm-up beyond some mobility works and that was not such a good idea. I figured I’d just get warmed up during “Part A”. And I did. But, ooh, that first round was painful – ooh all those lunges on Monday. The run felt really slow and I can tell I am not where I was at pre-hip issues aerobically, but of course not. It was all a good hurt. Though I admit that wonder how I am going to run 8 trail miles when 200m feels like a stretch.

Gymnastic Bodies is now focusing on correcting the PPT so many of us suffer from in our handstands (and in life!). I did the Day 2 exercises at home. I didn’t want to freak out all the noobs. Or anyone else. 



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