Friday, 20 August 2010


I have spent the last week in London on business.  Training has had to adapt.  Hotel rooms are dull places and hotel gyms are as far from paleo as you can imagine - typically comprising of a small room with a long mirrored wall, piped music/wall-mounted TV, some dumbells with biscuit-sized weights on each end, a stationary bike or treadmill and that is about it.  The gym at the Copthorne Tara Hotel in Kensington was no exception.  No pull up bar is a real shocker, even for a Crap Gym.

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Thursday, 12 August 2010

In Defence of Meat (beware food that changes its nutritional stripes)

 I have just finished Michael Pollan's 'In Defence of Food'.  It is odd that a book that does so much to promote our re-engagement with 'real food' should start off with a modern vegie-centric mantra of 'Eat food.  Not too much.  Mostly plants.'  This is doubly perplexing given that Pollan doffs his cap to the research of Weston A Price who found (my emphasis),
  • '...populations that thrived on seafood diets, dairy diets, meat diets, and diets in which fruit, vegetables and whole grains predominated.  The Masai of Africa consumed virtually no plant food at all, subsisting on a diet of meat, blood and milk....The Eskimos he interviewed lived on raw fish, game meat, fish roe and blubber, seldom eating anything remotely green....Price found groups that ate diets of wild animal flesh to be generally healthier than the agriculturists who relied on cereals and other plant foods; the agriculturists tended to have somewhat higher levels of tooth decay...'

Saturday, 7 August 2010

I See Stripes

The Tiger That Isn't is a hugely entertaining looking in to the persuasive power of numbers.  Reducing complexity down to a single number is fraught with danger.  That this self same value can then be seized upon by politicians and others with power (and an agenda), which can then be used as a crude tool with which to heard the masses through a combination of pseudo science and, basically, fear, is reason enough to read this book:
  • Seeing a pattern of stripes in the leaves, we would run from what looks like a tiger.  There are illusions in numbers too, often just as intimidating.  This book reveals what the numbers really show, and exposes that tiger that isn't.

Friday, 6 August 2010

Volume Wk6 W/O3

Warm Up (5 mins)
Main (45 mins)
1a. Deadlift/RLL (one or two warm up sets, 5x95, 3x120/118, 1x140/135, 4xRLLs)
1b. Assisted HeSPU : Snatch: Press : MTBs (8x18kg, 8x18kg, 8x18kg)
2. Assisted OACs (8x49/47kg, 8x49/47kg, 6/8x49/47kg)
3a. Tucked Ice Cream Maker (8, 8, 8)
3b. Wall Planche Press Ups (8, 8, 8 dropped intensity by moving hands forwards to reach target)
3c. Kneeling Wrist Push Ups (3, 3, 3)

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Volume Wk6 W/O2*

*Technically this is Week 7, Workout 1, but for my records it is easier to incorporate my last week off and keep with the naming convention of the intended training session.

Warm Up (5 mins)
Main (30 mins)
1. Rowing (5x100m:15s rest)
2a. Pistols/Pillar Jumps (8/10x58/57, 8/10x63/57, 8/10x63/57, 4xBW Wall Jumps - high)
2b. Straight Back Lever (3x3s, 3x3s, 3x3s)
3a. Wall Walk : Back-Bridge : Hyper-extension (1x4, 1x15s, 1x15s)
3b. Tuck Planche (3x3s, 3x3s, 3x3s)

Tuesday, 3 August 2010


Keep It Simple Stupid.  Sound advice, and for me, perhaps the biggest hook in paleo.  It occurred to me several years ago, to consider what I would actually eat if I were trapped out in the wilderness for a year (answer: anything I could hunt with the addition of some seasonal vegetation).  Suddenly WHAT I should be eating came sharply in to focus.

Tamir Katz was the first author whom I came across who had actually articulated this very proposition as a guide to how we should eat - a moment etched deeply in to my psyche.  An idea so fiendishly simple and yet so profound.  Katz' book 'TBK Fitness Program' became my first piece in the paleo jigsaw.

With such simplicity we avoid prescriptive RDAs, dietary programs involving the maintaining of cumulative figures for each of the macro nutrients that we each day (and a whole host of other measures), calculations concerning protein to lean bodyweight and we avoid worst of all, traffic light systems (how many 'ambers' can you eat in a day?).  With paleo we avoid hunger and the misapplication of maths.

So I was pleased to see that someone has tried to run with this idea of simplicity....

Monday, 2 August 2010

More on Vitamin D

Another Radio 4 program investigating Vitamin D (available for only six more days).  The Food Program looks at the mounting evidence in support of supplementing with D (notwithstanding Ken's comments):
  • A growing body of evidence suggests we may need more Vitamin D. But since access to the sun is limited and people are wary of skin cancer, should we be fortifying more foods with Vitamin D or consuming supplements?Health professionals have been appalled at the return of rickets in some communities and studies have shown that infants can be at risk of heart failure if the mother is lacking in Vitamin D. Current guidelines are based on the avoidance of rickets rather than on an optimal amount of Vitamin D for health. Why is the UK apparently behind other countries in its recommendations and in supplementation and fortification of foods - and does this need to change?