Monday 110725

Three rounds for time:

5 Push jerks, 185#/125#
15 Burpees over bar
5m – 10m – 15m Shuttle sprints 

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Jerks, each and every one.

Gluten-free is a way to be!

What's the deal with all these "gluten-free" products found in the grocery store these days?  Let's start with what gluten is.  Gluten is a protein found in different types of grain, such as wheat, rye, and barley.  Because the western diet is so grain rich, gluten sensitivities have become four times more common than fifty years ago.  Roughly two million Americans are living with a chronic digestive disorder called celiac disease.  For these people, gluten-free products are not an option – they are a requirement.

Celiac disease is a hereditary autoimmune disorder where exposure to gluten can cause varying symptoms ranging from chronic diarrhea, to chronic weight loss (not the good kind), to failure to thrive.  The immune system mistakes gluten proteins as foreign invaders and begins attacking the small intestine causing damage to the villi, which are the nutrient receptors that line the intestines.  When the villi are damaged, nutrients cannot be absorbed properly, which may lead to malnutrition and a whole host of health issues.

Wait, there's more.  Celiacs aren't the only people affected by gluten. Leaky gut syndrome is a condition that can affect each of us – in essence it's a hypersensitivity to gluten.  Leaky gut is the increased permeability of the intestine lining.  Get ready for this funky shit: this permeability allows partially digested food molecules and microorganisms into your bloodstream, which elicit an auto-immune response and neurological disorders.  So what causes this sensitivity?  Could it be the over-use of grain in our diet?

So how you reduce gluten from your diet?  Eat lean meat, vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch, and no sugar or substitutes.  Other ingredients to beware include hydrolyzed vegetable protein, maltodextrin, modified food starch, and "natural flavorings".  Consider reducing red meat consumption to frequency that affords you the ability to purchase only "grass fed, grass finished" beef.  There are tons of naturally gluten free foods such as poultry, eggs, fruits and veggies, some starches like sweet potatoes and yams, and heart healthy nuts and seeds.  Remember, just because a package of chocolate chip cookies are labeled "gluten-free" does not make them a wise choice.

More info here.



  1. Bob Main :

    I take offense to your opinion about Gluten Free chocolate chip cookies.

  2. Matt :

  3. Damon5280 :

    Just watched the “Chan’s are Ready” video. You guys crack me the frick up. Good luck this weekend at the games! Safe travels to all the Verve folks going.

  4. lynn :

    Matt, is there a TV channel covering the games? Just wanted to know to DVR it…thanks.

  5. Jeff "CueBall" :
    I think I figured out to ensure that I’m ready… growing a stacth that makes the 80s jealous!

  6. bill :

    I pee’d a little in my pants when i saw the mean mug double chan stache pose. I cant believe you shaved it off Matthew! But next year when im at the games going for supplement contracts I might look more professional too.

  7. Leslie :

    Hey- is anyone doing the Warrier Dash 8/21? This friday is the last day to sign up.

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