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Chewing Gum, Bloated Stomachs and Flawed Studies.

Chewing Gum, Bloated Stomachs and Flawed Studies.

I keep reading studies that are showing up in PubMed, Medline & Springer that group artificial sweeteners with sugar and HFCS but they’re missing the boat with something important that no one seems to be catching; the participants “over all diet”. I’ll come right back to this.

When the plumber walks in to a gym to fix the boiler, he won’t necessarily experience any impact from a biochemical standpoint. When your local bodybuilder walks in for leg day, the mere sight of the equipment fires up a set of reactions, one of which in an actual rise in blood sugar, preparing the body even before he’s started his warm up squat.

When I walk in to Morton’s and smell the steaks, my mouth begins to water, ghrelin (the hunger hormone) gets released and, most importantly, my body begins to release a very slight amount of insulin. I say “slight” because I don’t consume any sugar whatsoever. When a vegetarian walks in, one that hasn’t touched meat in 20 years, and despises the thought of meat, his response would be similar to the sedentary plumber walking in to the gym; nothing (unless he knows he’s making a lot of money from the service call, which in this case, dopamine gets released).

What about gum? When I chew gum, my body does very little because it knows by now, after years of not eating sugar, that regardless of what food I digest, they’ll never be a dangerous influx of blood glucose requiring it produce massive and toxic amounts of insulin. And yes, I said toxic, as toxins, by definition, are compounds produced by mammals. But what about the person that drinks a diet soda or chews a sugar free stick of gum? How do you think their body would respond to the “trick” that’s being played on it? The mouth keeps chewing and chewing, the tongues millions of taste receptors keep receiving “sugar signals” yet there’s nothing for the insulin flooding the bloodstream to “bind to”. This is where the damage begins.

All the studies that claim diet products have the same damaging effects as those loaded with sugar are neglecting to take the participant’s lifestyle in to account. If you lead a sugar free life, the effects of sugar free products, like Splenda or Stevia, are negligible at worst. If you chew gum and experience any bloating or growling, your body doesn’t appreciate you playing David Copperfield with it. Get it?

At the end of the day, you need to either lead a no-added sugar lifestyle (say goodbye to orange juice and Pepsi), or stop making believe, thinking a diet soda will save you after you’ve banged down a pint of HäagenDazs.

This article has references omitted as it was written on an iPhone while sitting in H-Mart eating sashimi. More to follow.

Eating For Your Bloodtype

I like Dr. Peter D’Adamo (author of the sham diet books). I like that he and his dad did their own little studies with 5 people and keep referencing them over and over in their writings. I love marking up their books and finding mistakes that are evident to any middle school student. Anyway, here’s a handy reference guide that summarize my version of the diet, if you feel the need to try the diet.

BUT FIRST. JUST IN CASE. BLOOD TYPE HAS NOTHING DO WITH NUTRITION. IT DEALS WITH ANTI BODIES AND ANTIGENS THAT ATTACK AND DEAL WITH ISSUES IN YOUR BLOODSTREAM.

Type O blood: A high protein diet relying heavily on meat, poultry, fish, and vegetables. No grains (unless its a cheat day), beans and quinoa. Type O’s have cravings sometimes but rather than sugar foods, try a few sprints on the treadmill instead. Try and stay away from foods with more than three ingredients and where you wouldn’t want to eat those ingredients by themselves, raw.

Type A blood: Look for foods that have no added sugar and don’t come from a factory. Baked salmon and green beans should be your staple. Your breakfast every morning should be eggs and some green tea or coffee with half & half. Avoid foods that are advertised on TV and have raw salmon once a week.

Type B blood: You’ll respond best to a diet of grilled chicken and poached salmon with broccoli. Plenty of eggs and no foods with added sweeteners of any kind. Avoid food from Nabisco, Kraft, Monsanto or supplements recommended by Dr. Oz at all costs.

Type AB blood: AB blood does best  with medium rare steaks and sashimi with no rice, ever. Your carbohydrates should be vegetables and you  shouldn’t be worried about gluten because foods that contain gluten are junk anyway. No sugar & HFCS. Avoid foods from Post, Kellog’s (Kashi) and companies where workers wear lab coats and mesh hair nets.

IN CLOSING. JUST IN CASE. BLOOD TYPE HAS NOTHING DO WITH NUTRITION. IT DEALS WITH ANTI BODIES AND ANTIGENS THAT ATTACK AND DEAL WITH ISSUES IN YOUR BLOODSTREAM.

OK now we’re all clear. 🙂

The “Short on Time” Black Friday RX Plan.


Black Friday RX prescription if you can’t get to class.

Inside your prescription bottle are three ingredients; treadmill, heart rate monitor and 22 minutes. Can you trust me with this one?

This variation is a slightly kicked up version of what I usually do, meant to get you to Lord & Taylor as quickly as possible.

RX instructions:

Adjust your treadmill to a 2.5 degree incline. This adjusts for coefficient of drag.

Walk for 5min at 3.3mph – great warm-up pace.

After your 5min warmup, try for an 8mph pace, run for 30seconds and record your ending HR.

Allow your HR to return to between 110-115. The lower the number, the more time you’ll have to goof off so choose wisely here.

Repeat process adding a half-mile per-hour each time.

For example, start with 8mph, then after min HR recovery do 8.5mph for 30 sec, recover, do 9mph and so on.

Don’t exceed your max HR, say 170bpm. Although this may prevent you from reaching top sprint speeds of 12+mph, the point of the routine is continually looping your heart rate, not cardiac arrest. This is where heart health (the magic) is created. And, at your peak HR moments, you’ll create enough dopamine to deal with even the worst traffic on i287.

Please, just get through the first 5min warm up and 8mph run. Your brain will trigger and you’ll want to continue – trust me.

Music selection suggestion:

Warm up with Tikai from E.S. Posthumus.
Sprints to Metallica; And Justice For All, Sprints at 2:06 & Harvester Of Sorrow, Sprints at 1:35.
Cool down to Josh Groban; When You Say You Love Me – puts me in a special place.

Running Is Good, Not Bad, For Your Knees.

runContrary to previous research, a new study suggests that engaging in running on a regular basis does not raise the risk of developing osteoarthritis of the knee. In fact, it may even help protect against the condition. The team analyzed 2,683 participants – mean age of 64.5 years – 56% were female and the average BMI was 28.6.

Knee X-rays of runners and non-runners over 2 years including questionnaires of pain. Non-runners had higher incidents of knees issues and pain.  Read more here.