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All joking aside, though, I think this is a great move. Last week the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) published the final rules about the new menu and vending machine labeling requirements. This requirement was originally mandated as part of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) back in 2010, but is just being implemented fully now (although some establishments have already voluntarily done so, and some local governments had already made this requirement legislatively). 

According to the FDA, the rule states 

“Calorie and other nutrition labeling will be required for standard menu items offered for sale in a restaurant or similar retail food establishment that is part of a chain with 20 or more locations, doing business under the same name, and offering for sale substantially the same menu items.”

You should start to see labels on your restaurant menu sometime this year, and restaurants have to be in compliance by December 1, 2015. 

What Does This Mean?

Basically, every time you pop into Starbucks, Panera, or Dunkin Donuts for a coffee or baked good, the calorie count will be on the menu. You’ll also see it at places like Chilis and Applebees, McDonalds, Chipotle, etc. You’ll also notice them on vending machines (the information has to be posted so you can read it BEFORE you make your buy), on Whole Foods Hot Bar or other grocery carry out foods, and on move theater snacks (yes including the infamous buttered popcorn). Conceivably you could see it on Tavern In The Square or J.P. Licks’ menu if they opened more than 20 restaurants (right now Tavern is at 8 and J.P. Licks is at 13). 

The Good, The Bad, and The Guilty

Part of me likes this rule, probably the “RD-MPH who knows just how hard it is for people to manage their weight and calorie intake in America’s toxic food environment” part. The other part – the “athlete who does CrossFit and goes running so I can afford to crush a cheeseburger every now and then” side doesn’t necessarily want to know. So, here’s how I think this label is great, and not so great:

It’s great because…

  • You can only estimate so much, and most people underestimate their calorie intake. This provides a helpful tool, and makes decision making that much easier for people who are trying to manage their calorie intake.
  • It requires food companies to be transparent about what’s really in their food (not ingredients wise, but macronutrient wise, which is a start), and might might might just encourage them to produce something a little more healthful if the customer demands it. 
  • Speaking of the customer – this truly gives the customer the power to speak by choosing the healthier options and NOT choosing the less healthy ones. Taco bell isn’t going to offer the Chalupa anymore (I haven’t been there in ages so maybe they don’t even) if everyone is choosing the lower-in-calories tacos instead. 
  • It will inform the public of the real cost of eating out. Maybe seeing 800 calorie sandwiches everywhere will encourage more people to just spend $10 on a loaf of whole wheat bread and some deli meat instead (which will definitely be healthier and include fewer processed/refined ingredients than the eating out option). 

It sucks because…

  • It takes the fun out of a night out. Sometimes, a treat feels better when you don’t know it’s costing you 2000 calories. Then again, it might temper my “cheat meal” a little, which benefits me too, right?
  • The consumer thing could backfire – everyone knows McD’s salads are higher in calories than their burgers (and Arby’s turkey on whole wheat is higher in calories than their roast beef and cheese whiz on white bun). So, if people use calorie info alone to pick the Big Mac over a salad, maybe McDonalds assumes people don’t want salad after all. But really, I’m no economist so I don’t know how this plays out. 
  • It could cause trouble for people struggling with an eating disorder. Which is not a huge portion of the population, but with obesity rising in prevalence and the media’s standard of beauty getting smaller in size, eating disorders are on the rise in both men and women. 
  • It’s pricy for restaurants to implement. Then again, it’s only required on those with over 20 locations. If you’ve got over 20 locations, you’re not a mom and pop and can probably afford a few new menus.

Ultimately, I think this is great. No matter where you are on the political spectrum, we should all agree as Americans that freedom of choice is a top priority. And I think this rule helps more and more Americans make better choices.

What do you guys think?

For more info, see a Q and A on the new rules.

Photo c/o Craige Moore  

09 Dec 2014

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1. Accumulate 100 Hollow Rocks – every time you stop perform 10 unbroken double unders
2. “DT”
5 rounds for time
12 Deadlift, 155/105
9 Hang Power Clean
6 STO

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What a weekend! First of all, a huge THANK YOU to everyone who made it out to Tasty Burger, Daedalus, and the Hong Kong on a fairly gross Saturday night. It was really great to see all of you in your street clothes and even greater having a little extracurricular fun with you. An even BIGGER thanks goes out to to Neal, without whom the night would have been impossible. It’s truly been an honor to work with such a great team and membership at CFB. Rather than talk at length about our upcoming move (there’s some blah blah blah paperwork that has been completed and some other blah blah blah paperwork that is hasn’t been completed), and talk about our next Team Throwdown (save the date: Saturday, January 31st!), I’d like to share with you a little piece I would like to call:

CFB Holiday Party by the numbers:

Number of burgers consumed at Tasty Burger pre-party: 6

Number of attendees: 50-ish at Daedalus

Number of backless dresses: 2

Number of first-time stiletto wearers: 1+?

Number of bottles of bubbly consumed: 16

Number of Old Fashions fashioned: 30+

Number of cherries in Coach Mike’s drinks: 9

Number of dessert plates devoured: 16

Number of toasts given: 0

Number of times Jobert filled my bubbly glass: probably 9

Number of people who made the trek to the Hong Kong: 20-ish

Number of pupu platters demolished: 2 (plus 1/2, if you include the leftovers that Natalie scored from some new friends)

Number of scorpion bowls sucked down: 6, though I’m a little fuzzy on this one…

Number of minutes we waited until the third floor opened: about 40

Number of coats we fit on one hook on the coat rack on the second floor: 12

Number of randos that wanted to join our crew: at least one

Number of times we dropped it to the floor: 21

Number of times we turned down for what: 15

Number of times we put our hands up for Detroit: 9

Number of panda dogs in attendance: 1

Number of members I went home with: 1

Number of members who showed up on Sunday morning: 15

Number of members who showed up to Afternoon Tea on Sunday afternoon: 5

Number of ciders consumed post-Afternoon Tea: 2

Number of beautiful CFB ladies in the house: too many to count

Number of people who I should credit for photos used in this post: At least two (Judith and Shannon), but I think one more — sorry for forgetting!

 

 

That is all. Thugs and kisses. Peace and bacon grease!

Mickey

08 Dec 2014

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1a. Shoulder press with a 22×2 tempo @ 70%, women 5×8/men 5×5
1b. Heavy DB row (no torque) – 4×6-8 reps
2. Run 4 x 400m
rest 3:00 between rounds

07 Dec 2014

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1a. Strict Pull-ups – 3×4.4.4
1b. Back Extensions – 3×10, rest 1:00
2. 10-8-6-4-2
Snatch, 115/75
Ring Dips

06 Dec 2014

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1a. Front Squat with a 21X2 tempo @ 70%, women 3×8/men 3×5
1b. Rope climb – 2 ascents and descents, rest 2:00
2. Partner 5k row
Alternate every 50 calories

05 Dec 2014

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1a. Push Press – 3×5
1b. Pistols – 4 x 6
2. 3 rounds for time
8 STO, 115/75
16 KTE
24 A. Sqts

05 Dec 2014

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The first week of training is in the books. CrosbyStills&Nash cracked the top 5 leaderboard on “Annie” with a blazing time of 6:01. Great work brother!

Photo Caption Contest! What is Crosby thinking? Best caption wins $15 Starbucks gift card. Post caption to comments.

Photo Caption Contest! What is Crosby thinking? Best caption wins a $15 Starbucks gift card. Post caption to comments.

S.M.A.R.T Goals

Now is the time to begin thinking about what you would like to get from your training with the New Year quickly coming upon us. When you are setting a goal remember to make it S.M.A.R.T.

S-pecific – What do you want to accomplish? Why? Don’t overlook the importance of WHY. For example, “I want to lose 10 pounds so my pants fit better and I can be more active with my children” is a specific with a very powerful WHY.

M-easurable – It must be quantifiable otherwise there is no way to know when you it is completed. “I want to get in shape” is not measurable. What does that mean?

A-chievable – Your goal must be attainable. It can and should be a challenge but it cannot be extreme. For example, if I were to say that I want to be 200 pounds that would not be attainable unless I am willing to remove one of my appendages.

R-ealistic – If I were to say that I want to run a marathon in 2 hours and 5 minutes, you would look at me and say, “Awesome Neal, you f*@#ing NUT”. However, If I say I want to run a marathon in 4 hours, now I am being realistic and a training plan can be laid out to complete it. The last two parts, achievable and realistic, allow you to start answering the question HOW to get it done.

T-ime bound – The last part is you need to put a time frame as to when you would like to reach your goal. Lets go back to my first example, “I want to lose 10 pounds so I can be more active with my kids”. By when? Next year? Tomorrow? If this step is skipped it is too easy for it to get lost in the day-to-day demands that arise.

If I rephrase my goal as, “I want to lose 10 pounds in 35 days so that I can be more active with my kids and lead a more fulfilling family life” then it meets all the requirements of a S.M.A.R.T. goal. It has a “WHY” and I can come up with a plan on “HOW” to get it done.

Once you have decided WHAT you want to achieve this year, reach out to your Coach and we can help you put together the plan. Failing to Plan, is Planning to Fail!

WHAT’S ON TAP!

  • Saturday 12/6
    1a. Push Press – 3×5
    1b. Pistols – 4 x 6

    2. 3 rounds for time
    8 STO, 115/75
    16 KTE
    24 A. Sqts

  • Sunday 12/7
    1a. Front Squat with a 21X2 tempo @ 70%, women 3×8/men 3×5
    1b. Rope climb – 2 ascents and descents, rest 2:00

    2. Partner 5k row
    Alternate every 50 calories

  • Monday 12/8
    1a. Strict Pull-ups – 3×4.4.4
    1b. Back Extensions – 3×10, rest 1:00

    2. 10-8-6-4-2
    Snatch, 115/75
    Ring Dips

  • Tuesday 12/9
    1a. Shoulder press with a 22×2 tempo @ 70%, women 5×8/men 5×5
    1b. Heavy DB row (no torque) – 4×6-8 reps, rest 2-3 minutes

    2. Run 4 x 400m
    rest 3:00 between rounds

  • Wednesday 12/10
    1. Accumulate 100 Hollow Rocks – every time you stop, perform 10 unbroken double unders

    2. “DT”
    5 rounds for time
    12 Deadlift, 155/105
    9 Hang Power Clean
    6 STO

  • Thursday 12/11
    1. Clean 7×2

    2. AMRAP 3
    6 Box Jump, 24/20
    6 cal row

    rest 9 minutes

    AMRAP 3
    6 Box Jump, 24/20
    6 cal row

    rest 9 minutes

    AMRAP 3
    6 Box Jump, 24/20
    6 cal row

  • Friday 12/12
    1. Overhead Squat – Max reps @ bodyweight
    scales – 3/4 bodyweight, 1/2 bodyweight

    2. AMRAP 20
    2 Thruster, 95/65
    2 Pull-ups
    4 Thruster
    4 Pull-ups
    6 Thruster
    6 Pull-ups
    …+2

  • Saturday 12/13
    1a. Ring Push-ups – 3×3.3.3, 21X2 tempo
    1b. Strict KTE – 3×6-10 reps

    2. For Time
    Run 700m
    20 Lunges with DB (FR), 35/20
    20 DB Split Clean
    Run 1200m
    20 Push Press, 35/20
    20 Lunges with DB (FR)
    Run 700m

04 Dec 2014

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1a. Deadlift with a 21X2 tempo @ 70%, 5×8 women/men 5×5
1b. Ring Rows – 4×8 with a 21X2 tempo, rest 2:00
2. AMRAP 10
15 Swings, 24kg/16kg
15 Burpee

03 Dec 2014

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1a. Pull-ups – 5xmax reps
1b. Thruster – 5xmax unbroken reps, 95/65
2. EMOM 12
4 Power Clean
rds 1-4 @ 60%
rds 5-8 @ 65%
rds 9-12 @ 70%


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