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22 Oct 2014

Get Yah Fibah

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IMG_1429I realize I (and many others in the health/wellness field) talk about fiber a lot, usually in general terms. We say things like “fiber is important for weight loss/maintenance because it helps keep you full” and “fiber helps you stay regular”.Supplements like Metamucil and benefiber and food brands like Fiber One capitalize on the health effects of fiber (although as a side note I wouldnt recommend Fiber One bars be your main source of it). But  fiber can be a little more complex than that.

The Two Types of FIber

There are two types of five – soluble and insoluble.

  • Soluble fiber – this type of fiber that slows digestion and may help lower cholesterol. Soluble fiber attracts water and becomes a gel during digestion. You can find it in  oat bran, barley, nuts, seeds, beans, lentils, peas, and some fruits and vegetables, fiber supplements.
  • Insoluble fiber – this type of fiber adds bulk to stool and helps move it through the digestive system. Insoluble fiber also attracts water, and is the fiber that “keeps you regular”. People who are constipated would benefit from more insoluble fiber. You can get insoluble fiber from wheat bran, vegetables, and whole grain.

How Much Do You Need?

The recommended in take is 38 grams for men under 50 and 25 grams for women under 50. Men and women over 50 need 30 and 21 grams respectively. 

If you’re eating a healthful diet high in fruits and vegetables and mostly whole grains over white grains, you are likely getting enough fiber. For example, eating a banana (3 g), 2 cups of broccoli (5 g), 1 sweet potato (5 g), an apple (4 g), oatmeal with dried fruit (6 g), and an ounce of almonds (3 g) in a day, you’d exceed the recommendations for women.

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I’d like to invite everyone to Afternoon Tea at 4 PM on Sunday, November 2nd, when we’ll be taking on Linda, aka “Three Bars of Death.

“Linda” aka “Three bars of Death”

10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 reps of the triplet:
Deadlift: 1 1/2 body weight
Bench press: body weight
Clean: 3/4 body weight

Set up three bars & storm through for time!

 
Who’s in?
 
Peace and bacon grease,
Mickey

Think you’re so good at double-unders that you don’t need to go to the jumpNrope Double Under Seminar that’s being held at the box this Friday, October 17th from 5:30-7:30 PM? Well, here’s one of the WODs (or similar) that will be featured in our next Team Throwdown on Saturday, January 31st 2015:

Isn’t This Really a Triplet?!

AMRAP 5

Buy-In: Unbroken double-unders each partner 30 Rx/5 scaled

THEN

AMRAP

Burpee-box jumps 20″ Rx/step-ups permitted scaled

 

1. Only one athlete may work at a time

2. Both athletes must complete their double-unders UNBROKEN before moving on to burpee-box-jumps

3. Score will be number of burpee-box jumps performed

As promised, unbroken double-unders are REQUIRED, even in the scaled division, so definitely sign up for the double-under seminar! You’ve got more than three months to get and perfect double-unders! Missed the registration link for the throwdown? HERE IT IS!

Peace and Taiwanese bacon grease,

Mickey

 

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Different seasons mean different things to everyone: fall is college football, summer is beach season, and winter is marked by the Holidays (or if you’re a Floridian in Boston, by infinite cold and misery with skiing mixed in). Food used to be the same way. Have you ever noticed that Strawberries are best in the summer, that all of a sudden come September there are about 10 more varieties of apples available in the super market, and that there are tons of fun and weird looking gourds from October through February? Nowadays you can get most fruits and vegetables year round, imported from almost anywhere in the world, but once upon a time different seasons meant different fruits and vegetables, and if you wanted Strawberries in December, you had to can them. Here are a few reasons why the old way was better, why eating seasonal produce, preferably locally grown, is better for both you and the environment.

  • Nutritional value - Fruits and vegetables have the most nutritional value (i.e. vitamins and minerals) when they are ripened on the stem and then picked. However, when they come from places far away, they are picked before ripeness and ripen along the way. So while they may gain color and size, they won’t gain nutritional value. This is one reason many people argue that fruits and vegetables don’t have the same nutritional content as they did 50 or 100 years ago.
  • Cost - Seasonal produce is often cheaper for two reasons. For one, it grows more naturally in season and so requires less labor intensive care. Second, it often comes from a source closer to home. It’s easy to find USA produced strawberries and cherries in the summer for instance, but in February they all come from Mexico or Chile, which also adds the cost of transportation and gas to your grocery bill.
  • Flavor and Taste  – Fruits and vegetables taste better when they ripen on the stem versus in the back of a refrigerated truck. Buying seasonal produce means you get the most flavorful and tasty produce.
  • Sustainability - This is a big buzz-word lately. But buying local, seasonal produce cuts down on the environmental impact of shipping food several thousand miles. It will also support your local farmer, keeping him in business to continue producing delicious fruit and vegetables.

275671257_6a411b439d_oWhat’s in Season Now? Right now it’s fall, so that means apples, squash, cherries,
broccoli, endive, cauliflower, garlic, pear, parsnips, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, swiss chard, butter lettuce, grapes, and turnips. Visit the Fruits and Veggies: More Matters website for a complete list of spring, summer, fall, winter, and year round vegetables and fruits.

Find a Farmer’s Market! Nearly every city and town in America now has a farmer’s market. In Boston, there’s one at Copley Square Tuesdays and Fridays, one at South Station on Thursdays, one in Allston Village on Saturdays, SOWA on Sundays in the South End, and one right at the corner of Western and North Harvard ave on Friday afternoons. 

Or, you can do a Google search or visit the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Marketing Service Web Page for a searchable directory of farmer’s markets. Just enter your zip code and search! Markets in Boston should be open another few weeks, usually until November 1.

Photo 1 c/o Chris Jagaers Photo 2 c/o Wally Gobetz

07 Oct 2014

New Events Page!

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In lieu of my regularly-scheduled blog programming, I would like to direct your attention our our new events section. You can find it by navigating to: http://crossfitboston.com/events/

There, you will discover a whole bunch of fun, informative, and intoxicating events that will help you make your time at CrossFit Boston more productive and stumble-y.

Want to know how best to fuel for your CrossFit WODs? Go to http://crossfitboston.com/events/ and check out Coach Alex’s nutrition seminar.

Want to learn how to double-under with the pros? Go to: http://crossfitboston.com/events/ and check out the jump rope workshop.

Want to find out the dress code is for our Halloween party that is happening on Friday, October 31st? Go to http://crossfitboston.com/events/ and check out the details for our ultra-spooky shindig!

Want to know when we’re scheduled to move? Go to http://crossfitboston.com/events/ and see our anticipated move date!

Want to know when you’ll get a chance to see the ladies and gentlemen of CFB all fancied up? Yup: http://crossfitboston.com/events/

Want to know when our next THROWDOWN will be? You’ll probably find the answer at: http://crossfitboston.com/events/

Want to know how  you can hear a billion erg flywheels all spinning at once? Hmm… Maybe here? http://crossfitboston.com/events/

Want to buy an awesome cast-iron skillet at an awesome price? RIGHT HERE.

Get the point? If you’re in the market for some extracurricular actives at CFB, your first thought should be our new events page! Finally, if you have any events that you would like us to publicize, please feel free to email me (mickeyg@crossfitboston) a quick blurb about the event and an amusing photo that I can include in the event listing, and I’ll do it to the extreme.

Peace and bacon grease,

Mickey

P.S. If you participated in the throwdown and would like a panda-themed temporary tattoo, hunt me down the next time you see me in the gym.

30 Sep 2014

In-House Throwdown Results!

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In-House Throwdown Complete!

How much fun was Saturday morning? When we first discussed the idea of having an in-house team throwdown, my goals were twofold: (1) to make sure no one died and (2) to end on time. So far as I know, there were some minor scrapes and bruises suffered on Saturday morning but everyone is still living. And… we also finished up well before our projected 1 PM finish! There are a couple of cool videos posted here and here (video credits to Joseph D. and Tom T.).

In any case, I had a blast and have to make sure to thank all of our sponsors and judges once again. The morning could not have gone more smoothly, thanks to the organizational/judging efforts of Audrey H., Jo B., Angry B., Kari T., CJ J., Rebecca S., Jen B., John Z., and anyone else who I may have left out.

Our sponsors, Via Privé, Progenex, and Race-Pak were also gracious in supplying us with gift certificates, free samples, and fancy wooden boxes filled with goodies! Thanks to Ries, Dan, and Russ for contributing to our fun little event.

In terms of our athletes, I like to joke that this is the throwdown that split up marriages, as many of our members were competing against, rather than with, their wives/husbands! We may have had as many as fifteen first-time CrossFit competitors, which is mind-blowing! Everyone did a great job pushing themselves and their team mates to glory! We had one of our newest members, Daniela C., who had been a member for all of two days battling against Nigel C., who has been a member for at least two decades…

Here are the results, broken down by WOD:

WOD #1 Squat Cleans Place Points
Jess T. & Neal T. 61 1 100
Cissy Y. & Tolly T. 61 1 100
Courtney S. & Crosby B. 55 3 84
Daniela C. & Omri. 51 4 78
Shannon F. & Mike G. 50 5 72
Ali H. & Martin B. 49 6 66
Amanda L. & Joseph D. 47 7 60
Cori B. & Ron W. 44 8 54
Shadi & Megan L. 43 9 48
Fernanda N. & Tim B. 41 10 42
Sarah W. & Erik B. 41 10 42
Carolyn B. & Juan Carlos S. 40 12 36
Linh N. & Bob E. 40 12 36
Natalie K. & Nigel C. 40 12 36
Judith D. & Denis T. 39 15 18
Candy S. & Mark P. 36 16 12

 

WOD #2 Reps Place Points
Cissy Y. & Tolly T. 608 1 100
Amanda L. & Joseph D. 590 2 90
Natalie K. & Nigel C. 585 3 84
Sarah W. & Erik B. 556 4 78
Judith D. & Denis T. 534 5 72
Fernanda N. & Tim B. 531 6 66
Shannon F. & Mike G. 516 7 60
Daniela C. & Omri. 501 8 54
Shadi & Megan L. 489 9 48
Candy S. & Mark P. 467 10 42
Jess T. & Neal T. 462 11 36
Carolyn B. & Juan Carlos S. 441 12 30
Cori B. & Ron W. 430 13 24
Linh N. & Bob E. 378 14 18
Ali H. & Martin B. 370 15 12
Courtney S. & Crosby B. 346 16 6

 

WOD #3 Total Reps
Jess T., Neal T., Carolyn B., Dan (RacePak) 1380
Shannon F., Mike G., Ali H., Martin B. 1373
Daniela C., Omri L., Cori B., Ron W. 1310
Natalie K., Nigel C., Judith D., Denis T. 1252
Courtney S., Crosby B., Sarah W., Erik B. 1218
Amanda L., Joseph D., Candy S., Mark P. 1043
Fernanda N., Tim B., Shadi R., Angry B. 951
Cissy Y., Tolly T., Linh N., Bob E. 845

 

As you can see, the results were all very close, which was one of the desired outcomes! We’ll definitely do this again some time soon, and I’m eyeing January 31st, 2015 as a possible date for our festivities. Regardless of the outcomes, I hope everyone had a good time. Congratulations to everyone who competed and thanks again to every one who helped make this event happen!

By the way, RSVP for our HALLOWEEN PARTY on Friday, October 31st at 7:30 PM.

Peace and bacon grease,

Mickey

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Hey guys, our in-house throwdown is upon us! Just wanted to let you know that we have some team and heat assignment updates. Here they are:

Group A
 
1. Ali H. & Martin B.
2. Amanda L. & Joseph D.
3. Candy S. & Mark P.
4. Carolyn B. & Terence K.
5. Daniela C. & Omri.
6. Jess T. & Neal T.
7. Shadi R. & Megan L.
8. Shannon F. & Mike G.
 
Group B
 
1. Cissy Y. & Tolly T.
2. Cori B. & Ron W.
3. Courtney S. & Crosby B.
4. Fernanda N. & Tim B.
5. Judith D. & Denis T.
6. Linh N. & Bob E.
7. Natalie K. & Nigel C.
8. Sarah W. & Erik B.
Also, here is how each WOD will be scored:
1st place = 100 points
2nd place = 90 points
3rd place = 84 points
4th place = 78 points
5th place = 72 points
6th place = 66 points
7th place = 60 points
8th place = 54 points
9th place = 48
10th place = 42
11th place = 36
12th place =30
13th place = 24
14th place =18
15th place = 12
16th place = 6
Finally, I’m looking for one brave person to jump in for WOD #3 with Shadi. We had a couple of athletes fall prey to illness and injury and Megan L. was awesome enough to step in and STEP UP! Who’s in? Email me your love notes at [email protected]
 
Peace and bacon grease,
Mickey

54062182It is only the third week of September, and yet so far I have seen the Pumpkin Spice Latte return early, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin beer… you get the idea. And don’t get me wrong, I like pumpkin thinks – pumpkin pie is a classic Thanksgiving staple, pumpkin beer is one of my favorite parts of fall (although if you guys could wait until it was actually a little cool, that would be great -I do not want to drink pumpkin beer in a sundress. End rant), and pumpkin seeds toasted with a little bit of salt and cinnamon are the best fall snack. And pumpkin is pretty good for you, as it is:

  • High in key vitamins like vitamin A, C, and B complex
  • Low in calories and fat but high in fiber and antioxidants
  • Rich in minerals the body needs like copper, calcium, potassium, and phosphorous
  • Seeds are a good source of heart healthy fats
  • Seeds are also high in zinc (important for wound healing and immune system strength) and iron

Pumpkin Spice V. Pumpkin

The thing about pumpkin is, it’s not all that delicious raw. It usually needs some salt, sage, or other herb, or on the flip side some cinnamon, sugar, and/or pumpkin pie spice, which is made of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice to make all the delicious pumpkin-y things we love. Which is totally fine – I have no problem with pumpkin muffins, pumpkin pie, pumpkin soup, or roasted pumpkin because they actually CONTAIN PUMPKIN.

Pumpkins!

 

My philosophical beef is with the pumpkin posers – most importantly the Starbucks “pumpkin spice latte”. The PSL contains espresso, steamed milk, whipped cream, pumpkin pie spices atop that whipped cream, and pumpkin coffee syrup, which contains pure cane sugar, water, natural flavors, citric acid, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate (to preserve freshness), and caramel color. Of course I don’t know what these “natural flavors” are, other than that natural flavors are generally any product of or derived from spices, herbs, vegetables and other things found in nature. So, the only pumpkin thing about the PSL is the pumpkin pie spice on top of the whipped cream, and maybe some derivative of pumpkin or pumpkin pie spices hiding under that “natural flavors” moniker. The PSL is also 380 calories and 49 grams of sugar for a 16 ounce serving. Ouch. 

As for pumpkin beer, that’s somewhat in the gray area. According to Beer Advocate, some brewers hand cut pumpkin and drop it in the mash, or use pureed pumpkin, and most brewers use the pumpkin pie spices. It seems other brewers may opt for flavorings instead of real pumpkin. 

Get Your Pumpkin On The Right Way

There are lots of delicious and healthy things to make with pumpkin. I have a pumpkin soup recipe that I love making every year. There is a whole Pinterest thread dedicated to paleo/primal things one can make with pumpkin, and as a bonus, roasting the seeds after you’ve used the rest of the pumpkin makes a very tasty snack (there are too many great recipe variations to link to just one, so Google it yourself). Just remember:

  • Make it with a real pumpkin
  • Avoid adding too much sugar

What pumpkin-y things do you like to make?

Photo 2 c/o Jeremy Seitz

22 Sep 2014

ARE YOU READY TO THROW DOWN?

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At Lulu’s on Friday

The throwdown is upon us and the deadline to sign up is TOMORROW NIGHT (Tuesday night) at 11:59 PM. We already have fourteen two-person teams and can accommodate a few more. I’m particularly excited that Coach Mike has made the throwdown MANDATORY for his strength challenge students! So far, the teams are as follows:

Group A
Ali H. & Martin B.
Amanda L. & Joseph D.
Candy S. & Mark P.
Carolyn B. & Terence K.
Daniela C. & Omri.
Jess T. & Neal T.
Shadi & Megan L.
Shannon F. & Mike G.
 
Group B
Cissy Y. & Tolly T.
Cori B. & Ron W.
Courtney S. & Crosby B.
Fernanda N. & Tim B.
Judith D. & Denis T.
Linh N. & Bob E.
Natalie K. & Nigel C.
Sarah W. & Erik B.
 

The Ladies of CFB!

 
Some of you may be disappointed that you were not paired with someone you already know and love, but that’s kind of the point. There will be a special buy-in on WOD #2 for some teams who have been given special considerations vis-a-vis partnering… BWAHAHAHAHA. In any case, even if you’re not participating, you should come cheer on your fellow members. Heats will go off at the following times:
 
WOD #1:
Group A: 9:20
Group B: 9:40
 
WOD #2
Group A: 10:20
Group B: 10:40
 
WOD #3
Group A: 12:00
Group B: 12:30
 

Since we’re not allowed to dance at CFB, we went to The Draft!

 
The following folks have generously donated their time to be our esteemed JUDGES this Saturday!
Audrey H.
CJ J.
Jen B.
Jo B.

And, of course, here are the WODs!

WOD #1: Bulgar Wheat

10 Minutes to complete:
500m Row each
20 Burpee Lateral Jumps each
AMRAP Squat Cleans (135/95) or (95/65)

1. One rower per team, movements must be performed in order
2. Partner #1 may perform burpees and squat cleans while Partner #2 rows
3. However, once 1000m row is completed, only one partner may work at a time

4. Score is number of squat cleans completed

WOD #2: A More Chipper Eleven Point One
Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 12 minutes of:
60 kb swings (American, Red/Green) (Russian, Black/Blue)
45 Sit-Ups
30 Double-unders or 30 singles
15 Power snatches (75#/ 55#) (45#/33#)
 
1. Partners MAY work at the same time
2. All reps must be completed before moving on to next movement
3. All movements must be completed in listed order
4. Each partner must complete at least one-third of the reps of each movement

5. A special buy-in may be assessed on teams with two Rx athletes

  
WOD #3: Partner Cindy
 
Complete as many rounds in 20 minutes as you can of:
5 Pull-ups
10 Push-ups
15 Squats
 
1. Only one partner may work at the same time
2. Rounds of Mary are an acceptable substitution for rounds of Cindy

Finally, I am still looking for a partner in this WOD we call life. I enjoy exploring what the city has to offer love to travel. SIGN UP for the throwdown and we’ll WOD happily ever after.

Peace and bacon grease,

Mickey

P.S. Save the date for a Halloween Party at CFB on Friday, October 31st at 7:30. Details forthcoming.

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17 Sep 2014

It’s Chili Time!

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IMG_0507I’m generally a little sad this time of year, as summer and warm weather turns to crisp mornings and changing leaves. But there are enough things about fall that I love to help me get by. Chili is one of those things. I love my mom’s chili as a kid, I loved when she made a whole batch, froze it, and drove it to Gainesville on track meet weekends to put in my freezer. And now I love having a meal that, while a bit laborious, gives me lunches and dinners for days. 

A few great thing about home-made chili:

  • All those vegetables! My pot of chili has 5 bell peppers of varying colors, 4 hot picstitchpeppers, 2 onions, as well as a bunch of tomatoes in different forms (sauce, salsa). 
  • Iron – chili is generally made with red meat (we made ours with grass-fed beef, but you can also use bison, humanely raised sausage, venison, etc). Most red meat has iron, a component of hemoglobin, which is responsible for transportation of oxygen throughout the body. 
  • It makes your house smell awesome – I don’t think I need to explain this.
  • It’s super adaptable – in its normal state, chili is basically paleo. But it’s easy to adapt for vegetarians, vegans, those avoiding red meat (just add turkey), etc.

How do you make your chili?

Patrick and I made chili last night, using his recipe, which I’ve posted on my Wicked Good Nutrition Blog. Lots of vegetable chopping but totally worth it!

How do you make your chili? Post your recipes!

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