Since today is my day off from CP I have actually found some time to catch up some reading, and I have come across some really top-notch stuff that really piqued my interest. These articles are pretty straight forward, nothing overly complex and is stuff that you can put to use immediately, which is always nice. Enjoy!
1. Butyric Acid: An Ancient Controller of Metabolism, Inflammation and Stress Resistance by Stephan Guyenet. Like I have noted many many times before, I think Stephan posts some of the best and most interesting info on the web. This blog is no exception. Though the title may sound a little weird, like what the hell is butyric acid? Butyric acid is a fatty acid found in butter (especially pastured butter), hence the name. It is also made by the bacteria in your large intestine. They feed on fiber and make this awesome substance. Read it to find out more.
2. 5-HTP and Fat Loss: Is Turkey the Next Big Supplement by Helen Kollias on Precision Nutrition. 5-HTP is a metabolite of tryptophan, that little amino acid found in turkey (and in larger amounts in many other foods) that aids in sleep. Helen covers a study that shows supplementation of 5-HTP can actually aid in weight loss. For those of you who have trouble sleeping, Biotest makes a product called Z-12 in which the main component is 5-HTP. It is expensive, but it absolutely aids in sleep, and apparently is a minor fat loss aid. Good to know.
3. The Truth About Kids and Resistance Training by Eric Cressey. Eric covers a lot of ground and really shows how a properly created and supervised training program will help improve child development, and will not stunt growth. He also points out that resistance does not have to equal weights, body weight exercises are a great way to start. Most of all he stresses fun!
4. Only One Body by Mike Boyle. This blog post is absolutely fantastic. If this blog doesn’t make you want to exercise and take care of yourself, then I don’t know what will. The big points are that no matter what, you will spend time and money on your health. Do you choose to spend that time and money on eating right and exercising, or on doctor’s visits, cardiologists and plastic surgeons. The choice is yours.
To wrap up the week I am going to leave you with another awesome recipe that my wife concocted just the other day.
I have been on a sweet potato kick lately, and Anna really loves sweet potato fries, so we decided to make our own. We simply peeled, washed and chopped two sweet potatoes. We then tossed them in a large freezer bag and mixed them with approximately (we didn’t measure anything) 2 tbsp melted pastured butter, 1 tsp (maybe less) cinnamon, a dash of Redmond Real Salt sea salt, and some Montreal Chicken Seasoning. We then broiled them for about 10-15 minutes, or until done. They were absolutely awesome!
Oddly enough, that recipe ties in beautifully with the butyric acid post by Stephan. Each sweet potato provides about 3-4 grams of fiber, with about half of that being soluble, which is more likely than insoluble fiber to be fermented by the gut into butyric acid. Pastured butter is also a rich source of butyric acid, with the 2 tbsp providing about 1 gram of it. Though it may seem odd, the cinnamon also contributes to this point as it provides about 1.2 grams of fiber as well (though I could not find how much was soluble vs insoluble). Needless to say in conjunction with some pre-chopped and frozen lean beef (that idea is awesome) and 1/2 bag of frozen mixed veggies, it was an absolutely fantastic meal.
Have a great weekend folks!
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