Sunday, April 12, 2009

Sunday, April 12, 2009

This video corresponds to our announcement regarding the change in our nutritional recommendations, below. It is the first in a seven-part series on The Paleo Diet and multiple sclerosis, but it introduces the model very effectively.

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MPH no longer recommends Dr. Barry Sears’ The Zone Diet. It’s true. We do not regret our time with the Zone (we learned a lot about suffering), but we will not be talking about it again—we don’t want to. Instead, we advocate the exclusive use of Dr. Loren Cordain’s, The Paleo Diet (it is worth mentioning right now that we are not affiliated in any way with either of these organizations, nor are we registered dieticians or nutritionists).

Before we go any further, we ask that if you have them, to hold criticisms and other venom for the Zone, unless you’ve actually tried it—really tried it. We did, and exhaustively so. What we found was, simply, that Zone eating it is too cumbersome to implement and does not make one lick of sense against the “simple, organic, and prehistoric” model we follow with regard to movement selection, exercise prescription and programming. We do not isolate muscle groups or periodize/specialize training, so we can no longer back a nutrition program that recommends exactly those things, if not more. To be perfectly honest, we’re a little embarrassed that it took us this long to make that connection.

Further, we have been extensively researching Paleo eating and implementing it on our own with great success for several months, now. We are feeling and performing better than ever. While we touted its effectiveness in combination with Zone parameters before, we have learned, both scientifically and anecdotally, that Paleo eating is most effective when standing on its own. Also, the Zone bred this almost obsessive need to be within the correct block prescription that it detracted from the ultimate goal of healthful eating. At the very least, not weighing and measuring food, or counting blocks, has been a boon to our respective psyches. It is one less, and needless, stress.

We have updated our Nutrition Information page to reflect this shift in ideology, as well as to outline the basics and rationale for this model. For further support and education, you may follow the link to Dr. Cordain’s website above, and/or read his book, The Paleo Diet. This is an incredibly easy read, and will provide this nutrition plan more justice than we can on our site. Neither of these resources are completely irreproachable—they each contain their fair and appropriate share of marketing ploys. However, baseline message, food recommendations, recipes and supporting research therein are unparalleled. Depending on the type of question(s) you may have about this going forward, we may end up directing you there anyway.

In the end, we made this change because we are forever in search of the fastest and most effective way to achieve optimal health and wellness. In this way, whether at home, at the office or on the road, Paleo eating is practical, easy to implement and highly effective, especially when coupled with the CrossFit method. Too many of you still forsake, if not outright rebuff attempts at proper nutrition—it presents in myriad ways. Make this one work. This way of eating is excuse-free, and it is likely that we will not revise our nutritional recommendations again for some time, if ever.

Rest today, and thank you again and again, Matt W., for creating our new banner. It looks outstanding. We cannot thank you enough.

–Melody and John