Keeping it Simple    July 23 2014

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15-ft. rope climbs, 10 ascents
100-meter walking lunge
50 dips
100-meter walking lunge
10 muscle-ups

Andrea eats real food and has the push-ups to prove it.

Andrea eats real food and has the push-ups to prove it.

Keeping it Simple

Among the many great aspects of eating real foods is the freedom to ignore the latest, often ridiculous scientific study. The original CrossFit prescription is straightforward and following it a realistic endeavor: “Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch, and no sugar.”

Contrast the simplicity of a real food diet with the schizophrenia of nutrition and health advice from the world of science. A quick browse of the Tufts University Health and Nutrition Newsletter revealed these headlines:

  • How to Get Maximum Health Benefits from Tomatoes
  • Green Tea May Enhance Working Memory
  • Does New Study Mean “Butter Is Back”?
  • Are You Getting Enough B12 to Fight Mental Decline?
  • Calcium and Vitamin D May Benefit Cholesterol as Well as Bones
  • Diets Rich in Magnesium Associated with Slower Progression to Diabetes

Imagine following so much advice on a regular basis. Now add-in another six articles next month. And another six the next month. You’d be a crazy person in no time.

And it can get crazier. Like this article: Eating Dark Chocolate May Make Walking Easier. And this one: Scientists Say Smelling Farts Might Prevent Cancer.

Someone out there might be frantically organizing vitamins, chugging green tea, debating whether butter is back, hoarding dark chocolate, and smelling farts, all while progressing towards diabetes anyways.

Just stick with real food.

  • Bones

    Amen! (Ummm, honey is real food, right?)

  • Shane

    Great post. My Dad always believed in the KISS philosophy; Keep It Simple Stupid.

  • Charlie

    I didn’t read it, but the dark chocolate one makes sense to me. Kind of obvious, really.