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4 rounds for time of:
Run 400 meters
5 burpee muscle-ups

If you’ve got a 20-lb. vest or body armor, wear it.

U.S. Army Specialist David Wayne Taylor, 20, of Dixon, Kentucky, assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, based in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, died in Kandahar province, Afghanistan on March 29, 2012, from wounds sustained in an accident at an ammunition supply point. He is survived by his sisters Tamara Taylor and Christina Abell, and mother Sarah Whitledge Taylor.

We are now in our 3rd week of the Spring Food Challenge and by now it should be pretty obvious that the first step to success is preparation.  As many of you have probably found out, when we start getting really hungry and we haven’t put much forethought into our meals for the day we can lose a lot of points really quickly. Did you know that today the average American spends 27 minutes a day preparing their food? 27 minutes!

Here is another stat for you: in a survey of cooking patterns across several cultures it was found that obesity rates are inversely proportional to the amount of time spent preparing food. So the more time spent prepping and cooking, the lower the obesity rate. It makes sense. Imagine if you had to prepare that bag of chips, that donut, that Larabar.  It would take a lot of time and many people would have no idea where to begin with cooking anything.

Harry Balzer said it best in response to Michael Pollan asking him how we can begin to reverse the damage that the industrialized food system has done to our health.

“Easy. You want Americans to eat less? I have the diet for you. It’s short, and it’s simple. Here’s my diet plan: Cook it yourself. That’s it. Eat anything you want — just as long as you’re willing to cook it yourself.”

So, don’t stop when you’re finished watching the video above.  Break out your pots and pans and fire up the stove and get to cooking! Here is the reference for those studies and the quote (long read).