I read so many different blogs. Sometimes it is hard to keep up on the good stuff people are posting. Facebook is a big help as people I follow post good reads on their pages. On Saturday morning Molly Galbraith of Girls Gone Strong posted a link to “50 Renegade Nutrition Rules” by Jason Ferruggia (the boyfriend of the uber-strong Jen Grasso who is pictured in my blog “Row, Row, Row Your Boat“). I have read Jason’s stuff in the past, and I purchased a 12 week strength and conditioning guide for football from him that I use with my son. I don’t read Jason on a regular basis because I think his target audience is more males who are big into strength training and muscle gain. Nonetheless, he is a smart dude and sometimes I find his posts very relevant to me and to others. Case in point, his “50 Renegade Nutrition Rules.” Jason is all about strength training and eating “clean.” He gives very sound nutrition advice that doesn’t involve a lot of protein shakes or popping a bunch of supplements. He also has a sense of humor, so you might laugh at a few of his rules.
5) Avoid drinking or eating out of plastic. Unless it’s one of those Giants helmets that you put beers into with the straw permanently connected to your mouth. Anything NY Giants related is acceptable as far as I’m concerned.
While 50 “rules” might seem overwhelming it is all very sound advice and I think if you read them you won’t really feel overwhelmed at all. Much of what he has to say is in line with things I have written about before, which is why today I want to include a few of his rules, along with links to previous posts of mine that go into greater detail about why a particular rule is one you should follow.
Jason says to buy local as much as possible. Depending on where you live, this could mean year round, or just a period of months. Where I live, in New England, my CSA share starts sometime in May and continues into early October, probably about 5 months total. Read my post “CSA ~ Community Supported Agriculture.”
Another rule of Jason’s is to buy wild-caught fish, not farm-raised. If it doesn’t say if it’s wild or farm-raised, then ask. You want nothing to do with farm-raised seafood (salmon and shrimp are ones to watch for in particular). I wrote about the dangers of farm-raised seafood in my post “Is Salmon Healthy?” If you can’t find wild-caught I would skip it…seriously.
Jason advocates at a minimum cutting down on grains, and completely eliminating them if possible. This is along the lines of the Paleo style of eating that I talked about in “Eating Like a Predator.” There seems to be an increasing amount of evidence that all of the grains we have been told by our government to eat are really causing a lot of our sickness and are certainly contributing to our obesity problem. I am still planning to write about this in greater detail once I finish reading “Wheat Belly” (if I can ever find the time).
Another rule is to not fear saturated fat. I have been trying to get this message across for a while. Saturated fat is not bad, it does not cause heart disease. However, your saturated fat needs to come from quality, grass-fed meat sources, and things like coconut oil. I have touched on this in many posts, so I will just give you a few to read if you are new to my blog: “Food Myths,” “The Great Fat Fiasco,” “The Great Fat Fiasco, part 2,” and “What Have We Done to Our Dairy.”
Jason is also a fan of “spend[ing] less time per day in a fed state.” Ah, intermittent fasting. Actually, I don’t know if Jason practices IF, but that’s essentially what this recommendation is. I wrote about IF in “Is Intermittent Fasting for You?” and “Methods of Intermittent Fasting.” I will be the first to say that while I personally like this way of eating and I know others who swear by it, I am also a big believer of different things working for different people. But I do think we tend to shy away from feeling hungry ~ we’ve been told you should never feel hungry and that to keep your metabolism up you need to be feeding yourself throughout the day. NOT true…food myths. Experiment with IF if you’re curious. No harm, and you might find it works for you.
Last one…Vitamin D. Jason tells you to either get outside without sunscreen for 20 minutes a day or take a vitamin D supplement. I wrote about that in “To D or Not to D.” Most of us are woefully deficient in Vitamin D, and it’s a simple fix that can prevent a host of problems. And Vitamin D is cheap. No excuses. I don’t recommend a lot of supplements, but this is one of the necessary ones. Unless you live in a warm climate and get 20 minutes per day of sun exposure (i.e. without sunscreen). Warm climate…jealous.
Anyway, those are just some of Jason’s “rules” ~ the whole list is superb, I would say I am on board with him on almost all of them. It’s a very quick read, worth the 5 minutes it will take you. Here’s the link once again: “50 Renegade Nutrition Rules.“