Woman + Runner + Fighter

Follow a cavewoman on her fitness journey.

Archive for February, 2009

Eating Disorder

Posted by cavewomanrunner on February 24, 2009

I couldn’t sleep last night and while flipping through the channels, found Intervention – a show about people and their addictions. This particular episode was about Nicole (#74) who has suffered from an eating disorder since she was about 15. At 17, doctors placed a feeding tube inside her stomach because she refused to eat. She is now in her thirties and still has the feeding tube. She will chew food and then spit it out. She injects herself with liquids about three times a day to get her “nutrition.” She is also addicted to pain medicine that she dissolves and injects through her feeding tube.

The episode was quite disturbing. It’s amazing how people can form addictions, usually because of trauma (in her case, she was molested as a child). Yet her trauma lasted over 20 years. She just couldn’t get over it and her coping mechanism became not eating. I can’t even imagine how unhealthy her body is. She even suffered a heart attack, but didn’t stop. She had two daughters; the first one was only 3 pounds when born because she did not get enough nutrition.

It also makes me wonder what our ancestors did – obviously, there wasn’t a feeding tube option. If someone refused to eat, she would have just starved to death. So are eating disorders a modern disease? Do we only manifest them because we have the luxury of not having to hunt and gather our food? Our relationship with food and nourishment has de-evolved way too far. I think that Paleo men and women did not have eating disorders – they would eat what they could, when they could. I’m not saying they didn’t have trauma in their lives – they probably had much more than we can ever imagine. Perhaps some may have chosen to stop eating as their way of coping with life – but they simply died, they weren’t kept alive by a feeding tube.

I understand that everyone has their own issues, stresses, and addictions in life. Yet if we could somehow return to a simpler lifestyle – a focus on food, shelter, and well being – perhaps we wouldn’t have these ghastly disorders.


Posted in Eating disorder, Paleo | 1 Comment »

Wanna get ripped? Eat real food and play

Posted by cavewomanrunner on February 23, 2009

I found a great article today, thanks to Mark’s Daily Apple. It’s title is a bit misleading, for there is tons of other excellent information packed into this one article.

The Biggest Workout Mistakes People Make

It’s really based on the KISS method – do intense, full body workouts (not necessarily in a gym) and realize that 85% of your overall health is your diet.

“Eat whole food proteins, healthy fats, veggies, fruits, nuts….and skip the breads, cereals and other processed foods. You need amino acids, vitamins, minerals and many other nutrients available in plenty with whole foods for maximum fat burning and muscle building. Eat a diet of whole foods, forget the stuff that is destroying your body (esp sugar!)”

Hmm, that sure sounds like the Paleo lifestyle. I think more and more people are catching on to the idea of natural eating – and unlike the Hollywood diets – it’s not just a trendy phase. It makes sense. You’re not taking pills and starving yourself – you’re just not polluting your body with foods that have no nutritional value.

Looking for some workout ideas? Here are some nice ones I am looking at incorporating into my schedule.

Caveman training – provides 3 workout samples to get you strong, fast. For example:

Box Jump (24″ platform) 10
Deadlift (185 pounds) 10
Thruster (40-pound dumbbells) 10
Pull-Up 10
Close-Grip Push-Up 10
Pull-Up 10
Bent-Over Row 10
Upright Row 10
Shoulder Press 10
Renegade Row 10

EDT training– Escalated Density Training by Charles Staley. Again, keep it simple and fast.

Sample Workout #1 – Strength and Hypertrophy:
Do workouts for 20min each (rest between A and B)
– Workout A – Bench Press and Pullups for sets of 4-5 reps max (with 10Rm weight)
– Workout B – Bent Rows (barbell) and Squats for sets of 6-7 rep max (with 12-15 Rm weight)
next workout switch A & B order and rep max

Sample Workout #2 – Strength Based:
Do 5 sets of 5 reps
– Exercise #1: Deadlift
– Exercise #2: Weighted Dips
– Exercise #3: Overhead Press
increase weights for exercise when you can complete all 5 sets of 5 reps.

Sample Workout #3 – Fat Burner:
Do workouts for 15 min each, with resistance based modifications
– Workout A – Pushups (5 reps), Jump Squats (10 reps)
– Workout B – Body Rows (angled pullups-5 reps), DB snatch (10 reps alternating hands each full set)

Tabata training– interval training based on Izumi Tabata’s research.

Sample Workout – do 4 to 7 reps:

Warm up – Jog at 50% max for 5 minutes
Sprint for 20 seconds
10 seconds rest (x6)
After 6th sprint take one minute rest
Sprint for 20 seconds
10 seconds rest (x6)
After 6th sprint take one minute rest
Sprint for 20 seconds
10 seconds rest (x6)
After 6th sprint take one minute rest
Cool down – Jog at 50% max for 5 minutes.

Posted in Paleo | 1 Comment »