Nutrition and Performance, Part 2

Another issue that I think was misleading was the lesson on “Food Deserts”. In two studies released in 2012 and noted in the New York Times on April 17th, 2012 in an article by Gina Kolata finds that the idea of “Food Deserts” are a myth. The studies, one by the Rand Corporation which was published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine and the other by The Public Policy Institute of California cross referenced the poor neighborhoods and the sources of food within the neighborhoods and found that even though they did have a higher rate of fast food outlets these neighborhoods also had higher percentages of grocery stores. Kelly D. Brownell, director of Yale University’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, who was not involved in the studies states, “ if you are looking for what you hope will change obesity, healthy food access is probably just wishful thinking (Kolata)” . My point here is that it seems that everyone has an angle and the references we are given seem biased and this initiated curiosity on my part which meant more research outside of the normal resources.
I think that everyone should apply some critical thinking skills and dissect the information presented and continue to grow through independent study and research. I took this class because I felt I had a history in the subject and now know that even though I do, I realize it will be a continuing field of study. This class did require me to make an applied effort and provided me with new directions in my quest.
One of the things that have interested me, not in what was specifically presented in this class but what I discovered in my independent study prompted by this class, was the hormonal effects triggered by the consumption of certain foods. Being allergic to fish and shellfish I have always had to find alternative proteins and ways to intake good fats and omegas. Some findings have lead me to believe that grains may have an adverse effect on my metabolism when I work out. This is informed by the exercise induced hives that occur 30 minutes into a workout. I did find interesting information in the supplement section of our studies. I have always tried to get most of my nutrients from whole foods but have taken supplements occasionally when I felt that I was lacking in specific areas.
I have a different perspective, I would assume, than most of my classmates. Since I have coached an individual, weigh dependent sport for so many years and have been involved in exercise programs longer than they have been alive (I am assuming that I’m twice the age of the others) I am probably more knowledgeable about the subject of nutrition and weight gain. I know that there is no quick fix. One has to apply themselves just as one brushes their teeth. One of the things that I will take away from the class is that moderation will be the best course of action. This is not something that can be done in a day; it must be done over a lifetime. (To be continued)

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