Not A Bumper Sticker

“One of the important things with Russell and the elite athletes is that none of the foods he consumes are inflammatory foods, which means no yeast, no mold, no dairy, no gluten,” Goglia said. “Dairy’s like eating moderately hard phlegm. It adversely affects oxygen. No dairy, no breads — muffins, bagels — nothing that is yeast, mold and gluten-bound. So starches are always one-ingredient guys like potatoes or rice or yams or oatmeal. If it’s got more than one ingredient in it, he couldn’t eat it.”

Paragraph from an ESPN article about Russell Wilson’s nine meal, forty-eight hundred calories a day diet to lose weight.  Russell Wilson, a professional athlete, is the Seattle Seahawks’ quarterback. He’s trying to get down to two hundred fifteen pounds. This diet has helped him. He’s gone from two hundred twenty-five pounds and sixteen percent body fat in March, to two hundred fourteen pounds and ten percent body fat now. Of course, he exercises and conditions hours each day.

Overall, there’s a lot to think about here. No dairy, no gluten, no yeast; is it a diet you could endure?

Is it a healthy diet?

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  1. Eating more lean protein is a good way to lose fat (and build muscle, if that’s also a goal), but otherwise, no, I don’t think this guy’s diet is a good idea. (Also, “shredded wheat” does contain gluten.)

    Yams are bad for men (and for women who have health problems due to estrogen dominance). Potatoes aren’t terribly good for anyone (especially not the “blue” potatoes that have become kinda trendy in some places — they’re higher in the “nightshade” compound, which is found mostly in the skins, the same as all the vitamins). ANY food can be an “inflammatory food” if the person eating it has a problem with that food: I’m not supposed to eat lettuce, for example (although I do anyway, because I like the taste so much), because I can’t digest it properly and it causes gut inflammation.

    If you’re not eating ANY dairy, where is the calcium coming from? (Many plant-derived minerals have poor bio-availability. Your body can’t use the calcium from, say, apples the way it can use the calcium from yogurt.) Having recently seen the effect calcium deficiency (in someone who can’t drink milk or eat most cheeses) can have on the nervous system, I don’t think anyone should avoid dairy unless they HAVE to.

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