Hearing yet again about the harm of HCAs (heterocyclic amines) and PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) would be a Debbie Downer before a Spring gathering of friends in front of the grill, right?
So instead of boring “shoulds” and “should nots” , we invited an expert guide this Spring, to present options, so that we can make our own decision how to reduce harmful habits without making smoked meats part of our no-no list.
For an audio version of this article, click below for our pilot Google Hangout on Air, broadcast recorded live.
SmartyFella Denet Lewis prefers a baked yam over a modest helping of white rice after a hard workout to replace glycogen stores. Why? For the taste and the higher nutrition density. Why is our SmartyGirl ally talking to us about The Truth About Carbs by Nate Miyaki? Because the scientific community has learned more about what keeps us healthy and new information about agricultural practices that affect our food supply, reducing the consumption of carcinogens, and battling seasonal allergies with more outdoor exercise since our last visit with Denet Lewis in May 2013.
3 Easy Ways to Reduce Cancer-causing Effects of BBQ Foods
1. Remove the skin of the smoked meat after grilling
2. Marinate the meat with a fresh squeezed lemon/lime juice before putting over charcoal
3. Dip the raw meat in a beer bath before exposing it to open flame
We met with competitive bodybuilder, fitness tv host and scientist Denet, by phone on Friday afternoon before our weekend barbecue. Here’s what he had to say paraphrased below.
What is the top health news story for SmartyFella Denet in 2015?
Denet Lewis is concerned with the use of herbicides such as brand name Roundup to ripen non genetically modified (GMO) food crops for grains such as wheat. Yes, you read that right: herbicide to ripen wheat. You may already be aware of the effect of pesticides on the food you buy. The use of this herbicide has its upsides: as a mass agricultural practice this allows the wheat harvest to ripen at the same time and produces heavier wheat. However, this use of herbicide kills the root of the plant. SmartyFella Denet is wary of this herbicide in his food supply so he suggests eating grain-free, gluten-free or organic.
What nutrition fact would you like to share with our readers that you have learned in the past two years?
It’s acceptable to enjoy a treat of white rice after a hard work out. You need to replenish fuel for your muscles after glycogen depletion. To quantify what makes a lean-muscle building hard work out, see the previous link by AskMen.com.
Many SmartyGirls and SmartyFellas carry tissues because of seasonal Spring allergies. Any exercise advice for severe allergy sufferers? We miss the outdoors.
Caution: please go to your doctor first. This is not substitute for medical advice but you might have a holistic alternative to antihistamines. However, Denet Lewis consulted his doctor because he has allergies too. It shows in a runny nose after a warm up and lifting weights. Denet believes that pressing through with exercise, increases blood circulation, which in turns improves the clearing of his sinuses. It might be as simple as accepting that you will need to blow your nose.
Denet Lewis has been a lifelong SmartyFella from solar car building to BMX racing. Subscribe to the High Five Fitness YouTube channel for daily motivation! Until his next visit, he reminds us how gemstones are made. A diamond is the birthstone for April. It is formed only in extreme pressure and heat over time. Take the stress and pressure in your life to form and grow yourself. Use knowledge, passion and drive and get motivated. Underneath that rough stone is a rare, unique and most beautiful diamond just waiting to be polished, just waiting to shine.