Shoulder Press 3x5xM.E.
Rest 5 minutes.
21-15-9 reps of:
Power Clean 135 pounds
Coach Mark’s Notes:We are the only species on the planet that so widely consumes the milk of another species past our infancy. We are not meant to drink anything but the milk of our mothers, and only in the early stages of our lives. But, like so many other things that we are not meant to consume, we as humans drink milk adamantly and the majority of us are oblivious to its effects. Many nutrition professionals are still promoting milk and attempting to justify that the milk of a cow is good for us and vital to our overall health and well-being. Sour news, it's not. Milk consumption is a detriment to anyone's health, and I'm hoping that I can get a few people off the wagon with this article by busting some myths.
Milk does not strengthen your bones:
We barely absorb any of the calcium in a glass of milk; even less if the milk is pasteurized. Actually, milk consumption will result in a calcium deficit in our bodies. How? Milk acidifies the body's PH level. Calcium happens to be a very good acid neutralizer, and the biggest storage of calcium is in our bones. By drinking milk our body uses stored calcium from the bones to neutralize the acidity, and once that calcium is removed from the bones it leaves our bodies through our urine. The end result is less calcium that we started with. Kind of ironic. Want strong bones? Vitamin D and calcium from good sources, which brings me to the next point...
Milk is not a great source of calcium:
Milk has calcium, but as I explained above, it doesn't really matter. But to put another nail in the coffin of the calcium and milk argument, let's take a look at what some actual human food has in the way of calcium. Keep in mind, milk has 117 milligrams of calcium in a 100g serving.
- Sesame Seeds - 989mg per 100g serving.
- Dried Savory (a herb) has 85 mg per tablespoon.
- Almonds - 266mg per 100g serving.
- Flax Seeds - 255mg per 100g serving.
- Kale - 1 Cup Chopped has about 100mg.
Milk spikes your insulin like crazy!
We all understand that the biggest cause of insulin secretion is a high intake of carbohydrates. We also know what constantly high insulin levels leads to. A glass of milk doesn't actually have that many carbs in it, and yet it will jack your insulin more so than white bread. Why? It has to do with the amino acid composition of the dairy proteins. These dairy proteins are extremely insulinogenic. Combine them with the carbohydrates that are already present and you have a diabetes cocktail. Which makes perfect sense if you think about it, milk is for babies and intended to help them grow.
There are many more reasons why drinking milk isn't healthy, I just chose the preceding few because I thought they were the most interesting. As always, do some more reading on the subject if you find it interesting as well. I highly suggest giving up dairy completely for the next two weeks. Anyone can follow through with two weeks abstaining from something, it's not that long. Take notice of how you look, feel, and perform. I promise you will see significant changes and hopefully want to extend the two weeks to much longer.