This post is a series of micro-rants regarding some major peeves of mine.
MANNERS: Recently, I’ve seen appalling displays of manners at restaurants and food joints. Most shocking, the worst offenders are usually the elderly, especially if the server not Caucasian. People, it’s not that hard. You greet the server (“Good morning”/”Good afternoon”), wait until they’re ready, then order politely (“I’d like…, please.”). Instead, I’ve physically seen old ladies completely fail to acknowledge the presence of their server, and just, “I want XYZ, no cheese, et cetera,” with no humility, respect, or even a “thank you.” It honestly makes me want to come across the room or table and choke slam you. The service industry may serve, but the people that work in it are still people, and believe me, they have just as many issues and problems to deal with as you do. So start treating your servers like they’re human beings, perhaps, and show some damn civility.
VEGANS: I don’t have a problem with vegans. One of my closest friends is a staunch vegan. I do have a problem with their sometimes idiotic logic. Beans, rice and quinoa are carbohydrates, not proteins. I don’t care if they contain a complete protein within them. If you break them down based on their macro-nutrient distribution, they are fucking CARBS. Eating one cup (cooked) of quinoa nets you a whopping 8-grams of protein. To achieve the same level of protein as a single chicken breast, you’d have to eat three cups of quinoa, at which point your macros are now completely fucked because you just gorged yourself on carbs. Yes, I am failing to take into account the rest of the meal, or even the day as a whole, but my point still stands. I mean, a vanilla milkshake has protein (since it contains whole milk). Does that make it a good source? Fuck no. Even worse, if you go check out this “resource” here, you can see that the author (PhD, RD!) argues that a vegan athlete weighing in at approximately 174-pounds requires only between 60-80-grams of protein per day. Also, it is “easy for a vegan diet to meet recommendations for protein, as long as calorie intake is adequate. Strict protein combining is not necessary; it is more important to eat a varied diet throughout the day.” So not only is he further propagating the idiocy that a balanced and varied diet is important (I’ll come back this in the next micro-rant), he’s basically saying that in order to hit your protein macros, just eat more, even if it completely fucks your carbohydrate macros and means you’re taking in 3,000-calories a day. Sweet! Again, I am not bashing veganism. I choose not to do it, but I understand the animal abuse concerns, and respect the decision of those who choose a vegan lifestyle. I don’t respect silly bullshit, however, and that is exactly what this is. A vegan diet is inherently carb-heavy, protein-deficient. As long as you acknowledge this up front and take steps to fix it, great. What I dislike are people that try to pretend it’s not broken when the deficiencies are staring them in the face. If you choose to be vegan, especially if you’re an athlete, watch your carb macros like a hawk, supplement your meals with protein smoothies made with vegan protein (yes, it does exist), and take vitamin B12. Easy.
A BALANCED DIET: This is hardest battle to fight with my clients. A lot of people have just been told for so long that they need an “even balance” of macro-nutrients that they just can’t wrap their mind around the idea that carb cycling might actually lead them to greater fat loss or performance. Exchanges usually go something like this:
Them: Don’t I need more carbs? Like whole grains and stuff?
Me: What do you do all day?
Them: Sit at a desk, pretty much.
Me: …No, you don’t need more carbs.
Seriously. People are so damned addicted to their carbohydrates that they seriously believe that they “need” them to function behind a desk. It’s lunacy, and another reason why the western world is getting so friggin’ fat. I’ll make this really simple: Carbohydrates should be adjusted and balanced to your total athletic workload, and not anything else. If you do two hours of mixed martial arts every night after work, then, yeah, you’re gonna need some carbs. Similarly, if you weight train like the Hulk, you’re gonna need some carbs. If you drive from your desk to the elliptical machine and read Us Weekly or the Times while doing “cardio” then you don’t need carbs. Kiefer wrote a good piece on this recently.
I can’t think of anything else that’s pissing me off at the moment. So here is Mikko Salo being awesome, as usual. Not going to lie, I am rooting for Mikko this year (and not just because he says some of the funniest shit in the most deadpan fashion).