Going Grainless, P90X® Style (via Darksiren’s Fitness by Design)

A lot of people ask me what to replace grains with. Well, I’ve talked up Quinoa, but how about replacing them with more vegetables. You can get enough complex carbohydrates from vegetables with a higher nutrient density and you don’t need the grains at all. They are unnecessary and are simply pushed on the masses as a cheap form of keeping people full. You would think that because it’s at the base of the food pyramid you should eat loads of grains, but my personal food pyramid stops at vegetables. I mean seriously, breads, pastas, etc coupled with the inactivity of the masses is what is making the world fat.

Not only that, the lack of nutrient density and the filling nature of these items keeps us from getting the proper amounts of nutritionally dense foods in the end. One could argue that the filling foods that keep us from eating enough of the nutritionally dense foods could lead to nutrient deficiency, leaving us more prone to disease and illness. Of course this is in no way scientifically proven, but in my opinion the consumption of more fruits and vegetables which contain the antioxidants that grains do not and higher amounts of vitamins and minerals than grains simply has to be better for your body. Fruits and vegetables are also gluten free.

Getting rid of grains is a personal choice. Not that you shouldn’t ever have them. Just pay more attention how they affect your body and definitely don’t make it the base of your food pyramid.

By Rich Thurman, B.Sc., MA, CSCS, CPT

Health & Performance Coach Active Lifestyle Co. Ltd

Going Grainless, P90X® Style (Or how to get all the carbs you need from Phase 3, without all those pesky carbs.) By Denis Faye Most P90Xers rejoice when they arrive at Phase 3 of the program’s Nutrition Plan. Not only are they two-thirds of the way through the boot camp from hell, but they also know they’re about to ramp up their workouts by introducing more carbohydrates, the body’s primary energy source, into their diets. There are, however, dissenters—those who glance at … Read More

via Darksiren’s Fitness by Design


About Rich Thurman III B.Sc, MA, CSCS, NSCA-CPT
Rich has a Bachelors of Science in Physiological Science from UCLA and a Masters of Sports Management from USF. He is certified by the National Strength & Conditioning Association, (NSCA) as a Personal Trainer (CPT) and Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). He is primary author of The Fitness Library and writes for various other publications, including the San Francisco Police Officer's Association. Rich is the founder of Xodus Fitness, which offers Fitness Consulting & Personal Training, Urban Body Transformation Bootcamps, Corporate Wellness. Rich also conducts Workshops and an annual lecture at the San Francisco State University Kinesiology Department. Please feel free to contact through any of the links below to inquire about professional services or opportunities.

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