gymnast  Have to preface this with a disclaimer.

As a former dialysis nurse, I am somewhat reserved and dubious about protein intake; especially HIGH PROTEIN INTAKE.  True enough, most reading this are not in renal (kidney) failure.  Protein must be moderated for those suffering from renal insufficiency.  However, it makes me consider the overly paraded cascade of high protein consumption.


Creatinine is a test used to diagnose renal (kidney) function.  It can be increased in those who ingest large amounts of meat.  Yes, it is only elevated slightly and can be transient–but my question is this.  What happens if it is continually elevated, because that’s the majority of the person’s diet?  Can the kidneys keep up with this demand?


Blood, Urea, Nitrogen (BUN) measures the amount of urea and nitrogen in your blood.  So what’s that supposed to mean?  Well, urea is the end product of PROTEIN metabolism.  During a meal, protein breaks down into amino acids.  In your liver, these amino acids are catabolized and free ammonia is formed.  These molecules combine and form urea, which is deposited into blood, and given over to the kidneys to excrete (rid themselves of).  Again, if this is 60-70% (or more) of a person’s diet, now what?

(Source:  Mosby’s Manual of Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests–3rd edition)


I did preface this with my bias.  Of course protein diets will help with weight loss.  So will smoking.  For years women swore by smoking to curb their appetite.  Many still do.  And while I’m really not trying to compare the two, there is an article which does.

No, I’m not a vegan, nor do I plan to become one.  My palate expresses no desire for bean paste or tofu.  I love my chicken, ribs, and steak.  BUT, this does not represent my primary or elevated intake.  Fish?  Forget it for me.  I hate fish.  However, with the advent and subsequent takeoff of high protein diets being touted, it raises questions.  Sure there are other sources of protein; never said there weren’t.  But HIGH protein with mitigated or very low carb ratio, can and does have consequences.  Many of them numerous, and beyond the scope of what’s discussed in this blog.  Need a little more convincing?  Ok.

What I’ve always taught, both patients and students is this: Be mindful not just of outcome, but of rationale (the “why” and reason behind an action)  Rationale for me, must represent all of the following–cause, relationship, and effect.  Yes, these diets will cause you to lose weight.  Yes, that is your desired outcome.  But what of the other components; relationship and effect?

You be the judge.

All for now.  Keep up and keep at it.

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recovery needed  One of the most clever sayings I’ve heard–“real men don’t lift weights, they lift women.”  This from Nigel Lythgoe, producer and judge from So You Think You Can Dance.

Let me put this in perspective, before I continue.  I’m not against weight lifting or strength training–in any form. I believe there is a fitness routine that is well suited for you.  And doing you, not someone else, has always been my stance.

Yet not everyone is sold on the grunt, squat, and lift routines pervasive in gyms everywhere.  Same goes for running for extended periods of time.  You could say this holds true for any activity or career.  Knowing your (or your client’s) goals is therefore essential–BEFORE you jump headlong into an exercise regime.

I realize this sounds pretty basic.  However, if you were to visit the gym where I work out, you’d rethink that.  It appears most of the trainers know one thing and one thing only.  You guessed it–squat, lift, grunt, repeat.  Add in a little cardio just to keep it interesting.  The women they train seem to be the recipients of endless squats, with a few variations on sit-ups, and some cardio.  The guys–they get lunges with dumbbells, lifting, and some cardio; maybe.

Ladies if you’re looking to build thighs the size of a football player, keep doing those endless squats.  Guys, if you wants overbuilt backs unable to rest comfortably on a floor or even bed, keep up the grunt and fart routine.  For those of you who want something else, read on.


Lengthen–this word may have dubious connotations behind it in the dance world.  For some, it may mean simply extend.  For others, it’s code for “lose weight.”  Here, I’m using it to suggest lengthening out contracted muscles.  For women, I suggest routines which lengthen their thighs, arms, and abs.  ESSENTRICS & CLASSICAL STRETCH fit the bill well.  Leah Sarago’s BALLET BODY also works wonders for this.  You will have muscle–the long and lean kind most of us want.  No you don’t have to give up your running, CROSSFIT, or your strength routine.  Same goes for the guys.  If bulking up is your desire, no need to give that up.  Lengthening routines simply stretch out overbuilt and overly contracted muscles.  Your abs will look even more cut, if you give CLASSICAL STRETCH a try.  Why? As your body starts to stretch out, your abs will appear longer, because your back will be straighter.  Now everyone will be able to admire (including you) the work you put in, building that six-pack.  Correct posture is essential in these workouts, and you will notice the benefits of this, beyond appearance.

So guys, if you’re really serious about weight lifting–but down those barbells, dumbbells, and kettlebells.  Lift your lady.  Perhaps a little instruction might help first.  Any experienced ballet instructor can give you and her pointers.  Think of him/her as your second personal trainer; and weight lifting guru.

Ladies, if you’re not seeking to cultivate thighs the size of a Heisman recipient, ease up on the squats and lunges.  Long, lean limbs are not as out of reach as you think.  Sure genetics have a lot to do with it, but so do you.

All for now.  Keep up and keep at it.