Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Laird Hamilton's Force of Nature


i just read laird hamilton's force of nature. i think laird is an amazing athlete and i was hoping the book would be a treasure trove of great health, nutrition and athletic training info. for me, it wasn't. i will say it would take a lot to impress me at this point since i read a lot of these types of books. force of nature is definitely a good, well written and pretty book. there are tons of pictures of laird's abs, and they are very nice abs. for me the book lacked any sort of ground breaking info. however i think it would be a good read for anyone not already in the health biz, or anyone intrigued by laird in general. the latter is the main reason i kept reading it even though there was nothing new in it for me. so it was an entertaining read none the less.

foods laird doesn't eat:
  1. Bread
  2. Pizza
  3. Soda
  4. Cheese
laird don't eat dairy - he has a section where he talks about dairy and how pasteurized foods are stripped of their nutrients. when i eat i try to eat close to the source, whole natural and unprocessed foods. dairy products are heavily processed. laird suggests only eating unpasteurized or raw. i've never tried it but i'll do anything once.

i couldn't be a bigger proponent of the non dairy lifestyle. i happen to be lactose intolerant. actually, everyone is lactose intolerant, just to varying degrees. we are the only species that drinks another species milk. for some dairy works. i would say most people could reap some benefits from limiting their intake of pasteurized dairy products.

try this: don't eat dairy for one week and see how you feel. for me it was an earth moving discovery. dairy and the inflammation caused by it was completely connected to my allergies and my asthma. once i gave it up my allergies and my asthma improved greatly. now when i cheat i actually start to wheeze... and yes i cheat on occasion. although if i have a race coming up i'm adamant about not eating dairy for at least that entire week prior. it has paid huge dividends for me... try it and let me know what you think. actually don't bother commenting to the blog with your own pro-dairy comments until you have actually taken a week off and have some perspective.

18 comments:

Trail Goat said...

I would die if I didn't eat pizza! Protein, calcium, and plenty of calories in a portable, easily eaten snack. Can't beat it! I had two slice for lunch today!

Ps. This is a pro-pizza, not a pro-dairy comment! ;-)

Trail Goat said...

Oh, and who would eat all the butter if not me?!

tomdog said...

Matt, I couldn't agree with you more about the dairy part. I have been dairy free for awhile, but every once in a long while, I may get a shake or something with the kids and within a couple of hours I start to feel inflammation in my feet that I just had gotten over after having plantar fascitis for several months. My 9 year old daughter will start to get stuffy and have a runny nose after having dairy again. It does make a huge difference in your immune system.

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DARTvg said...

MPH- I know a guy named "boogie" who says he is a pizzaterian. who wins in a fight Laird or Boogie?

Hart said...

trail goat - you would not die.. try it for one week and write a blog on how it goes.

tomdog - i suspect many people could feel a lot better without it.

rvg - in my experience pizzaterians are flabby, gassy and can't take a punch. i have to say laird wins that fight. i mean LOOK at those abs!

Trail Goat said...

Hart,
I might just take your challenge; although I seriously have no idea from what source I'll make up my pizza-based protein intake.

Next you'll suggest that I get six hours of sleep a night! ;-)

Jen Segger-Gigg said...

Laird is my hero and idle so whatever Laird says is the bible :) Gotta give him credit with the RAW, raw is the way to go!!!!

Rumble Girl said...

I gave up dairy over a year ago. It started with a two week trial. I ate "whey" too much cheese and diary products and just tried it based on a book I had been reading. I felt so much better almost immediately that it has never occurred to me to go back. BTW, you can still have pizza, just without cheese -- it's fabulous with a variety of mushrooms, onions, peppers and a great sauce. If the ingredients are good you won't even miss that greasy clumpy junk on top. I sleep better, my mood is better, my skin is better and my cravings for more dairy were gone. I'm convinced all those growth hormones were making me ill. I feel so much better being 100% dairy free.

olga said...

I don't eat dairy actually. I can't drink milk as I am one of those lactose-intolerant and I don't like the tatse, nor do I crave any of the other products. Cheeses (European that is) I do like, but they carry so many empty calories, I had to give it up for this reason. Don't buy - don't eat. I will steal a slice if I am at the party though:) but parties are so rare for me, it's close to non-existent. That said, I have nothing to compare to, besides some 15 years ago, but at that time I was also far from fitness:)

saschasdad said...

Pasteurized foods, including dairy, are definitely stripped of their nutrients. So what about raw milk? Laird talks about raw being the way to go...I wonder if he's tried raw milk, or other raw dairy products. Since they're raw, by Laird's definition, they're obviously not stripped of their nutrients. This is good. Can't say I have, nor really have a desire to, try raw dairy, but something to think about here.

saschasdad said...

Goat, I'll take care of the butter! And 6 hours of sleep is waaaaay over-promoted.

Steve Bohrer said...

Cats would drink cows milk too, it's just that they have trouble working the udder with their little paws :)

Sean said...

Why no bread? I mean, I can see why no white bread, but a good whole grain type of bread?

And is pasta covered in that bread comment?

afuntanilla said...

Matt-what do u put in your coffee?

Hart said...

i drink my coffee black.. the way god intended.

afuntanilla said...

matt - not sure i can go the black coffee route...

Andrew S. Fast said...

Keeping an eye on Dairy and Gluten intake is like putting on a new bumper sticker; +10 horsepower at half the expense.

I took the two out of my diet before my longer events last year and felt super clean and refreshed.

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