ROYGBV: Colorful Gainzz Explained

We’ve all been told to eat a diet that is full of variety.  You hear this all the time from doctors, nutritionists, dietitians, your mom, your mom’s friend, Nancy…because Nancy’s life changed after she decided to eat more purple cauliflower.  But here’s the thing, Nancy doesn’t know why the fuck she feels better, or if it’s a placebo effect, or if her choice is founded in science.  Trust me, I asked her.

I like the concept of a eating an array of foods and as someone of baseline level intelligence, can understand the value behind it.  Macronutrients are easy.  Micronutrients - vitamins, minerals, and trace acids - are a little more tricky.  Color is an easy way to ensure that we are superficially aware of our Boron, Taurine, or Carotenoid…or whatever…intake.  At least we pretend to be.

lynch-hawkmail-062712I couldn't resist.

Additionally, I have a one way ticket to #22JackedStreet and in case you’ve been living under a rock, or you are The Rock, you may have been too busy to hear about the new training protocol.  The long and the short of it (or I guess I should say the thick and the thin of it), is to either gain or lose 10% of your body weight following a bodybuilder/Power Athlete hybrid program.

As I sit 13 weeks into the program, I have successfully lost a pound every week largely because of the changes I’ve made to my diet.  Meticulously analyzing my nutrition prior to the start of the twenty-two weeks, I found the glaring hole in my diet - carbohydrates.  This was a seemingly easy fix as I knew I could sweet potato-oatmeal-squash my way towards body builder domination.  And that’s exactly what I did…for about 5 weeks…until I could no longer eat the same shit.


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It was at this point that I was reminded of something that a good friend of PAHQ’s, Dr. Tom Incledon of Human Health Specialists, educated us on some years ago.  ROYGBV.  This is the concept of consuming plant sources (fruits and vegetables) from every part of the color spectrum.  The catalyst being my palate and plate numbing boredom, I began to taste the rainbow with full faith in Dr. Tom's recommendation.  Sidenote: Dr. Tom's lab works with thousands of professional athletes - specifically analyzing their blood work to find deficiencies (Macro, micro, etc).  His job is to then optimize performance through specialized manipulation of those biomarkers through diet and supplementation.

Now, I must admit that initially, I blindly implemented this new approach to my carbohydrate sourcing because I knew I needed a change.  My body was literally craving something, anything, different.  It’s easy to fall into “what you know works” mindset, or to be lazy regarding unfamiliar food preparation. Eventually though, my curiosity and innate skepticism provoked me to ask, as it always seems to do, “Why?”.

And more importantly, how is this going to get me to my goals?

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Before you even ask: Eating a chameleon or octopus is not a carnivorous catch-all for ROYGBV.

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A strength and conditioning coach since 2009, Cali has worked with numerous athletes spanning from rugby players to cross country skiers.Almost immediately after finding CrossFit in 2010, she was introduced to a program that better suited her athletic goals.With her existing background in powerlifting and football, she became a natural devotee to CFFB/PowerAthlete and testament to it's effectiveness.In 2012, she left D.C. and headed for the state named after her to be a part of the CrossFit Football Seminar Staff and a Jedi of Power Athlete HQ. Cali currently resides in Seattle where she works full time in law enforcement.
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19 Responses to ROYGBV: Colorful Gainzz Explained

  1. There’s a purple variety of sweet potato that’s very good. There are two types, one in purple-brown skin, the other beige. Beige-skinned is The One.

    Available in Asian markets, and slightly more expensive per pound than your standard sweet potatoes, you bake it the same. If I get a chance, I’ll post a pic.

  2. I should add – I sometimes use the purple yams in my PWO shake. It doesn’t blend like regular sweet potatoes, and instead comes out chunky. Mixed with chocolate protein, they taste like brownies.

  3. Doing that carrot thing ASAP. Great article. Pleased to say that I definitely get that variety of colours every week, although I do tend to eat the same ones from each category regularly.

  4. Awesome article. Purple potatoes are one of my favorites. @ingob have you ever had the white sweet potato? Ive only ever seen them called japanese sweet potatoes, I like them a lot and will rotate them in when ever they are available. I tend to eat a pretty wide variety of foods. Ive been a proponent of the eat the rainbow concept for a while, at its most basic level it sets you up to simply eat a wider a variety of foods, which can never be a bad thing. Was planning on cooking collards and carrots tonight, I think Ill give @cali‘s carrots a try.

    • Dooo it! Nobody can top my carrots. (Carrot Top joke).

      I have had those white sweet potatoes and I LOVE them! White with reddish skin, I think. I think they’re the sweetest and most tender potato.

    • Hahaha…takes be back to my baseball days. A steady diet of Fun Dip, suicide snowcones, sunflower seeds and Big League Chew. This is the nutritional diversity of champions (and child obesity).

  5. @cali Those carrots are hooking up with my pot roast tonight!

  6. +1 on the smoked salt. It’s a culinary game changer. I have some alder wood smoked salt that jazzes up everythy from fish to grilled veggies.

    This article makes me wish for summer, when the garden and market actually have color.

  7. Purple sweet potato (yam) – runs about $1.69-1.99/lb out here in NorCal (Ranch 99 stores).

  8. And DavidMck – yeah, those are in high rotation for me too. Nice mild flavor. Great in PWO shakes.

  9. Speaking for my asian brethren, the purple sweet potatoes are Okinawan; they were readily available when I lived in Hawaii and were a solid staple of my diet for years. I would get the strangest looks at work when I was housing these downs. Then I’d shove my hands through someone’s chest, put on my Ray Bans, and jump on my Harley while whipping trench coat, Shaft style.

    @cali and @train608, those white ones with the Reddish skin are Korean Sweet potatoes…when I was there I remember you could buy whole on the street, baked to perfection by street vendors for less than $1 a piece.

    Does that count as a knowledge bomb?

  10. Ben

    Hey Cali, where do I find the new bodybuilding/powerathlete training protocol? I must have been living under a rock, ‘cuz I think I need to do this to be like the rock.

  11. Cooking carrots in bacon grease?! You truly are in a league of your own.

  12. Great article Cali, Thanks will be hitting the grocery market asap ;))))

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