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Turmeric as an Anti-Inflammatory Aid, Paleo Recipe, Become a Better CrossFitter, and Bear Complex

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Turmeric’s Benefits – Not Just Yummy!!

Do you ever wake up a little stiff? A little sore? A little INFLAMED??? Of course you do. You’re a CrossFitter. Many of you currently supplement with Omega-3 Fish Oils, which have many health benefits in addition to an anti-inflammatory effect. But if you ever eat curry, you may also be including another anti-imflammatory element to your diet. Did you know that Turmeric has been shown to reduce inflammation?  Yes, that ubiquitous spice that’s in your curry and your yellow mustard can actually help you to recover better from your CrossFit WODs, too! This article from Dr. Mercola does a really great job of outlining the details of this truly incredible spice.

Now, the articles above do recommend taking Turmeric as a supplement, which I’m all for if there are no risks associated and proven benefits, but I prefer even more to get my Turmeric from actual food!! And doesn’t this recipe below sound like the perfect way to do just that? And it sounds perfect as the weather turns more and more chilly! What a great addition to Day 2 of the Paleo Challenge….

Paleo Turmeric Roast Chicken

5 lb whole fryer chicken
1 onion, quartered
4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 bunch of fresh thyme
1 tbsp turmeric
1 tbsp smoked paprika
1 tbsp ground cumin
1/2 large daikon radish, cut into large chunks
1 lb Brussels sprouts, halved
avocado oil
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup of water

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Remove giblets from chicken. I’m not one to wash the chicken and pat it dry, but if that’s your thing, go for it. Place it in a greased roasting pan. Stick the garlic slices and sprigs of thyme under the skin. Stick the quartered onion in the cavity of the bird. Place the cut daikon around the chicken and pour in the water. Drizzle avocado oil all over everything, then sprinkle salt, pepper and remaining spices over the top.


New Offering – Become a Better CrossFitter! Monday 10/21 & 10/28 at 4 pm

Come on in at 4 pm for the next two Mondays to Body Foundations for CrossFitters, and learn how to engage your body so that you can lift heavier, run faster, jump higher and throw further!

In this class, you will learn techniques that you can directly apply to all of the movements we do in CrossFit. Monday 10/21 we will focus on techniques to improve your Cleans and ways to improve your shoulder mobility and strength to postively affect your ability to do dips – all in preparation for Elizabeth!!

Come and join in – this class is included in your membership!



Wednesday’s Workout

“Bear Complex”

Without stopping or dropping the bar, complete the following sequence, seven times:

1 deadlift
1 power clean
1 front squat
1 front rack push press (return bar to back)
1 back squat
1 back rack push press

IMPORTANT! Once a sequence of seven has been started it can’t be stopped. If you need to rest, you must do so with the bar on your back or on your chest – it may not rest on the ground. Every time you drop the bar, there is a 25 BURPEE PENALTY. Seriously, don’t drop the bar during your round!

Once you’ve completed the sequence seven times consecutively without stopping, then you can drop the bar. Rest as needed, add weight, and attempt another sequence of 7.

Repeat for a total of five rounds.

There is no time limit for this progression. Athletes may take as much time or as little time as needed between rounds.

Athletes are to START LIGHT, and add weight after each completed sequence of seven.

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