Is sugar toxic?

Here are a few articles fervently supporting this theory…
Time: Sugar is Definitely Toxic
“After nine days of having their total dietary sugar reduced to 10% of their daily calories, however, they showed improvements in all of these measures. Overall, their fasting blood sugar levels dropped by 53%, along with the amount of insulin their bodies produced since insulin is normally needed to break down carbohydrates and sugars. Their triglyceride and LDL levels also declined and, most importantly, they showed less fat in their liver.”

Sugar Science: The Toxic Truth
“There is growing scientific consensus that one of the most common types of sugar,fructose, can be toxic to the liver, just like alcohol.”

Global Healing Center: Refined Sugar: The Sweetest Poison of All
“Refined sugar is lethal when ingested by humans because it provides only that which nutritionists describe as “empty” or “naked” calories. It lacks the natural minerals which are present in the sugar beet or cane.
In addition, sugar is worse than nothing because it drains and leaches the body of precious vitamins and minerals through the demand its digestion, detoxification and elimination makes upon one’s entire system.”

…an analysis…
NYTimes: Is Sugar Toxic?

“If what happens in laboratory rodents also happens in humans, and if we are eating enough sugar to make it happen, then we are in trouble.”

…and a few other points of view: Glaring Flaws in Sugar Toxicity Study
“Tom Sanders, professor emeritus of nutrition and dietetics at King’s College London, said the study needed to be viewed “with some skepticism” because it was uncontrolled. It did not compare the children with a similar group who continued to eat a high-sugar diet. The comparison instead was made with their weight and health before the study while on their usual diet. “But it is well known that obese children underestimate and under-report food intake, particularly of soft drinks and snack foods,” said Sanders.
‘This is a fundamental flaw in the study. It is likely that the changes in metabolic outcomes observed can be explained by the experimental diet providing fewer calories than the children’s usual intake.'”

The Atlantic: Being Happy with Sugar
“The metabolic effects of fructose presented in ordinary human diets remain poorly investigated and highly controversial.”

Bottom line, it’s probably not great.  Do your research, use your brain, and decide for yourself.

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…or are there?  Does exercise build strong bones?  NYTimes would argue that it does not, but Breaking Muscle would disagree…

A certain published author (and CFer) who spent college summers dissecting and researching neonatal rat femurs might also have some opinion on the matter:
“The increases in stiffness and failure load with a corresponding decrease in displacement would support an increase in bone strength as a result of mechanical stimulation.”
– Saunders et. al

Bone Picture



When is fun not really fun until it’s over?  When it’s Type II Fun!  I’d hazard a guess that every CFer has experienced this to some degree, whether inside the walls of Bldg 7 (or literally ON the wall of Bldg 7), or in another event CF has helped you achieve.  Worth a read at the Saturday or Sunday morning breakfast table…

Urban Dictionary:

“Somewhere in the middle of this mess lies Type II fun, which is God-awful while you’re doing it, but totally worth it once you’re done.” (entire article linked above)
– A Blackmer,

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Backyard Veggie Gardening Workshopunnamed
Thursday April 21st
6pm w. Danielle & Jordan of Grow Your Own Freedom in the Earth Room
We will go over the basics of backyard gardening… both raised beds and containers. We will help participants with all of the basics. They will create a basic plan for what they want to grow and when they can grow it. Basic troubleshooting will be discussed.
Remember to bring a notebook to take notes during this educational workshop!
FREE to Bldg 7 Yoga Members
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Friday Night Special
Friday April 22nd
6pm w. Kate Stufflet & Mark Seamans
in the Fire Room
This evening we are celebrating the Earth, the Full Moon and Mother Nature herself. Leave your inhibitions at the door, and let your primal instincts take over in this drum circle celebration. Comfy, loose fitting clothing is recommended as we dance the night away to the beat of our own drums. All ages welcome!
Wear white or bright colors, we will have our Black Lights on for this festive dance!
$12 Adults
$5 Under 18
Class Cards and Memberships Valid / Register Here

When you pry it from my cold, dead hands.  Ever have hands or feet that look like this?  You’re not alone!  Raynaud’s is different for each person experiencing it, but may result in loss of feeling / numbness, and then pain and tingling as blood flow returns to the affected area.  It is often more noticeable on cold or damp days like we’ve been having lately.  Here’s a little more information on Raynaud’s disease / Raynaud’s phenomenon:

“With Raynaud’s phenomenon, the body’s reaction to cold or stress is stronger than normal. It makes blood vessels narrow faster and tighter than normal. When this happens, it is called an “attack.”

During an attack, the fingers and toes can change colors. They may go from white to blue to red. They may also feel cold and numb from lack of blood flow. As the attack ends and blood flow returns, fingers or toes can throb and tingle. After the cold parts of the body warm up, normal blood flow returns in about 15 minutes.”

And finally, here’s a fun Buzzfeed pictographic article on Raynaud’s for your Monday entertainment.

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Growing Up Corps Fitness….

Lots of great examples of teens coming in to get a workout on with Moms and Pops. A win/win for everybody; great workout preparing teens for sports conditioning, all with the philosophies that are the foundation of Corps: Respect, Accountability, Teamwork. Plus, a little “bonding” time with your teen!

13-16 year olds are welcome to join in the CF family fun with an adult. And, if your child is not of an age yet to join the regular classes, stay tuned for announcements regarding summer kid’s classes and more overall kid’s programming!

CF is one of the few places parents and their kids can work out together!  What a unique experience, instilling and reinforcing shared values and goals across generations!

Additional Shout-Outs:
The Kuhns!  Rachel and Mike Kuhn and their kids (Brady is no longer “four and ‘firsty!”)
The Leibowitz family! Lauren, Jen and Scott
The Schippers family!  Noah has been spotted working out with dad Eric, particularly during T1D Day of Hero Week!

RESTART® 5 Week Detox 
Beginnig this Wednesday, April 6th
in the Water Room of Bldg 7 Yoga
Real Food. Real Learning. Real Support.
Part nutritional education, Part sugar detox, part support group – an empowering combination!
Last series before Summer!
The 5-week RESTART® Program is a simple, powerful way to give your body a vacation from having to process toxins like sugar. With a 3-week sugar detox built right in, the program focuses on how to use REAL FOOD to boost your energy and cut sugar and carb cravings. Discover how good you can feel!
  • 5 Weekly Meetings Once a Week
  • 60-90 minutes per meeting
  • 4-10 people per group
  • Meetings held at BLDG. 7 Yoga | Earth Room
BENEFITS you can expect from the Program:
  • Weight Loss
  • Increased Energy
  • Better and more restful sleep
  • Boosted immune system
  • Mental clarity and improved mood
  • Decreased anxiety
  • Reduced PMS/Menopause symptoms


  • Week 1:How to prepare for your REAL FOOD sugar detox
  • Week 2:Your digestive check-in
  • Week 3:What sugar really does in your body
  • Week 4:The truth about FATS
  • Week 5:How to move forward and celebrate your success!
 Learn more about Freya at
$120 after April 1st
 Stark Juice
Additionally, Bldg 7 will be holding a FREE Stark Juice tasting this Saturday:
FREE Stark Juice Tasting
Saturday April 9th
Stark Juice is raw cold pressed juice sourced from locally grown fruits and vegetables operating out of an old feed mill in Kempton, Pennsylvania. All juices are cold pressed and hand crafted in our certified, commercial kitchen to get the maximum nutritional benefit. Cold pressing preserves the plant’s live enzymes that would otherwise be destroyed by the heat created in other types of processing. We do not use any pasteurization or heat of any kind so all nutrients are left untouched.  Picking the vegetables the day before pressing also ensures optimal vitamin and enzyme content along with incredible flavor and taste.  Although our fruits and vegetable are not certified organic, they are carefully sourced from homegrown, local farms.
Want these products available for purchase all the time? Let us know!
Learn more about Stark Juice at
Stay in the know for Bldg 7 Events and Workshops at this link:

Piper McDonough Workout tomorrow 4/1
, all class times!  Dedicated CFers Tim and Emily McDonough have a pup in serious medical need.  In true Corps Fitness fashion, we’re rallying workouts to offer Piper and her family a little extra fight.  If you’d like to help Piper with her fight by helping defray her exorbitant medical costs, there will be a collection bucket in the lobby.  If you choose, you can either offer a flat donation or you will have the option of paying a dollar amount for each Round you accumulate in the workout….your choice.  Workout will be a hybrid format.
“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” -Roger Caras

We’ll be announcing two new membership perks on Friday 4/1!  Stay tuned to our blog and facebook page to see what’s cooking!

Saturday 4/2, Corps Fitness will be hosting female Marine Corps Poolees and a female drill instructor from 10 AM – 3PM.  Feel free to stop by or stick around after 9:30 to see what it’s all about.  And trust me when I say the female DI might just make our own instructors seem like gentle kittens!  Welcome, future Marines!
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Sunday 4/3, The Wilson IM ABLE Chapter is hosting a Running Out Loud 5k and Last Chance Egg Hunt, raising money for a grant to local student Emily M.  Check out more on their website!  Race-day registration is available!

We need 2 more participants to make this class happen!  Spread the word!
Classes with Van will be held Thursday nights at 6:30-7:30 PM from April 7th – May 5thYou do NOT have to be a Corps Fitness member to join in these classes!
Current CF member – $40
Non-CF member – $75*
*Includes a one-time opportunity to purchase a one month unlimited CF membership for $90.
This class is a huge deal compared to the prices at other locations.  And if you take advantage of a CF membership when you’re finished, you’ll be sure to stay in racing shape (or better) for the entire season!

We are re-configuring some spaces in the gym to work the best for everyone, and the spin classes will be moving onto the main gym floor starting April 1st.  Due to this change, the class times are changing to what is indicated below.  With this change, we welcome our IM ABLE adaptive athletes to come out during any regularly scheduled CF / CrossFit class time and take advantage of the opportunity to work out alongside the entire class!

Spin on Thursday night at 5:30 with Mike Vecchio!!
As cycling season is beginning to ramp up, our spin / krank classes are a great opportunity to get those base miles in before the first race or big ride of the year!
Regular spin / krank schedule STARTING APRIL 1st* (see schedule updates):
– Tuesdays 10:30 AM with Aimee
– Wednesdays 6:30 PM with Lisa
– Thursdays 6:30 PM with Mike
– Saturdays 9:30 AM with rotating instructors (exceptions will be noted in blog updates)

Next Intro to Corps Fitness class will be Saturday 3/26 at 9:45 AM with Chris
Intro to CrossFit classes are suspended until further notice

Congratulations to ALL CFers who participated in the OPEN this year!  Hopefully you learned something about yourself, tried a few new movements, and got something out of it.  Final CFer results are posted below!

CrossFitOpen2016_CFer Scoring

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FLASH SALE for GTN registration, all CF members have the opportunity to register for the 13th annual triathlon at 2015 rates.  Race is May 21st, flash sale runs through April 1st.  Email to get the registration code.

Friday 5:30 – John
Sunday 8:30 AM – Emily
Sunday 9:30 AM – Owen (open time and CrossFit skills)


Your ego may say: stop, quit, you can’t do it

But what are your limits??

Listen to this Radiolab story about iron woman Julie Moss and others pushing their limits (warning – it’s not pretty!!).

Your muscles have a lot less to do with your limits than you think!  Don’t believe the flashing “E” when you have fuel left in the tank!  Listen to the whole show and learn something – the human body is truly capable of some amazing feats!!


Point / counterpoint Monday…

An interesting, if possibly mind-bending, article from Kelsey Miller on how some of us may treat our treats…  For your Monday enjoyment!

“People who live with a designated candy drawer, unlocked and accessible at all times, don’t generally obsess over their stash. That’s because it’s not a stash to them.”…

…”You just can’t tell yourself to stop obsessing over Hershey’s Kisses and expect your brain to say, “Roger that! Deleting all anxiety, behavior patterns, and personal history in regards to chocolate products.” Perhaps that would be possible if you committed to a lifetime of deep psychological work or a partial lobotomy. Or, you could just get yourself a candy bowl.”
– K. Miller

And a counterpoint:
Cornell study / candy on the desk is candy in the mouth
“The study finds that women eat more than twice as many Hershey Kisses when they are in clear containers on their desks than when they are in opaque containers on their desks — but fewer when they are six feet away.”
– S. Lang

What are your thoughts / experiences?  I can have a plethora of candy and sweets around for months, have a few once in a while, and never give them a second thought (even if they’re visible).  But when I toss them all or experiment with an eating method that completely limits sweets, I think constantly about not being “allowed” to have them and it’s ALL.I.WANT.