Tuesday, May 05, 2009

The Insanity of Cinco de Mayo

One on One subscribers have a present on the way; When your subscription is set to ship this month, it will be shrink-wrapped with a free workout from the Insanity program -- the first sneak peek of this unreal series due this summer.

And it's the perfect month too, because the One on One is a recovery workout that Tony put into his rotation after a particularly intense day of training. He needed to recover, and Steve Edwards had been asking us to develop a recovery routine with the right kind of exercise to help the body, rather than just... stop.

So enjoy the Insanity workout (you are the first!) and take advantage of Tony's perfect recovery routine!



Annie said...

Hey Carl,

Not sure if you'll get this, but you commented on my page about Shakeology and I was interested in your science about adding a raw egg to the shake instead of whey. Trying to get the most out of my Shakeology!

And I can't wait for INSANITY to come out!

Carl Daikeler said...

I add a raw egg to my Shakeology because, from my own limited reading and information Isabelle has provided to me, it seems that the whole egg, uncooked is really, really good for you. Eggs contain valuable fat which helps cleanse and lubricate the body. But I'm not going to drink an egg "Rocky Balboa" style. I add it to the shake.

Raw, unheated, uncooked organic eggs from a clean source benefit your health as the raw egg yolk and white helps your body eliminate stored toxins. Body builder's have long used raw eggs to help build healthy muscle without the extra fat.

When you cook animal proteins, eggs, milk, meat, and so on, it changes the structure of the proteins. This is not to say that all cooked animal proteins are unhealthy, but that when we don't cook the proteins, they are often healthier. Consuming eggs raw means that vital enzymes and nutrients are left intact.

Just as pasteurization destroys many beneficial enzymes (put there by mother nature to help assist in digestion) and vitamins, in order to make milk "safer", similar situation exists with cooking eggs.

Now getting technical; Raw egg whites contain a glyco-protein called "avidin" that binds itself to biotin, one of the B vitamins. The concern is that this can lead to a biotin deficiency in the body. The simple solution is to cook the egg whites as to deactivate the avidin. The problem is that it also completely deactivates nearly every other protein in the egg white. While you will still get nutritional benefits from consuming cooked egg whites, from a nutritional perspective it would seem far better to consume them uncooked.

The egg's natural design carefully compensates for the biotin issue by putting tons of biotin in the egg yolk. (Egg yolks have one of the highest concentrations of biotin found in nature.) So it is likely that you will not have a biotin deficiency if you consume the whole raw egg, yolk and white.

This is one example of mother nature's wisdom - both combined are very balanced.

Search the web and you can find more info on the value of raw vs. cooked eggs, and many articles on how the connection between eggs and high cholesterol is not valid (high cholesterol is more an issue of putting bad fats like margarine and partially hydrogenated vegetable oils, not eggs) Here's a place for more info on cholesterol myths: http://www.ravnskov.nu/cholesterol.htm

Scott said...


Just saw the Insanity preview; I must say I was really impressed! I cannot wait for this to come out. Do you have a firm date for shipping yet? (I want to be first in line!!)


Bill Mullen said...


I am looking forward to the new Insanity videos. You should allow us to pre-order the videos so that they are automatically shipped the minutes they come off the presses. I would place my order today!!!!