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This Morning’s Circuit – And Why You Should AVOID Organic Eggs

Read time: 3 minutes. Workout time: 25-40 minutes.

If you’ve left your options open as to what sort of training you’ll be doing today – or (gasp!) are thinking you might even have a day off from the gym – then this circuit just might hit the spot. It’s nothing fancy but it will work every muscle in your body, get you sweating and pumped for the rest of the day, and the best part is it will only take you 25 minutes so long as you don’t faff around socialising or day-dreaming in between sets. I know, I know, not that you’d ever do that. Just saying.

Part One

  1. DB flat bench press – elbows angled 45 degrees down. 12-15 x 4-second reps. Be sure to keep your belly button drawn toward your spine – don’t be lazy just because you’re on a bench!
  2. DB one arm bent-over row, split stance. Keep it simple by using the same weights as exercise one, and just use the dumbell rack in front of your bench to lean on, same side foot as lifting arm forward. 12-15 x 4-second reps on each arm.
  3. Shoulder-height cable wood chops. I used a rope today, just for variety. 10-12 reps each side, 3 seconds per rep.

Repeat x 4, 10-30 seconds rest between rounds.

Part Two

  1. Barbell dead lifts, underhand grip (for variety). 10-12 x 5 second reps.
  2. Overhand wide-grip lat pulldowns. Retract with your shoulder-blades first. 10-12 x 4 second reps.
  3. 45 degree leg press. 10-12 x 4 second reps.
  4. Swissball jacknifes, feet only on ball. 10 x 3 second reps.

Repeat x 4, 10-30 seconds rest between rounds.

If you still have time to spare, grab that swiss ball again and do 3 sets of hamstring curls, 10 reps only, but only 10 seconds rest between sets.

Part Three

Leave the gym with a spring in your step and the smug knowledge that you did more work in less than 30 minutes than many social gym-goers manage in a week.

Today’s read: Why You Should Avoid Organic Eggs

Full article read time: 7-10 minutes

This article blew me away. I’ve never even considered the idea that organic store-bought eggs could be tainted by chlorine baths and the absorption of other toxic chemicals as part of the cleaning process, but apparently it’s standard practice. You don’t even really need to read the full article to know that this is definitely not a good thing.

So what to do?

Pretty simple. This sort of unacceptable food-handling is just another reason to support local produce and shop only with a reputable online delivery service, or at your local farmer’s market where you can personally inquire as to the handling of your food (or see for yourself that your eggs don’t look overly clean on the outside!)

If you have any inside knowledge on food handling/treatment please comment below. I can’t believe I never thought of something like this and often use to use the supermarket as an organic food fall-back, but definitely no longer!

 

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11 Comments

  1. Frances says:

    I was worried looking @ the title re organic eggs, then realised I’m all good as I buy from a farm. Off to Mernda markets i go now 🙂

  2. Aster says:

    My family owned a poultry farm (unfortunately it was a battery farm) and I used to work there on school holidays. I did every role there from collecting, to working in the dark room (checking for cracks) through to grading/packaging the eggs. I’m not sure what other farms do but we definitely never used chemicals to clean eggs, if an egg was dirty I would clean it with a rag in the darkroom. Hope this helps!

    1. Kat says:

      That’s good to know! Maybe it’s a recent thing, or maybe more US based. Still worth being aware of 🙂

  3. Tj says:

    Why didn’t you do pikes instead of jack knifes 😛

    1. Kat says:

      Hahaha, because I didn’t think you’d read this! Give em to me Wed 🙂

  4. Barb says:

    A friend of mine worked in a major company’s chicken processing plant in Queensland. She said that chicken dropped on the floor would be picked up, washed in chemicals, then processed as normal. I don’t buy chicken from that company or supermarkets they supply anymore.
    I find it difficult to source chicken that is processed cleanly and reputably, which is a shame because it’s one food that forms a major part of my diet being white meat protein.

    1. Kat says:

      That’s scary. Not shocking though. I shudder to think of the occasional times I’ve bought conventionally farmed chicken, thinking ‘it’s free-range, how bad can it be’. While I sometimes think ignorance would be bliss I also believe we really can make a difference to our own and our families health by making truly informed choices. Thanks so much for commenting Barb!

  5. Deb says:

    Scary for sure but as someone else said not too shocking… You’re so right all the more reason to buy local and from a TRUSTED source. Thanks for the eye opener.

  6. Nice and quick circuit that is very effective, great for people who have minimal time to workout! 25 minutes isnt long at all!

    1. Kat says:

      Short and sweet!

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