Healthy Eating

Because I’m in fitness, people often assume I eat healthful and know something about nutrition.  This reminds me of when I was  good at field hockey in high school.  People assumed I was generally good at sports.  I wasn’t. I’m interested in food and nutrition, but not the way I care about fascia and movement.  However, since my book Keep Moving: Take Steps to Relieve Pain & Improve Your Life came out, during interviews I’ve been questioned about nutrition a surprising amount. I don’t think of myself as an expert in that department, and don’t feel a need to be, however, it made me think I should have some of the basics down.  I figured I should review the basics on healthy eating.

Getting Educated

Two books piqued my interest: The Science of Skinny: Start Understanding Your Body’s Chemistry and Stop Dieting Forever by Dee McCaffrey (an organic chemist and nutritionist) and Why You Eat What You Eat by Rachel Herz (a neuroscientist).

The first was a little older. It came out in 2012, so it has been sitting in my upcoming reading pile for seven years.  But she wrote in […]

Healthy Eating2019-02-13T18:30:04-04:00

Detox Debrief

So, you may recall that right before Christmas, I did a Detox that basically eliminated grains, dairy and sugar (except in fruit).  Here are the highlights of how that turned out:

I could not have done it alone.  Having some people on board made a big difference, especially in the beginning.  It was good to have people to keep me on task or to talk to when I wanted chocolate cupcakes.

Though the book I’d read swore I wouldn’t be hungry, and I think I was eating a lot, I was starving the entire time.  I’d wake up hungry in the night.  I’ve never felt such a bottomless, constant pit of hunger.  If I ever get on Survivor I will do this detox before to help prepare myself.

In ten days, I lost six pounds.  Since then, I’ve put three back on.  That much weight that quickly is never healthy.

On day seven for the first time in my life I actually did stop craving sugar and carbs.  I’ve heard people talk about cravings stopping, but I’ve never actually experienced that myself.  I usually give up sugar in the form of dessert in February, never all types of sugar.  I’ve never stopped craving it […]

Detox Debrief2018-01-13T16:46:49-04:00

Motivated By Food or Fear

Running 13.1 Running 13.1

I’m up to ten mile runs in my training for this year’s Hartford Half Marathon. I love the season of long runs. Any day I run ten miles or more before 8am, I feel so productive. Although, then I spend a good part of the day a little sluggish, so it’s probably a wash.

Earlier this year a runner-friend of mine asked who or what I pictured chasing me when I want to run faster. I laughed because I’ve never pictured anything chasing me. And I’m not sure I could use my imagination (which is pretty good) to motivate me that way.

So I told the truth. I’ll run faster to get back home and eat some chocolate. Basically, I’ll run fast for food over fear.

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