Inform Yourself Friday

A rundown of articles, recipes, photos and quotes that grabbed my attention this week. I think everyone should read, make and see these.

You may have seen this on RunnersWorld this week?

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While it’s a comical view of how runners eat, it also is a pretty truthful representation of how too many runners seem to think “I just ran X miles, I can have that [sugary, insulin-spiking, alcoholic] treat. They cancel each other out.” I used to live like this too because initially, when going from sedentary to becoming a regular runner, it worked for me. Then, after about a year, it stopped working and I started gaining weight again, totally in denial about it because after, I was still running. I even started this blog as I Eat Therefore I Run! Don’t get me wrong, a treat now and then is fine, but overndulgence isn’t. I think this running-to-eat-treats mentality, along with a diet heavy in grain-based starches and sugar for fueling, could be one of the reasons why you see many recreational runners with great, defined legs but bloated, wheat bellies. I now know I was wrong, and have made massive changes to what I eat, which have given me some great results: weight loss, increased muscle mass, decrease body fat, quicker recovery times, more energy overall, and quicker paces.

Rather than busting our butts off working out, perhaps this should be taken into consideration? 😉

Walk away from the kitchenWhat happens if you’re a primal runner though? How do you fill your muscles with glycogen if you don’t eat carbs? Take Mark Sisson’s advice on How to Fuel a Marathon, both in training and the race itself, and your legs, and running, will feel great. I rely exclusively on sweet potatoes, white potatoes and Basmati rice for my muscle fuel, along with the high fat in my diet. My running has honestly never been better.

Yes, fat is fuel. The human body can only store a small amount of carbs to fuel for a race, around 2000, and once they’re gone, runners hit the wall. On the other hand, our bodies store about 40,000 calories as fat, and once you become a fat burner and stop relying on sugar, you have infinitely more energy to burn. The fat I consume the most of is saturated fat. Here are some of it’s benefits:

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From Stupid Easy Paleo’s FB page

While we’re on the topic of fueling and training, have you heard of Team Fat Chance Row? Married couple Meredith Loring and Sami Inkinen, both hardcore primal-eating athletes, have rowed from San Francisco to Hawaii, 2400+ miles, without support, as their way of fighting against sugar and raising awareness about how truly damaging it can be. To fuel their journey, they took no sugars or processed carbohydrates, only comsumed real foods that are high in fat and protein-based. Sami is an Ironman Hawaii finisher who actually became pre-diabetic due to eating a diet low in fat, and high in sugar and processed carbs to fuel his training. Both him and his wife are passionate about sugar-free living and want to spread the word. Are you on board? I am.

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Do you think they had the facilities on their row boat to make a recipe of Nom Nom Paleo’s Cracklin’ Chicken? Probably not, but if you’re at home stuck for an idea and want something that’s quick to make with few ingredients, this recipe hits the spot. Pat made it for us the other night and I was blown away! It’s like fried chicken without the batter! I used to dislike chicken skin, but now, when it’s cooked until crispy in butter or ghee, I LOVE it! This recipe also ticks my box for being versatile, as you can add any herbs or spices to further flavour the meat. You seriously need to get yourself some chicken thighs today and make them!

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Nom nom nom!

Quote of the week. Quote of my life really:

They laugh at me quote

When I was in junior high, I always felt different and hated it; now as an adult, I embrace being different than those around me, whether it’s how I eat, how I train, my choice of mobile phone (Samsung, YES! Forget iPhone), or my life experiences. I don’t like being the same as everyone else. Initially, this quote was from a paleo FB page (can’t remember whose), in the context of a high-fat, low-carb, ancestral, primal, paleo – whatever you want to call it – lifestyle. When you tell someone you don’t eat sugar or grains of any kind, and you eat a lot of fat, it stops conversations. All of sudden, you go from one set of eyes on you to six. It’s too different for people to comprehend, and goes against everything we’ve ever been told about healthy eating and exercise. While I don’t literally laugh at others, non-primal attempts at being ‘healthy,’ I do now look forward to oppotunities to spread the primal word. I’ve been able to do this through ongoing research and educating myself, and I’ve discovered a way that works for me, and now my friends are catching on.

Finally, a perfect example of how it’s never to late to start something new. At 87 years old, Faye went primal and completely changed her life, and her outlook on life. Her testimonial, along with all the others at Mark’s Daily Apple, constantly demonstrate the benfits of primal eating and how it affects people differently. Why not give it a shot yourself? 😉

What did you read/make/see this week?

How are you ‘different’?

Have a great weekend!

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11 thoughts on “Inform Yourself Friday

  1. I saw that Runner’s World post this week and had a giggle at it.

    This week I’ve mostly been reading about cycling. I’ve been using the bike to maintain fitness until I can run again and now I want to go further afield I need a bit more mechanical know-how and tips to improve cycle skills!

    • Would you consider entering a fun race? There’s a 10 mile or 25 mile one in Stonehaven the last weekend in August, you should check it out, (the Great IFB Bike Ride – Stonehaven).You could use your bike, but a road bike might be better suited. If I manage to get a road bike by then, I’m going to enter.

      • That sounds like fun, but I’m afraid I’m not free that weekend. I’d certainly be open to events like that in future though.
        Perhaps you could consider Cycletta Scotland at Scone Palace on 5th October. It’s a women only event, several distances and any bike at all is suitable. I’m already signed up 🙂

  2. I was apprehensive to let go if toxic starches as go to energy sources pre excercise. Even as I did my first whole 30 I was fighting it . There was confusion though because what I thought was physical static was actually mental. As I progressed thru whole 30 and weened myself off of the cravings and mental addictions of grains and starches, I realized that fats were much better in terms of an even energy, fats were a cleaner source with little or no crash afterwards and that the definitions of pre energy food sources had now cognitively changed for me.

    This was proven even more when after whole 30 i went back as a creature of bad habits, to starchy carbs on a few occasions. Coupled with how good zero grains/starches felt was how utterly crappy in comparison I now felt after eating and during workouts both in gym and during outdoor workouts. It’s a murky journey through so much contradictory info sources and until we trip thru several choices, do we see the proof is in the primal pudding!! See what I did there? Ha ha.

    Observe/Adapt/Overcome

    Yad

    • LOL nice pun! I totally agree about letting go of conventional wisdom when you initially begin your primal journey: I think we think because it’s not ‘mainstream’ it can’t be good. Then you read and research, and come to the conclusion that mainstream is wrong. That, coupled with how you physically feel different, clinches primal eating for me.

      You also realise how you become almost emotionally attached to carbs and sugar, and the initial hesitation is a result of thinking that you’ll never be able to eat delicious food again. Then you get over it and realise that you’re food horizons have drastically shifted and there’s in fact much more you can eat. And it’s all delicious! Thanks for insipring another post Yad! 😉

    • I don’t know at this moment in time, I’m really liking where I’m at with my food, weight and wellbeing. I also like the freedom and flexibility, a la Mark Sisson, that primal eating offers. Although Maria is incredibly knowledgeable and I’ve learned so much from her books and blog, I do find she’s very strict and my impression of keto is that it’s very strict. I may change my mind about it in a while though.

      Thanks for your comment and thanks for stopping by 🙂

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