Pre-Wheatbelly fun: Pizza and "Koelsch" (Cologne-area specialty beer) in Germany
Cologne, Germany -- overlooking the Rhine River, Cologne Cathedral in background
Moscow Mtn. Madness Half-Marathon 9/12 (2:17:55)
I am 53, healthy, but (or and) deeply interested in the art and science of healthy eating. I'm convinced that getting a fix on diet and nutrition will make me not only a healthier, but also a happier, and life-giving, creative, contributing person. I also am working on making medium distance running a fixture in my life.
I have been following a gluten-free diet since Jan. 1 of 2012. Increasingly my family and I are going in a primal diet direction. I'm trying to fold this into a larger perspective where healthy eating (organic, whole, and if possible locally produced foods) is not only for my personal benefit, but also a small way to help build a better society by supporting health and an ethos of sustainability on a large scale. Over time I've become more aware of and concerned/passionate about the politics of food and nutrition as well.
I truly enjoy running and have done four half-marathons between 9/11/11 (yes, really) and March 2013, as well as a sprinkling of 10ks, 5ks, and an 8-mile trail run. I run in a minimalist fashion and have been influenced by the "Chi running" approach. I hope to continue this for the rest of my life. I do enjoy trail running when I have the chance and have had some beautiful times in the hills of N. Idaho as well as along the bank of the Snake River. Mostly, though, I train on the backroads of wheat country here in E. Washington.
I have been a follower of Jesus since college, way back in the day, and am on an ever-evolving path to understand and practice my faith in real life.
I am becoming a relatively proficient medium-distance runner (up to half-marathon) using minimalist running technique and am now exploring trail running. I want to learn more about strength training. Always educating myself more on diet, nutrition, and running. Get into the habit of stopping to center during the day.
Mixing running and strength training throughout the week. Always have a nutrition or food culture book to work on. Get enough sleep!
History teacher in Eastern WA state. Especially likes the history of popular religion, modern war, and collective memory and commemorations.
Homeschooling Dad, house-churching Jesus follower.
Going gluten-free and exploring low-carb and paleo diets.
Trying to become a decent distance runner. Greatly enjoying the increased fitness and vitality.
Next goal is regular meditation.
"On a flat road runs the well-train'd runner,//He is lean and sinewy with muscular legs,//He is thinly clothed, he leans forward as he runs,//With lightly closed fists and arms partially rais'd."
-- Walt Whitman, "The Runner"
"Bring me my Bow of burning gold;
Bring me my Arrows of desire:
Bring me my Spear: O clouds unfold!
Bring me my Chariot of fire!
I will not cease from Mental Fight,
Nor shall my Sword sleep in my hand:
Till we have built Jerusalem,
In Englands green & pleasant Land."
- From the hymn "Jerusalem" based on a poem by William Blake and the inspiration for the title of the film "Chariots of Fire"
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I am seriously thinking of doing a whole food, plant based diet. Could you recommend any good books or recipe books on the this type of eating? Have been juicing for awhile now, but want to cut out or at least cut substantially, animal foods from my diet. Thanks, any input would be greatly appreciated. Karen
1376 days ago
Thanks for stopping by my SparkPage -- Happy Easter and have a great week!
1388 days ago
Thank you for your kind comments on my blog. I appreciated them! Good luck on your marathon!!!
1416 days ago
Thanks for the comment on my Kite blog! I hope this week is a healthy week for you that gives you plenty of energy for that HM on Saturday!! :)
1423 days ago
Thank you very much for visiting my Gator Run blog post. Reflection is good if it helps move me forward. I have 4 weeks til my next half. Fingers crossed and inclines set that I learn to enjoy the run.
Happy running to you, especially on March 2. PR!!!
1428 days ago