Thursday, June 20, 2013
This talk has some new information that Peter Attia, a passionate scientist, low-carb expert, physician and endurance athlete shares with his audience. It is a great summary about how and why low-carb eating works, using his own N=1 experiment as an example while at the same time explaining some of the important science behind low-carb. This man is not only a great thinker and teacher but also compassionate in his responses to the comments on his blog.
It takes a little effort to listen through the more technical stuff but is worth your time to follow to the conclusion:
Saturday, June 15, 2013
I listened to a talk by Christopher Mc Dougall today and he raised the question about whether we are running for fun or to run a good time.
I have always been firmly in the camp of running for fun and my very slow times, showing my aversion to go through any significant discomfort in training, have been proof (although there were some health issues (dairy intolerance) why my speed did not improve much).
Having recently joined a very family-friendly track team, I have started adding a little speed work to my training. The aversion to dealing with discomfort is still there. I have done some 200 meter repeats but nothing longer which would have been more uncomfortable. In spite of this I have had some improvement already. My pulse stays lower when doing uphill walking on the treadmill.
Today I ran a 5 K by myself (on the track, which was boring but easy to measure) and my splits were 10:15 after the first mile, 21:30 after the second mile and total time at 3.1 miles of 33:50.
This is better than I did 2 years ago at the same time of year (last year I had surgery and could not run).
Still, to reach my goal of a 5 K in under 30 minutes by late August before I turn 50 I'll have to improve quite a bit. Today's run was not horrible but it was not exactly fun either.
So this is my question: How can I make this more fun? Doing sprint workouts with other runners is actually fun, but I don't want to do that more than once a week, since I'm also still planning to fit a trail half-marathon in in September if possible, meaning I have to fit in increasingly longer long runs.
I'm considering simply doing more trail running with my dogs while largely ignoring my speed and then just doing sprint repeats once a week. I'm sure there are better training plans that have more variety including tempo runs etc. but I'd hate to have to do them. If you are slow like me the fun is in the running because it sure won't be in the winning.
Chris Mc Dougall's point in his talk was: Enjoy the run and when you get fast you'll have had fun getting there and it won't matter any more how fast you are. Do you agree?
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Some people consider the evidence that wheat is dangerous and acting like a powerful drug in our body as not strong enough to eliminate it from their diet.
If your reason to eat wheat in the form of flour, processed foods, cereals, bread etc. is simply that of convenience outweighing health, then I will not be able to convince you. In that case I just don't think that you will find exercising convenient, preparing vegetables and other healthy foods convenient and learning about healthy living convenient, either. All these things take effort.
I am talking to those people who don't think they ever had a problem that they were aware of with eating wheat and go by the principle: If it isn't broke then don't fix it.
I believe that in this case we can usually not tell if something is broke until it's too late or almost too late.
But I believe that living wheat-free for even 30 days will bring huge improvements in health for many people. So the only question is this: Are there any disadvantages (apart from the inconvenience). To this the clear answer I would give is No. There are no nutrients that our body needs that it can only get from wheat or even from grains.
So I would like to give you the 30 day wheat-free challenge. If you are not 100% sure that wheat is healthy and safe, if you have looked at the evidence, but are not quite convinced, then do an experiment of n=1 and try to eliminate all wheat (including trace amounts in things like soy sauce) for 30 days and see if you notice any improvements in your health.
You may be surprised. If you don't notice any change then you have not lost much and have learned something about yourself.
And please let me know your results or post on the wheatbelly team.
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