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Survey: What would you eat if money and health were not an issue

Friday, June 21, 2013

What I am interested in is two things:
- If money and health were not an issue, what/how would you eat? Feel free to add other info, like how often you would eat, if you would cook at home more or eat out more, if you would eat by yourself more or in company etc.
- How are you eating currently given that money and health are at least somewhat of an issue for most people here?

The reason I am asking these questions is that I believe the answers to both questions, and how they compare to each other give us a clue about what type of diet may be natural and sustainable for us. I will share more thoughts on that after I have gotten some responses.
Please either respond in the comment section of my blog or place a link there to another place where you and/or others answer this question. Maybe you are interested in asking this question in one of your Spark teams and are willing to share the link.
Either way, I welcome any input and will share my own observations starting tomorrow.

Thanks for your participation and I hope we will all learn a lot from this, emoticon emoticon

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    Okay, this might be weird but if money were not an issue I'd travel the world (desert, tundra, jungle, etc.) and try some of the most exotic dishes I could find. I'd really like to taste some of these insects that are supposed to save us all from starvation. But I don't think I could eat stuff like that if it was served at my kitchen table. I'd have to be sitting around a campfire with people whose lives are very different from mine.

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SILVERWITCH59 6/23/2013 4:59PM

    If I could get away with it. I would eat cookies more often. Now they stick to my hips. I was brought up by a stay at home mom that was very health conscious and I caught the bug early. Before I hit my 50's home baked goodies were on my menu I miss them. But I was taught to believe my body is my temple and to maintain it in a good and healthy way. emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 6/23/2013 3:31PM

    Without health in mind, I’d probably eat more fresh-baked bakery breads both sweet and regular. Would also go back to more cream-based soups and pasta like clam chowder and Alfredo -- I typically only get the bottled or canned versions now which offer substantially fewer calories. I’d probably keep a gallon of milk (1 or 2%) in my fridge at all times instead of only having powdered non-fat milk on hand for cooking. I might even go back to putting half and half in my coffee. I love onion rings, fried clams, and fried okra . . . items I currently enjoy but much more moderately, where the healthier freggies are more prevalent.

Without money in mind, I’d probably eat out more often and order the higher-priced entrees supper clubs -- I enjoy grilled tenderloins, scallops, and buttery Maine lobsters (with lots of roasted freggies). I continue to enjoy some of these (with some tasty, but cheaper cuts), but work to stay more diligently within the 3-6 oz range.

Now I’ll go read your most current blog. Great questions!

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SKATER787 6/23/2013 10:36AM

    Great questions but somewhat contradictory because some of us trained ourselves to eat and like certain foods based on health. Heavy foods such as steaks, fried chickens, grilled meats, pies, etc. can be great tasting foods too, but I'd feel ill afterward. So I don't think I can answer part of the questions.

But if cost wasn't an issue and based on my current food preferences, I would go for:
Wild caught salmon, perfectly picked watermelons instead of having to eat my mistakes, more young coconuts per day instead having to ration, better pizza than what I'm getting from Dominos, fresh green salad, coconut ice cream, sticky rice with fresh coconut milk and mangoes, fresh pineapple juice.

On occasion: Phad Thai, Tum Yum Goong, Beef Chow Fun, Dim Sum

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EXOTEC 6/22/2013 7:18PM

    ON Friday, June 21, 2013, HOUNDLOVER1 said:

"What I am interested in is two things:
- If money and health were not an issue, what/how would you eat?"

I would eat “real food,” – not the processed whatever-it-is that’s ubiquitous these days.

(In my dreams:) I’d love to have a small “gentleman’s farm” where my food would be raised right where I can see it. Of course, this would be a challenge for me, since any animal is automatically a “pet.” I suppose I’d have to keep those animals under someone else’s care at a “safe” distance, or I’d never be able to eat them. But I’d know their health and nutritional status. I’d also love some gardens: both veggie and herbs. It would be awesome to have fruit and nut trees.

Another wish would be to live close enough to a coastal area to get real, honest, dayboat seafood. I grew up in such an area, and my father was an avid fisherman… there was no guarantee by that method as to what TYPE of seafood we’d get, but it was always (literally) flippin’ fresh! Delectable. I miss it.

If money was no object (not to mention a bit of shameful sloth), I’d also like to have a “kitchen staff” to produce nice meals. I don’t mean fancy meals. Just good basic home cooking. Rare or occasional special holiday or company things, but, in general, just comfort food.

All this sounds like it needs a commune environment! LOL I can see the advantages and benefits of a thing like that…except I want my own terms! More like an estate, I guess. I suppose it would be some form of hybrid thing, in which all the “staff” would benefit equally, but under my direction. What a snob, eh?!? haha

For the type of foods? well, I really miss things like pot pies and fresh breads. Most of the other foods I’m eating are exactly what I want to be eating, and that wouldn’t change: steaks, roasts, lots of chicken, lots of yummy eggs! I do miss most of the starchy veggies, since I’m sensitive to FODMAPs and nightshades and am really limited by that. I want taters! Corn – if I could find any that’s not mutant. Juicy vine-ripened melons. mmmmm But overall, I like the foods I’m already eating. I wouldn’t change that drastically.

Whether I eat alone or with a family member or in a group isn’t much of an issue to me. It’s the food! I do like the camaraderie sometimes…but sometimes I just want to eat “in peace.”

"- How are you eating currently given that money and health are at least somewhat of an issue for most people here?"

What I do currently is to use grocery-bought items when I can, supplement with what natural foods I can manage (I get the most awesome pasture-raised eggs from a local fellow who only charges $2 a dozen!), and I start my shopping at a local independent grocer who supports local growers and producers. What I can’t get there, I then resort to traditional groceries for. I’m considering joining a co-op to purchase pastured meats, but haven’t done more than consider it for the time being. Our freezer is overflowing with things I need to use before I think about restocking. And I’d need to organize the co-op. I assume (?) there’s a local group…but I’d like to get one going to my own specifications. (There’s that control thing going on again!).

As for the health aspect, I have to be mindful about those things I’m sensitive to. That wouldn’t change, unless some miracle might occur.

"The reason I am asking these questions is that I believe the answers to both questions, and how they compare to each other give us a clue about what type of diet may be natural and sustainable for us. I will share more thoughts on that after I have gotten some responses."

I’m very curious and excited to hear what others have to say on this topic!
Great blog – thanks!

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-LINDA_S 6/22/2013 1:58PM

    Yeah, having someone prepare stuff I consider healthy but still scrumptious would be great! And I agree about more lobster and crab and that stuff. Though I'm afraid I would probably eat more pizza. It would be nice to eat that kind of stuff without feeling guilty and with impunity! And ice cream! Still searching for a really good alternative, but I could do more coconut-bases ice creams, which are more expensive...

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WINDSWEPTACRES 6/22/2013 12:02PM

    Hubby and I are trying to live closer to the way our ancestors did, raising free-range chickens for fresh eggs, milking our own goat and skimming the cream to make butter, baking our own bread and trying desperately to raise vegetables -- battling heat, wind and the above-mentioned free-range chickens. If money were no object, we'd put in a well instead of having to haul water from eight miles away, which would make our lives easier and let us raise more of our own food. Sure it's a lot of hard work, but there's something satisfying about eating real food made with simple, easy-to-pronounce ingredients. Would love to do grass-fed beef, venison and buffalo instead of commercially-raised, growth-hormone enriched "meat." More fresh fruit and vegetables in season. And maybe a new, gourmet kitchen where two people could work together without tripping over each other? emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CINDYTW 6/21/2013 10:49PM

  If I could ignore all of my food issues and my money problems...I would eat all organic, highest quality grassfed meats from local farms, local pastured dairy, I would have my own organic farm with people to tend it for me, and I would eat more seafood. I would eat fresh organic homemade baked goods.

When I go out I would eat at restaurants that serve organic food 50% of the time I went out to eat. The other 50% going out would be stuff I can't have anymore like my favorite sub shop, pizzeria, yummy fried appetizers like jalapeno poppers and mozzarella sticks, nachos, tacos, etc. I would still only go out about once a week probably, maybe twice and the rest would be yummy home cooked meals. As it stands, I can't afford to go out even once a week and actually eat anything but salad. We have a few great restaurants around here that I can eat at but it's too expensive and too much of a risk to my stomach if I go cheaper.

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JUNEAU2010 6/21/2013 3:45PM

    Relatively new to Paleo, so my answers might change as my education increases. Today: I would go fullout Paleo in both food and lifestyle - the grassfeed food, the crossfit or MOVNAT exercise (I would need a personal trainer who understands how to work with someone who has a disability).

Shoot - if money were no object, I might have a personal chef and have the chef grow and make all the food for me! The bones, homegrown produce and all of that.

My reality is that I have to modify Paleo to fit my exceedingly tight budget which means I compromise on the quality of my food and when I exercise, it's with my kettlebell or other stuff at my house and I walk at least once a week - working on adding more.

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LILY_SPARK 6/21/2013 2:06PM

    For the 10 billionth time (and boredom of all), I grew up on a working ranch. It was 100% free range (as in animals sought shelter in forests and grazed and drank water from our creeks and ponds), spring water from our wells and we raised 99% of everything we ate (including making sauerkraut in crocks) and dairy came from mama cow and a goat.

I was raised the way my dad was and the way my whole family was except we had electricity sometimes and running water most of the time.

Our implements were powered by mules.

I'd eat like that without DOING the work! And I wouldn't cook.


I don't enjoy gardening. I had to tend 3 acres of veg, not to mention all the animals and cutting wood for heat or cutting holes in ice during winter, etc. People always say, 'Oh, if only I could live like that!' They do not. That's like the people saying they wish they could go to prison and be 'taken care of for free.' There's a bit more to it.

BUT the food's excellent :)

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ROSEWAND 6/21/2013 1:14PM

    I would eat exactly as I do now. Both my body
and my tastes throughly enjoy the types and
amounts of that I eat. I feel way too well to
change a thing.

Good quality, healthy, and pleasurable foods
are at the top of my priority list. I set aside to
time cook from scratch. I throughly enjoy
eating. I am committed to buying organic foods,
especially fruits and vegetables even on a
limited budget. I would rather forgo something
else and eat more healthily.

I enjoy eating out three or four times each month.
I choose local restaurants, often ethnic ones.

I celebrate food with all its joys of nutrition,
pleasure, and community!

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ELECTRALYTE 6/21/2013 1:09PM

    If health were not an issue- I'd eat lots and lots. I'd be hooked on sugar and wheat and be very, very big.
If money were not an issue- I'd have fresh, not GMO produce delivered to my house every other day, and buy meat from only happy, healthy grass fed, humane farms and that is all I would every need to eat. emoticon

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  I would keep eating the same way that I am now.

Fresh veggies, raw, stir fried, baked or steamed or broiled, fresh fruit, organic lean protein and organic eggs and no dairy except for eggs and organic butter.

No grains, no bread no processed carbs, no canned foods some frozen foods if fresh is not available.

Organic EVO, coconut oil, organic butter, avocados and much water and no sugar at all and nothing that turns to sugar or glucose.

I eat no more then once to twice a day and about once a week I eat smaller meals four times for that day and then right back to my normal eating pattern.

I do not eat breakfast because I am never hungry in the morning.

I guess this covers it all.

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WHEELYGURL 6/21/2013 12:55PM

    If money and health weren't an issue, I could happily live off anything from the Anchor Bar (where the Buffalo wing was born), the Chinese place in my hometown, Taco Bell, and In n Out. Basically a diet of fried carbs. I would weigh 500 pounds and prolly drop dead by the time I'm 35.

Now, because I don't live in a magical world where those food places are right next door to each other, and because I don't want to weigh 500 pounds and die, I eat fairly close to what SP says I should nutrition wise. I know low carb works very well for me if I want faster weight loss, but couldn't deal with the carb cravings and general sick feeling I had by not eating them. I think the best way to sum up my actual diet is I try to eat food that tastes like junk food but isn't. For example, I love chip dip. I now make it with nonfat Greek yogurt so I don't feel bad at all if I put half a cup onto a potato. I've found a great whole wheat English muffin that I can make awesome breakfast sandwiches with. I could never sit here and say I love eating healthy, I don't. Which is why I have to do things the way I do.

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WOUBBIE 6/21/2013 12:41PM

    Farm fresh food that someone else expertly prepared. And lots of it. Eating out when the mood struck. No limit on chocolate and nuts. Ever.

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NASFKAB 6/21/2013 10:38AM

  would eat organic food & use more butter & coconut oil for cooking & buy fresh fish

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LINDIEMAE 6/21/2013 8:52AM

    Money and Health, this is a good questions considering some in the medical community are starting to refer to obesity as a disease - but that is not what you asked. Anyway, If I had money, I would eat more organic, have my own chef, cause no matter how I try I screw up a recipe and of course that chef would have to be able to purchase only non gmo organic foods. Eating out is hard to do if your looking for non gmos ... at least in the grocery store you can see for yourself. Hope that helps eh emoticon

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CHERYLHURT 6/21/2013 7:38AM

  I'd eat "Southern food"! We moved from CA to SC and have been introduced to buttermilk fried chicken, cornbread, pecan pie...
We eat a ton of veggies and salads, very little meat, but do have a glass of wine each evening. We stay healthiest if we eat "green'!

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JSTETSER 6/21/2013 5:48AM

    I'd be eating more sweets, chocolate and carbs. Also more lobster with butter.
I changed my diet for the health of it.

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SPARKCHANTAL 6/21/2013 5:32AM

    if I didn't have to worry about the consequences i'd eat the whole of Italy for one, pasta pasta pasta per favore! but i'd also spend a lot of time in Chinese restaurants, and lobster... hey you're talking to a Bostonian!

but as it is i'm also a poor teacher with a great metabolism, I can gain weigh by thinking about food. so...
I prepare my veggies at home, with a small amount of chicken or fish, ok I succumb to cheese... and get a case of the sweet tooth every once in a while. I think my cats and guinea pigs are more expensive to feed than I am.

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RUNNINGOMA 6/21/2013 4:42AM

    I would eat all organic everything. I would continue to avoid all pork or processed lunchmeat. I would use raw milk and milk products as well as raw honey. I would grind all my own grain fresh. I would continue to use no white flour and use Xylitol as a sweetener. I would definitely go back to eating cookies though. (Naturally homemade and using Xylitol) Cookies are my danger food as well as loads of roasted nuts. Those are two items I have to avoid as I can't (yeah I know, won't is the word that should be there) control them.
I would continue to cook or have someone cook for me.
And I would use only fresh fruits and veggies - preferably out of my garden.

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GLC2009 6/21/2013 3:34AM

    money AND health not an issue....hmmmmm? let me think. emoticon

i would have a large garden (pay someone else to help me keep it up) of organic stuff. i would also hire someone to fix up all my fruit trees so they are healthier (our pears have lots of brown spots on them) and make them bear proof so i would actually get to eat some.

i would buy all organic, pasture fed meat, eggs and such. wild fish and seafood. i like what i eat, so, i wouldn't change much, just improve the quality.

i like to cook, so, i wouldn't need a chef, but, when i didn't feel like cooking maybe hire the gal i met that has a business as a raw food chef and gets hired to prepare meals in people's homes. catering, but, on a more intimate level i guess. or go to very expensive restaurants that only serve organic local foods.

seems i am going to keep health in the equation. i like healthy food. though i would probably add pasta back in sometimes. but, bread i am pretty much over. i would eat lots more sushi, vietnamese and chinese food though.

there is nothing unhealthy that i miss. i've never been into desserts much. don't like cold cereal (except for alpen. i would eat alpen again). can't think of anything unhealthy i would start eating (or restart).

i would have a huge fridge with double doors and a bottom freezer and the nifty door within the door that you can open to just get condiments without opening the whole fridge and a bigger stove and two ovens. actually a whole kitchen makeover just to make the whole cooking and eating experience awesome. since money wouldn't be a concern, where i prepare my meals is as important as what i prepare emoticon

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RAPUNZEL53 6/21/2013 2:13AM

  I would buy organic foods and all the best fruits and vegetables that I enjoy.

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KICK-SS 6/21/2013 1:57AM

    I think I'd eat pretty much as I do now, but like Scapp3, I would add more lobster and high quality fish. I would also seek out places where I could buy deer, elk and other game animals. I miss the deer and elk from my younger years. I would eat cleaner being able to maybe buy higher quality than I can always do now.

But meat, eggs, cheese, veggies, fruits are pretty much my mainstay whether dieting or not. I've found out I actually feel better when I take wheat off the menu so I wouldn't add that back. Eat very little dairy as it is, some hwc now and then...

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DOVESEYES 6/21/2013 1:35AM

    I agree with HAPINANA I would eat freshly grown food and produce cooked in my own home for me (mmm..chef service) since I have researched and learnt so much on Sparkpeople I find I'm actually eating more like when my Mum did our meals as a child only without the 'pudding' everynight. People didn't seem to be overweight then.

We had smaller meals with garden grown veges, lots of red meat and chicken and pork. Breakfasts were cereal of different types or toast, lunches were salads and cheese or left over roast meat or ham if we had visitors. Lots of fruit cakes and fruit puddings and school lunches were left overs like mince or roast meat and homemade pickles.

Great research project looking forward to the outcome!!!

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JANTWO 6/21/2013 1:31AM

    If money and health were no issue, I would still eat as I do now. I just feel better and happy. I enjoy lots of vegetables and I enjoy a good protein shake for lunch.

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STRONG_SARAH 6/21/2013 1:30AM

    If money and health were no issue? I would eat lobster, fine steaks, drink champagne and eat lots and lots of sushi.

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HAPINANA 6/21/2013 1:16AM

    If health and money were no option I would eat "clean" and have someone cooking the meals for me in my home. Didn't have to think twice about that one. Unfortunately that's not going to happen so.......... ??? there ya go!! emoticon

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Another outstanding talk by Peter Attia

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:



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  I eat veggies very much and they are carbs and I eat some fruit and much protein and no processed carbs and no bread and good fats and I am losing weight and feel so good so much better then I have in years and seem to be increasing in energy much.

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SKATER787 6/23/2013 10:55AM

    Excellent. I enjoy Peter's article.

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-LINDA_S 6/20/2013 11:16PM

    Thanks, Birgit!

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JEANNETTE59 6/20/2013 5:11PM

  emoticon for sharing.

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NASFKAB 6/20/2013 6:27AM

  interesting thanks for posting

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Still sprinting a little and trying hurdles

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

I can't say that it has had any effect on my speed during long runs yet, but some of the sprint workouts are actually fun.
200 meter repeats are short enough that they are not very uncomfortable and they still give me a feel for what running faster feels like. My time has improved from about 55 seconds to about 44 seconds.
400 meters on the other hand are a killer. I tried it for the first time today and it took me 2 minutes to finish as I was seriously running out of air at the end. The coach suggested trying 200 and 300 meter repeats for a while and gradually build up to 400m.
I am getting more comfortable with hurdles when jumping off with my left leg and can do several in a row. I tried for the first time to jump off with my right leg today and that did not go so well. I have a lot less jumping power and my coordination with arm movements is very shaky when jumping off with my right foot. I will practice single practice hurdles and some drills for a while.
I am still committed to only do workouts that I enjoy. This is, after all, my free time. emoticon

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  You are an awesome lady doing what you are doing... emoticon m emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon m

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JSTETSER 6/21/2013 5:48AM

    I'll have to try the sprint!

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IGSBETH 6/20/2013 12:27PM

    Way to go!

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FLAMENM 6/19/2013 11:34PM

    Sounds great. Hurdle on!

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BOPPY_ 6/19/2013 9:45PM

    Variety is the spice of fitness.

Spice adds to the variety of nutrition.

At the very least, you are spicing up your Sparking! Great!


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CELLOPLAYER1 6/19/2013 7:16PM

    Have fun!

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HICKOK-HALEY 6/19/2013 11:29AM

    Look at you go..The hurdles sounds like so much fun..Your Coach has a good idea. Your doing better then I would. lol.
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WOUBBIE 6/19/2013 10:43AM

    Love to see your improvement! And I REALLY love that you're only committed to workouts that you enjoy! As FlyLady says, "Make it fun and it will get done"!

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SUNSET09 6/19/2013 8:37AM

  The idea is to get it done and you're doing it! Great! I have workouts that I enjoy and also know that I'll have to switch it up to something that's not so much fun! Work it out! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MARINEMAMA 6/19/2013 7:03AM

    Great job!

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JSTETSER 6/19/2013 6:08AM

    Your plan is paying off!
I'm heading out for my run in a few minutes. I also love my workouts. My favorite is the hikes. Know the hiking basics!

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DOVESEYES 6/19/2013 3:33AM

    Enjoy yourself!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Running for fun?

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?


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SILVERWITCH59 6/16/2013 8:09PM

    emoticon Do what ever works for you. emoticon

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BOPPY_ 6/16/2013 12:53PM

    It is MOST important to keep exercising, and to shape that exercise program to reach your goals.

Any way you do that is GOLDEN!

I love that you are finding new ways to do that.

Note: if discomfort leads to either injury or disgust, avoid the discomfort.

Keep pushin!


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CELLOPLAYER1 6/15/2013 8:39PM

    I say keep it fun!

Currently I am mainly walking because of a knee injury, but I find I enjoy my runs when I don't have to keep up with someone elses pace. I take a boot camp class and I find myself getting frustrated and feel bad because I cannot keep up with the rest of them. Our trainer for the class says not to worry about it but I feel like I am holding the rest of the class back.

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PDQ1203 6/15/2013 9:48AM

    Birgit - i say run for fun, but i find speed work to be lots of fun (typically, it is a short session and there are lots of breaks/recovery time). what's best - you do improve your speed.
don't know if you've read jack daniels (a coach), but he's clear that if you want to run faster, need to do speed work. i think your goal is completely attainable! and great that you've got a group to run with to do your speed work

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NASFKAB 6/15/2013 8:17AM

  do nit run but you know yourself best do what feel comfortable with

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DOVESEYES 6/15/2013 5:36AM

    Not a runner myself so can't give you a good answer. To me if it is hard work to turn up or get going it is not fun. My love is Zumba and even if I'm exhausted I still want to do more. I love it. It's not hard to start but I find it hard to stop :).

I'm sure you will be able to answer if not now maybe in a few months as you consider your progress. emoticon

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KRISZTA11 6/15/2013 4:13AM

    Hi Birgit, I'm with you in running for fun.
Reading other runner's blogs here on SP I have an impression that there are natural fast runners who just start running fast and improve to running even faster, like 7 or 8 min/mile.

When I finished my 5K Your Way training my pace was around 13 min/mile.
Within a half year I got that down to a 10:30 training pace and a 9:15 5K pace.
One year later I'm still there and I don't think this will change, because I too have an aversion to discomfort. I want to enjoy every minute!
The good side is that the only running injuries I ever had was a black toenail and a transient plantar discomfort.

Enjoy your sprint training, I admire you for doing it!

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Is there any harm in giving up wheat?

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. emoticon

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

-LINDA_S 6/13/2013 12:25PM

    I think my joints may feel better off wheat, but this mostly occurs totally when I'm on the strict phase of the hCG protocol. Many other things are also eliminated at this time, including dairy. I do try to stay off wheat most of the time, but I eat out a lot and don't know what's in everything. I think everyone should try this experiment and see what happens.

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JSTETSER 6/12/2013 5:45AM

    I am preparing to go on a cleanse on Monday. I may just cut out a lot of wheat rather than go cold turkey

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DOVESEYES 6/12/2013 1:38AM

    I've added almonds -nuts and meal --- to my plan, once a month I bake an orange almond cake, portion it and freeze it and eat one slice over four days. I eat 6 almonds most days and add walnuts, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds in 5 gram quantities.

I don't eat bread, crackers or baked goods with flour if I can help it. Mostly because I found that bread (flour) puts up my weight.

I try to change the type of food rather than banning it entirely. Like nuts and seeds instead of crisps, or dark chocolate instead of white or milk.

When I get to my goal I want to be able to eat lots of variety.

Great subject!!!

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MEDDYPEDDY 6/12/2013 1:35AM

    I have been off wheat and have not noticed any difference in my health - true, I lost some weight but I lose weight as soon as I follow a plan, wether it is off dairy products, off meat, off sugar or off wheat...My conclusion is that I am the typical omnivore and can eat all things, the problem is to eat them in a balanced manner - the wheat I normally eat is my breakfast sanwich, that is baked from wheat flour, rye flour and grahamn flour (which I know is wheat also) Apart from that I only eat wheat occasionally - falling for a pizza or a pie, eating french bread at resataurant dinners or cake at celebrations... but that is not every day and not even every week.

So my result is that i have stayed from wheat more than 30 days and it made no difference.

Oh, I should add that I don´t think there is any harm at all in giving up wheat and I think that people should try it too see if it makes any difference. I did and it didn´t.

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WHEAT_ON_TRIAL 6/11/2013 10:44PM

    Struggling getting a good wheat free streak going (13 days max so far) - sometimes the call of cookies is too strong! I'll get there though - even 13 days made me feel great.

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NASFKAB 6/11/2013 10:15PM

  thinking of going wheat free for 30 days

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LINDIEMAE 6/11/2013 9:59PM

    I'll have to pick up on this challenge and start a 30 day glutten free wheat free - I've been drifting in and out and just like yo yo dieting I know this is not healthy for me. BUT replacing wheat with other grains is not good either ... I'll keep trying, like quitting smoking it may take a few test runs, as long as I do not stop trying that is what is important to me. - I think everyone reacts differently, as I know of someone who quit for a month and saw no difference and figured all that was for nothing... to each their own eh

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BOPPY_ 6/11/2013 6:48PM

    I avoid wheat because it's (a) not filling to me, and (b) makes me want more. Not eating it (very much) has definitely helped me lose over 120 pounds. And, I'm healthier. But losing 120 pounds will do that.

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MADEIT3 6/11/2013 4:35PM

    I gave up wheat over a year ago, don't miss it, and have done so much better without it! Thanks for addressing this important topic! Since being genetically modified, many of our grains, wheat and corn, have become toxic to us.

Just as another "animal" example - my dogs must have a diet free of all grains or they start having doggie tummy troubles!

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M77355 6/11/2013 4:03PM

    I will certainly read up on how to do it - my daughter has been urging me to do so for quite awhile bc she feels so much better. If only I could get hubby to go along with my 30-day trial, meal planning would be easier!

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LIVERGIVER 6/11/2013 2:00PM

    I quit wheat as part of reducing carbs in February. I don't miss the starches and sugars at all, but I read an article that led me to have some concerns about vitamins fiber, so I've started putting 2 tablespoons of ground flax seed in my smoothie and added a daily multivitamin. I have lost over 30 pounds and have more energy than I've had in 15 years, so I'm not planning on going back anytime soon. I wish you the best on your journey!

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HOUNDLOVER1 6/11/2013 1:53PM

    You are right that most wheat is genetically modified, but in a way that is far worse than GMO (in the sense of gene splicing). Wheat, like many crops, has been modified by exposing the seed to radiation/chemicals to change the genes, something that has results that are completely unpredicatable, just like cancer drugs killing cancer, but also causing more cancer (abnormal cells, some of which reproduce horrible traits).

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  I have been off of all wheat since April 25 this year and feel so good and don't even miss any of the wheat products and all of the bread that I had been eating.

It was so easy to just start eating high nutrition whole foods mainly veggies and good lean organic protein and I am now losing weight and feeling just so amazingly strong and energetic for the first time in a very long time.

From what I have read is that ALL wheat world wide is GMO.

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FILARECKI1 6/11/2013 1:28PM

    I've been off it 5 months and I'm the healthiest I've been in a long time and I have lab tests to prove it. I started with a one month trial and then just kept going because I felt so good. Give it a try. All you can do is feel better.

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