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Nourishing a growing baby

Thursday, July 11, 2013

I recently ran across this article and really liked what it says. No, my kids aren't babies, but I do have a 9-month old granddaughter.


Half Marathon Race Report 6/1/13

Sunday, June 02, 2013

This has been an experiment in food for me. I went primal (paleo) the second week of February and trained for my race that way. I've done quite a few half marathons, but this is the first with eating primal.

Friday night I had salmon and a big sweet potato for dinner. I had gone out to lunch with my daughter and had a bison burger on lettuce with tomato and purple potato fries.

I slept pretty well Friday night, until 3:00 am. Woke up and couldn't do more than try to rest until 5:00 am. I got up and got things ready and had banana pancakes (2 eggs, small banana and 1 tblsp of coconut flour). I wore a tank top along with spandex shorts, my kilt, Luna Leadville Sandals, and a ball cap. Left the house at 6:00. The weather was perfect, low 50s and breezy. As someone who doesn't handle running in warm weather very well, I was happy. The race started right on time at 8:00.

The first 3 or 4 miles weren't the best, just trying to get in my groove. The course was a combination of dirt farm roads and road mix. At points, it was moon dust, which is really fine, loose dirt. I was really happy to have my Lunas here as it only took a second to get the dirt out. Started felling pretty good after 4 miles or so. At about 6 miles, came up on a couple of hills. I did power hike for a little bit on the really steep one as I'm faster doing that. At about 6.5 miles, I munched on a Luna bar bite sized.

I was feeling pretty good and the miles were ticking along. I got out to the main road (dirt with road mix) that I would be on from about mile 7.5 until the finish. There were rolling hills but I kept chugging along without any power hiking. I did pass a few folks in the stretch from about 9-12 miles or so. At about 10 miles, I had a fruit leather type snack. At about 11 miles, I was getting pretty tired, but not surprising since my longest run in training was 11. Around 11.5 we were in pavement until the end. At a little after 12 miles, it was a steep downhill down to the marina (Snake River). The worst part was turning into the marina area as the road and parking area were very rocky. Managed to cross the finish in 2:42. I'm happy with my time. Last year it took me 2:55 because the heat got to me.

It sure felt good to put my feet in the river afterward.

I think I'm done with half marathons for now. I don't think I have the desire to do the longer runs anymore. I won't say I'll never do it again, but I'm ready for short runs with my dog again.

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MARGARITTM 6/4/2013 10:38AM

    Nice job on the race and the review!

Always a huge win to beat last year's time

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WINDSURFNERD 6/2/2013 2:58PM

    Congratulations on a nicely run race and for beating your previous year's mark!! Enjoy your recovery!

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The Great Cholesterol Cover Up - movie

Friday, April 19, 2013

Thought I would share this very enlightening film. It's an hour long, but well worth the time.

Statin Nation - the great cholesterol cover up

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    Thanks for sharing!


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Science of Addictive Junk Food

Friday, February 22, 2013

Very interesting article from the NY Times. 14 pages but well worth the read.


Experiments in eating & no dairy

Thursday, February 07, 2013

I've been eating pretty well for quite awhile, although sometimes a bit too much junk food. Decided to try going without wheat to see if it would make any difference. I haven't noticed a difference really, but I eat more vegetables and fruit without wheat products so I'll probably continue. I'm trying to eat more natural things and avoid processed food as much as possible. I ran across another Spark user who was avoiding dairy due to increased heartrate plus some joint stiffness and swelling. Its like a lightbulb when on for me too. I decided to avoid dairy for awhile and see if it makes any difference. Just started Tuesday night, Feb. 5, 2013. Got some Almond Milk for my coffee. Unfortunately, all the store had was vanilla, so I got that. Yuck! Way too sweet as I was just using plain milk before. Picked up regular almond milk, and I can survive until I can get some unsweetened. The regular isn't bad, but still a little sweet.

So what can you classify my eating as? I guess I'd have to go with omnivore. I'm not really Paleo, not low carb, not really anything specific. I eat meat, vegetables and fruit, and occasionally potatoes or sweet potatoes and a Clif Bar or Lara Bar. So I guess, mainly, just overall healthy. The only grains I've been getttng are from my Clif Bars, which are my breakfast at work. I'll probably change that when I run out. Maybe some egg cups or something?

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    I have ADHD - not hyperactive and three of my kids are as well. After reading more about it - I learned that many people who have Autism or ADHD actually could have food allergies. I realized that since my kids were young they had small problems with milk. Nothing huge - they still drank it - but as babies they had some reaction. So, I decided to go milk-product free (cheese, you name it) recently and it has made such a difference.

One child was especially hyper when drinking milk - and her behavior has greatly improved. Whenever she starts to test my patience - we find that she has slipped in some milk.

For the other kids - they have also noticed no more problems with their stomachs. Their digestion greatly improved.

For me, soy milk is a lot worse than regular. They say it also has the protein caesin in it - I guess that's why. I don't really love Almond Milk - but I am tolerating it. Its more important to take care of my health!


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TCMAKEUP 2/7/2013 10:54AM

  I have switched to soy milk and that has helped me tremendously

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