Friday, November 14, 2014
The Life Trak Core C210 ~ Costco had it for $39.99.
I was not excited about wearing a plain old pedometer anymore because it kept resetting whenever I picked up my grandson. I like wearing this on my wrist as a watch, I no longer need to pull out my phone to check the time whenever I am out running errands.
It has a goal tracker and a sleep tracker. I am finding this little device to be more motivating than the pedometer I was wearing. However, the downside of this device is that it does not automatically upload the information to my computer. But for the price that is a small inconvenience.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
I recently found a copy of Nutrition Action Health letter in the magazine recycle bin at the library. This particular issue (October 2014) has an article about how the food industry converts diet advice into profits.
Diet advice: make half your plate fruits and vegetables, make half your grains whole, get more fiber, etc.
Make half your plate fruits and vegetables, one would expect that to mean eat salads, tomatoes, broccoli, bell peppers, carrots, celery, and the list goes on.
Make half your grains whole: brown rice, whole wheat, barley, millet, etc.
Get more fiber, eat more whole plant foods.
The food industry takes that advice and markets it on the front of the package so that the consumer will be duped into thinking they are making a healthier choice in the "foods" they are eating. My mind cannot let go of the marketing ploy years ago when in was plastered on the front of the Fruit Loops box that it was a "Smart Choice" because the "nutritional information" met certain criteria. In reality it was a poor choice because of the refined flour, sugar, artificial color and flavors.
The cover of this issue has a very interesting picture of how the food industry takes the nutrition advice and turns it into profit:
The profit does not come from selling whole foods, but junk food with a small amount of the good stuff added. For example, according to this article, Almond milk has only 4 almonds per cup, the rest is added water and sugar if sweetened. But hey, I am drinking almond milk, so I am eating more nuts.
As I am reading this article, I began to realize how duped I had become and actually fell for some of this marketing in the area of whole grain in the bread that I buy. I tried baking my bread, but that is a trigger food for me and I can easily down a loaf before the day is over. So, I prefer to buy bread because it does not taste as good as homemade.
One of the things I look for is if it has whole wheat and the fiber content. Now, as I read this article, I am seeing that some of that fiber is an added ingredient that has been extracted. The brand I buy has inulin and sugarcane fiber added. Ugh!!
I will most likely continue to buy this brand because I can read most of the ingredients on the label. I knew that it had the "fiber" added, but this article is suggested that the benefit of it being added is so minimal that it does not really provide much benefit as compared to if the actual fiber content came from a whole food.
If I am eating for nutritional value, my food choices will be more like the left side of the picture because I realize that there is not much value in eating over-processed food-like items. I never fell for the idea of getting my veggies by eating veggie chips which have a powder rather than the whole vegetable added.
As this article states, " ...our stores are stocked with junk food that claim to deliver those same foods. "It's about marketing," says Marion Nestle of New York University. "It's not about health."
So true. Don't believe what is on the front of the package and go past that nutritional label and read the ingredient list.
Monday, November 03, 2014
Yesterday's weather was almost perfect for running. It was a bit windy to be perfect. But, for a day in November, not needing to wear a jacket was a plus.
I did what I call the long loop, which is a circle that is about 5 miles. I had a goal of completing it is 60 minutes. I finished in 61:05, not too bad.
When I first started running about 5 years ago, I started with a coached podcast called 5k 101 and the last one is that 30 minute run and it had a special way of coaching. The podcasts were created in the days of the space shuttle and that last one has the countdown for the take-off and landing. The thing that stuck in my mind about that podcast was when those last boosters were being released and it was announced that they just reached the point of negative return, impossible to abort the mission, they were on their way.
That is what I think about on the long loop run when I am at that far corner that marks the halfway point ~ the point of negative return. No point in turning around because it is the same distance no matter which way I go, either way I am going to finish that 5 miles I set out to do.
I like to think of that when I am struggling with eating healthy and being fit, even when I know I have not been eating right and not moving enough. I have come so for that I do not want to go back to my eating habits of the past.
The point of negative return, I need to keep this in mind as I am struggling to get back to eating healthy foods for the majority of my calories. I did well this week and despite a few stumbles, I managed to resist eating a lot of junk food even when it was handed to me and I lost a pound
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
The blisters are painful and I must have added sound effects when I put on my shoes because my 3-year old grandson was walking around saying, "oooh, oooh, ahhh". At least he was not copying my funny walk. lol
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