Short run, feeling a little stronger - low carb lifestyle gaining in popularity
Thursday, March 01, 2012
This blog has a little bit of everything:
Whatever the bug was I had was more than just a cold, but I think it's on it's way out, at least not a bacterial infection. Maybe I had the flu. Today I went for a very short run of about 20 minutes, walked dogs for half an hour and did half an hour of ice skating. My energy level is still a little lower than normal, but I think I can do the half-marathon on Saturday, probably will not try to race it, just finish, depending on how I feel. The only thing that might stop me is the weather. Today we had freezing rain that would keep me off the road if it continues.
I'm allowing myself a few extra carbs still, today most of a banana in my breakfast cereal, one bite of oatmeal cookie and a few pieces of milk chocolate with hazelnuts. Chocolate with nuts is higher in fat and lower in sugar even if it's milk chocolate, which I like best. I still don't have any cravings for larger amounts which makes me happy.
I talked to someone today about using chlorella together with cilantro and milkthistle for detox from heavy metals which may help me to get rid of some more mercury from my amalgam fillings. I have 4 left to be removed which may take quite a while longer to get done.
I have never tried Chlorella so hope to do some research on it in the coming week.
Today I took inventory at our local food co-op as far as low-carb eating. While this is my absolute favorite place to shop for groceries the low-carb selection is a little more limited than for other diets. They have almost everything organic one could hope for including a great bulk selection of grains, beans, oils, herbs and even meat. But the choices are much greater for vegetarians than vegans when it comes to prepared foods or deli foods. I'm mostly limited to the salad bar, which fortunately includes several cheeses, cooked chicken and a variety of nuts as well as olive oil. Overall alternative grocery stores like this one are still more geared towards vegan and vegetarian eating and cooking from scratch with less common ingredients. Gluten-free foods are quite common, but usually gluten-grains are replaced with gluten-free grains like quinoa, rice or with starches like potato or tapioca. The small book selection has lots of options for all organic, vegetarian and alternative medicine lifestyles but not a single book on low-carb or grain-free eating. I suspect that since some major criticisms of the Atkins-diet the new wave of low-carb eating is still a fairly well-kept secret that is just starting to gain in popularity. I do expect things to develop very quickly over the next year or two as the evidence of success for many people with both weight loss and significant energy gain is growing. I was amazed to see the growing number of researchers from a large variety of disciplines and from well-respected research institutions devote themselves to studying low-carb lifestyles.
It would not surprise me at all if in the next couple of years the obesity rate would finally decline significantly in this country as a result.