One calorie at a time
Tuesday, February 05, 2013
I missed yesterday's workout. I wasn't feeling well. Thats going to increase my week's workouts from 3 in a row to 5 because it was my second rest day for the week. I try to do at least 5 workouts per week. Its not really mental, I get soreness and inflammation if I over do it. The whole point to exercising for me anyway, is to improve inflammation, not to make it worse. I will focus on longer but lower intensity workouts this week so that I can achieve the calorie deficit without doing damage to myself. It will be a low impact week.
I have been reading 'This Crazy Vegan Life' by Christina Pirello. I don't share her point of view on saturated fats. I think the quality of fat on the animal is directly tied to the quality of its feed. When you give pigs soybean based food, they become riddled with omega 6 fatty acids and are subsequently not very good for people to eat. I gave up eating soy 15 years ago when I discovered that I was at risk for PCOS (one doctor told me I had it and then another told me that I did not. it would be great if they came to an agreement.) I learned that excess estrogen was bad for women like me. It is converted into testosterone via enzymatic action. The testosterone activates follicles in a masculinizing way. In other words: the bearded lady is actually a girly girl getting pushed into overdrive by the estrogens in her environment. I do know that being very careful about your animal sources is extremely important. And, as I get older, meat appeals less to me than it used to. I used to be h@ll on wheels for a great hamburger. Now, less so. Now, I enjoy broths and an egg yoke more than flesh. I am eating more vegetarian style than I have in 15 years. I am unlikely to go back to my processed food vegetarian lifestyle of my teens, but I am enjoying legumes and vegetables a la South Beach Vegetarian style.
I guess everything comes back around again. I am leaning more towards veggie based meals with healthy fats and longer easier workouts to prevent injury. Didn't we do that in the 80s? I will never go back to low fat anything or super low calorie. Or worse: diet soda. Boo hiss. But, a lovely plate full of vegetarian chili over quinoa with a green smoothie sounds very good right now.