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Antioxidants and endurance

grapes

Lately I have discovered the magical properties of blueberries and grapes (specifically concord grapes for me).  Sure I heard they were helpful to endurance athletes, but I never suspected they would be so darned powerful against lactic acid and joint inflammation.

As an example:
This past weekend I ran a 9 mile Saturday and followed that with a 17 mile Sunday. On Saturday I was felling pretty sore after the run and was really wondering if I would be OK for Sundays long run. However I ate about a cup of blueberries and literally felt the pain melt away over a few hours. (I also iced my knees, which is a usual ritual in the evenings as I watch a bit of TV.)

Sunday morning came and I was full of energy and completely pain free prior to the run. The 17 miles passed without any issues, and I was a bit stiff afterwards. I cleaned up and fuelled as normal. (Gatorade, protein shake, water, veggie soup) But I followed the meal with a cup of blueberries, and sure enough the pain melted away just as it had the day before.  By the early evening hours it was as if I had not ran a long run at all that day.

I experienced the same results earlier in the week with concord grapes.

Oh, and by the way…the seeds are very healthy and should also be eaten.  Crunch, crunch!Adam closing

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An awesome way to track nutrients

I have been using Cron-O-Meter as a desktop application for some time to keep tabs on my daily intake of calories and nutrients.  As an application developer I often get so busy during the day that I forget to eat, so this helps me stay on track and ensure I get the proper amount of nutrients to workout and run the way I do.  I really like the desktop application, but often wondered why it was not online and even thought of building an online version of my own.

The other day while starting the application I was prompted that a new version was available for download, so I went to the site and learned that the application I loved is now available online at www.cronometer.com.  I immediately created an account and found that the online application is much more functional than the desktop version.  There are more stats, better use of historical data, and it is also much easier to use.

Please check it out.  Many people I talk to complain because they cannot lose weight, even though they work out regularly, while some others have trouble gaining or maintaining weight like myself.  I always point them to the application so they can track their nutrition for a few days.  Many are surprised at the results.  If something is not tracked, we often do not realize what our intake actually is.

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My not so crazy diet

food-pyramid

A few have asked me about my diet and how I stay so damned skinny slim and make it look easy while still maintaining my energy levels.  Of course my first response is IT IS EASY…if you are active, making it so that there is no real need for dieting in the first place.  However, I realize for many it is not that easy to understand HOW they should be eating regardless of activity level.  In the United States, the land of fast food and prosperity, we as a society don’t want to eat right. (At first one could say we forgot how, but that is a bunch of bull.  We learn it in school, see it on TV, read it in advertisements, etc.  So the main reason is simply because we don’t want to, or because we feel it is not easy.  It is easier to get fat and sue fast food companies for our own stupidity.) Ahem, OK I will get off of the soap box.

Disclaimers: First, I am not claiming that eating the way I do will work for everyone.  We are all slightly different, and you may need to tweak my diet to fit your lifestyle and activity level.  Second, genetics do play a small part and I am naturally thin to begin with.  However, I think this type of diet would be a good starting point for almost anyone.  Third, I am not a physician or trainer and  do not claim to know what I am talking about. (my wife is nodding her head)  So please take anything I say and analyze it for your own usage, and BE SMART.  You may also want to consult your real doctors prior to doing anything.

Let’s get rid of some unhealthy thinking in most dieters minds right away, before moving forward.  One is starvation, another is weight loss supplements or energy drinks simulating a high metabolism, and yet a third is eliminating a food group, thus making our diet less rounded.  While all of these  may appear to work, in the short term, they do not work for any length of time and in some cases result in terrible long term health problems.  These three notions should be gone from our minds so we can look at a healthy reality.

Before you switch to any diet you should really have a clear picture of what your current diet is like.  I recommend that you closely track your diet for a week or two before doing anything new.  I use a FREE program called Cron-O-Meter to track my calories and nutrition.  There are many more out there, but I prefer this one.  After you have a good benchmark of your current habits you can make changes in an educated manner.