Saturday, March 10, 2012

Blog Consolidation

I'm sorry it's been so long since my last post.  I've been keeping myself busy with work, family and my studies. I don't know what ever made me think that I could keep up with three blogs.  I think that it's best if I drop back to one blog and suspend the other two.  Going forward I will only be updating Current Fitness, the other two blogs will be suspended indefinitely.  I'll continue to write about both fitness and nutrition, but all the posts will appear on Current Fitness.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

My Week In Nutrition 2/12/12 - 2/18/12

Last week I said I would report back about my experiment with using fat for my primary fuel and using carbs for after workout recovery.  I felt good during my workouts and had no loss in performance, actually I increased in performance by a slightly larger margin than in previous weeks.

I've purchased a blood glucose meter and I'm in the process of doing some experimentation to see what effect different foods have on my blood sugar.  With this information I hope to do some posts similar to Jimmy Moore's n=1 posts in the future.  If you don't already follow his blog, "Livin' La Vita Low-Carb"  you should check it out.  

Sunday, February 12, 2012

My Week In Nutrition 2/5/12 - 2/11/12

This week I continued my focus on nutrient dense foods.  My food of the week this week has been coconut oil.  I've been cooking with it and adding it to my coffee and protein shakes.  Coconut oil is loaded with healthy saturated fats most of which are medium chain triglycerides (MCTs).  MCTs are an excellent source of fuel for the body and brain.  Coconut oil also contains vitamins E and K and various minerals.

You can learn more about coconut oil from the following links:
The Coconut Research Center
Organic Facts: Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is effective at treating Alzheimer's Disease:

Next week I'm experimenting with the effects of increasing my fat intake and lowering my carb intake on my workout performance.  I'm using fat for my primary fuel during the day and using the carbs to recover after my workout.  I'll report back next week.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Frustration Abounds

I had to send another friend to the hospital recently.  I find myself very frustrated with my position as an EMT.  By the time I see people as a patient they are already suffering from major medical problems and my only option is to send them to the ER.  Most of these conditions are preventable with proper fitness and nutrition.  Sometimes I just want to scream, I can't get anyone to listen to me until after the bulk of the damage is done.  I offer my help, but they don't want to give up their convenient and comfortable lifestyle.  They won't even consider giving up candy, chips, pasta, doughnuts, pizza or whatever their favorite junk food is.  They may be suffering from migraine headaches, diabetes, anxiety, depress or heart disease, but giving up these comforts is too much to ask to live a longer, pain free and possibly drug free life.  Sometimes I think it would be easier if I just stopped trying, but these are my friends and co-workers so I keep going and try not to be too pushy.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

My Week In Nutrition 1/29/12 - 2/4/12

This week I did really well sticking to my plan.  I ate my salads, avocado, eggs and shakeology all week long.  My carb intake was right on target, about 150g a day.  I should probably qualify that number. When I post my carb grams I am talking total carbs not the Atkins style net carb count.  If I were to calculate down to net carbs, my intake averages 100g a day.

I started reading "Wheat Belly" by William Davis, MD.  I've already listened to him on several podcasts and I know first hand the benefits of eliminating wheat from my diet.  So far I'm impressed by this book, he's really filling in the details for me, and I love the fact that he cites references so I can look them up to do my own research.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

My week(s) in nutrition 1/15/12 - 1/28/12

Sorry I didn't post last week.  To be honest, it just slipped my mind.

The last two weeks I stopped logging my food online, you can read about that in my previous posts.  I want to spend less time on macro-nutrient levels and have been trying to focus more on eating a diet rich in micro-nutrients.  I've resumed my commitment to eating green leafy vegetables, colorful fruits and vegetables and drinking my Shakeology.  This last week I decided I was going to eat at least two eggs and one avocado each day.  These are two of my favorite foods and I view them as some of natures best foods from a nutritional standpoint.  I also started cutting back on my milk consumption as another small step toward a more primal diet.  I still enjoy my high fat dairy like yogurt, heavy cream and cheese and I don't plan on giving those up any time soon.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Problems with online food logs

After writing my last post about my food log, I realized a major problem with the system I've been using.  I was using myfitnesspal.com. While eating my lunch today I realized why it is such a chore to keep a log on that system.  In order to enter a food, you need to find it in their system.  If you are entering a packaged food product it's easy if, on the other hand, you are entering a custom recipe, you have to look up every ingredient and their quantities and estimate how much of each ended up in the final serving size you ate.  This has the effect of discouraging you from cooking from scratch and being creative with modifying recipes.  This is bad, the last thing that people who are trying to start eating healthy need is something that makes it more difficult.

After this realization, I am going to recommend that unless someone needs to track the nutritional content of their diet very closely, they should concentrate on eating real food, cooked from scratch, and logging in a simple notebook and hand calculating macro-nutrient content when they have time.

I reserve the right to change my mine on any subject at any time.  I'm still learning and growing every day and I hope I never stop.