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.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Taking a break from the food log.

I have been logging my food online for awhile again.  As I said in my previous post, I don't normally log constantly.  I normally log for a week or two and take then take a break for a week or two.  I think that I have logged long enough this run.  Time for me to take a break and enjoy eating the foods that I've learned fit my nutrition requirements. The weeks I don't log I enjoy the experience of eating more.  I spend less time obsessing about how I'm going to log a recipe online and being as accurate as possible.

I'm going to remove the link from my sites until I start to use it again but I will continue the weekly posts to keep you updated on how I've been eating.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Anti-SOPA Blackout

All blogs on the charlescurrent.com domain will be observing an anti-SOPA blackout on January 18th, 2012.

Monday, January 16, 2012

My Week in Nutrition for 1/8/12 - 1/14/12

Last week I did good at sticking to my plan and keeping my carb intake within the limits I set for myself.  On work days I had my Shakeology for lunch and my Quest Bars for a snack, I'm not so good at having them on my days off.  I've noticed that I feel better on days I do have them, I feel more energetic, regular and my thinking is clearer.  My Shakeology is on Home Direct auto ship so I get a refill every month.  I haven't done that with my Quest Bars yet because I don't know how many I will need yet.  My first order didn't last long with both my wife and I eating them.  I placed another order on Thursday and they arrived on Saturday so I will see how long this batch lasts and probably start some kind of auto ship on those too.

A couple of weeks ago our old blender tried to burn up making my Shakeology, so at the end of this week we bought a new Ninja blender.  My wife is excited about being able to make her own smoothies and she experimented with it as soon as we got it home.  The first one she made was large enough to make two, so I helped her eat it.  She makes them with fruit juice and they come out with more sugar than I care for, but they taste great.  I prefer to start with Shakeology or another protein shake and add some fruit, ice, water and/or milk to it.  When I'm home I tend to use whole milk and some greek yogurt to increase the fat content.  At work I just use water in my shaker cup, it's easier.

That's all for this week, see ya next week.


Thursday, January 12, 2012

My Week in Nutrition for 1/1/12 - 1/7/12

This is the first in what I hope to be a weekly feature discussing how well I ate, mistakes I've made, experimental changes, links to articles and videos I've come across and maybe a featured recipe once and a while.

This is a late post for the week of 1/1/12 through 1/7/12.

The first week of 2012 was the beginning of my P90X / Insanity hybrid exercise program, I will post more about that on my other blog.  I mention it here because I decided to experiment with the P90X Results & Recovery Formula after my workouts. Mark Sisson of Mark's Daily Apple and The Primal Blueprint helped Beachbody formulate this supplement.  As I have already mentioned, I am a fan of Mark's ideas on fitness and nutrition.  This formula contains a combination of protein, vitamins and glucose (read no fructose) to aid your muscle recovery after an intense workout.  This is no scientific study but I do seem to recover from my workouts faster on the days I use it.  What I mean is that it seems to relieve the weakness and shakes that I normally have after a workout and muscle soreness seems to be less on the following day.  I will continue to experiment with this supplement and report more later.

I have found Quest Protein Bars are my favorite snack.  I love these things and can't say enough good things about them.  Do yourself a favor and check them out.

For the last couple of weeks I have been drinking Shakeology for lunch at work and occasionally at home.  I really like the nutritional content of this shake.  They claim it's the healthiest meal of the day and after looking at the list of vitamins, minerals, super-foods, herbs, prebiotics, probiotics, enzymes and protein, I am inclined to agree.  The combination of Shakeology and one Quest Bar a day gives me at least 36g of protein and 20g of fiber.  And the best part is that they both taste so good that you feel like you are having a cheat day, every day!

My food log was interrupted over the weekend because we went camping and had no reception.  Being a little lazy, I didn't feel like writing everything down and entering it later, so I skipped it.  I did have one meal that had a sauce with some wheat in it and I suffered for it a little the next day.  I tend to forget how much better I feel until I slip up.

Tom Naughton wrote a really good review of the book The Smarter Science of Slim. This book is going on my Amazon wish list.  Check out the review here.