Monday, March 10, 2008

Eat Food. Mostly Plants. Not Too Much.

from Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food:

1. Eat Food.

  • Avoid food products containing ingredients that are unfamilar, unpronounceable, more than five in number, and include high-fructose corn syrup or transfats.
  • Avoid food products that make health claims.
  • Shop the periphery of the supermarket - stay out of the middle.
  • Get out of the supermarket where ever possible. (buy from farmers markets, CSA, local stands)

2. Mostly Plants.

  • Eat mostly plants, especially leaves.
  • You are what you eat eats too.
  • If you have the space buy a freezer.
  • Eat well-grown food from healthy soils.
  • Eat like an omnivore.
  • Eat wild foods when you can.
  • Be the kind of person who takes supplements.
  • Eat more like the french, or the italians or the japanese, or the indians or the greek. (i.e., eat traditional, non western, diets).
  • Regard nontraditional foods with skepticism. (Soy isoflavones are a good example).
  • Don't look for the magic bullet in traditional diets. (its not one thing, its the whole way of approaching eating)
  • Have a glass of wine with dinner.

3. Not Too Much.

  • Pay more, eat less. (quality is better than quantity)
  • Eat meals.
  • Eat at a table. (A desk or a couch is not a table).
  • Don't get your fuel from the same place your car does.
  • Try not to eat alone.
  • Consult your gut.
  • Eat slowly.
  • Cook, and plant a garden if you can.

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Sunday, March 09, 2008

Slow and steady progress.

I've finally seen some progress in the scale, just a little but my body is starting to feel better, so hopefully it will start letting go of this excess weight. I really am trying -- although I can do more and make better choices. It *is* getting easier, and importantly, portion control is coming along well. Friday night at dinner and again this morning at breakfast (both times out in restaurants), I was unable to finish my meal (veggie pad thai, and multigrain blueberry pancakes). Good news for me, as I can, honestly, be a bottomless pit when it comes to good food. Friday I left the remnants on my plate and walked away. This morning, I packed up the left-overs for a breakfast one day this week.

Also today I had a pretty good "long" wog, on my "hilly" loop route (as hilly as it gets here on the beach). Over a 3.75-3.9 mile route (depending on how the footpod measures it that day), I was 1 minute/mile faster than last week. Definitely feeling like its easier to string together the running portions of the wog, and I feel like those running portions are actually a little bit faster than in the past. Still a long way to go, but I'm planning that my next event will be more of an actual race than Hyannis was.

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