You guys are SMART cookies! I really, really appreciate your feedback on carbohydrate and how dangerous low-carb diets can be. If you don’t believe me, Melinda (RD), Estela (RD), Joanne (med student), Nour (RD) and Kristen (RD) all agree. These are the people consumers should be consulting before starting such a regimen, not some crazy magazine or message board. There’s more to health than weight loss, and drastic, unsafe measures to shed a few pounds are not a means to an end. There is nothing 1) safe, or 2) maintainable about 20-60 grams of carbohydrate a day. The American Diabetes Association recommends an absolutely MINIMUM of 130 grams a day for diabetics! You can only imagine what someone with properly functioning insulin and an active lifestyle requires.
I’ve done Atkins, pre-nutrition education. I lost about 60 pounds and “felt great” (dang, that ketosis!). The second my lips touched a sandwich, weight would creep back on and that lifestyle of ketosis was no longer serving me well. My kidneys thanked me for decreasing my protein post-Atkins, too. Those suckers have to work major over-time to process all of that protein!
If you follow an ultra low-carb diet, the above is not to make you feel bad. It’s to make you aware, because I do care! I get emails a lot from people on fad diets and dangerous diet pills. This is information the general public is not educated on. And as someone in prevention, I want to get information out there to help others live the healthiest, happiest, and longest life they deserve.
Soooo my 10-miler was actually really great! The last 10 minutes were tough, but I learned not to doubt myself so much! I had reason to be a bit nervous as I haven’t been able to get in my short training runs due to crazy work days and hockey games lately. While these are excuses and not reasons (there is a difference!), I have learned through distane racing in the past, the long runs are the ones you need not skip!!!
I fueled with this:
I finished 10 miles in 1:53:09 (11:19/mile) which is a bit faster than my 9-miler 2 weeks ago which I ran at a 11:23 pace in 1:42:30! I did have SERIOUS calf cramps in both legs following my run, however. I’ve never had that issue before and I think it might be a side effect of my new medication 🙁
So, the 5K tonight maybe be more of an event than a race. I haven’t registered yet because I wanted to see how my legs felt today, and they are barkin’! We’ll see what they’re doing by this evening 🙂 I have a hockey game tomorrow, too…so I may be walking tonight, or cheering on Mr. Prevention who is hoping to set a PR! We’ll see!
Off to the Farmer’s Market…a new one this week in my town! 😀
Question: As a health-savvy person (which you are if you’re reading!), do you try and educate others on what you know about nutrition and how to achieve safe weight loss? Do others receive this well, or are they a bit cold to the advice?
and on a lighter note…
What’s for breakfast? I’m starving!!!
Bring on the sun,