Sunday, June 27, 2010

Yet again...

Just wanted to give a final shout out to these shoes! Monday I wore them out on the trails and tripped over my big toe. It would have happened in any shoes, but the old toe was pretty sore for the next few days. To give it a rest, I decided to wear my "normal" running shoes on the treadmill for a 6 miler w/ 3/4 mile intervals. It felt AWFUL! Those shoes felt so big and heavy and I couldn't feel my feet. My old shoes are still fine for nice long runs, but for the fast stuff, I don't want anything on my feet other than Vibrams or my running flats.

Friday, June 11, 2010

New Book

I just finished reading Dr. Abravanel's Body Type Diet And Lifetime Nutrition Plan. You select a nutrion plan based on which of four glands (Adrenal, Thyroid, Gonadal, Pituitary), if you're a woman, or three glands (Adrenal, Thyroid, Pituitary), if you're a man, is most dominant in your body. You determine your dominant gland by assessing your body image, where you put on weight, personality characterisitcs, and food cravings. This gland is often overstimulated in the process of satisfying cravings. Due to constant overstimulaiton, the dominant gland is exausted, unable to function, and weight gain persists. Dr. Abravanel teaches to avoid foods that you crave and in doing so, you will lose the craving. Eventually, the tired gland will become active again, but you must continue to avoid trigger foods throught your life. He claims that you will lose weight from trouble spots and have greater dieting success as a result of fewer cravings. This book also includes exercise recomendations, weekly menu plans, success strategies, and lots of other good-sound-advice.

I happen to be of the Adernal sort and liked several of the recommendations and guidelines based on my body type. I've always felt a little guily not being able to eat a very big breakfast. You know, Breakfast like a King, Lunch like a Queen, Dinner like a Peasant. Or even keeping meals equally proportinate. This book recommended that my type eat a small breakfast...for me the bigger the breakfast the more I eat ALL let's avoid that! I also liked the spacing between meals. 5 hours between breafast and lunch, 6 hours between lunch and dinner. Seems like a long time, but for me it gives my body a chance to digest and spend at least an hour burning in the fat zone. I'm hungry for meals, but am more quickly satisfied.

Anyway, it's one worth reading...and fun to find you type.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Beans are the new Applesauce

Banana Bread Muffins
Very Good!

1 c sugar
3/4 c bean puree*
6 over-ripe medium bananas
2 eggs
1 Tbs flax seed + 3 Tbs water

BLEND until smooth


2 c whole wheat flour
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt

Blend well.

Pour into cupcake tin (you can use a bread loaf, but cook longer) that has been covered with baking spray. Let sit for a few minutes. Bake at 350 for 20 mins (about an hour if making bread). Make sure muffins are almost firm to the touch.

*bean puree: 1 can beans (I used Greath Norther White Bean) drained and rinsed. You can also make your own beans and use them in the recipe (that would take longer of course). Puree beans in food processor until smooth...I added just enough water to get them moving. I also used just less than 3/4 c beans and topped it off with canola oil. Canola oil has good Monounsaturated Fatty Acids that are good for you and I wanted to keep a little in my muffins. You can use just the beans though and the muffins will turn out great!