Happy Saturday! I’m going to spend the remainder of the weekend in yoga teacher training (I wish there was wi-fi there—then I could be like my nutrition students and pretend I’m listening, but really be chatting and playing on the Internet…just kidding, I wouldn’t do that!).
I want to tell you a few random things today.
1. The randomly chosen giveaway winner is: jtones (I’ve sent an email, and she’s busy picking out which coffee bean/herb combo she wants!). Thank you to everyone who entered—I met some new bloggy friends as a result, and that is just awesome. I plan to keep doing the same type of giveaway thing (next one when I reach 1000 “Likes” on fb maybe?)—collect stuff I love over time, and then when I have enough, I’ll put it in a giveaway. Note: Since I’ve been SO uncreative in the kitchen lately, the next giveaway might just be the exact same stuff… but it sounds like you’d be ok with that!
2. I found an AMAZING blog to follow: Maria’s Nutritious and Delicious Journal. Somehow I found her facebook page, and her posts are really interesting and informative. She and I share eating/food philosophies, and she has several books out too (I just ordered all of them from her Amazon store). No, I’m not stalking her—even though she has no idea who I am.
Two interesting things I just learned from Maria in this post, which I’ll be reading more about, are this:
- “Oranges are not very high in vitamin C which is why juice is fortified with vitamin C. We know that glucose and vitamin C have similar chemical structures, so what happens when the sugar levels go up? They compete for one another when entering the cells. And the thing that mediates the entry of glucose into the cells is the same thing that mediates the entry of vitamin C into the cells. If there is more glucose around, there is going to be less vitamin C allowed into the cell. It doesn’t take much: a blood sugar value of 120 reduces the phagocytic index by 75%. So when you eat sugar, think of your immune system slowing down to a crawl. Sage is also filled with vitamin C!”
- “Birth control pills deplete our cells of zinc and getting pregnant too soon before having healthy zinc levels can cause birth defects, such as cleft palates. My suggestion is to take zinc for 6 months after going off birth control before trying to conceive.”
3. My Keurig broke today. I am taking this as a sign from the universe that I need to quit my regular coffee habit (ok, or maybe it’s just telling me to cut down to making it optional instead of necessary). Coffee is acidic. I have more reading to do about this too–I know cold brewed coffee is less acidic–anyone have the Williams Sonoma cold brew thingy? Maybe I’ll buy that (you can warm the coffee after you brew it if you like).
4. Brief Intermittent Fasting Update: I’m still doing it. There have been three days when I did not do it (once due to stress, and twice due to schedule—and I intend to eat before I go to yoga teacher training today/tomorrow since I’ll be there for 7 hours and don’t want to pack my lunch. Yes, I’m lazy like that, and I feel more focused if I just drink water while I’m there and have a few snacks–almonds, etc.). My body fat is lower by about one percent, but my weight is the same. My calorie intake is the same (the time of intake changed, but the quantity didn’t). I’ve stopped feeling ravenous at my first meal. I can super duper focus all morning when all I’ve had is a cup of coffee and water (sometimes with lemon). I’ve been eating my first meal between 12-2, depending on the day, and my last before 8pm.
5. Traditional Fitness Plan: I’m still doing my several-times-a-day activity plan, on most days. Probably 2-3 days a week it doesn’t turn out like I want—due to scheduling, workload, or excessive numbers of student emails. I do WAY more low level activity than intense workouts (walking mostly, some moderate cardio time on my beloved AMT at the gym). My interval timer training with the Ugi (primarily) and sand bag (secondarily, since I haven’t gotten organized enough to work this one in adequately) happens for about 15-22 minutes at a time several times a week. It’s a new way for me to look at workouts—I’m used to thinking I should spend a lot of time at once during the day! The result so far: I’m guessing I’m about 1 week from having a kick-ass six pack (sorry, I’m not showing it—it feels inappropriate since I’m a teacher). My arms are more sculpted, and I’m trying not to be annoyed that my thighs are bigger (less jiggly, more muscular—from past experience when I did P90X, I know the tables will turn soon and they’ll be less tree-trunky).
So, there you have it—a lot of words and no pictures! I’m having a photo-block, so I’m deciding not to fight it…
Have you changed the way you work out or eat lately?
What are you weekend plans?! I always work just as much on the weekends as during the week, but the weekend feels more relaxing anyway…