Boring Marathon Training Day 13

I bought a blueberry pie at the Sandy Mountain Festival. There’s a story about the pies. But I’ll tell it another time.

Today was a day of rest. I did Pilates, ate some pie, went to work, and thought about the earth. I’ll post about that some other time as well.

Tomorrow is a run day.

7 Day Fruitarian Challenge: Day 4 (hump day)

Feeling great on day 4! Cravings for unhealthy junk foods have diminished significantly!!!!

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Fruitarian 7 Day Challenge: Day 3


GOD I WISH YOUTUBE WOULD ALLOW ME TO CREATE MY OWN THUMBNAILS. THEY ALWAYS CHOOSE WEIRD FRAMES. At any rate, Fruitarians do experience elevated moods. Oh, yes speaking of bananas:
Here are 3 fascinating banana tricks

  1. Rub Inside Banana peel on teeth to whiten them. Results in a few days.
  2. Use the inside of the peel as a salve for insect stings.
  3. Place banana peel on floor to get rid of clowns.
Is Nature’s Yellow wrapper too difficult to open?

Hypermnesia is a heighten exact or vivid MEMORY. I totally misused that term!!!!! OOPS.

I said there were two drawbacks, but mentioned three. The last one wasn’t really a drawback, it was not eating enough bananas. But I still called it “the second one.”

 

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Fruitarian 7 Day Challenge: Day 2

BTW, when I say, “vegetables,” I’m referring to culinary vegetables. Many culinary vegetables are botanically fruits. For example, cucumbers, tomatoes, and bell peppers are referred to as vegetables, but they’re botanically fruits. I’m eating botanical fruits & some seeds/nuts only. And I’m ONLY EATING RAW.

Why not beans too? I tried RAW, SPROUTED BEANS, they tastes like freeze dried rubber bands and they gave me a wicked stomach ache; so, I’m NOT eating them.

The Delicious fruitarian food combo I mention in the first part of the video is raw almonds (technically not 100% fruitarian, but come on, in small amounts, they aren’t unhealthy) & dates. They taste spectacular together. The almonds add a luscious texture to the sweet dates. I have switched to eating “raw caramel apples” Dates & apple wedges–delicious!

Oh, yes, here is a link to the wonderful Black Bean Extravaganza Dish:

 Engine 2 Black Bean Extravaganza

BTW, I skipped the onions and garlic. I would NOT eat those raw–if I had a cold, maybe garlic. Garlic is good natural medicine & it keeps away vampires, most reptilian humanoids, and fellow human beings within breathing range .

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Insanely Easy Delicious Healthy Barefoot Vegan Ice Cream

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Healthy Banana Ice Cream

In college, my girlfriend’s best friend, Dana, was constantly dieting. She would lose a little weight, then gain it back. I never knew what I’d be seeing her eat next. Sometimes it was a solitary grapefruit, other times, some wacky diet bar, but more often than not it was a sprinkled doughnut, a chocolate muffin, or a greasy hamburger.

The most difficult thing to watch Dana endure during one her weird diets was the depression and guilt of breaking it. I could spot the defeat that filled her eyes when she ate a Twinkie, a Hostess Cup Cake, or a Chocodile. For Dana, eating had become a test of her will power. And her will power weakened with each test. It wasn’t her fault. Eating should be fun, healthy, and energizing.

When the ambulance skidded onto campus with its horns blaring, I was shocked. When I watched the paramedics running towards Dana’s classroom, my heart sunk. Hours later, my girlfriend told me that Dana blacked out and hit her head on the desk as she fell.

When we visited her at the hospital, Dana told us that in addition to a mild concussion, she had been diagnosed with adult onset diabetes. We were shocked. She was only 22 years old.

Years later, I saw Dana again. I hardly recognized her. She was slim, fit, and radiant.

“You look great.” I said.

She beamed.

“I feel great” she replied.

After catching up with her, she told me that she was a vegan. I asked her about how she got her protein; she laughed and said that protein isn’t an issue that she gets plenty from beans and greens. She certainly didn’t look protein deficient. She was glowing. I asked her if she felt hungry, like she did when she was on a diet. She said “Not at all. I eat all the time. In fact, I can eat as much as I want. It isn’t how much you eat, it’s WHAT you eat.”

That was the day I realized that Diets are DEAD. Calorie counting and portion restrictions don’t work. They create scarcity causing the irresitable impulse to crave and over-eat unhealthy, sugary, fatty foods. Eating healthfully doesn’t have to be a chore, full of miserable, tasteless meals.

For a few weeks, I’ve been following the guidelines for Engine 2 Meals. For those readers who aren’t familar with Engine 2. It’s a meal plan based on Forks Over Knives
, essentially vegan eating. It favors whole foods, shunning meat, dairy, and oils. You’d think eating that way would be very bland, but you’d be wrong. There are some absolutely delicious recipes in Engine 2. Here is one of my favorite, super easy summer desserts:

EASY,HEALTHY, SINGLE-OR-MULTIPLE-INGREDIENT, MAGIC BANANA ICE-CREAM

Ingredients:

  • Fresh, Ripe Bananas
  • Fresh berries (or multiple ingredients such as cocoa, nuts, kiwi, mango)

Preparation:

  • Peel and slice 2 or 3 bananas.
  • Place slices on waxed paper and place in freezer for a few hours.

Place frozen bananas in a food processor or good blender. Blend and blend, mix and then blend again. The bananas will transform into ice cream. It’s a true miracle. Somehow, they become creamy and rich. Not only does the mixture have the wonderful consistency of ice cream, but it also has the same rich and creamy flavor–without all of the unhealthy fat, nasty casein, and excessive sugars.

Once the “ice-cream” is prepared, the sky is the limit for delicious flavor combos. Some people add cocoa or berries; others add tea, lemon juice, or other liquids. Just blend or stir them into the banana ice cream mixture.

For more awesome vegan recipes, check out Engine 2 Website or buy the book from amazon.

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What’s the Big Dirty Lie about Juicing?

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English: A bundle of organic beets from a local farm food co-op program. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Have you ever stood up way too fast? Remember how the room fades to black? Sometimes, you had to reach for a wall or chair to stable yourself. It sucks doesn’t it?

What if that fatigued feeling lasted all day?

That’s exactly what can happen if you drink TOXIC juice combos or have allergies.

Recently, Runners World posted an article about a pre-run beet juice cocktail for super endurance.

Raw beet juice is NOT something you want to drink before you run. It contains oxalic acid–a mild toxin that can damage the liver. Some people are highly sensitive to it.

My girlfriend made a beet concoction, like the one in Runner’s World, before her morning run. Five minutes into her run, she bolted back inside the house and vomited in the toilet. But the agony didn’t stop there. The drink robbed her of energy all day long; she also suffered severe stomach cramps and chills.

“I feel like I drank the flu,” she said.

According to the idiotic Internet factoids about beet juice, she was just “detoxing”. Detoxing? Really!

Detox is Hippie Bullshit speak for OOPS you accidentally ate some poison or you had an allergic reaction or your starving yourself of essential nutrients so we can brainwash you into our cult.

While juicing can be a fun way to add extra vitamins and sassy flavors to a boring diet, it SHOULD NOT be used as a food replacement!!!!! The movie Fat Sick and Nearly Dead, which was available from Netflix and Amazon Instant Prime at the time this post was written, re-popularized juicing.

While there are some excellent benefits to juicing (such as effective delivery of phytochemicals, vitamins, and minerals) juicing strips away the precious fiber from veggies & fruit. Fiber is good for you. Not only is it Nature’s magic broom for sweeping away the dirty crap in your guts, it can also prevent cancer. Furthermore, since fiber also allows the stomach to feel full, it can even help you lose weight.

I enjoy a morning glass of juice, but I also make sure I eat a handful of the delicious fiber when I clean my juicer.

So, what’s the big dirty lie about juicing?

The lie is that can replace real food. It can’t. For sensible, healthy eating take a look at the Engine 2 Diet. It’s an excellent, essentially vegan diet.

All RECIPES ARE FREE. Rip shows you how to eat healthy. His recipes are really good too. Check them out, they’re FREE.

Want to Discover 5 Killer Secrets that Spark the Urge to Run?

I never regret running around, I always regret sitting around.
Motivation is as simple as saying "Yes!"

You’re tired, it’s hot, and you just don’t feel like going for a 10 mile run. It happens to every runner at some point.

Luckily a friend of mine stumbled upon some tricks to jump starting motivation. I have used these tools to achieve one of my running  goals: a weekly 10 mile run! That’s double of what I usually run. How did I go from dreading 10 milers to loving them?

  1. Pre-run snack.
    Jack told me that he discovered that the lack of energy was a major factor in discouraging him from endurance training. He told me to nibble on a Tarahuarma Corn Cakes just before going out. The extra energy pop ignites the urge to hit the streets.
  2. Pre-run drink.
    Jack also gave me his secret recipe for his 100% all natural energy electrolyte  concoction. It’s a mixture of Coconut Water, Lemon Juice, and Stevia. It tastes like what I imagine a kick-flip with the shoes flying off into the airs above a skatepark in Portugal would feel like if it were a flavor for the tongue. The drink rapidly hydrates, and it turbo charges the cells with electrolytes. I drink the energy juice before, during, and AFTER my long runs (anything over 5 miles in the heat is a “long run”).
    Jack emphasized the BODY NEEDS WATER AND ELECTROLYTES. IT IMPOSSIBLE TO TRAIN FOR DECREASED INTAKE OF VITAL FLUIDS.
    I have noticed that charging up before a run makes a world of difference. I enjoy my runs much more when I start off well nourished and hydrated.
  3. Handheld Cheerleader
    Since I only run for pleasure, not competition I switch to DISTANCE Mode on RunKeepr (Runkeepr is the smartphone app I use to track my mileage).  I set RunKeepr to update every .5 mile. Her sexy vocal updates keep me focused.
  4. Pre-Run Music
    Jack doesn’t listen to music when he runs because it takes away from the experience. He does, however, rev himself by cranking some tunes up before he runs.
    Here is my personal list of audio adreline:
    Circle Jerks Wild in the Streets
    (Good Song to have running through your head. I will make you wanna run wild.)
    Suicidal Tendencies Institutionalized
    (It’s NOT about running, but it makes me laugh and gets me revved up.)

     Agnostic Front Gotta Go
    (Has a great cadence that makes me want to pound the concrete.)

    Coffee Project I Will Run
    (A slower song, but the “I will run” lyrics loop nicely.)

    BONUS SONG YOU WILL HATE ME FOR INCLUDING
    Hansen MMM BOP
    (This song is an empty calorie ChocoTaco for the ear drums. But it lifts my mood.)
  5. Sleazy Car Sales Tricks
    My best friend was also a successful used car salesman. He gave me the Holy Grail of sales tricks.  At first blush, sales seems far away from running motivation; it’s not. Sales is about overcoming customer’s tendency towards procrastination.  The trick my friend would use to get his customers past procrastination was to get them to agree with him on a small matter. For example, if the customer expressed interest in saving money at the pump. My friend would say something like, “With gas pricing climbing this summer, you’re only going to love saving more and more money with each fill-up. Saving money at the pump makes sense, doesn’t it?” The customer would agree.
    I wasn’t sure what that trick had to do with motivation for running. My friend told me that the magic is in breaking up the big scary process of buying a car into smaller chunks, gaining small agreements all of which build comfort and lead to the closing of the sale. He suggested selling myself on running too. He urged me to break-up the running ritual into easy steps, and then to sell myself on the steps. For example, he said selling myself on putting on my running clothes, then selling myself on warming up, and so on. Once the clothes are on, I’m running. It’s weird how small steps always lead to something greater.

Do you have any motivational tricks?

Post in the comments section below.

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The 3 Worst Thanksgiving Dishes of all Time

Tomato Aspic

Worst Thanksgiving Food Tomato Aspic

Nothing I have eaten or heard of being eaten prepared me for the arrival of this gelatinous profanity. It looks like an egg casing to some endoparasitoid extraterrestrial species and tastes like what I imagine a baby’s heart would taste like if it were drenched in  lemon jello. This recipe must have been created by a hive of starving vampires. But according to legend, it was really just bad LSD kicking through Betty Crocker’s 1970s brain.
One spoonful will haunt you for the rest of your life: a magnificent culinary disaster for the human tongue.

Sweet potatoes with marshmallows

Second Worst Thanksgiving Dish Sweet Potato Marshmellow

The food of choice for the family’s the socio-path. Anyone who is willing to eat something that looks like it was rejected by someone else’s stomach deserves the lip burns from the white molten marshmallows. 

Turkey Cake

Third Worst Thanksgiving Food Turkey Cake

Topped with marshmallows, stuffed with meat, frosted with potatoes, you can have your cake and freak it too. I think a secret government agency created the turkey cake.  Who else would want to disguise dinner as dessert?  It’s probably full of nano robots. One bite fully installs a big brother surveillance system.

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5 Easy Chia Recipes for Stamina & Vigor

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  1. SUPER EASY CHIA GEL
    Ingredients

    (Less water, makes a thicker “gel”. You can also replace the water with apple juice, orange juice, or other sweet juices for a flavorful treat.)
    Directions
    Mix the chia seeds and water with a spoon or electric mixer.
    Wait about 15 minutes , then give the mixture another stir.
    Uses for the SIMPLE CHIA GEL:
    The Gel can be eaten raw; it has NO flavor whatsoever.
    It can be used as a thickener in raw soups, fruit smoothies and fresh jams.

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    EASY Ancient CHIA ISKIATE (Traditional Chia Energy Drink)
    Ingredients

    Directions
    Stir the chia seeds into the water; let them sit for about five minutes.  Stir again to bring out more gel.  The longer, it sits, the more the seeds release the gel.  Add the lime or lemon juice. Then pour in the agave nectar to taste.
    (Did you know that Agave is also used to make Tequila?!)
    Uses for THE ANCIENT CHIA ISKIATE:
    Drink before a run or before mutually consensual activities that require high levels of friskiness.

  3. Chiller Chia
    Ingredients

    Directions
    Mix the gel, fruit juice and pulp together and place in freezer for 1 hour and serve.

  4. Chia Lemonade
    Ingredients:

    • 1 Tablespoon chia seeds
    • 1 cup natural apple juice
    • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
    • Some Ice (4 to 5 ice cubes)

    Directions:
    Combine chia seeds and apple juice and let soak 30 minutes until it thickens. Add the lemon and ice.
    To turn it into a refreshing slushy, blend everything together in a Good Blender(Buy a Good Blender at Amazon)

  5. Chia-colate Nut Energy Bars
    Ingredients

    • 1 1/2 cups pitted dates. (Make sure there are no seeds. Date seeds kill weak blenders and make terrifying sounds in good ones.)
    • 1/3 cup raw cocoa powder
    • 1/3 cup whole chia seeds
    • 3/4 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
    • 1 cup raw walnut pieces or your favorite nuts. Almonds are a nice substitute.

    Directions
    Place dates in bowl of food processor; puree until thick paste forms.
    Add cocoa powder, chia seeds, vanilla. blend until everything is well mixed.
    Add nuts, blend until nuts are finely chopped and well distributed through the mixture.
    Transfer date mixture to wax paper, and press / roll mixture into 1/2 inch thick rectangle. Wrap tightly with the waxed paper, and then with foil. Refrigerate overnight for solid bars or eat warm. Make sure you store them in the fridge, they’ll spoil of they’re left out too long.

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