Weekly Roundup

Quote of the Week: “Eating a donut isn’t called “cheating” and eating a salad isn’t called “willpower.” It’s just called eating.

I pulled this quote off of Instagram, from Brandan Fokken’s stories (@brandanfokken). It spoke to me because it brings light to a concern around ‘clean eating’. More specifically, clean eating taken too far, in which food choices become moral decisions. Example- “I ate a donut, donuts are bad, I am a bad person.” Most all people, even those of varying nutrition philosophies would agree that a salad is a healthier choice than a donut. Yet when a food choice becomes associated with positive or negative personal attributes, the door opens to food morality and dogmatic thinking. IMO- You are a ‘good’ or ‘bad person’ based on what you do and say, not by what you eat.

Something Old: I’m still running! Last winter I took an extended break from pounding the pavement primarily because of Cleveland’s winter weather. This year though has been relatively mild and we haven’t seen much snow. I’ve been getting out 1-2 times per week for a 3-mile run. I’m toying with the idea of a spring ½ marathon so I think these regular short runs will help with the transition into a spring training plan.

Something New: This week I signed up with a ketogenic diet coach, Robert Sikes, of Keto Savage. I’ve been eating a ketogenic diet for the past two years, stemming from curiosity and personal experiment and I’ve continued to follow it because of some beneficial effects. After completing my most recent physical pursuit, the Detroit ½ Marathon in October, I found myself looking towards a new challenge. I’ve enlisted the assistance of Robert to help me achieve my body composition goals through his Deeper State Keto protocol. A main stake of his instruction is reducing total carbs to no more than 10 grams per day. Yes, only 10 grams of carbs for the whole day! This past week has certainly been an adjustment period for my body and I have experienced symptoms of the “keto flu”, specifically headaches, nausea, fatigue and decreased exercise performance. I know these side effects are only temporary and as my blood ketones rise, I’ll start feeling much better. I’ll be sure to touch upon my progress as my plan progresses.

Something Blue‘ish’: Coffee lovers, check out Trader Joe’s Winter Blend. The only thing blue about it is the canister. I typically stay away from flavored coffee because I find the taste overwhelming, but this one is different. The flavor of cinnamon, cloves and peppercorns is subtle and enjoyable.

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