Walking Away from a Bad Relationship

Relationship advice on PaleoMarine? Well, yes, actually, since we’re talking about your relationship with foods. Namely bad foods.

We tell people all the time that it’s better to leave a bad relationship than to stay in it and suffer. I feel that it is no different when confronting the relationship with have with our food. If it’s hurting you, why are you still around? Because it’s delicious? That’s like staying with an abusive spouse because even though they treat you horribly, at least they look nice.

I’m not arguing that bread, pizza, beans, cake, and candy don’t taste good. Of course they do! That’s the problem; we are hard-wired to enjoy this stuff because the ingredients include items that used to be hard for us humans to find. This strong desire to eat as much of it as we can comes from the survival instinct that is still present in our brains. The problem is that all this stuff is no longer scarce. We can eat as much of it as we want, and we still want it pretty badly.

The good news is that we can control this. We can recognize the cravings for what they are and conquer them. It takes a few weeks (okay, between two to four, on average) to get over, but you can do it. Break up with the bad foods and forge a new relationship with foods that nourish you, fill you up, and leave you satisfied. Foods that are good for your body, your organs, and your health.

Got my run in, even if it was later

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I was finally able to get my run in today, albeit not without some issues. Thankfully, the issues had nothing to do with my health.

Since I missed my run in the morning, I had resolved to run after work. I hadn’t done this since I was on Active Duty, so I was wondering how it would go. I dressed up in my PT gear, got my Bluetooth headphones on, turned on my awesome PT playlist, and got my Fitbit ready by finding a GPS signal. Then, I (thought) I pushed the start button for the run and took off at a good clip. At the .5 mile mark, I wondered why the Fitbit hadn’t given me my half-mile split time, so I looked down at my watch. What I saw made me angry.

0:00:00 0.0 miles

I didn’t press the button properly, I guess. So, I went ahead and pressed it and continued on. I know from the distance and the pace that it was roughly 5 minutes for the half mile, so I resolved to add an entry into my PT log and went on. My goals for this run were to increase my time to 30+ minutes and to go past 2.5 miles. I did it on both counts!

I felt good on the run. I didn’t have any aches and pains, and I was able to run all the way through again. At the end, I was a little more tired than the last few runs, but I’ve pushed without pushing too hard. 30 minutes is the longest I’ll be running for the time being, so I’ll be working on increasing the distance within that time. That’s a goal for the next few weeks; the next few runs will be the same course I took today. If I finish sooner, so be it. If later, that’s okay too. I just want to get used to this distance and work harder later.

So, the image above shows the total distance and steps of the GPS data along with the manual log entry I made. I’m happy with the results, and I’m happy that I can run without lots of muscle pain or without feeling dead afterward. My legs are definitely in need of the day off, though. I look forward to being able to do daily runs at least 5 times a week in the future.

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Paleo Prep Shortcuts

Sherry and I had an amazing weekend which made it a challenge to get our week’s worth of lunches and dinners prepped. What’s an active Paleo couple to do?

Our Daily Bacon

This weekend marks the beginning of the Fall busy season for E.J. and I.  We have some kind of activity or even scheduled every weekend from now through mid-December, which means it’s going to be tough to find time to do full-on meal prep Sundays.  For E.J and I, meal prepping weekends have been crucial to our success, so how do we find the time to squeeze in 3 or 4 dishes of cooking with all of the other weekend work?   Here are some of my meal prep shortcuts:

  • Instant Pot – If you haven’t yet jumped on the Instant Pot craze, you should definitely look into it.  I use mine every weekend, mostly for making quick vegetable sides (sweet potatoes, beets, etc), but I’ve also cooked a whole chicken and done some stews in it. In less than an hour – this one is a huge time saver…

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For the love of all logic, Low-Fat is NOT GOOD!

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I see people on Facebook posting about their healthy meals and then I see what they consider healthy: “Low-fat.”

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It seriously hurts my head to see that in 2016, people still believe that low-fat is healthy. Are there bad fats? Sure! Trans-fat and vegetable oils are inflammatory and not good for us. However, just about every other kind of fat is good for us. Heck, 90% of us don’t get enough Omega-3’s which is found abundantly in fish.

It seems that the fact that what we learned in biology and physiology classes doesn’t match with nutrition “science” has never occurred to anyone. Our brains? 60% fat. Where does our body produce fat? In the liver from SUGAR. What does our arteries an veins need to remain pliable? Fat.

Now, there is a difference in fats. Eating French fries made in vegetable oil are bad for you, while fries made in coconut oil are actually pretty good for you. All fries are not created equally!

There are lots of articles and books out there that discuss this. Scientific research is being released at a frantic pace refuting the bad and sugar industry-sponsored pseudo-science that has masqueraded as nutritional science. Just as we now know that the sun isn’t actually revolving around the Earth, so are we learning that fat in our bodies doesn’t come from eating fat. Our understanding of not only the universe, but of our own bodies is evolving all the time. Fortunately, we have understood for over 70 years that sugar makes us fat. If it weren’t for the bad science of the 50’s and the sugar lobby, we’d all be much healthier now.

Do yourself a favor. Learn about sugar vs fat, and stop eating low-fat. Eating low-fat is actually worse for you, and is now being linked to obesity and shorter lifespans.

Annoyed with my alarm clock

This morning, I planned on waking up at 5:15 a.m. to run, but due to a power glitch last night around 6 pm (that only lasted about a second!), the speakers connected to my Amazon Echo Dot that we use as our alarm clock in our bedroom powered down. I woke up at 5:45 a.m. to find that the alarm didn’t go off as planned and I didn’t have time for my morning run today.

So… that means I get to run in the heat after work.

This is going to be an interesting experiment. It should be a bit cooler than the day’s high temperature since I’ll be running at around 6 pm, but also at a time of peak traffic, so I’ll have to run on sidewalks and try to stay away from the roads as much as possible. Fortunately, I have some new running clothes that are quite amazing at wicking and keeping me cool, so I’ll be putting them to the test today. I’m also looking forward to seeing how much energy I have, and how hard I can push myself to keep a good pace through the planned 30 minutes. Maybe running at the end of the day will be easier for me? Who knows. Hopefully I survive this one.

Mindset: Changed (changing?)

I have to admit something. I’m getting into the exercise thing.

I know. Where have I failed you?

I’m still not a huge fan of it, but I’m beginning to like how I feel afterward. During the run: still kind of sucky, but it feels good to be out there, moving, doing something. When I’m done, I feel like I’ve accomplished something besides making the bed and shaving.

I want to be able to enjoy running. I really do. I have read enough to know that people who have a positive mindset when exercising realize greater benefits from that exercise, and I don’t want to limit what I can get out of the time I spend working on my health. So, I’ve changed my mindset.

Much like I had to change my mindset when it came to my new lifestyle, I’m doing the same thing for exercise. I don’t want to go all gym rat or Crossfit because my goals have nothing to do with pushing myself pysically, but I do want to be able to run every morning and feel good afterward. I want to run to get thin; I don’t want to bulk up. I don’t want to be able to lift 450 lbs. I just don’t. But I do want to be fit.

So, I’m applying what I learned through my weight loss to getting fit. If my success in that area is any indication, I should have this running thing licked in another week or two and then it’ll be old hat. Or so I hope. Stay tuned.

More doing; less looking

After a certain point, it’s either “Put up or shut up,” so to speak. There are lots of us who continue our quest for the holy grail of weight loss: fast, effortless, and cheap. The bad news is that it’s really not that easy. However, based on your perception and how you frame it in your head, it’s quite possible to have all three. Here’s the good news.

Fast: this depends on your definition of fast. I lost over 100 lbs in a year. Is that fast? I think it was. A year later, I still can’t believe that I am as small as I am now. It feels like just yesterday I was 312 lbs and unable to tie my own shoes. Now, I run every other day.

Effortless: again, this depends on your definition. My weight loss was without exercise. Some would define that as effortless. All I had to do was eat the right foods. The best news about this is that I ate good foods that kept me satisfied and full so I never felt like I was starving. Since the food is delicious, I never feel like I’m missing out on flavor. I would characterize my weight loss as relatively effortless.

Cheap: it can be. I posted here about going Paleo on the cheap. While Sherry and I have invested in the more esoteric ingredients to make as many analogues as we like, it’s very easy to go Paleo without spending a lot of money. The best part: there are no supplements, vitamins, powders, shakes, patches, pills, or surgeries to undergo. That all equates into not spending a lot of money.

The only thing you have to spend is the time to plan meals, the time to make the meals, and the willpower to stick to eating right. As far as I’m concerned, that’s pretty darned easy when considering the alternatives (most of which cost a LOT of money and don’t work as well).

It’s all up to you to do the work.