Methodology: Meal Planning

A successful diet is built around foods that you enjoy, that are nourishing and healthy and that fits within your budget.  This applies to everyone from vegans to your average joe just walking down the street enjoying his SAD diet.  One of the tricks behind this experiment is going to be finding that combination for each of the diets that I’m going to be trying out.  I’m going to be employing several tools to do that.

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Daily Update: 28 May 2013

First day back at work after a long weekend kept me occupied.  I managed to eat pretty healthy, still had some ice cream and a glass of wine though, which was a nice change.  I did very well on a cardiovascular calibration run I started doing last year.  I’m almost at the same level I was on my best time, which was back in July.  This is one of the metrics I’m going to be tracking to check my fitness levels as I do the experiment.  Lastly, for the first time in a long time I wasn’t hungry, except for right after my workout.

Sticking With the Plan Through Holidays

Even before I finally decided to start planning this experiment, well planning to begin the experiment in the very near future, I always suffered thinking of the notion of not getting to experience holidays with everyone else.  So much of our family holidays surround certain foods and good drink.  What would a birthday party or New Years Eve be without a good toast of champagne?  What would Christmas Eve be like without being able to chow down on some big bowls of Scungilli salad, crab claws or pasta in mushroom sauce (with of course some nice bottles of wine to wash it down)?  What would Christmas Day be like without noshing on a nice charcuterie and cheese plate and later a high stacked keilbasa and ham sandwich with freshly grated horseradish on dense traditional rye bread?  I’m getting hungry just thinking about it.  However for the duration of the experiment, which could be upwards of two years, these will not be in the cards at all.

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Weekly Update: 19-25 May 2013

My first week of tracking on here has been hit or miss.  My first few daily updates had specific nutritional information, but it just takes too much to generate that data and I don’t think anyone will give a crap about it anyway.  So I’ve decided against doing that until I can figure out a better way to do it.  I think it’d be more important over longer terms anyway.  Even with the reduced level of posting requirements I still didn’t hit every day.  I suppose if someone ever starts reading the blog those gaps may matter, but I doubt it. It was still a nice exercise so I think I’ll try it for one more week.

Daily Update: 27 May 2013

I’ve been on vacation, enjoying lots of good tasting (although thoroughly unhealthy) food and time with family.  There is nothing like spending the holiday with family and friends.  Unfortunately my body isn’t happy with the indulgence.  I can feel it through and through.  It’s amazing how conflicted it is to enjoy food that treats you so badly.  I did get a good run in yesterday, so today was the day off I was supposed to have yesterday.  I just couldn’t help myself but to indulge in the possibility of running on the beach.

Who Am I?

As with an a early post to any new blog, it is fitting that I lay out who I am and why you should care about anything I have to say. First, I’ll say what I am not. I’m not a doctor or a personal trainer. While I have stayed in plenty of Holiday Inn Express hotels, scoured WebMD and online medical journal sites countless hours through the years and had a keen interest in human physiology I can make no claim of being a licensed expert in these fields. I’m not here to claim to be a health guru either. I don’t have some new magical elixir to sell you that will magically make you healthy, feel twenty years younger or be able to live into your 100’s. I’m not an adherent to any particular diet principle, tried and true or relatively newly discovered. I’m not a film maker working on yet another recast of a Morgan Spurlock adventure.  So who am I?

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Daily Update: Friday, 24 May 2013

I had a voracious appetite all day.  I could have eaten a horse.  I succumb to lots of goodies: pancakes, a milk shake, a bunch of pretzels, pizza, some wine.  It’s your stereotypical SAD diet.  The morning started with a workout which was less than enthusiastic.  It was supposed to be 5 miles but I ended it at 3.5 miles more worn out than at the end of my much faster 7 mile run last weekend.  I can’t wait to be running outside after the allergy season is over.

To (foam) roll or not to roll…

…that is the question posed by Ben Greenfield on his Facebook page based on a discussion he found here: http://b-reddy.org/2013/05/20/issues-with-foam-rolling/ .  The article by Brian Reddy certainly makes a compelling argument against it, or more so against only doing foam rolling or to foam rolling in excess.  I think he presents a false dichotomy though.  He points out how foam rolling can’t fix underlying movement problems.  His main points are summarized in big bulleted letters, but I think over-simplifies the argument and creates that false dichotomy:

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