Over the last two months I have definitely been slacking when it comes to healthy eating and drinking. I was doing so good last year, but overall the quality of my diet has been slipping lately. No, I have not gained any weight (other than muscle maybe), but there were certain items I had a hard time to stay away from and it clearly has been affecting my overall well-being. Time to change it – especially now with marathon training starting on Saturday.
So, last year I was showing symptoms of something called Candida and as a result I switched out a lot of foods (and drinks) in my diet. Overall I felt crappy and tired all the time before improving my diet and there were quite a few symptoms more that made life difficult. A good friend helped me to make the right decisions about my diet and the quality of life improved a lot along the way. Specifically I added a lot more fruit and veggies to my diet, but probably for a different reason than what you think. A lot of your health and well-being has to do with the acidity in your body. Certain types of foods form a more alkaline “environment” in your body and that in return helps you to feel better. Here are some resources that go into more detail.
Anyway, so I realize I was slacking in regards to eating good foods because my body has been sending me “messages” about it and I am listening now. So, the first thing that I stopped doing now is to drink coffee as much as I have lately. Coffee is an extremely acidity beverage and even though I love drinking coffee, I know the price that comes with it. Coffee gets replaced with either water or by Green Tea. Green Tea has lots of health benefits and one of the biggest benefits is that it is alkaline. Another big item is the amount of bread I have been eating. I love bread. I grew up eating a lot of bread and overall it is one of my favorite types of food. However, bread comes with yeast and yeast is one of those things Candida is living of and therefore I really need to reduce the amount of bread I am eating. More fruit and veggies will now compliment my diet. I am also looking at some Gluten-free menu options from a bakery close to my work place.
Last Saturday we went skiing again. We were not alone as you can see from the pictures. We had made the mistake to leave about 20 minutes later than normal and that meant a lot of traffic up into the mountains. When we left the mountains we were “greeted” by a full Interstate closure due to an accident. If the accident would have not been it would have been a good drive home, but it wasn’t and so we spent ~4.5 hours total on the road Saturday (2.15 hrs. in the morning and 2.15 hrs. in the afternoon). Next we can work on the morning drive, but you can’t really do much about accidents that shut down the highway. There are not really side-roads you can take coming from the ski areas. It is a big bottleneck type of drive and you can only hope that things work out your way.
Skiing was good, but I did not get as many challenging runs in as I wanted to. My son is learning to ride the snowboard and we did not put him into snowboarding school this time. Accordingly we took more easy runs and had him practice. It was a bit frustrating in the morning, but the afternoon got better. It is difficult for me to keep my patience under control sometimes. I had told him he should take additional lessons, but man is he stubborn. I can understand he wants to venture out on his own and I think it is needed to convince him that he is not a Pro just yet. But overall he is doing good and as mentioned the afternoon was much better for him. We will go again next weekend or so and with more practice he will get better at it quickly.
Since I did not ski as much as I wanted I went for a run on Sunday which otherwise is usually a rest day. The weather was gorgeous and temperatures made it into the upper 50s. I went for seven miles and it was a good run – even though strong winds slowed me down on the last 3 miles (at least that’s how it felt). The average pace came in at 8:22 minutes per mile which is awesome for me (in my opinion). I guess I am still not used to seeing my pace improving so much since November, but of course I am not complaining about it either.
PS: Ate too much last night. “Punished” myself by adding an additional 20 minutes high-intensity cardio workout in the basement to take off the edge from what I had eaten.