Fruit Consumption,Portion Control and Running

Fruit…

Do we eat too much of it? How much is enough?

There has been some good discussion on all the blogs about the consumption of fruit.

My take is as follows; IF you are lean, IF you can handle the extra sugar, then I think fruit has some wonderful benefits to offer. I would still stick to mostly berries and  “in-season fruits”. The problem I think is that most people making a switch to a “real food” way of eating, have an out of whack insulin response from years of eating a standard American diet. Heck, when I was 21, I had a habit of 3 kit kats a day! That HAS to mess with your systems I believe. So if you too, ate cheerios and large plates of pasta years ago and you are transitioning to a better way of eating, my advice is to go slow on the fruit. If you have been with the program for a few years, I see no real problem with fruit. If you are still trying to shed a few pounds…I would leave the fruit alone. How much fruit do I eat? Interestingly enough…I have  never really had a craving for fruit. Even when I was younger. I do like a nice cold fresh peach in the summer or a sweet piece of watermelon…but that is about the extent of it. When I buy blueberries, my kids eat them, but if they are not with me, I always end up throwing out the last bit of them after they have sat in the fridge for too long. For any regular Art Devany readers out there, would love to hear your input on Art’s reduction of fruit intake. A few years ago, Art ate a good amount of fruit. I no longer have a paid subscription to his site. Maybe I will put that on my Xmas list for myself. ? How much fruit do you eat?

Are you trying to loose weight, lean out, shed those last pounds, loose the love handles?? Are you finding that you are stuck at a certain level? Have you lost weight but has it now come to an abrupt halt? Do I sound like an infomercial yet? Don’t worry…I’m not trying to sell you anything  😉  But consider the following and see if perhaps it can help you. You’ve lost some weight and you are feeling better than you have in years because of your switch to real food,  but yet you have not arrived at the destination you had envisioned, it’s time to take a look at portion control. I like the concept of portion control better than counting calories. Calories in/calories out is flawed, but yet on a very simplistic level, most take in too many calories. Too much food if you will. This is where portion control comes in. To get the benefit of portion control, start eating less now. The easy way to do this is to obviously make your meals smaller, but the “trick” I like best is TO MEASURE YOUR FAT SOURCES when cooking. You see if you just eat less, you tend to not eat to satiety. So what I have found is that you CAN eat less, as long as you make sure you don’t cut the fat out of your diet. The solution, measure that fat! Take a look at dinner from last night. I had a good appetite for dinner, I did not eat a lot during the day (about 3-4 ounces of rotisserie chicken, 1/2 cup of avocado soup) and I had an active morning before work. About 30 minutes of weights and a 3 mile run. so YES I did have an appetite when I got home. A bit of cauliflower and garlic roasted in the oven. MEASURE the fat…I used 1 tblespoon of olive oil. Next I took 1 teaspoon of butter and sautedsome onion. I then added 1 strip of cut up bacon. Next added about 5-6 ounces ground lamb, 3 sliced olives, 1 teaspoon of tomato paste and 1 tblspoon of heavy cream. (the date stamp is wrong, please ignore)

 

I have not plugged this into fitday, but my guess is, that this meal came in around800-1000 calories. The fat sources alone probably add up to 500 calories. Now when you are cooking with real ingredients, over time we tend to get a bit liberal with the evoo or the butter. Go back to measuring it, make that meal a bit smaller but no less decadent and watch your waistline respond. What do you think? Have you tried something similar?

And lastly, I know it isn’t Xmas yet, but I just couldn’t resist buying myself a little something something. You see I have been running barefoot mostly, and because of the scorching heat of the pavement, I’ve ended up with some blisters. I love barefoot running and I’m more then convinced of the natural effectiveness of the modality, BUT…it is just not practical for all of us depending on where we live. I think the VFF are the closest thing to barefoot running, especially when you have developed a proper bare foot technique. I will be traveling soon and spending some time in big cities, barefoot is just not an option for me there so I will wear my new “shoes”. I have not written a review or anything like that, but I just want to let you know how much I love these babies.

I’m the proud new onwer of the model you see below. The VFF Bikilas feel sooooooo good. They are a joy to run in/on. What are you running in these days?

Thank you and Barefoot Running

I wan’t to say THANK YOU again to all of you that took the time to share your thoughts with me in regards to the “HELP” post. Thanks to all of you, I am starting to formulate a plan of action. There were some specific comments that really helped me see through some things and provided me with a different outlook.
More to follow on all of that.

Next; Bare foot running.
Matt Metzgar who’s blog I have been reading for years, continues to provide insight, fresh ideas and up to date information. I really appreciate the fact that Matt will question and or take a step further some of the findings and studies. He has a tremendous e-book called Stone Age Power and if you have never read his free e-book, you’re missing out.
Keep in mind that the e-book was written in 2002, so some of the information contained there in, probably does not jive completely with what Matt knows today.

Matt has recently posted about barefoot running and his own experiences with it. He made me aware just late last week, about a new book called Barefoot Running. The author is on a tour across the country, teaching people how to rediscover the joy of running, and promoting his book. Last week I happened to check the authors website and low and behold, they were going to be in Naples on Saturday. With out Matt, I would have totally missed the opportunity as there was not a lot of promotion about it locally. Hosted by a local running store, the talk was at 1pm. Kind of neat when you think about it…a running store hosting a talk for a guy promoting the fact that you don’t need shoes. Anywho, I went to the talk and enjoyed listening to Michael Sandler,his fiancee and co-author Jessica Lee. Michael has a wonderful story to tell. He got very hurt in a somewhat freak accident years ago, and ended up with a titanium femur and hip. (there are more body parts missing, but I don’t want to ruin his book or one of his talks for you, in case you get to go). After he was told he would never run again, he tried to, but it resulted in more and more injuries. Through information from the same Harvard MD, that the author of Born To Run refers to in his book, Michael tried Barefoot Running. I have not read the book yet, and I didn’t get a chance to buy it on Saturday as I had to duck out a bit early because I didn’t want to miss the World Cup game between the US and Ghana.
The story doesn’t end there….

Yesterday I was at my office and I took a quick walk around the perimeter of my hotel. There I notice the Barefoot running trailer. I think to myself, “cool, they must be staying here”. Just as I had that thought…Michael comes walking out of one of the side doors of the hotel to walk his dog.
Isn’t life beautiful 😉

I introduced myself and thanked him for the talk on Saturday. We met up again inside and I was able to assist Michael with some information he was curious about. I in return got some alone time with him and was able to ask him a few pointers and questions.
When I came into my office this morning, there was a Barefoot Running book on my desk with a card and a really nice inscription. It reads as follows: To Marc,  Keep being a pioneer in your five fingers. The world may catch on, but down here, you’ll always be the first. Teach those kids well, run light, run free and have fun!”
It’s so nice to meet REAL people with warm and caring hearts. Both Michael and Jessica were an absolute pleasure to be around and they live what they teach. If Barefoot Running comes to your neck of the woods…don’t miss the opportunity to spend some time with them.

http://www.runbare.com/ or http://www.barefootrunningbook.com/ (the book is being praised as THE handbook for barefoot running, by the likes of barefoot Ted and Danny Dreyer author of ChiRunning)

And yes, of course I took my shoes off for the picture 😉