Scared Straight

With most of my fav tv shows on hiatus for the holidays I turned to Netflix for some viewing enjoyment.  Now many of you know how much I like mindless entertainment.  Too much to be sure.  But as I was browsing the cue I found a documentary that looked interesting and one begat another and so on.  So here’s the list of what I watched over my winter break.

  • The Barkley Marathons
  • Finding Traction
  • From Fat to Finish Line
  • Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead
  • Sugar-Coated
  • Hungry For Change

Running, nutrition and the dangers of sugar and processed food.  Fun stuff.

The Barkely Marathons and Finding Traction are about running; ultra and super extreme running.  Waaaay outside of my comfort zone but I enjoy watching people push themselves (from the comfort of my living room as I folded laundry).

From Fat to Finish Line was about a dozen folks running the Ragnar Florida Keys race.  The Ragnar is a 200ish-mile relay race with teams of 12 split into 2 vans of 6.  I’ve run a few and written about them before.  This story highlighted these people because they all had significant weight losses and took up running during their journey.  Truly inspiring stuff.

All of these movies shared the truly transformational effect that running has on people and more importantly how people can accomplish their goals.  Amazing.

I believe in the power of healthy eating and the importance for good health.  And I consider myself to be pretty knowledgeable about nutrition, as well as the problem of excess sugar and processed food in a typical diet.  Or at least I thought I did before watching Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, Sugar-Coated and Hungry for Change. Well.  Mind.  Blown.

In a nutshell (because I could not do any of them justice in trying to adequately describe them), we are in big trouble.  We, the American people, eat crap, drink crap and are overweight.  Now don’t get all crazy on me.  I know there are very healthy communities and very healthy people withing those communities.

But the majority of adults over age 20 in the US are overweight.  And it’s not just adults.  Check out these stats below.

  • Percent of adults age 20 years and over with obesity: 37.9% (2013-2014)
  • Percent of adults age 20 years and over with overweight, including obesity: 70.7% (2013-2014)

Source: Health, United States, 2015, table 53 [PDF – 9.8 MB]

  • Percent of adolescents age 12-19 years with obesity: 20.6% (2013-2014)
  • Percent of children age 6-11 years with obesity: 17.4% (2013-2014)
  • Percent of children age 2-5 years with obesity: 9.4% (2013-2014)

Source: Health, United States, 2015, table 53 [PDF – 9.8 MB]

So many people think that exercise is a huge factor in weight loss.  And don’t get me wrong, I’m the first one to tell you that exercise is VITAL for a healthy life.  But the reality is that if you don’t change your diet, you cannot change your body.  And I’m not talking just about thin thighs or a six-pack.  I’m talking about your metabolic system, your organ health, your overall health.  See our body is a perfectly functioning machine. Before we muck it up with a Big Gulp and fries.

And while a few of the movies promote vegetarian lifestyles as well as juice fasts, etc.  I think that if we committed to eating at least 6-8 servings of (mostly) vegetables and fruits and cut out all or even just half of the processed foods and sugary drinks consumed we would be in much better shape.  Literally and figuratively.

Food for thought, right?

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Curb Your Sweet Tooth!

Having trouble controlling your sweet tooth?  Here are some great tips from author and fitness guru Tosca Reno.   Her Eat-Clean principles promote the reduction of junky foods in our diet!

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

Beat Your Sugar Craving Now! – by Tosca Reno

We all know the feeling: 3 pm rolls around and the craving for something sweet kicks in. Not anymore! With these tips, you’ll beat your sugar cravings every time.

If you Eat Clean all day, you’ll be less likely to develop a craving in the first place. Eating your five or six meals, every two-and-a-half to three hours, will ensure your body is filled with Clean, wholesome foods and you won’t have room left over for those sugar-loaded vending machine chocolate bars.

When you feel a craving coming on, check the clock. It might be almost time to have your next meal. If your cravings arise well before it’s time to eat, try slightly increasing your portions. In turn, you’ll feel satiated between each meal and your body won’t nag you for a quick pick-me-up from sugary treats.

If you’re having trouble refusing dessert, remove yourself from the situation. This could mean simply going for a quick walk while dessert is served at a dinner party, leaving the room at an office party after the cake is cut or refusing the dessert menu after your meal at a restaurant.

Include a planned treat in your weekly menus. If you allow yourself a small amount of something you love, such as dark chocolate or homemade frozen yogurt, instead of choosing a sugar-filled snack, you’ll be able to satisfy your sweet tooth without feeling deprived! Try these clean treats!

Replace white sugar in your diet with a Clean substitute. For example, I like to add fresh berries or applesauce to sweeten my oatmeal in the morning. For baked treats, I use Sucanat or rapadura instead of regular sugar. It’s important to remember that even natural sweeteners should be enjoyed in moderation, so don’t overdo it! You can find a list of natural sweetener options on page 221 of The Eat-Clean Diet ® Recharged!

Armed with these tips, you’ll have no trouble sticking to Clean foods, a regular meal schedule, and you’ll beat that sugar craving into next week – or better yet, into oblivion.

Have a Great Eat-Clean Week!

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Sugar (da na na na na-na) oh, Honey Honey

Many diet books and magazines are delivering the same message these days.  Eating too much sugar, preservatives, fast and processed foods is bad for your health and will make you fat.  Oh, and portion sizes ultimately do count.

So other than “eating from the rainbow” what does this mean? Here is one quick thing you can do to make your diet healthier today!

Reduce the amount of sugars you consume (that includes plain table sugar, corn syrup and high fructose corn syrup, etc.).

Reminding yourself to read labels will be a huge help to you on this.  For example, there are three ingredients in most canned corn; corn, sugar and water.  I’m embarrassed to say that just until recently I did not know what was in canned corn.  I thought that canned corn was sweet naturally. Duh!

So now that you know this, be sure to read labels so you can look for products are made without added sugar, corn syrup or high fructose corn syrup.

Now go run!

Keli 🙂