Health & Food

In The News; Biathlon, Garden and Other Stuff

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The biggest news of the week is that tomorrow I will be doing something I’ve never done before…a biathlon! Yeah, you read that right. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while than you are fully aware that a) I do not run on a regular basis and b) the only time I bike is to work, which is about one half a mile away. Needless to say, I’m terrified! The race is 30k on the bike and then a 5k run. The full race is a triathlon, but my friend and I opted out of the swimming part because honestly the bike and run will be hard enough. I’ll try to take some pictures of this monumental event, and post them sometime next week. I’ve been “training” the last couple weeks, but not quite like most of you train……. The one thing I have on my side is that I know how to fuel my body and eat/drink right the days before and the day of the event. Last night I did some “carb loading”……

I mean, come on, beer is full of electrolytes, carbohydrates, fluid, and B-vitamins. It was the perfect choice! Obviously tonight, the night before the race, I will stick to water and sports drinks

For my dinner last night I had grilled shrimp and loads of fresh vegetables. We went to dinner with some of our good friends, Cathy and Rob. We always have a blast when we go out with them, and we always eat tasty food. This was no exception.

Tomorrow before the race I’m going to have a small breakfast. I know how my bowels work when I’m nervous so I’m going to be careful not to eat too much and especially not to drink too much coffee. I plan on having some of my granola, a small banana, and a cup of coffee. I am going to pack a sports bar for the ride, as well as a sports drink of some kind (to replenish the electrolytes I lose via sweat).

And in other news, check out our garden!

The cantaloupe, spinach, and kale have not survived, most likely because of the overgrowth of our butternut squash (yes, we planted a few too many). We’re still learning the keys to a successful garden. We have about 15-20 butternut squash, so far. Once they are ready to be harvested we plan on roasting them and then freezing them so we can enjoy delicious butternut squash throughout the fall and maybe even into the winter.

We also have several tomatoes, which will probably be gone within a few days after harvest, because we both love fresh tomatoes. Who doesn’t?!

Ok, now it’s time for the REAL news of the week!

Restaurants Cut Back on Salt, But They’re Keeping it Quiet
(This is brilliant. We all know that most people will automatically assume that anything containing “less salt” will likely taste bland, so why not keep it quiet?! )

McDonald’s To Make Happy Meals More Healthful
(The plan is to add a serving of fruit to each Happy Meal. They are also decreasing the portion of fries.)

Fortification Drives Consumer Definition of “Healthy”
(Looks like fortification of food products are creating more and more health halos in the aisles.)

Senators Urge FDA Action On Gluten-Free Labeling
(It’s about time! Now, let’s follow through with this….)

Designing a Better Food Label
(We all know that our current food label is incredibly outdated, and still very confusing. Now there is a new website that is asking for your ideas on how to make it better!)

QUESTION: What are your weekend plans? Have you ever done a biathlon or triathlon??

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