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Changing My Eating Habits


Just recently, I decided to hire a nutrition coach. Primarily not to lose weight, but rather to help me form healthy eating habits. Sure, I could read a book, watch videos on YouTube, but it’s that accountability from a coach, and application of this new knowledge that will help me learn.

I’ve never succeeded in any kind of “diet” plan. Maybe the closest to one was lent, where I would have to “give up” a vice for 40 days. I usually chose a type of food or alcohol. Candy, failed. Alcohol, failed. Beer, failed. One success was soda, which was back in college, and never really got back into the habit of going out of my way for soda. Actually, I’ve never been on Atkins, Weight Watchers, whatever, because I’ve never really needed to. I considered doing those juice cleanses, but after much thought, it wouldn’t change any of my habits.

This isn’t one of those diet plans. I don’t have to cut out meat. I don’t have to cut carbs. My coach doesn’t even want me to refer to this as a “diet.” I don’t even have to really focus on my weight, body fat %, or calories. It will eventually take care of itself. It’s more of a change of lifestyle. I will be eating nothing but organic foods, cutting out any processed food and sugar.

Why? Well, a lot of people I know end up changing their food habits after an incident. Incidents like a medical issue, reality of age, reality of a disease, etc. For me, fortunately, it wasn’t the case. I guess you could say it’s for preventative measures. I mean, I put only the best gasoline and the best oil into my own car, why not put the best fuel for my body? I don’t see myself quitting endurance sports anytime soon, so taking these steps now prepares me for a better tomorrow. I do believe this will help me with my overall daily energy as well.

The person who is going to guide me is Keira, a runner like myself, but a very fast, ultrarunner. She’s also the Race Director of my first 50k (Ray Miller) and first 50M (Leona Divide). I chose her because our active lifestyles are similar. She loves to run. I do too. She has such a friendly, caring, and outgoing personality that I trust her. She’s an overall good person who genuinely loves to help other people like myself.

I started this plan this week, and it all started with her asking me some basic questions about what I currently eat, my likes, and dislikes. I think I eat relatively healthy, but yes, there are many times where eating out is just easier. After I told her, she turned around and gave me a week 1 meal plan, a grocery list, nutrition notes, and optional recipes. It was custom to my liking, and quite flexible. At first glance, it doesn’t look too difficult to follow. The difficult part would be to do this for six consecutive weeks, especially with holidays, parties, happy hours and all that in between to distract me.

I was to start the plan today (Thursday), so the past two days were spent grocery shopping. As you can see above and below, it was one hell of a Trader Joe’s trip! Here’s my kitchen counter:


I also ordered some PlantFusion protein and ground Flax Seed on Amazon:


So the pieces are set, and I’m excited!

I just finished Day 1, and I’ll blog about that tomorrow, but so far so good! I look forward to cooking more, saving money, learning healthier options, and the beneficial effects of them.

(Also, if you’re interested in doing the same and getting a nutrition coach, I can pass along Keira’s info to you too!)

Now a Part of Team Wheaties!

A few months ago, my friend and IronTEAM teammate Elisabeth, introduced me to Active Ambassadors, which is a program for athletes and brands to be matched for sponsorship. All I had to do was fill out a profile of my photos, race history, planned endurance events, and social media links. It’s like an online dating service for brands. I didn’t know what to expect because initially, I saved my profile, and just played the waiting game until I received a response. Weeks passed, then I got an email requesting that I ask to apply for “Team Wheaties.” I was so excited that I think I filled it out within 10 minutes of receiving it! About a month later, news of acceptance into the program fell into my e-mail inbox, and the rest is history.

So then earlier today, my “Starter Kit” arrived! One box was full of brochures and coupons to give out during the campaign, then another box was full of Wheaties boxes with Muhammad Ali, white visor, and an orange tech tee. It was awesome! The best part? It was all free! There will be more to come too!

So what does it mean to be an Ambassador for Wheaties? First off, all the free stuff will be in exchange to wear their brand while I train and race. Done! You don’t have to ask me twice! It’s not a paid sponsorship, but out of many applicants, I do know they selected only 100, so I feel pretty lucky to be chosen.

I actually love Wheaties. I used to ALWAYS eat it growing up because of Michael Jordan on the cover, honestly. There was a gap of not eating it because for a while, I didn’t even eat breakfast, but being chosen to be on Team Wheaties rekindled the love for that brand. I will be pretty picky of what brands to promote because I know my friends, family, social media followers actually listen to what I recommend, and it would be a disservice to promote if deep inside I didn’t believe in the product. I’ll tweet the hell out of it (check out the hashtag #TeamWheaties for current conversations), post it on Facebook, post on this blog, and tell all my friends about it. I’ll try not to make it so spammy either so I’ll try to be creative with it! Stay tuned!

Return of the Hunger Monster

On Tuesday, we had our usual coached swim. Not really sure how far I swam, but it was an hour worth of splish-splashing fun. We did quite a few sprint intervals to get our heart rates up, then did a few drills crowding the lanes with similar-speed teammates and did races across the lane. Boy, it was a pretty tough workout, but again, felt great in the end… and HUNGRY. You see, we always joke about these “monsters” that exist in the season, and in particular, the Hunger Monster always attacks after the swim. I ended up going to Chego after practice and had their Prime Rib Rice Plate (w/fried egg, water spinach, Chinese broccoli creamed horseradish, roasted garlic paste, shallots) AND Pina Krackalada (coconut sticky rice, candied pineapple, puffy rice krackle, sesame). THAT’s how hungry I was. Oh, so good!

Clif Bars Recalled

clif_newdatePeanut Corporation of America (PCA), a manufacturer and supplier of peanut butter for many food companies and manufacturers, is under investigation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for a recent Salmonella outbreak thought to be caused by tainted peanut butter. Due to that investigation, certain Clif Bars with the possibility of having this product are under recall. I know a lot of runners use Clif Bars as a source of energy for runs, so I thought I’d spread the word.

You can read more about it here.

Weekday, Daytime Vegetarian?

Vegetarian?I have come to the realization that I have become a weekday, daytime vegetarian. This was accidental in attempt to eat healthier, since training is over (although I should have been eating healthy during training in the first place). $50 for food is subsidized at work every week, and I’ve tried *most* of their chicken and meat dishes, and well… I’m not a big fan of them. My favorites are: Pear Salad, and Cranberry Salad. I’ve recently changed my Churro (oh, so good) breaks to crudité breaks. When I start to run out of FIM money (the name for our subsidized credit), I walk over to Bristol Farms and get some seaweed salad. Sometimes I get Poki, or some kind of sashimi. I don’t think I can convert to full vegetarian, because I LOVE my sushi! I know vegetarians also don’t eat fish, so what does that make me? I guess I’m just your average guy trying to eat healthIER.