Greetings, everyone, and welcome to my Fitness and Food Journal.

journal_croppedI started this journal in the beginning of March 2012 as a way keeping myself on track with my, then, new running program. I had wanted to become a “runner” for quite some time, but kept putting it off, because the thought of doing so was just too intimidating for me. I enjoyed hiking in the woods, and would occasionally run, but only for 30 seconds or so at a time, and then I felt winded. I could not imagine running continuously for an hour or so.

Eventually however, I took the plunge, and, thanks to this journal, have stayed on track – for the most part.

Shortly after I started my fitness program, I realized that it could affect my relationship with food – and vice versa. Specifically:

I had read a number of testimonials from athletes who claimed to have experienced a profound improvement in performance, after switching to a diet dominated by raw fruits and vegetables.

For about six years, prior to the start of my running, I have been eating mostly a low-fat raw vegan diet, which means I was eating mostly raw fruits and vegetables. My occasional return to cooked food occurred mostly in the winter, and seemed to be at least partially based on emotional needs, projected on food. What does this have to do with running? Well, like so many other folks, I had noticed a correlation between physical exercise and my mood. I felt better emotionally when I was more physically active. So, by exercising on a regular basis, I figured that I might experience enough emotional poise to no longer be seriously tempted by my old cooked comfort foods – even in the winter.

I also reasoned that if there is a genuine nutritional need associated with my periodic craving for cooked foods, it might be related to my body not yet being able to absorb the necessary nutrients on my low-fat, raw vegan diet. If that is the case, the increase in physical fitness could possibly provide an answer, because regular exercise is known to improve digestion and absorption.

Here is an excerpt from my book, What Should I Eat, summarizing what I have noted after my first year of my fitness program:

“In the first six weeks or so, I went from running a maximum of about one mile (with much huffing and huffing), to running my first race (9 miles) with relative ease and grace. Several months later, I ran my first half marathon. Thus far, I have been too chicken to sign up for a full marathon.

As expected, I have been feeling physically stronger and more energetic, as well as experiencing a subtle but noticeable improvement in mental clarity and emotional poise. Essentially, the physical training seems to have enhanced the benefits I have already experienced from my simple fruit and vegetable diet.

On the food side, I have felt significantly more settled on my raw vegan eating plan, and all foods seem to taste better to me. Also, I stayed on a totally raw diet this past winter, unlike my previous seven years that I have been on this eating plan.”

My Fitness Goals

  • Morning exercises: Yoga, the five Tibetan Rites, Chi Gong, and (usually) 30 push-ups.
  • Walk/run 10-25 miles per week.

My Food Goals

  • Monitor my calories, protein and fat, so as to get a better idea of what my body actually needs. In other words, I will eat what I feel like eating, while keeping track of the numbers, and paying attention to how I feel. Since my protein anf fat intake are less than the general population, I specifically want to monitor these two.
  • I am currently eating a 100% raw vegan diet, but my bigger goal is to allow my food instincts and my educated common sense to work together, free from rigid dogma, thus allowing me to freely and confidently give my body the food that it wants and needs.

 

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