What Do I Eat?

The other day I got a text from a friend asking what kind of a diet I was on for triathlons.  I sent back a picture of a can of vegetarian chili and said, “Tonight, it’s this.”FullSizeRender-3

I guess my diet is a bit of a dirty-little-secret in some ways.  I’m not afraid of pizza or even fast food a couple times a week, but of course there’s always a price to pay.

It’s funny, too, because I think nutrition is everything.  I am nearly 100% convinced that a solid diet (along with exercise and a good spiritual practice) will take care of most modern day ills.

I’m a big believer that inflammation is the root of most of our our problems, including things like depression and anxiety.  And the best way to reduce inflammation is to be on a alkaline leaning diet.  But I’m not scientist or nutritionist, I go by feel. I also listen to a lot of podcasts,  so I guess I like to regurgitate alternative facts.

My overall dietary habits can be summed up like this: I try to eat at least one solid meal a day, and by solid I often mean tuna from a can on bread with butter, steamed broccoli, and . . . that’s about it.  It can vary, of course, but I’m pretty simple and did have pizza tonight.  I also drink a lot of water and try to mix in a spinach smoothie during the day.

In general, our relationship with food cannot be understated.  But, unfortunately I have yet to find a clean handle on my diet, and know just enough to be dangerous.

That’s why we have brought a Registered Dietician onto the podcast today.  It was interesting to hear her philosophy, which I will describe as balanced and thoughtful.

We talked about everything from the best way to change your diet, how to keep is simple and steady, along with things like how to better access body fat for energy, ketosis, and challenges with body image.  We also get into race-day nutrition.

Thanks for reading and enjoy the podcast on Triathlon’s 4th Discipline, Nutrition, featuring Lizzy Miller.

Triathlon Trends: Fraud or For Real?

Triathlon Trends: Fraud or For Real?

Everyone’s looking for an advantage, and that’s certainly true of triathletes.  But sometimes you have to wonder if we’re taking placebos.

There is an endless supply of accessories, nutritional options, and advice, but where should it stop?  Or should it keep going?

That’s the topic for today’s podcast, and it will certainly ruffle a few feathers, but it is genuinely an open and honest discussion about which trends are fraud and which are for real. There’s a lot of gray area in this stuff and we address most of it.

Fraud of For Real?

  • Compression Socks
  • Chocolate Milk
  • Stretching
  • Ice Baths
  • Altitude Training
  • Heat Training
  • Oxygen Masks
  • Coca Cola
  • Pull Buoys
  • Wind Breakers
  • And all of the intricacies that could actually make some frauds for real.

Here are the reference links discussed in the podcast:
Chocolate Milk
Ice Baths
Compression Socks

The Zen of Triathlon Training – 14 Ways

A friend sent this list of Zen ways for triathlon training and has given me permission to re-post it on Crushing Iron. 

14 ways to keep your Triathlon Season a “Zen out of Ten.”

1.  Simplicity leads to happiness and happiness keeps you consistent.

2.  Train hard when needed, train soft when needed. Do not train moderately hard all the time.

3.  Nutrition is the fuel; your body is the engine. You would not put bad gas in your car, so why put junk food in your mouth?

4.  Incorporate family into your triathlon life.

5.  Resting and sleeping is when the body rebuilds and gets stronger.

6.  There is a right amount of training and a right racing distance for you right now. That can and will change, which is good. Do not let your ego convince you otherwise. zen quotes

7.  Volunteering makes you a better triathlete and person.

8.  Triathlon training is not only for the sport, it’s for your life. The fitness gained improves your health, work, and family relationships.

9.  What you learn about yourself during grueling training will change your life.

10.  Do everything skillfully and with focus.

11.  Engage, learn, improve . . . then repeat.

12.  You can easily train for triathlons during the time most people waste watching TV.

13.  Use the energy of a like-minded team to enhance and magnify your Zen on good days, and lean on the energy of others on your poor days.

14.  Don’t compare this year to another. Each year is its own. Stay present and enjoy the ride.