Usually when I first get up, I have breakfasts and lunches to prepare for my family. By the time I get everyone out the door, I'm very hungry for my own breakfast. When I was at my parents' house, I wrote that I felt so good when I exercised first thing in the morning, then had breakfast. A few days later I read something that confirmed my feelings. It said that when you run before breakfast you force your body to break down fat for fuel. However, yesterday Debs wrote, "I used to run in the morning before breakfast but was told by a fitness instructor that it was ill advisable because I was burning glucose. Even though I had my brekky when I got back. Have you heard of this before?"
One thing about journalists, we are not afraid to ask questions. So, while I was at the gym today doing the 4th of my 5 free workouts, I asked the head personal trainer. Here is what he said.
If you are going to do weight training, you should eat breakfast before you work out. You are strenuously stretching your muscles, and if you do that without fuel being immediately available, your body will begin breaking down the muscle to provide energy. If you are going to do a cardio workout like running, you can do that before breakfast. A light to medium cardio workout on an empty stomach will force your body to break down fat for energy. However if you are going to do a long and very strenuous cardio workout, eat first, because again you run the risk of destroying muscle tissue. He said that when he works with clients doing cardio machines in the gym, he monitors the point at which they would begin breaking down muscle by checking their heart rate.
On another subject, since I started the Type O Diet, I've been careful to take a calcium supplement because almost all milk products are avoids. I came across a chart about calcium sources. It says
1 cup milk 291 mg calcium
3.5 oz almonds 266 mg calcium
1 can sardines 340 mg calcium
1 cup cooked collard greens 350 mg calcium
Somehow our culture tells us that you have to drink milk to get calcium, and that's not true. However it is true that 2 cups of milk a day is not unreasonable, where 2 cups or collards or 2 cans of sardines would seem excessive.
Today's main event was the first day teaching my fall journalism class. Though school started on Monday, electives did not start until today. Before and after class were lots of little events that related to the Blood Type Diet.
I walked into the kitchen this morning and on impulse decided to make pancakes. A friend had given me a wonderful multi grain recipe several years ago. I adjusted it for Os and As, and my kids said they were the best pancakes I've ever made. I posted the recipe on RECIbase. (Oat, spelt & flax pancakes)
Before my breakfast I went for a run. My son advised me not to do weight work on the same muscles two days in a row. I decided that today I would do a light run in the morning and do the machines at the gym related to shoulders and arms this afternoon. Tomorrow I will to the ab and leg machines and go for a light swim. If it gives you an idea of my upper body strength, I have never done a chin up. There is a machine that uses a hydraulic lift to aid you in chin ups and dips. I had to set it to support more than half my body weight in order to be able to do just five. If I joined this gym I wonder how long would it be before I could do a real chin up.
My son will be living in an apartment when he goes back to college. His roommate is bringing the TV and DVD. My son is equipping the kitchen. He has learned several new cooking skills this summer, but now that his return to school is drawing close, he is asking lots of questions. Earlier in the week I showed him how to grill onions. Tonight he wanted to learn to cook ground meat. We were having spaghetti, which in our family means one pan of ground beef and one pan of ground turkey. He and I got out two skillets and worked side by side. I cooked the turkey, and he cooked the beef. I wonder what his roommate's blood type is.
I walked into the kitchen this morning to find that my daughter had decorated with a birthday banner.
My breakfast was an experiment. I have had a rash on my eyelids for about two weeks. It is clearly related to makeup, because it is in exactly where eye shadow goes. But I stopped wearing makeup more than a week ago, so there has to be another component. It might be that the month of August has always been my worst month for allergies. It might be that I've been sleeping with a mask to make the room darker in the summer. Monday I was reading in Heidi's archives, and she describes two people who had a similar rash from flax seed. It might be that I eat flax seed for breakfast 6 out of 7 mornings. Tuesday I fixed eggs with onion and spinach for breakfast. Today I ground pecans to use instead of flax in my fruit and seed breakfast mix. The taste and texture were good, but flax is beneficial and pecans are neutral.
My son has really enjoyed working out at the gym all summer. Today he took me with him. They gave me a 5 day trial pass. My son showed me how to use the machines for muscle groups I am interested in improving. I have outgrown the little hand weights I have at home. However, I'm not sure whether I'm ready to join a gym. For now I will enjoy trying the equipment with my pass.
My husband and I agreed to postpone my birthday dinner for a week. Our son will only be home for a few more days, and we want to maximize family time while he is here. Part of family time this week is the Olympics. It didn't seem right to rush through a nice meal just to get home to the television. I baked salmon for dinner and it was delicious. I also baked a walnut torte for my birthday cake. I had made it once before, but it was even better this time.
I got many card and e-mail greetings. Some were funny, some were serious. Here is my favorite, "When we believe in God's plan for us, every age is the perfect age to be.
In a family where Mom & Dad swim laps, daughter swims fly, and son (who was all state in breast) coaches summer league; it's easy to guess what we're doing tonight. We are watching the Olympics.
My daughter was with me at the grocery store earlier in the week and said, "One of my favorite meals is when you do hamburger patties for you & my brother, veggie burgers for Dad & me and fix lots of jicama fries to go with them." It sounded good to me, so that's what we had tonight. We also had salad with lettuce, fresh spinach, and carrot sticks.
There haven't been as many sidebar stories about what the athletes are eating as there often are during television Olympic coverage. I heard one item about how much weight water polo players would lose during the games because they are burning calories much faster than they can replace them.
I vividly remember an interview with swimmer Josh Davis after he won his gold medals in 1996. He said that the year before the Olympics a coach had challenged the swimmers to give up a food that would not contribute to building their physical strength. Different swimmers chose different foods. Josh had given up hydrogenated vegetable oil. The interviewer stammered - That means you gave up margarine and crackers and cookiesâ€¦what did you eat? Josh smiled and said that he ate more meat and more fresh fruit & vegetables. When I look at what I eat on the Type O diet, I guess I'm eating a lot like Josh Davis's training diet. It took him to Olympic gold; where will it take me?
Last night I baked peach muffins. I wanted to send my daughter off to her first day of high school with a beneficial breakfast. There is a recipe on RECIbase for Rice Muffins (Karen's Brown-White- Rice/ Variable Muffins). There are 4 eggs in the recipe, so these have more protein than your average muffin. The recipe calls for a cup of applesauce. I was out of applesauce - besides I wanted to bake something a little more exciting for back to school. In the back of the pantry I found some peaches canned in pear juice. I whirled them in the food processor, and they were perfect. The last time I made these muffins I used all rice flour. This time I used half rice and half spelt.
First my daughter drank her soy shake. That is what really gets her going in the morning. Then she ate one big and two little muffins, saying they were "very, very good." They must have been because she had another as an after school snack. My son grabbed a couple on his way to work, and I popped one in my husband's lunch. There are enough left over for two more breakfasts later in the week.
Earlier in the summer I wrote about the night I found out that our neighborhood pool is 25 yards long rather than 25 meters. Once or twice a year I make the effort to swim 32 laps or what I thought was a mile (1600 meters). What a disappointment to learn that I have been 160 yards short all these years. Last night the weather was a little cooler than it has been, and we got to the pool a little earlier. I swam 36 laps - 1800 yards. It was the first time I ever swam a real mile. Not too bad for someone who will turn 51 in two days.