Monday, November 18, 2013
EZ Recovery Day. Feeling some effects from yesterday’s run on top of last week’s crash. Just spun easy on the commute to and from work. I did the headstands, crows, hanging knee raises circuit tonight. I was a little worried about whether my shoulders and neck would be up to it, but they were fine and the balance continues to improve. It’s almost becoming fun. It’s always been enjoyable, but having a modicum of control makes it more fun.
My biggest physical concern at the moment is my left knee which I am hoping is good for a short run tomorrow night. There is no room for error or deviation in my training plan!
Here’s what I ate today:
- Ful Medames
- Green Smoothie: Spinach, Kale, Strawberries, Blackberries, Hemp Protein Powder
- Mujadara Wrap, 1/2 Bell Pepper, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cherry Tomatoes
- Big Vegan Nacho Salad ( Romaine, Red Leaf, Cucumber, Tahini dressing, Black Beans, Guacamole, Fresh Salsa Cruda, a few tortilla chips )
- Glass of Cabernet
I’m starting a new experiment inside the experiment this week. I guess I have a few of those going on already, but this one is a vegan adaptation of Tim Ferris’ Slo Carb diet: No fruit, nothing white (except cauliflower), plenty of protein. One go-nuts cheat day every week. The idea being that having the cheat day as an outlet makes it easier to be rigorous the rest of the week. If you don’t give yourself an out, you are likely to binge periodically anyway, so you might as well plan for it, control it, use it to your advantage. The spike in caloric intake which is going to be, by default, cheap carbohydrates also helps keep your metabolic rate from dropping from lower calorie consumption during the rest of the week.
So I might have to mothball my beloved Nutri-Bullet for a few weeks while I try this. I want to take out all the fruit, just to see what happens and I don’t think I could quite handle just spinach and kale and water in a glass. Sauteed though, with the bean dish of the day, that would probably work. I could still make a fruit-forward smoothie post-workout on ‘cheat day’ with protein powder…it’s worth trying for a few days to see.
I was Googling for some good ideas about beans for breakfast and started reading about Ful Medames – the national breakfast of Egypt. Fava beans sauteed with garlic, onions, spices and a little tomato ( my version, anyway ) except that in Egypt it is typically served with Pita bread and sometimes eggs. Mr Ferris would wholeheartedly recommend the eggs, but I’m going to leave them out and the Pita is a non-starter, but I do think a quick saute of spinach and kale would be perfect. Breakfast would be a great time to get my Dahl fix, too and I’ll probably try that next week.
It’s all about experimenting, refining, keeping what works. Continuous improvement.
When I make a decision to do something like this, I tend to just go for it, which means I have some fruit in the ‘fridge that will probably go bad and get thrown out. It’s not very much though. The last couple remaining wraps in the there will have to go in the garbage, too. I used what are sold as “Garden Spinach Herb” wraps and was curious about the carb content and makeup. It turns out that spinach does not even appear on the ingredients list until the “Less than 2% of the following:” disclaimer. The main ingredient is Enriched Bleached Wheat Flour; one of the nastiest and most nutritionally void of the highly processed carbohydrates. There are only 3 main ingredients – the 2nd is water (seems safe) and next up is Interesterified oil. That’s one of the newer creations of the modern industrial food complex, made by using a chemical reaction to move the fatty acids in a blend of oils from one triglyceride molecule to another. It’s food science, but it’s not health science. It melts at the perfect temperature, it has the perfect shelf life, it keeps the tortilla factory running at 100% efficiency.
I made a big batch of bean salad tonight for the rest of this week’s lunches.
Breakfast and Lunch will be full bore vegan slo-carb this week. Dinner might take a little more time, but I think I can learn to offer carbs that I personally fore go. Save ’em for cheat day.