7/26/13

R.I.P. Dexter

Finisher's Medal
Found as a puppy at Ocean Beach Spring 2002 - Died peacefully in his favorite resting spot July 18th, 2013 Dexter's Run 13.1: in honor of my four-legged best friend forever... Half-marathon #8 for the Thirteen 13.1s in 2013 Challenge and #13 total

7/15/13

Golden Gate Trail Run Half-Marathon

Golden Gate Trail Run
Golden Gate Trail Run Half Marathon: Time 2:28,  4th Place AG. Half-marathon #7 done for the Thirteen 13.1s in 2013 Challenge and #12 total! This one has a lot of climbing, I  love this course! Congrats to running buddy and dailymile friend Hugh B. for winning the marathon! My goal was to keep moving, even at a slow pace, just find a sustainable hill pace and keep going. Bike commute to and from the race was very good for my legs to warm them up and then recover.
Garmin

7/9/13

1 Month Without Sugar!

In an effort to eat a more heart-healthy diet and clean from added, refined and processed sugars I tried cutting it out for 21 days. That turned into a month. I feel so great and have so much energy that I'm going to keep going! It's been really easy and I have been getting used to the natural sweetness of foods, no substitutes or stevia required. High Glycemic foods such as white rice, white flour and added sugars are out, fruit and high-fiber whole grains and slow carbs are in! Basically I just look at the labels and check the ingredients and grams. Anything that has sugar as an ingredient, especially in the first five ingredients, is out. I was shocked at how many supposed health-foods out there such as yogurt and granola bars have so much added sugar. There are lots of different names for sugar. I decided to save the high glycemic foods such as white rice and honey for endurance events when you need to burn a lot of quick energy or replenish. Other than that, I don't really need them in my diet on a daily basis, saved for special occasions. I have been experimenting with running without it though and have been noticing that I don't need it! I'm not hungry, not bonking or crashing, and feel like I can go on forever! Instead of gu, I just have some coconut water with chia seeds, dates and almonds or walnuts. I also found a whey protein powder that has no added sugar by Natural Factors. The recommended daily limit of sugar by the American Heart Association is 20 grams, or about 5 teaspoons. I love cooking and sweets and have been able to use nutritious fruit and applesauce to substitute and to satisfy my sweet tooth with no sugar crash. I keep some frozen grapes and bananas in the freezer for a quick snack. I knew I couldn't survive without chocolate, though, so I have come up with some delicious chocolate dessert recipes below. After just one week, I noticed my cholesterol level was already down by a few points! Please check out my pinterest board for more info.

Homemade healthy ice cream Choc-Co-Ban-Chia Ice Cream

 2 frozen bananas (or avocado if you prefer)
1/2 c coconut milk with 1 T chia seeds to make a pudding
4 T unsweetened cocoa powder

Blend and enjoy!





Chocolate Raspberry Date Coconut Manna  Hempseed Bark Chocolate Raspberry Date Coconut Manna  Hempseed Bark

4 oz unsweetened baker's chocolate melted in 1/4 c coconut oil
1 cup dried raspberries
10 dates
Nutiva Coconut Manna*
Hempseeds

Process the dates and raspberries in a food processor. Add the warm chocolate coconut oil mixture and blend until smooth. Pour into a flex tray and spread evenly. Drizzle with Coconut Manna and Hempseeds. You can "marble it" with a fork. Let cool then put in fridge. When solid, cut or break into pieces and store in fridge for a sweet treat.

*This stuff is amazing!


Little Green Pouch




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