July 15, 2012 by Lisa RunFastMama
For about a year and a few months now, since my allergy diagnosis, I have been following a “eat clean”, paelo type diet consisting of organic meats, cheeses, yogurts, veggies and fruits. I was initially diagnosed allergic to quite a few veggies, but since meeting with a U of M Allergist, have been adding them back in with much success. I gave up wheat 3 months ago. I am not allergic to it, but can tell it affects my seasonal allergies so I rarely eat it. I also rarely eat rice, and can not have any beans due to anaphylaxis risk.
So, I have been using my Fitbit (previously my Body Media Fit) to make sure that calories in = calories out. My trainer informed me that I will not be able to properly convert fat into muscle unless I am eating what I am expending. I am not trying to loose weight, but trying to reduce my body fat and get in awesome shape. I aim for about 40% protein each day and this, as well as eating enough calories, is what I struggle with. Sure it is pretty easy to eat 2,500 calories a day or so on crap food, but when you eat organic meats, yogurts, fruits and veggies that is ALOT of food, lol, to get the daily quota. I do pretty good each day and my secret has been using organic Whey protein powder 3x a day to get my protein levels above my fat levels. You will quickly learn I LOVE healthy fats – EVOO, avocados, lean grass fed beef, sunflower seeds and yes, my buffalo mozzarella and the occasional bag of 365 Organic Potato Chips (not a really healthy fat, but in the grand scheme of things I need to snack too).
I had a protein drink Friday night around 9 pm, my Beyond Organic Suero Vi Whey protein plain beverage mixed with Maximized Living Chocolate protein powder. This usually holds me over really well. Awoke at 3 am to the sound of the body brush (thought it was a bath brush when I bought it, but quickly discovered it is a bath brush – oh well, good for my dosha to keep my pitta in balance, lol) falling into the bath tub. How do I know you ask? I was the one who had to get up to see what that loud noise was that scared the crap out of us! None the less I was starving and thought to myself maybe I should get a protein drink or at least some yogurt, but was too lazy and fell back asleep.
The alarm went off at 5 am Saturday morning and I was up and out of the house with the plan to do 6 miles around the house then go and meet Team in Training to do the other 6 of my 12 planned miles. I figured I would eat between the runs so I filled up my drink bottle with coconut water and headed out. Well, plans changed. The run actually was going so well I just decided to complete all 12 miles within a 1 mile square radius and get it done… but, I was getting hungry. I did make it home where Hubby was waiting for me with a yogurt drink, but should have never left the house without at least a little bit of something in my stomach.
Lesson learned, if I am hungry I should eat. Sometimes runs go different than you plan them to 😉 All ended well though