Processed Foods

Processed Foods, Avoid them at all cost and whenever possible choose real, whole foods.

Processed food are:

  • Sugar or High Fructose Corn Syrup (empty calories and no nutritional value)
  • Often High in Trans Fats or Processed Vegetable Oils
  • Artificial Ingredients (Chemical for preservatives, color, flavor and texture)
  • Highly refined carbohydrates, simple carbs that are quickly broke down and spike sugar and insulin levels. When they crash down, it causes  hunger.
  • Low in Nutrients
  • Low in Fiber
  • Synthetic vitamins and minerals are added to the foods to compensate for what was lost during processing.

We are better off eating single source foods (the farm to your mouth). Coniferous vegetables are the best low carb choice for the Keto Lifestyle

  • Broccoli, Cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, Kale, Cabbage, Bok Choy and other leafy green vegetables.

More to come! Thanks for taking time to read my post, and please come back soon. TruckerRich the KetoTrucker.

DISCLAIMER: I am not a Doctor or Nutritionist, I do not recommend you start any course of action without first consulting your doctor and doing tons of research. All information provided for research and entertainment purposes only.

References:

https://authoritynutrition.com/9-ways-that-processed-foods-are-killing-people/

http://www.webmd.com/diet/healthy-kitchen-11/leafy-greens-rated

Sick and Tired of being Tired and Sick…

Tired of being on the yo-yo diet? I’ve done many diets and had success, but always slowly gained the weight back. I’d almost given up this last time, as my weight started climbing and my clothes kept getting tighter and tighter. A Facebook friend posted a YouTube video by Butter Bob, “Butter Makes Your Pants Fall Off“. This opened my eyes to two forms of dieting, Intermittent Fasting and Ketogenic Diet.

Intermittent Fasting or going without eating for 14- 20 hours, some people will fast for 24, 36, 48 hours or longer, there are many different types of fasting. During fasting your body will burn through its normal fuel, glucose, and start burning fat (ketones). I will do a separate post on fasting and the benefits, but mainly they are fat burning and an increase in HGH (human growth hormone).

Ketogenic Diet is a Low Carb, Moderate Protein and High Fat Diet. By eliminating carbs from your diet, it stops the seesaw effect caused by the rise and fall of your blood sugar. When eating carbs, your body (liver) converts them into glucose for your body to burn as fuel (energy) but if your not active or eat to much,  it converts to FAT mostly around your waist line. Two hormones come in to play, Insulin and Ghrelin (hunger), I will write more on insulin in another post. So basically, when you eat carbs, your body produces a high amount of Insulin, and over long periods of time your pancreas gets tired and slows to a crawl, this is considered pre or full type 2 diabetes. After many years of abuse we suffer this metabolic syndrome, our blood glucose levels become higher and higher even after our nightly fast (sleep).  When your glucose drops, you become hungry again and this becomes a vicious cycle. By switching to a low carb, high fat diet, we stop the spikes in glucose, thus turning our bodies into a fat burning machine. Our muscles and brain can learn to function efficiently while burning fat, by restricting our intake, we will start burning our body fat for fuel. The result is weight loss, more energy, and a sharper mental clarity, all of which I, personally have experienced.

More to come! Thanks for taking time to read my post, and please come back soon. TruckerRich the KetoTrucker.

DISCLAIMER: I am not a Doctor or Nutritionist, I do not recommend you start any course of action without first consulting your doctor and doing tons of research. All information provided for research and entertainment purposes only.

The Spirit of Rock 1/2 Marathon Folsom CA November 24, 2013

This was my 4th and final 1/2 marathon for 2013
The half marathon started at the Folsom State Recreation Offices and utilize the American River Bike Trail to the Light Transit parking lot next to Folsom Blvd. The course is a net negative elevation gain race run entirely on the paved bike path. The trail starts off with about a 3 mile down hill, but ends with the last few miles at a slight upgrade. I still managed a pretty good time, while catching and pass a few runners, I had my eye on a father and son group. The father looked like he was having some leg issues and would stop to stretch, but I never could quite catch them.
Finish time 02:20:34 10.43 pace. 61st out of 119 runners.

Thanks again to my race support team Judi with Bryce and Brooke again in tow. We stayed at a motel right next to the finish, so they all got to sleep in while I was running. We walked around old Folsom and had a good breakfast.

Brooke took this photo of me right by the finish.

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That Dam(n) Run, 1/2 Marathon Trail Run, Cool CA, October 27, 2013

I ran my 3rd 1/2 Marathon and first Trail Run. That Dam(n) Run which really lives up to its name, with over 1767 total elevation gains. Most of the climb came between mile 4.25 and mile 6.5, this climbs involved lots of walking(see graph below). Trail running is a whole different sport from what I’m use to doing, which is flat paved or street running with shorter hills. Running and dancing a round rocks on narrow trails, works out a whole different muscle group than I’m use to using. I was pretty spent and sore by the finish which took me 3 hours and 1 minute to finish, that was about the time I expected to finish in. There are some inherent dangers in trail running, mainly trip over rocks in the trails, I tripped over 3, 2 toe stubs and 1 almost bad fall that I managed to save myself from going all the way down. Close to the end I hooked up with 2 other runners and we managed to miss a turn on the course and luckily some runners behind, hollered at us before we got to far off course. The last miles were gruling, with lots of walking. The experience was a great one, although I have no plans on doing another one in the near future or beyond. I’ll stick to running on the flats for now.

Thanks to my race support team, my wonderful wife, Judi and Bryce and Brooke my supportive grandkids for hanging out and braving the cold for 3 hours while I ran.

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Whats next?
I am currently training for a full marathon. The Redding Marathon on January 19th 2014 in Redding California. Yes that 26.2 miles I’m setting a finishing goal of 5 hours (or less).

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