When nutrition gets neglectedJuly 22, 2009
Although fitness-wise I’ve been doing very well on the health front, my nutrition has been veering wildly off course since Folk Fest. In fact, the night before my race on Saturday, I had a beer and then ate dinner at a diner: cheeseburger with lots of French fries and a cookie. My stomach was aching all weekend. On top of that, I had some delicious chocolate cake on Saturday (thank you Robin!) as well as another burger and Annie’s mac and cheese (leftover from the camping weekend… it tasted too processed for my liking), a couple peanut butter cookies and plenty of cinnamon toast crunch cereal.
After all of those French fries my body was crying for some water. I felt like I was sodium in human form. Thus I have spent the last couple days eating buckets of salad to nurse my body back to health via deliciously nutritious foods.
I’ve also been hard at work putting together a chickpea burger recipe. I will post it when I’m satisfied with it. By which I mean to say, I really enjoy the patties, but everyone else only finds them to be mediocre so when someone else agrees with me on the taste then I will be satisfied that it’s a good enough recipe to share. But I will tell you this right now: it features homemade ketchup and a mixture of flaxseed meal and wheat germ in place of breadcrumbs. Superfood in a burger right there.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about happiness and what really makes us happy. I like the idea put forth in this wee article about how good nutrition plays a major role in personal happiness. It states that mangoes, high in vitamin A and C, help to stabilize mood and treat depression. Perhaps the mounds of mangoes that I ate in Cambodia were part of the reason why my mood changed so drastically while I was there? This might also explain why I eat so many grains: they help deal with feeling cold and I am always cold (or maybe grains are just really, really tasty. That could also be a possibility).
Regardless, what we eat changes our bodies and often our minds as well.
It seems, then, that because of my recent poor nutrition, this is a very opportune time to be visiting my grandparents for the weekend! They live a province away and it’s been a year since I last saw them. My grandma is one of the best cooks that I know (aren’t grandmas always?), so I’m really looking forward to her homemade goodies. It will also be great to cook and bake with her. I can’t think of a better way to nourish my mind and body than spend four days in the company of my grandparents, cooking and eating good food, discussing our favourite authors, and swapping political viewpoints.
It’s also especially opportune because so many of you will be at the BlogHer conference, so this will cheer me up that I can’t go. I’m sorry that I won’t get to meet all of you- that’s what happens when a conference is so popular that it gets filled up before I register. Sighs. I hope those of you who are going to BlogHer have a fantastic time!
How will you be nourishing your body this week/weekend?
I’ll be away from the computer from Thursday through Sunday- but be sure to check back here because there are some excellent pre-planned posts scheduled for while I’m away! Taking a break from the computer screen definitely counts as a healthy activity :)