Food of Life …

One of the biggest changes that we as a family have undertaken in 2015 has been the commitment to try and eat “cleaner” – we have always been a family that have eaten generally well, but it’s all so easy to take the easy option sometimes and of course to fall for all the marketing out there.

We have always encouraged our boys to try everything and they do, and I doubt there are many families in our neck of the woods that have children that prefer to eat seafood for breakfast or to choose to have olives and anchovies … they don’t always like what we give them, but they will always try it first and give it a go.

So this year we have focused on trying to remove white bread from our breakfast and from our lunches … ideally remove it completely by the end of the year, but if we can make those first steps then its a huge improvement.

We have worked on using scrambled egg as the main breakfast constituent and then work around that … normally its smoked salmon that goes with it, but today it was vine tomatoes, feta cheese and fresh mint drizzled with a little walnut oil:

breakfast

It has worked well, I have virtually removed white bread from my diet now and I feel so much better for it – we still get the odd low GI brown loaf and yes occasionally I will have some white toast, but it is really occasionally now …

Combine that with the removal of sugar which I have already spoken about on this blog and we are really starting to clean our act up here. And the great thing for ¬†us as parents is that the kids are loving it …

My cold is subsiding, but I am still coughing up some pretty gruesome stuff, so a weekend of rest is ahead of me to clear it completely before we get back into the training next week with some gentle runs and a visit to the gym.

 

 

The Sugar Rush …

This week was a pretty big week in our house, it was the 20th anniversary of my wife and I’s first meeting and also our 17th wedding anniversary, so with something to celebrate we went away for a few days alone in the sunshine and it was a great little break to really kick back and relax. No training was done but we ate well and had a great time just thinking of nothing and letting the world go by.

BUT, one of the big things to come out of the week and quite accidentally too, was that I seemed to have kicked the sugar habit ….. hopefully for good, but I went the full week without any sugar in my coffee’s which for me is something big …. I had managed to cut down during the course of this year to the point where I was only putting in about half a teaspoon but now I think I can manage easily without any at all.

sugar

Again, its only a small change, but its a significant one … all the small changes to your diet do make a difference and I am really pleased to have done this now. I will keep it up and make sure I don’t slip back into sugar mode, but I am really pleased they had no sugar for that first cup of coffee I had on holiday … that was the starting point.

Next weekend sees the Wigan 10km race and my first running race for about 4 years, so I go into it with no real expectations other than a nice hour run around closed streets in my home town, so not much that doesn’t work there is there? I will be aiming to get around in under an hour which I should be able to do … a week without running needs some attention and I will probably go for a little easy paced run later today or tomorrow once I have caught up on enough sleep …