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  • I don't have a gluten intolerance but a fructan intolerance (the carbohydrate in wheat) . My doctor put me on a low FODMAP diet (which requires wheat elimination, as well as other things) and I have never felt better. As others have said, I stick to lots of fruits, veggies, fish, and other grains (loads of rice)! When I…
  • Thanks so much for this post. I am not trying to lose weight anymore (maintaining), but your insight helped me with something else I am struggling with. So thanks!
  • I second getting the Monash University app -- it is super helpful! I also recommend getting the book, "The Complete Low FODMAP Diet" by Sue Shepherd PhD and Peter Gibson MD. The recipes stink (at least in my opinion), but the first part of the book is helpful in understanding the diet and how rigorous you need to be (many…
  • I ran 12 miles yesterday in northern Manitoba (Canada) at 0 degrees F and sub-zero windchill. I wore: - merino wool half zip (Icebreaker brand) - merino wool funnel scarf (Icebreaker brand) - merino wool underwear (Icebreaker brand) - CWX compression tights (non-insulated) - wind blocking, lightly lined pants over tights…
  • Have you tried using an eraser? I've used a general pencil eraser to clean the contacts when the charger is acting buggy and it typically works like a charm. Good luck!
  • So true. Last time I was at Disneyland, I had a frozen yogurt and 2 very stiff drinks. Good luck and have fun!
  • Great advice. You don't need expensive programs or weight loss pills -- the only cash you need to shell out (if you haven't done so already) is for a food scale. I bought mine on Amazon for $5. Best wishes!
  • I made a "cheater" tortilla soup this weekend that I really loved. I just bought some Kirkland tortilla soup (from Costco), dilluted it with some vegetable stock (or you can use chicken stock), added some extra chicken (I just used sliced deli chicken that I needed to use up), frozen corn (I like Trader Joe's fire roasted…
  • ^This. I'm a distance runner and have chronic achilles tendonitis -- doing eccentric calf strengthening exercises has definitely helped. That's pretty strange that your physio won't allow you to do swimming (or running in the pool) -- that's always my go to exercise when injured. I have also found that I can do elliptical…
  • Brine it first in a salt water (sugar optional) brine for about 30 minutes prior to cooking -- makes it nice and juicy. My dinner tonight -- chicken tacos: -- pan fried chicken breast -- pickled red onions (thinly sliced red onions marinated in lime juice and salt for at least an hour -- Rick Bayless methond) -- sliced…
  • I have a good friend who runs ultra marathons and he says the same thing. He also suggested to me to hold on to some of the shoes that I was about to throw out and rotate them in with newer shoes. He strongly believes that running with different types of cushioning helps the feet/legs/body adapt better to the stresses of…
  • I wear a pair of Nike Tailwinds that I picked up at Costco for $30. They work as advertised -- don't fog up, don't slip (even with profuse sweat), and are great for blocking the strong California sun.
  • Just curious -- why would lessons be a roadblock? Anybody can swim without formal lessons but sometimes it makes progess faster and easier (and swimming more enjoyable). As an example, I have a friend who asked for swimming help (I used to be an instructor and lifeguard) -- he could do the basics of the crawl but he kept…
  • This. I have a neighbor who has MS (and is wheelchair bound) and swears by her resistance bands and her dumbbells. She also incorporates chair aerobics with her strength training. There are many free videos on youtube like this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LAeZZbpi8Ow. She has also found DVDs for chair zumba and…
  • This. Also, a "stability" shoe does not necessarily prevent shin splint issues or plantar fascitis -- only properly fitted shoes will. I think I am classified as a "neutral" runner with super-high arches and I know that a stability shoe would a bad pick for me and possibly lead to problems (like shin splints and maybe PF).…
  • There are many $4.99 (or $5.99 for customers outside California) Trader Joe brand wines that are quite good and a noticeable step up from the 2-buck (or 3-buck) chuck. I have found that quizzing the folks who run the TJ wine department to be very helpful in picking good wines.
  • This. Consistency = results.
  • This guy has the best reviews on Garmin watches (and other sport watches/HRM) -- here is his review for the 110: http://www.dcrainmaker.com/2010/07/garmin-forerunner-110-in-depth-product.html I have the 310XT but I use mine for swimming as well (which you probably don't need). Anyway, hope this link to the review helps!
  • Excellent advice. I eat a vegan diet about 70% of the time because I find that a plant-based diet makes me feel better. But I still eat meat, fish, cheese, and eggs on occasion, so I find that a semi-vegan diet is a good compromise. It doesn't have to be all or nothing, especially if you are doing it for health reasons.
  • I like honey stinger chews, too (favorite is pink lemonade). They are the only thing that I have found that don't give me an upset stomach. I think you have to experiment to find what is right for you.
  • If you're going to buy one, buy one from a source where you can easily return it if it doesn't work. I have a Garmin 310XT and the HRM that it came with (fabric strap) gave crazy readings all the time. I did a google search on the topic and it seems that this is a known problem that Garmin fails to fix. I bought an old…
  • This. I have been running (long distance running) -- mainly concrete/asphalt -- since I was 14. With over 20+ years of running and countless miles logged, my knees (and the rest of me) are perfectly fine. I've never had surgery and I've actually become a faster runner as I've aged. I've noticed that fellow runners who are…
  • I have chronic achilles tendonitis and when I have flare ups, I stop running (my main form of cardio). I have found that I can do an elliptical without any aggravation and I would guess that cycling wouldn't aggravate it either. Swimming is my favorite activity but I know it is not a solution for everyone, especially if…
  • Maybe you already know this, but the Boston Marathon requires a qualifying marathon time before entering (here are some details: http://www.marathonguide.com/news/regfeatures/BostonQualifying.cfm) As to the joint pain, I would see a doctor before embarking on a rigorous training program -- you don't want to do permanent…
  • I second this advice. I have absolutely no doubt that you can run a marathon (because a good deal of it is mental), but as others have suggested, I would try a half-marathon first as you are a relatively new runner. To give an example, I have a friend who took up running and wanted to run a marathon as her first big race.…
  • I hate the "dreadmill" but there was a time in my life when running outside in my neighborhood was simply asking for trouble, especially after dark (when it was the only time that I could run). I have long since moved away from the crime-ridden neighborhood and now run outside 100% of the time, but I have nothing but…
  • This is awesome -- thanks for sharing!
  • When I was in grad school, I dated a guy who would not eat vegetables or fruit. His diet mainstays were pizza, hamburgers, and fries. So I coaxed him into more vegetables and fruit by adding them to his favorite foods. For example, he loved macaroni and cheese. I incorporated some cut up broccoli to the dish and he loved…
  • I don't know where you'll be in LA, but definitely try to go to the Santa Monica farmer's market if you get a chance. There are tons of farmers markets in LA, but the one in Santa Monica is the best (I've heard it said that it is the best in the U.S). All the produce is organic. It's open on Wednesday and Saturday…
  • Kimchi rice Venetian Moon pinot grigio (my new favorite table wine) Hearty vegetable broth (I swear, everything I use this in tastes better. I poached some salmon in it last night -- so good) Garlic -- for some reason, their garlic seems fresher than what I can find elsewhere Mirepoix -- when I'm feeling lazy
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