Thank you all so much for your sweet comments about my great-grandma. Just writing a bit about her has helped me cope with what’s going on and process everything.
I’m in Buffalo, where my family is plentiful but the internet is not, so hopefully this post scheduling works!
Last week’s running went fairly well.
- Monday: 7.6 miles easy through downtown Napa
- Tuesday: 8.8 miles easy in San Francisco and across the Golden Gate Bridge
- Wednesday: XT: 40 minutes spinning, 30 minutes elliptical, core work, PT and lifting
- Thursday: 7.25 miles steady state
- Friday: XT: 40 minutes spinning, 25 minutes elliptical, core work, PT and lifting
- Saturday: 14 miles easy
- Sunday: 6 miles very easy
Most of my runs were easy (including the run in Napa and my epic Golden Gate Bridge run) and my legs have felt ok.
This Saturday is the New York Mini 10K, which is one of the first women-only road races in the U.S. I’ve run it twice before and it’s a great race, but I’m a bit nervous about how I’m going to do. I haven’t had a good tempo run since the Healthy Kidney 10K, and the weather forecast is looking downright gnarly towards the end of the week (like 95 degrees and humid gnarly, ugh!).
I haven’t really thought much about goals for this race because of these factors (although I would obviously love to PR), so as of right now I just want to have fun. That shouldn’t be too hard 🙂
This past week, the USDA unveiled MyPlate, which replaced the food pyramid that was used to help people learn what foods to eat and how much.
Michelle Obama announced this new design and tool, which I think was a great move. She has helped increase attention on childhood nutrition and nutrition in general, and is using her passion for these topics to help this country take bigs steps in the fight against obesity.
So what do I think of MyPlate? I like it. Let’s compare it to the previous design, MyPyramid.
I think it’s much easier to understand just by looking at it, especially for the majority of Americans without nutrition backgrounds. MyPyramid was a bit more confusing, and it took more time to “get it” than I think most people were willing to put in.
I do think a few things are missing from MyPlate:
- Proteins: from looking at the design, it isn’t really clear what is meant by “protein,” and I think a lot of people may assume it just means lean meats. But this section also includes beans, peas, soy products like tofu, nuts and nut butters and eggs. The MyPlate website goes into more detail on these proteins, but for those that just look at the simple visual it may be a little confusing.
- Fats: I’ve been through a lot of the MyPlate website, and I don’t think enough is said about healthy fats found in fish, nuts, avocados and some oils (like olive oil). I think it’s important for people to understand that some fats (the mono and polyunsaturated kind in these foods) are good, and can help reduce inflammation and cardiovascular risk, among other things.
- Foods to reduce: The MyPlate website suggests the following:
I think my beef with suggestions like this is that people with no nutrition knowledge don’t know what “lower numbers” of sodium are – 100 mg? 1,000 mg? 10,000 mg? I get the idea is to provide short, quick tips, but using examples can go a long way. The same for “sugary drinks,” which not only include sodas, but fruit juices and things like Gatorade.
Criticisms are important for initiatives like these, and even though I think MyPlate can be improved, I think it’s definitely a step in the right direction and a good tool. I really like how it incorporates the importance of portion size and the amount of fruits and veggies we should eat in one clean design.
Here are some of my recent eats, which I think are pretty decent examples of MyPlate-friendly meals.
Sprouted grain toast with natural peanut butter and fresh strawberries
Steamed vegetables (asparagus, spinach, bell pepper, broccoli), avocado, corn and egg
Greek yogurt, strawberries and walnuts
Baked cod, tomatoes, broccoli, arugula, peaches and corn with whole grain tortillas
Heh, ok, this one may not exactly be a great example, but a treat every now and then is important!
Question: What do you think of the new MyPlate?