Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Me & Food...

Since I posted about the Weebee's, my Weebread, the juicing addiction I have, how I am scared to eat sugar (but I cheat because I eat powergels), I have been flooded with emails about my diet. FIRST: I do not diet. I just eat ... nothing to it. Then Jen H. (read here) wrote this post all about food and it got me thinking (after a couple more emails), that I finally responded too! Just read some books!

Here are a list of my 3 favorite books. I just love em'. Hope they help!

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"Skinny Bitch". My aunt got me hooked on this book. It is so funny to read and it kicks your butt at the same time! These ladies let you have it, they don't sugar coat anything and they make it easy to understand.

They just published a new book too: "Skinny Bitch in the Kitch". Gotta get that, I need to beg Jim for money to buy it!

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This is another favorite! It is written by a pro-Ironman triathlete (Brendan Brazier). He was the man who helped Simon Whitfield with nutrition when he won his gold medal in the Olympics! This book is great for athletes because he is an athlete and he knows our need for food and cravings and recovery! READ IT if you train...

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This book I read a few years ago. I was in the eating habits of "everything in moderation". YET I was still a bit chunky (163lbs). I got the flu every now and then, I could barely recover from workouts, I was always having headaches... I read this and DUH! I knew why! So, I gave up the sugar... except for the gels. I have tried to give them up. I rarely used sports drinks and then in Canada my coach got me back on them at a training camp for Ironman. (did I tell you after this book I dropped to 125 pounds, not dieting, just ditching sugar?) Anyways, he got me on the darn sports drinks and I went back up, gained 6 pounds for Ironman, threw up all over my bike during Ironman from "sports drink", so I quit sports drinks again! I still do gels but won't give up my mission for a better training/racing fuel. I make my own sports drinks or buy this grape electrolyte replacement from the health food store.

Anyways, this book is very old, small print, a bit slow reading, BUT one that changed my life.
Have fun with food & I hope these books help...

21 comments:

Speed Racer said...

Sugar is gross. I'll have to pick that book up so I can sound smart when I tell people that "sugar is gross."

TB said...

Good stuff! I can so relate to this!

Also, thanks for the comment. Are you really so flipping nice?

Pedergraham said...

I wanted to get Skinny Bitch from our local library. I kept trying to look it up on the library computer and it kept kicking me off until I finally figured out that the kid-protection software was kicking me off for using a swear word... I then went up to the librarian and whispered the title to her...she was hard of hearing so I ended up having to yell, "I'm looking for Skinny Bitch." Boy did everyone else in the library give me a dirty look!!!

Anyway, they couldn't get a copy for me...and since I was so embarassed, I gave up on it. You've re-inspired me...and I'll have to hit up one of the hippy bookstores where no one will mind me yelling about profane-title books!!!

Thanks for all the healthy eating and drinking (juice) tips. Now I just need a trip to an aweseome Hawaiian Farmers' Market.

Katie Weaver-Jongerius said...

Thanks for the info Bree! It's hard to imagine you use to be 160 some pounds because you are such a little mite!

It wasn't until I started working with Marni that I actually took into consideration the amount of calories I was taking in JUST from Gatorade let alone all the sugar! I do use it but only on longer training days unstead of drinking it all day everyday!

Lisa said...

Hey Bree! What do you use for making your own sports drinks so that they can replenish your lost electrolytes, especially on very high sweat days? I recently started using GU2O instead of Gatorade as it conatins MUCH LESS sugar than Gatorade! Of course it still contains some sugar, though.

Eileen Swanson said...

Wait Wee, you said I could have fro-yo. Did you see that I have to do a 100y with a serious wedgie for cheating? HAHAHA!

See ya....counting down the days!
E

kerrie said...

i don't believe that you were ever 163 lbs, pregnant maybe, but not as a normal person...i also gain weight when i train for ironman, it is crazy, but i swear that biking makes me eat like a madwoman and it all goes to the wattage cottage. then, when i take time off, the lbs. just fall off and i lose my backside.

Mel said...

I LOVE SUGAR...Maybe that is why I am so SPUNKY :) I remember the first time I spent the night with Todd I woke up and poored a bowel of LUCKY CHARMS cereal and put tons of sugar on top...He about broke up with me :) (if he wasn't looking over my shoulder NOW..I would STILL put sugar on my LUCKY CHARMS :)
I might have to get that book "Skinny Bitches" just because of the title :)
I can not see you weighing in the 160's either...post a pic :)

BreeWee said...

I am not posting a photo, but you can ask Brooke. Her most famous answer she loves to tell me is, "well, you weren't fat, you never looked fat, you just looked bigger". How is that for an awesome sister! "Then she will tell you, it was mostly just the legs, and she wore really big clothes". Gotta love her! During prego I went up to 153. I gained 25 pounds give or take, then went back to 125, then went to 130 for Ironman... This is no joke... maybe I will post you a photo Mel, I have a good one from a race where my best friend Kawika told me, I will never let a fat girl beat me. (TRUE story! and I beat him!) He tells EVERYONE in Hawaii about that and he has all my chubby photos on his ohana wall!

rach said...

You know I whine about becoming a fatty when IM training - it's on again this time! I do think it's all the sugar.

Skinny bitch was my "don't freak out" reading for Kona week this year. Loved it! I'm going to buy the sugar one.. as soon as easter happens and those mini cadburry eggs go away...

And stop lying about the 163. ;)

Mira Lelovic said...

I am getting both of those books ASAP! I need daily motivation and really have to be conscious of my eating. I'm one of the unlucky ones with bad genes who also happens to be only 5'2" so an extra 5 pounds on me is like 10 on the averaged height person.
Gatorade is adult Kool-Aid. Did you see they've come out with a lower calorie version called G2? I would love to see a sample of your daily nutrition log, if you keep one.
Thanks for your post because I was getting ready to email you after I read your comment on Jen H's site.

Beth said...

Thanks for the tips on the books Bree! I definitely have to read the sugar book - considering sugar is put in just about EVERYTHING - to go without it must require lots of "home recipes"!

Have a great day!

Mel said...

Well, you have the last laugh...as your body is smokin hot and those legs are nothing but pure muscle now...Lucky you for only gaining 25 lbs during prego...I was not so lucky as I gained 58 lbs EACH kid that is what.... a whooping 232lbs...YIKES... BIG MAMA :)

I am going to get that book Skinny Bitch for the trip to St.Croix...so you will see me laying in the WARM sunshine on the beautiful beach with book in hand...I CAN NOT WAIT!!!!!!

IM Able said...

So, I have a little break for lunch today (how ironic!) and I'm going to swing out and grab the first two books. Anyone who would title a book like that deserves a first glance, I figure!

I'm in that weird position to be "overweight" and an athlete at the same time. It's tough to find just the right solution, but at the same time, I'm sure once I get the formula down it will be a lot easier! Until then, I'm going to keep looking for the hurt box and pushing for first...Athena, that is!

:)

Brad said...

I have been trying to remember the title of that Thrive book.... thanks for posting it...

Cat said...

hi bree.

thanks so much for this information! i think i'll get the thrive book.

i thought you would be interested in this new company. i just read about them in the NY times earlier this week.

http://youbars.com/

btw, i read your blog all the time and really enjoy it.

thank you!!
cat.

Sarah McMillan said...

Great topic Bree-
I have been in same boat with trying to find/make sports drinks for longer training/racing days that is sugarless. You name it, I've tried it. Problem is I can't seem to get the oomph I need on the long training days, especially workouts of over 4 hours duration, without having some form of sugar as an ingredient. The best I have come up with is a concoction of pure maltodextrin (purchased from wholesaler), salt, and crystal light to taste. I measure it out to get osmolality at 300, and get the proper amount of carbs per hour for my bodyweight. It has been working fantastic for last 3 years. Malto is a long chain sugar (dextrose polymer), still a sugar. But I feel better about it with at least having more control on what I am putting into my body and only use this on longer training rides. For shorter duration training, I use microwaved potatos salted and then cooled or homeade bread and banana sandwiches. If any of you discover something that works for you I'd be happy to hear it. One more thing-these guys were at Ironman Canada this year sporting fruit/sugarless gels, but I have yet to try them: http://www.monavie.com/_/controller.html
Sorry to hijack your blog-I love this topic.

Sarah McMillan said...

Great topic Bree-
I have been in same boat with trying to find/make sports drinks for longer training/racing days that is sugarless. You name it, I've tried it. Problem is I can't seem to get the oomph I need on the long training days, especially workouts of over 4 hours duration, without having some form of sugar as an ingredient. The best I have come up with is a concoction of pure maltodextrin (purchased from wholesaler), salt, and crystal light to taste. I measure it out to get osmolality at 300, and get the proper amount of carbs per hour for my bodyweight. It has been working fantastic for last 3 years. Malto is a long chain sugar (dextrose polymer), still a sugar. But I feel better about it with at least having more control on what I am putting into my body and only use this on longer training rides. For shorter duration training, I use microwaved potatos salted and then cooled or homeade bread and banana sandwiches. If any of you discover something that works for you I'd be happy to hear it. One more thing-these guys were at Ironman Canada this year sporting fruit/sugarless gels, but I have yet to try them: http://www.monavie.com/_/controller.html
Sorry to hijack your blog-I love this topic.

Alicia Parr said...

Ultima is a good sports drink without sugar. As posted above, I just add maltodextrin when more calories are required. A common long ride food is dates and walnuts sprinkled with salt.

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