Achieving the Balance, and Half Century to North Carolina!

Before I get into today’s post, I want to talk about a new, personal endeavour I am taking on.  For years and years I have been petrified to eat fat; I’ve blogged about this a number of times.  I’ve also written a lot of posts in favor of eating fat.  But, on this issue it has been very hard for me to practice what I preach.  But in meeting with my nutritionist this past week, Jim White (who is one of the nutrition consultants for Men’s Fitness Magazine), we talked a lot about this issue and the importance of eating the correct balances between my carbs, fats, and proteins in order to perform and function optimally.  For the demands of my diet (which is different for everyone) I need at least 20-25% of my calories to come from fat.  Currently, I was getting about 12-15% tops.   

I’ve always had an issue of feeling like my skin was loose and not tight even though I have a very low body fat and workout really hard.  Jim said that one the reasons for this was my low intake of dietary fat.  He explained to me how fat is crucial for the skin’s health, and firmness and tautness.  He had even worked with a woman living the same lifestyle as me, complained about the same skin issues, and upon finally switching to a healthier diet, developed the six-pack she had always tried for.  You can check Jim out www.Jimwhitefit.com  

So my mission is to increase my intake of fat and get it where it needs to be.  I’m going to increase my intake from healthy nuts, lean meats, healthy cheese, flax seeds, Omega-3s which I will get from Flax seed oil and fish, and nut butters.  Also, healthy amounts of saturated fats from things like butter as well, to an extent.  The key here is consistency in order to make this happen.  I think this will also give me the energy I need to take me to next level as an athlete.  As easy as this sounds, I appreciate any support you can give!  

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I had no idea that I lived this close to North Carolina!  It was finally nice enough to train outside today, which was great!  I was able to get in some much needed training now that the Half Ironman is only about 9 weeks away, and that means Alcatraz is only 8 weeks away.  anyways, I did a 50 mile bike ride followed by 4.5 mile run.  Then headed over to the pool and swam 2200 meters (88 laps).  Man I’m pooped!  

But on the bike ride, I really didn’t know where I was going, I figured I would just head out and then come back the same way and try not get lost.  At about mile 21 there was a big sign that said “Welcome to North Carolina”–definitely surprised me, but it’s fun to say I rode to North Carolina and back.  As a note, there was no sign greeting me back in Virginia…come on now VA!  

When all this was finished, I decided to cook up the Pot Roast I bought at Trader Joe’s last week.  It was a super-lean and already trimmed, Cabernet flavored pot roast.  I cooked it in the crock pot on high for 4.5 hours.  I also added some extra garlic cloves and onions on top.  

Cabernet Pot Roast

  

In the CrockPot with extra garlic and onions

  

All cooked

  

It tasted great!  But I think I’m cooking things too long in the crockpot because they seem to losing so much liquid.  By weight, I was hoping this would last me 4 meals, but I’m not sure it will now…  I served it with a baked potato and broccoli and REAL butter.  Not only can I count all the ingredients of butter on one hand 2 fingers, I also know what they all are!  See previous posts for my thoughts here.

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6 thoughts on “Achieving the Balance, and Half Century to North Carolina!

  1. It really makes me upset when I think about all of the stupid fad diets that have proclaimed how terrible fat is. For the longest time all I heard was only buy low fat or fat free… blah, blah, blah. The summer I was at my skinniest and working out way too much and eating very little fat, if any, my skin was dry, I didn’t have much energy, and despite working out all day long, I wasn’t seeing good results as far as muscle tone. Have you read http://www.heathereatsalmondbutter.com‘s blog? She is a big advocate of fat and always says she feels her best when she’s eating fat from things like coconut oil, avocados, flax, almond butter, etc. I know you’ll only see good results from adding in fat!!

    • You are so right! I have checked out her blog and I like it as well. I’m only a few days into it… I’m just having trouble staying consistent. Haha I’ve been eating a lot of peanut butter and almond butter! I think I need to find a way to start liking avocados…

  2. Yay for dietary fats! I’ve never been afraid of eating them, but somehow I run short sometimes. But they are one of my favorite things to eat- peanut butter, avocados, nuts, and coconuts are all so yummy! I know you can do it!

    Oh, and I’m jealous of your nutritionist.. that’s awesome you work with someone “famous”!

    • The nutritionst is pretty cool an he’s a good guy! I’m trying to get his company to sponsor me, but we’ll see!
      And yeah for good fat! Haha thanks for you comment April…I need to get some coconut oil, etc–I think I could make my own coconut peanut butter which would be awesome…whoa, it would be like spreadable Samoa’s Girl Scout cookies…

      And I could tell you easily how to get more fat- quit putting “1 teaspoon” of nut butters on your dishes! That’s barely any missy! 🙂

  3. Yay Chuck! I am so happy to hear you are making an honest effort to increase your fat intake. I really believe that adding this extra bit of healthy fat will give you the performance results and body image you work so hard for. Try adding some avocado into your smoothie. It makes it very creamy and the taste can be masked easily with fruit.

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