Raw Food Diet – Day 1

I have decided to give the Raw Food Diet a try. I am following a lot of what Steve Pavlina did in Jan as he posted a day by day account of his 30days on the diet. For more detail go there. I am not being as strict as he was. I am having Olive oil and am not measuring everything as deligently as he did.

My reasons for doing this are pretty simple: I want to eat heathly, simply, ethically, and cheaply. I havent been the best to my body in a lot of years and never really developed good eating habits. I attribute this to laziness mostly.

Here is the breakdown of my first day:
Green Smoothie – 4 bananas, 2 cups spinach, water

2 Tangelos – sour
2 carrots

4 bananas – stomach ache

slight headache since lunch. not hungry.

whole cantaloupe – feeling good

salad – 4 cups of spring greens, 1 apple, .5 avocado, 6 grape tomatoes, .25 cup macadamia nuts, .5 cup oil, 1 tbls soy sauce, salt and pepper, .5 cucumber

1 tangelo

Besides the slight headache around lunch I felt fine all day. I even did Power yoga at Innervision for 1.5 hours and had one of my stronger sessions in recent memory.

Twitter for Meditation?

Biray is going deep this week with an article on mindfulness and technology. She covers the topic of mindfulness, living in the present, and ponders how we can use technology to help others achieve mindfulness. Central to her argument is the use of Twitter:

If you’re introducing mindfulness to someone who has yet to fully experience it, how can you tell if what you’re teaching is helping them understand the concept? Or better yet, how do you know if they are even applying its principles? You don’t. Which is why I think using Twitter can be a metaphor for demonstrating both an understanding and the application of mindfulness.

This is a fascinating subject and one that is central to where we are going with how the Internet continues to encompass our lives. Its all about communication and a continuation of the telegraph to the telephone to the webpage. We are becoming more and more instant and permanent. This combination allows us to get more of our thoughts out to share with everyone else. Tools like Twitter and Facebook make it easier to organize and access this information.

What do you think? Can technology help us learn more about who we really are?

Be Fit With Biray » Mindful Tweets

Saturday Cycling: St. Francis Loop

road biking arizonaWent for my first ride with the Phoenix Metro Bike Club today and its was well worth the 3 hours of my Saturday morning. The group meets at Kiwanis Park in Tempe, AZ at 7:30am which is at Guadalupe and All American Way. Since that is only 9 miles from my house so I rode over for a warm up. Its about 55F in the morning here now so it was a bit chilly.

Turnout was low according to some but we rolled out with about 30 riders and headed east on Guadalupe going back towards my house. We moved along pretty well ar about 21mph with only a few stoplights breaking things up. It was my first time riding in a pack in over 13 years but it came back to me easily enough.

I felt great up till mile 26 and we started on the four different climbs all around the Papagos. These made me realize that i had a ways to go before I was back into good riding shape. I am now at 106 miles for the season and I was always told that you have to get 500 out of the way before you start up a training program. In 2 weeks I will have the 500+ out of the way and start figuring out some sort of program so that I can power up all of these climbs and then keep going for another 50 miles.

Here is a map of the route.

This is the PRBC website.

get google maps link for kiwanis park

Drink Beer for Health

Not gonna argue with that:

And earlier this month researchers at the National Institutes of Health released a study showing that frequent drinking in moderation may protect men from death due to cardiovascular disease. Men who reported drinking 120 to 365 days a year had a 20% lower cardiovascular death rate than those who drank one to 36 days a year. Overdoing it, however, can have the opposite effect. Men who knocked back five or more drinks when they did indulge had a 30% greater risk for death via heart disease.