Several weeks later (oops?) here I am again with another ramble on five or so things.
on running injuries and PT
Unfortunately, running in these parts has slowed down considerably because I’ve had a plantar fascitis flare in my right foot. This is not the foot I injured last year, but the previously healthy one. Go figure! I’m trying to be smarter about it this time, even though I ran through a decent amount of pain for about two weeks until my gait was really obviously affected, and take care of this problem once and for all. I went to a new to me sports MD who was great, gave me a cortisone shot and more importantly for the long term, sent me to PT. I’ve never been to PT before for this injury, and I quickly learned that my calves and Achilles are REALLY tight, and my hips week. Therein lies the possible cause of my bilateral PF. So, I’ve got lots of exercises to do and running is happening in short bouts – 25-30 minutes – a few times per week right now. I’ve been spinning and going to yoga a bit, maybe just for my sanity, and just when it doesn’t cause pain. I’m registered for a fall marathon but think that’s pretty much off the table now, which is a huge bummer.
boston marathon girl 🙂
Training was just started to feel great! But, depending on how things go maybe I can do some shorter stuff, so trying to stay positive about that for now. Do you ever think it would be so much easier to not love running so much?
on new nutrition coaching offerings
I want to try and make ongoing nutrition coaching a more feasible option for clients, because often times we can’t get everything done in one month or even three months. Starting now, you can sign up for monthly coaching at a fixed, reduced rate following a longer, more detailed initial session. Sessions can be purchased in four, six and eight month commitments and we will have regular monthly check-ins via phone or Skype/FaceTime and lots of email support in between, as you need it.This is a great option for marathon training, if you’re struggling with disordered eating patterns and your relationship with food and/or just trying to break up with dieting once and for all. If you’re interested, more details are here, or we can always hop on the phone for a quick 10 minute chat.
on relaxing/sleeping and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
I was talking with my coach, Mary, the other day about the status of my running and one of the things she suggested was to relax, reduce stress and make sure I’m sleeping enough to support injury recovery. Have a cup of tea or glass of wine and chill out.
optimal relaxation in P-town. can I live here please?
The importance of managing stress and prioritizing sleep is something I tell clients and patients all. the. time. But for myself? That’s easy to forget. I’ve consistently been waking up before 5:00 a.m. to take Peanut out before my runs/workouts – she sometimes makes sure I’m up very early by jumping on my back and licking me – and even though I try to be in bed by 9:00 p.m., it’s exhausting. So I’m trying to get better with this, and also with just slowing down. I started watching The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel since I got Amazon Prime for the Whole Foods discounts (nerd emoji), and it’s so funny and the perfect excuse to just chill the eff out for a bit.
on being plant-based
The term “plant-based” gets thrown around a lot, but what does it actually mean? Strict vegan? Tons of vegetables and fruits only? Is there a caveman component here? While some define plant-based as being a vegan, only plants diet, I do not. Unless you’re doing it for ethical reasons, I don’t think it’s necessary to eschew all animal products in the matter of health, according to all of the research and data we have right now and my clinical experience. Like so many other restrictive diets, veganism can also be a red flag for underlying disordered eating because it’s an easy, socially acceptable way to remove a lot of foods from the diet.
a sandwich full of plants
Anyways, my definition of a plant-based diet is just that – a diet in which the basis is plants, but also includes animal products. For a lot of people looking to make small changes to their eating habits and develop a more plant-based approach, this often means eating a bigger variety of vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, seeds and whole grains, and maybe a little less meat. Going “meatless” for a meal or two per week is a great way to explore a variety of plant foods that are easy to forget about but are just as filling and satisfying as bigger meat portions, like beans, seeds, whole grains. This is one of my favorite meatless meals to date, and this is one of my favorite meaty meals right now. Both fit well in a plant-based diet, are super delicious and satisfying.
Cancer Wellness Expo!
My full time job is at a (really wonderful) breast cancer center, and I work with the most lovely women every day. Taking a holistic approach with my patients is really important – nutrition is a big part of the puzzle, but it goes hand in hand with exercise, sleep, stress and overall wellness (see above!). If you’re local to New York and have been touched by cancer in any way, the Cancer Wellness Expo on September 29 might be something you find so useful and therapeutic. I will be speaking on a wellness panel and can’t wait to talk nutrition, and hopefully help separate the many myths vs. facts when it comes to nutrition and cancer. Join me!