RACE-STUFF (a journey into the stuff we stuff our faces with)
- Avoiding white carbohydrate sources – Above we replaced our white jasmine rice with brown rice, quinoa, bulgur and buckwheat, so is it the color of the carbohydrate source that defines the healthier carbohydrate source? If so can I just douse my white rice with Kikoman to make it brown rice? The key term here is glycemic index. The glycemic index is a system of assigning a number to carbohydrate-containing foods according to how much each food increases blood sugar. Consuming food that have a low glycemic index is one of the many diets that can aid in the loss of weight and prevention of chronic diseases related to obesity such as diabetes.
- Eliminating sugary drinks – The topic of sugar is no stranger to me as the majority of mother’s side of the family had diabetes, I am fortunate that I had not developed this disease. What’s with the sugar in these drinks anyway?
Without going through much technicalities on the types of sugars in these drinks, we will simply call them simple carbohydrates at this time; the common sugars used is sucrose or high fructose corn syrup. Simple carbohydrates are easily processed by the body compared to complex carbohydrates, so it doesn’t take much for your body to process these sugars into glucose, and what does the body do with the excess unused glucose? The body goes into storage mode and converts the glucose into body fat, insulin is also involved in this process but this will be another topic for another day. Also I know some of you will be asking the role of these simple sugars during races and intense training sessions, again this will be another topic in the future.
As for my copious drinking and smoking habit, we already know the detrimental effects of these two in our body. No cold can of beer is good with out a deep fried or salt riddled snack, you intentionally gorge yourself with these and wash it down with the refreshing beverage. I have not eliminated alcohol completely but I limit my self now to a couple of drinks once a week.
Quitting smoking is a no-brainer, we all know this and will not go into further details.
So this is where I end my first blog, currently I have made major changes with my dietary habits and have taken the sport of triathlon seriously. I am happy to say that from my 88 kilogram body weight 4 years back and now at around 68 kilos, I have done a handful of races but my last achievement was finishing my first 70.3 distance Ironman under six hours, the stories, experiences and knowledge gained though this journey of mine will be shared in the next upcoming blogs.