30 Day Fitness Experiment

What can you do for your body in 30 days?

Break Away From Your Sedentary Routine

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Can you believe it’s already Day 26 of 30?
I know! Neither can I!

It’s also Saturday, which means it’s Market Day again, so I’ll be touring Bloomington on foot (no bike yet).

It’s almost a crime not to own a bike in Bloomington, especially this time of year (Little 500 is next weekend), but more about that later. For now: some good reading and one good film, at least if you love either bicycling or IU.

First of all, I just finished reading this very tiny (and beautifully illustrated) e-book called Minimalist Health, by Tammy Strobel. It’s full of things to consider and take to heart, since, you know, if you haven’t got your health, you haven’t got anything! You’ll also be presented with a series of “Micro Actions,” little steps you can take right now to make a big difference. Oh, did I mention that it’s free? You’ll find it in the sidebar at Rowdy Kittens: Click here to visit RowdyKittens.

And now for this weekend’s film: Breaking Away (Yep, IU + bicycles. This is what all the hype is about.)

I’ll be back with fresh veggies and lots of photos!
Where are you walking (or biking) today?


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April 17, 2010 Posted by | Book Reviews | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

The Glycemic Index, Demystified (And a Cookbook Giveaway!)

Day Six: Let’s figure this out together.

There’s been all kinds of talk in recent years about the Glycemic Index, or GI, and what it means for your health. Well, what DOES it mean? Here’s a rundown:

The Glycemic Index is a classification system for carbohydrates. Each carb-rich food is given a number rating which represents its GI. This makes it easier for people to figure out, at a glance, which carbs are good carbs and which are… not so good. (Read my previous post “Good Carb, Bad Carb”) Basically, the lower the number, the better for your health. But what do the numbers actually mean, and which aspects of your health are affected?

The Glycemic Scale is based on the substance glucose, which is the sugar that’s measured in a person’s “blood sugar.” On the Scale, glucose is rated as 100. So, another carbohydrate that also has a rating of 100 (such as white bread) would be equal to pure glucose in terms of its effects on your blood sugar level; that is, it would spike your blood sugar level very high, very quickly. Why can this be a bad thing? Well, because regular consumption of these foods have been linked to diabetes, overweight, and even heart disease.

Have you noticed that every time we talk about things that lead to overweight, heart disease creeps into the picture? The two are very closely related. But, even if you’re not overweight, eating the wrong foods can still lead to heart disease.

This brings me to some good news: My first giveaway!

Healthy Heart CookbookI’m giving away one copy of The American Medical Association’s Healthy Heart Cookbook. This book is packed with recipes that are not only healthy, they’re delicious, too! (Yes, it is possible.) It also includes in-depth but easy to understand information about the effects of diet on your health, and a breakdown of different types of foods (i.e. carbohydrates, healthy fats, protein, salt, etc.). After reading this book, you’ll have a better understanding about the way foods work in your body, and you’ll be able to make good food choices without researching every food you come across.

Note: If you are interested in doing some research on your favorite foods, check out the searchable Glycemic Index database at http://www.glycemicindex.com.

Here are the rules for the Giveaway. There are two ways to enter, and each person can enter up to two times, once per method:
Method 1: Subscribe to the 30 Day Fitness Experiment blog by clicking on the “Subscribe in a Reader” button on the upper right-hand side of the page.
Method 2: Follow @30DayFitness on Twitter using the Twitter button, also up in the sidebar.
The next step is very important: Comment on this blog post and tell me how you entered. Also leave contact info (Your Twitter @name at least) so I can notify you if you win!

One winner will be chosen at random on Sunday, 4 April 2010. Winner will be announced via Twitter and http://30DayFitnessExperiment.wordpress.com on Monday the 5th. If prize is not claimed within 48 hours, another name will be drawn. Happy eating!

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March 28, 2010 Posted by | Book Reviews, Giveaways | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 15 Comments