Sunday, July 17, 2011

Ben Brown - the guy who gave me permission to eat

So we did the Mining Country Challenge in March of 2011. It is a brutal long and somewhat frightening road bike ride in Superior, AZ. Look it up. It was good fun. I may do it again next year if it fits in my training schedule.

On that ride ... I was experimenting with a new nutrition plan based on the paleo/primal diet. Ben Brown, a nutritionist and exercise scientist in Scottsdale was in the driver's seat. I was trying to do the Mining Country ride without sugar or carbs. It was a tough adjustment. At mile 78 I started feeling a little better after taking in some Gatorade. Ben warned me that this may happen.

I got rid of about 10 pounds on my own from January 2001 to March 2011 ... but exercising like a mad man and starving myself.

I lost 20 more pounds from April to July by listening to Ben and eating more frequently and taking the right supplements. It has been an adjustment. I am not eating sugars, carbs, beans, dairy or wheat. I am eating some fruit ... but I mostly eat veggies, nuts and meats. I am rarely hungry anymore.

It was tough at first. I mentioned that I am fond of Baja Fresh and Chipotle burrito bowls. It was an interesting adjustment to learn how to dine out with friends without breaking my new food rules. Even the burrito bowls can be adjusted to fit and they still taste amazing! When dining out now I actually am surprised by the restaurants abilities to adjust their offerings to fit my requirements. Anything is possible.

Now ... I have set the stage. What about triathlon? How did that finally come to pass?

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