nutrition

Back on track..?

After two years essentially sitting on my ass, I’ve started doing some physical activity again. Boy-oh-boy if it hurts!

As usual, I’m also following it up with theory – by reading the interesting Essentials of Exercise Physiology undergraduate book.

Essentials of Exercise Physiology

Some take-home messages from the first few chapters:

  • follow a proper diet and you’ll probably never need supplementation, even when training intensively
  • keep hydrated: not only water – add about 0.4% salt and about 8% glucose. Especially important for 1H+ workouts
  • keep the blood glucose steady: eat low-glycemic foods within 30 minutes before and after long workouts. Add more glucose to the re-hydration solution for longer/more intense exercise (3 g per kg per hour for highest intensity, longest workouts)
  • don’t eat lipids/proteins just before aerobic workouts, as they slow gastric emptying: this makes exercise uncomfortable, and reduces the absorption of well-needed carbs

Can’t wait to put this in practice – after a few months of muscle-rebuilding boring exercises and knee-sparing soft jogging, of course.

The hostile response that vegetarians and vegans experience (via Machines Like Us)

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I recently had lunch with a group of people including one young woman who was a vegan. She said that she often received negative, even hostile, receptions from people she worked with or others in social settings when they found out she was a vegan, even though she was not a proselytizer about it and even if she mentioned it only in passing during casual conversation and it was relevant to the conversation.

I had noticed this before. For some reason, some omnivores seem to view vegetarians and vegans as a threat to their own values and often try to convince them that meat eating is better for them. Playwright George Bernard Shaw, a vegetarian who lived a very long and healthy life, amusingly described this odd response (quoted in Bernard Shaw: His Life and Personality by Hesketh Pearson (1961), p. 171):

When a man of normal habits is ill, everyone hastens to assure him that he is going to recover. When a vegetarian is ill (which fortunately very seldom happens), everyone assures him that he is going to die, and that they told him so, and that it serves him right. They implore him to take at least a little gravy, so as to give himself a chance of lasting out the night. They tell him awful stories of cases just like his own which ended fatally after indescribable torments; and when he tremblingly inquires whether the victims were not hardened meat-eaters, they tell him he must not talk, as it is not good for him.

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