Tuesday, August 30, 2016

ABC's Good Morning America Meteorologist Ginger Zee to Run Again for Hunger Awareness

Ginger Zee and I are invited VIP runners again for NYC's Run10FEED10!
She's back! Chief Meteorologist Ginger Zee of TV's Good Morning America is at it again to run for Feed Projects in NYC on Sunday September 18th, 2016. Ginger and I are one of many VIP invited runners for this event hosted by Women's Health Magazine & Macy's to raise hunger awareness and money for Feed Projects. You can see last year's RUN10FEED10 NYC full race coverage HERE.

Each runner gets a LTD Edition FEED Pouch with their race registration.
Each person who runs that day makes 10 meals possible for needy area children. Yes, hunger is a problem here in the United States and FEED Projects makes sure local children receive nutritious meals. As the brainchild of Lauren Bush Lauren, former President Bush's daughter, this charitable organization puts meals where they are needed...in front of little ones.
Warm up before we start. This was great! PHOTO courtesy of Women's Health Mag.
Last year I met Ginger before the race as she was officiating for us who ran. She was expecting so sat this one out if you could call it that. She was on her feet...a lot! Ginger got the crowd thoroughly pumped and with her standing at the start line, the race was ON.

Ginger Zee officiates the start! PHOTO courtesy of Women's Health Mag.
One World Trade Center in the distance as we move down West Side Hwy.
Coming back, we ran along the Hudson River Park trail and enjoyed the breeze off the water. So won't you join us this year? It is such a worthy cause and it would make me so happy to see as many people as can, turn out. There is a 10k Run (which Ginger & I have done) and a 5k. Come on out and do what you can! Sign up for the September 18th, 2016 NYC Race online at Run10Feed10.com

This run was DONE. Me in the VIP section at Hudson River Park.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Five Easy Ways to Deodorize Your Athletic Wear Namely Those Yoga Pants

Those running shorts and tops need a deep-cleaning after a season of wear.
If no one else is going to tell you, I will. Those yoga pants you practically live in...they stink. It's not completely your fault but this is what random individuals polled are saying about how they smell. It makes perfect yet smelly "scents" as we get hot and sweaty working our butts off in athletic wear that often is NOT very breathable and made of synthetics. Nylon, Spandex are all polymers and like similar plastics, naturally hold odors.

The goal is to destroy these smells, not simply cover them up (which doesn't work for long anyway). As soon as the heat gets turned up, the odor causing bacteria in the garment gets reactivated. Yuck.
So here are some tried and true methods to blast your exercise clothes free of odors after a full, hot, humid summer:

My friend Mariel Heather, CEO of Think Always Apparel

1.) Hand wash and add BAKING SODA to the water: I only hand wash my active wear which includes my running and bicycle shorts, chamois and tops. Add up to 1/4 cup of Baking Soda to the wash basin. Rinse thoroughly and air dry. Using a dryer will shorten the life of your stretchy pieces so hang them up.

Sunlight destroys bacteria.
2.) Let The Sun Shine In: Air drying in the breeze and bright sunshine is another effective way to eliminate deeply set odors. That's because the sun's intense UV light destroys bacteria. Turn your pieces inside out to avoid fading. Line drying is very simple, uses no electricity or fabric fresheners. The sun will also oxidize many stains and the clothes smell like sunshine and fresh air. Try it!

In Wash Odor Eliminators

3.) In Wash Odor Eliminators: Three of my favorite in wash odor eliminators are:

Atsko Sport Wash - This is a detergent which completely eliminates any and all odors from synthetics and sportswear. Rinses out and leaves NO fragrance or residue. Find it in the Sporting Goods section of most big box stores like Target and Walmart. Also find it online at Atsko.com or Amazon.com

Febreze In Wash Odor Eliminator - This laundry detergent additive does a decent job of eliminating deep set odors. Add it to the wash load along with your favorite detergent as it does A LOT of clothing. Takes care of sweat, mildew, food, pet and smoke odors. Febreze is available at most major retailers in the laundry section.

Oxyclean - OxyClean is also good on odors but especially when combined with sunshine and air drying. There are a lot of knock offs of this product and most are quite good as the main ingredient is hydrogen peroxide. You could even make your own with a combination of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide which also works on stains. To do that make a paste of these two ingredients. Find Oxyclean in stores everywhere or on Amazon.com

Change It Up with looser fitting exercise wear.
4.) Overnight Soaks - Overnight Soaked Oats aren't the only thing that improves with time. You may need to get out a little wash basin and place the offensive pieces in the soaking solution overnight. This is for stubborn odors of course as well as cycling chamois which need special care. 

Rotate your athletic pieces and wash quickly & frequently
5.) Rotate and Wash Frequently: Obviously if you continue wearing THE SAME yoga pants and tank tops day in and day out, smells are going to build up quickly. So you may need to buy 5 pairs of yoga pants at a time if you wear them a lot. Take them off after a day of sweaty activity (yes I see them on the running trails in the park). They may SEEM fine but as soon as your body heats them up, just like magic those odors will re-offend. Same thing for your footwear. Give them a quick foamy scrub with an old toothbrush and hold them upside down to rinse. Air dry in the sunshine and they will freshen right up. See my easy steps HERE to Renew Your Running Shoes

Give those athletic shoes some fresh air and sunlight.
Disclosure: Amazon links included in this post are affiliate links for which I earn a small commission if purchased from. All opinions and reviews are strictly my own however.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The Movement Away From "Clean Eating"

The quest to "Eat Clean" may be sabotaging your success.

I recently came across a blog post from a personal trainer who was going on about why he doesn't eat clean and why you shouldn't either. Of course I was more than a little surprised to hear that but considering the source, (the man is in phenomenal shape), he may have a point. Here are some things to consider about "eating clean".

"Eating Clean" May be Code for an Eating Disorder
You know the type. At every get together they announce, "Oh I'm now gluten free, sugar free, meat free...." Every time you see them, some other food group has been entirely dropped from their menu. What may really be going on is a full blown eating disorder where only a very narrow selection of foods are considered "safe". Dropping entire food groups means that you will need to either eat something else to make up the lost nutrients or at the very least supplement to avoid dietary deficiencies. Take example, if you are vegan, you will need to supplement: vitamin B-12, iron, folic acid, calcium and more.

Free range, hormone free meats are high in heart healthy GLA's

Thinking of Foods as Either Good or Bad is a Problem
Another problem is black and white thinking as it applies to foods. Really there is no such thing as a "bad" whole food. Words like "fatty", "rich", etc. can define any number of whole, natural foods such as avocados, coconut oil, sesame oil all of which are in fact good for you. So we need to take the food blinders off. The free range, hormone free meats from Wellness Meats contain more GLA or heart-healthy gamma linolenic acid than skinless, boneless chicken breasts. So is red meat really bad?

Celebrity TV Trainer Heidi Powell
Taking A Day Off
When I met with ABC TV's Extreme Weight Loss star and celebrity trainer Heidi Powell, she shared that she takes a day or so off each week from her usual training table program. Her point was well taken that consistently depriving yourself will more than likely have you falling off the wagon....permanently. Once again, it's this misconception of "bad foods" to cheat with which trip us up. Such foods become super attractive because they are forbidden. There's no need for labels like that.

Buffalo Chili made with Pinto Beans. Notice that can of beer!

Everything in Moderation
So personally, I'd say 90% of the time I "eat clean" if you want to call it that. What I call it is eating more single ingredient foods with a minimum amount of processing and additives. That means using natural herbal seasonings and whole foods picked from the garden. One thing we eat a lot of now is summer squash from the garden. I saute it in a little olive oil and process it into a creamy soup in the VitaMix. So delicious!  As our heirloom tomatoes are coming in, the same will be done to them. The Chili shown above is made with free range buffalo meat and wholesome pinto beans. On the side is a piece of homemade wholegrain corn bread and a can of hops based beer. Perfect!

Homemade Maple-Bacon Popcorn

So just remove the term "bad foods" from your vocabulary because really there in no such thing. The more you fixate on those thoughts, the more you will crave over-eating certain high calorie foods. Train yourself to have a SMALL piece of pumpkin pie, a cup or two of popcorn or slice of birthday cake. It is so much better if you can do that than stand there ruining the party by refusing such things because they are "bad for you". In the grand scheme of things, it won't make a major difference just as long as the bulk of your food intake is healthy. So live a little!