I Must Eat Slowly, I Must Eat Slowly, I Must Eat Slowly!

April 19, 2012

I don’t know what’s up with me these days. I sit at the table and engorge food as fast as I can. I just can’t help myself.
I know that this is a wrong thing to do. It’s a bad habit. One that I want to break before it’s too late.
In that effort, I did what my elementary school’s teacher forced me to do when I did something wrong at school. I grabbed a piece of chalk and wrote “I must eat slowly” over and over again on the chalkboard...until I became nauseated.
The same way Bart does in the opening sequence of every episode of “The Simpsons”.

Cold-Water Bath: Does It Really Help Recovery?

April 18, 2012

Taking an ice water bath after a strenuous workout is a common practice not only among elite athletes but also with amateurs; in an effort to try to recover faster, and reduce (if not prevent) muscle pain and soreness.
From Ironman World champion Craig Alexander, to professional rugby players and marathoners, the after-workout ice bath has become a standard practice routine.
Before embarking in this rather “unpleasant” experience it's important to know the benefits and the side effects of it.

The Best Tofu Burger

April 17, 2012

Until recently I never bought into the whole tofu burger thing. I mean, can two words be that far apart?
Burger: not very healthy, but delicious, juicy, tasty...in a word, AWESOME.
Tofu: healthy, but blunt, crumbly, tasteless...in three words, NOT REALLY awesome.
Yes, I must confess it: I’m struggling quite a bit with tofu. I mean, great nutrition facts but the taste takes out all the fun from eating (...and for this statement I truly apologize with all you tofu-lovers).
Try asking to a friend/colleague: “Shall we grab a burger for lunch?” -> reaction: smile and probably a “I’m down for it!
Now try asking him/her instead: “Shall we have some tofu for lunch?” -> reaction: puzzled face and probably a “Really? Tofu?
I believe that time has come to reverse this train of thoughts, and prove that tofu can be a good and fun thing to eat. And nothing works better in accomplishing such task than creating a tasty tofu burger.
Now, I’ve tried at least 20 different recipes (I’m not kidding) and, none was up to par with the real thing. Fortunately, I found this one on myrecipes. I tried it and it was pretty damn good.
However, I did made some changes, not only to make it more “IronYou” proof, but also to give it a more meat-like taste.

How Sodas Affect Your Body

April 16, 2012

I haven’t had a soda in years. It’s been so long I can’t actually remember when I had the last one. Thing is I don’t care about sodas. I don’t enjoy the taste, it’s either too sugary or chemical.
Plus the fact that they’re packed with extra calories, colorants, and other stuff, makes them even less appealing to my eyes.
Anyway, I just found this awesome poster on Diet-Blog, on the effects of soft drinks on our health.

Have You Ever Tried Black Garlic?

April 13, 2012

Until 48 hours ago I wasn’t aware that there was a thing such as black garlic. How provincial of me. I used to believe that garlic was just garlic, white cloves wrapped in a white peel. People either love it (me) or hate it (a bunch of my friends). It’s healthy and...it’s white.
Well, now I know that it’s white but it can also be black, like the Oakland Raiders’ uniforms (minus the silver).
Surprisingly, black garlic has even more health benefits than regular white garlic. Oh yes, and it doesn’t give you bad breath.
I bought two small bulbs at Kalustyans on 28th & Lex. I peeled one, looked at the black cloves in amazement, and tried it...it was good, nothing of what I expected but definitely good.
Let’s talk a little bit about it!

Can You Be Addicted To Ice Cream?

April 9, 2012

With the warmer months ahead of us, ice cream will become a preferred sweet treat for many. However, you might want to be careful on eating too much of it, as a recent study conducted by a team of researchers of the Oregon Research Institute in Eugene, Oregon has discovered that ice cream can be addictive in a way similar to drugs.
As per the researchers words:The more you eat ice cream, the more you need to eat in order for your brain to sends signals that it’s enjoying the treat!

Ice Cream Cones

Book Review: You Are An Ironman

April 8, 2012

Today, I want to suggest a very good reading, Ironman-related. You Are An Ironman” by New York Times journalist Jacques Steinberg.
Let’s start by saying that you don’t need to an Ironman nor a triathlete to love this book. This is not one of those run of the mill human interest stories.
The author is not an Ironman finisher, this gives him a valuable outside view and allows him to picture an objective portrayal of this sport.
However, where Mr Steinberg really succeeds is in perfectly pointing out all the life lessons to be learned from the individuals that seek to make their dream come true (i.e., finish an Ironman competition). What they go through: sacrifice, pain, struggle, and joy.
The writing is captivating and reads like a suspense novel; depicting perfectly the emotions and inspiration of an Ironman.
Ultimately this book really inspires one to achieve its own goals, and ultimately become “TheIronYou” (which is what really this blog is about!)

Flourless Protein Chocolate Cookies

April 6, 2012

Dark chocolate is my go-to treat, as long as it’s +70% I can’t resist it.
So you can imagine how excited I was when I came across a recipe for Deep Dark Chocolate Cookies @DivineBaking. The original recipe calls for no flour, butter or oil; just egg whites, cacao, chocolate and sugar.
It’s a pretty genius recipe to begin with, but from an IronYou prospective maybe a bit too high on sugars. That’s why I made few tweaks to ease up on that. I also threw in some protein powder to make it more compatible with my “eating standards”. Few attempts were needed but in the end I was able to come up to a pretty good balance.
Making these cookies is not hard, but it does get messy. The cacao powder flies everywhere in the kitchen, and you should be also willing to get your hands dirty. I baked them together with my girlfriend and we did have a lot of fun (for all the above reasons).
They’re really good: dense, fudgy and delicious. As long as you love dark chocolate these cookies are a no-brainer.

Curious About Triathlon? Give It A Try Indoors

April 2, 2012

People ask me all the time what it’s like to do triathlons. Such as what are the sensations that go through your body while doing it, how tired you are at the end, what is the mental side of it, etc...
A triathlon is quite a unique experience, and I would advise anyone to try at least once in their life.
However, I’m aware that not everybody is willing to buy all the necessary apparel, enter a race and actually compete, just for the sake of giving it a try.
Fortunately there are other ways to try it and get a sense of what it’s like, if you’re interested. My favorite one is to do an indoor triathlon at the gym.
I’ve done it several times with my friends that wanted to give triathlon a try, and it has always been a lot of fun.
In order to do an indoor triathlon all you need is to have a membership at the gym that: has a swimming pool, offers spinning classes and is equipped with treadmills.
I’m aware that not all gyms have indoor swimming pools but, for instance, here in NYC there are quite few that have (located all around the city). If yours doesn’t have it, ask for a complimentary pass to a friend/colleague if their gyms does.

Munching Raisins Helps Lowering Blood Pressure

April 1, 2012

I have an unhealthy addiction to raisins. If I know that there are raisins sitting somewhere in the kitchen I have to eat them. I just can’t help it. 
In an effort to restrain myself, I buy them only once a week. Usually the package doesn’t last during the 12 blocks walk between Whole Foods and my apartment. No kidding, I eat them one after the other like if I was in some sort of raisins withdrawal.
I can’t even claim that I’m some sort of raisins gourmet. No matter if they’re California Golden, Thompson, Red Flame or the more classical Sultanas, as long as they’re raisins I have eat them until the very last one.
Now, I’m aware that raisins are an healthy snack food, a bit packed with sugars, but healthy.

Fortunately for me, today I have one more reason to rejoice of my raisins addiction. According to a study presented on Monday March 26 at the American College of Cardiology's 61st Annual Scientific Session, daily consumption of raisins (i.e., three times a day) may significantly lower blood pressure, especially if compared to eating other common snacks.
This study’s findings become even more exciting if you think that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention nearly one in three American adults (28%) suffers from prehypertension...pretty soon my "raisins addiction club" will have new members!