The vista from my bedroom window was akin to looking through a glass bowl full of pea and ham soup, but I decided to go out for a run anyway. Showing such dedication, I broke free from the warm and comfortable confines of my lovely living room, complete with big TV and the Man Utd. v Real Madrid match, to pound the pavement. I reasonable 5k in under 30 minutes with a few hills. Nothing too demanding and my pace is still slower than it should be, but its slowly progressing. Hopefully if I keep at with within a few months I’ll be back on track and managing hour + runs without ruining myself (so I then can run for longer and actually ruin myself). Incidentally I was running to a soundtrack of the most fantastic band I have discovered in months, The Oh Hellos. You should check them out, you really should, they are incredible. https://www.facebook.com/theohhellos
Its only Tuesday, but I’m managing to eat well so far this week. Chicken and pepper fajitas last night and for lunch and chicken breast with a mound of kale. Kale is apparently quite the nutritional wonder veggie. I don’t pretend to know a lot about vitamins and stuff, but the Wikipedia entry sounds impressive:
‘Kale is very high in beta carotene, vitamin K, vitamin C, and rich in calcium. Kale is a source of two carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin. Kale, as with broccoli and other brassicas, contains sulforaphane (particularly when chopped or minced), a chemical with potent anti-cancer properties. Boiling decreases the level of sulforaphane; however, steaming, microwaving, or stir frying do not result in significant loss. Along with other brassica vegetables, kale is also a source of indole-3-carbinol, a chemical which boosts DNA repair in cells and appears to block the growth of cancer cells. Kale has been found to contain a group of resins known as bile acid sequestrants, which have been shown to lower cholesterol and decrease absorption of dietary fat. Steaming significantly increases these bile acid binding properties’
A fellow gym-rat kindly recommended this odd looking bag of leaves along with this rather tasty recipe:
Wash 80g of kale then dry in a salad spinner. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle a little sea salt. Spread out across a baking tray and stick in an oven on 180 for 10-15 minutes until the leaves start to go crispy. Take out and sprinkle a little parmesan cheese and voila, tasty kale.
Gym again tomorrow for more circuit training. Bring it on!