Food Lies: How to tell if what your buying is what you think you’re buying

This blog will be an updated one with tips about how to determine if you’re getting what you think you’re paying for.  Food labeling today is highly confusing because there are constant changes being made…in hopes to clear up the confusion.  Many people find these tidal wave of labels even more confusing than before.

What is food labels do you need deciphered?

Tip #1:  Grass-fed or Grain-fed Meat

Happy Cows!

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  • Purchase some ground beef.
  • Slowly cook the beef then drain & collect all the fat.

Grass-fed beef fat is much thinner and watery and liquid at room temperature. This means less saturated fat…not that all saturated fat is bad (i.e. coconut oil = good saturated fat/medium-chain triglyceride).  Also, grass-fed is usually organic BUT organic does not mean grass-fed when it comes to meat.  The two are not synonymous so don’t be fooled.  Many organic meats are grass-fed BUT grain finished in order to fatten the meat and supposedly boost the flavor.

MORE INFO: This fattening with grains disturbs the animals plant-based digestive system causing inflammation aka fat/immune response (cows have multiple stomachs to process the fibrous grasses not the grains/sweet feeds).  If the cow is inflamed/fattened then you are eating the hormones released from the inflammation.  It’s like our bodies know that what we are eating wasn’t treated/killed kindly or properly, therefore, it responds with the same negative reaction BUT grass-fed meat has lower saturated fats, higher Omega 3s, higher CLAs, more beta-carotene (converts into Vit. A) & Vit. E, and more.  ALL BEEF IS NOT CREATED EQUALLY.  Choose wisely.

Keep it clean, keep it kind.

Tip #2…..TBA

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Mountain Lakes Triathlon/Aquabike

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On Friday afternoon, I picked up my race packet filled with race tats (#670 – based on my slow swim time :< ), t-shirt, towel, & lots of useless paper.  After talking to the Team Magic co-race director Therese Bynum about cyclops toe, I decided to do the Aquabike (swim/bike).  With a bad finish time, I would make my ranking WORSE than it would already be so I figured to try my hand at Aquabike.  After packet pickup, I rode the run course for Laura to visualize & to loosen our legs & check our bikes, but it only made me want to run it. We jumped into the lake for a swim only to discover fish net-like seaweed everywhere. This is why it is vital to PREVIEW YOUR COURSE.  I would have freaked out on swim day if I had waited until race day to practice swimming as slimy-version of Swamp Thing from Creature from the Black Lagoon.

On Saturday morning, the Guntersville Rec Center was filled with bikes, athletes, supporters, flags, half-naked bodies and purple (female), yellow (male), & green (relay) swim caps.  At 7:30a the race started by estimated swim time so it was almost 7:50a before I hit the water.  During the past two triathlons, I’ve struggled to stay calm during the swim which led to poor times & panicky breathing.  I was committed to making this one my best even though it was going to be the longest swim of the year.  By practicing the course, focusing on my breathing, & remembering the swim techniques emphasized by my coach, John Hanna of E3Tri, I was able to swim smoothly and calmly during the whole distance.  What a success! Even if I was slow…slow & steady – goal accomplished!

The bike course was fairly flat with some rolling hills & annoying dump trucks and pickup trucks.  I was hoping to finish the 16.2 miles in 45 minutes but the traffic held me back.  I “chicked” several guys & girls and was never passed by a female which apparently got me 3rd place in Female Aquabike.  Too bad they only had one age division & only give an award for 1st place.  I got beat by two older ladies who were stellar swimmers.  Back to the pool!

Overall, it was a great race for me & I was thrilled with my efforts & successes.  I was able to push hard then relax.  I even got to run with Laura to the finish during the last 1/2 mile of the race.  With her & several other friends also racing, it was nice to cheer them home.

The Aquabike results are below.

                      AQUABIKE Female 1 - 99 DIVISION
Place No.   Name   Age  Rank  Swim     T1  Rank    Bike  Final  
=== ===== ==================== === ==== ======= ======= ==== =
1  24 Ella Dunn    48    2   11:28    1:36    1   46:54   59:57 
2  52 Dianne Jacobs 44   1   10:06    1:47    2   49:08  1:01:00
3 670 LyndseyRobinson 30 4   16:03    2:01    3   49:52  1:07:55
4 539 Debbie Schmid 55   3   15:54    2:34    5   57:22  1:15:48
5 264 Martha Johnson 47  5   16:42    3:03    4   57:11  1:16:54
6 506 Karen Vance  63    6   17:33    3:52    6  1:04:51 1:26:14