Nothing Changes the Planet as Much as What We Eat

Tomorrow, Traci, fellow DWC devotee Lila Anna and I are going to see Planeat at the Nickelodeon. Today was the first time I’d heard about it; here is a synopsis of the film:

PLANEAT is the story of three men’s life-long search for a diet, which is good for our health, good for the environment and good for the future of the planet. With an additional cast of pioneering chefs and some of the best cooking you have ever seen, the scientists and doctors in the film present a convincing case for the West to re-examine its love affair with meat and dairy. The film features the ground-breaking work of Dr. T Colin Campbell in China exploring the link between diet and disease, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn’s use of diet to treat heart disease patients, and Professor Gidon Eshel’s investigations into how our food choices contribute to global warming, land use and oceanic deadzones.

I’m hoping the movie gives me a much-needed shot in the arm. I’ve gotten a little lazy with adding veggies to my day. I’m not eating anything bad, per se, just not working to get those veggies in.  A few good excuses including : I’ve been spending more time with Dad and Mom and it’s been hot – too hot to roast veggies in the oven.

Workouts are going well. I’m back on the elliptical full-time, and I’ve also added some time on the treadmill in a quest to get 10,000 steps at least three times a week. Daniel has stepped up my training sessions, too, and I can really feel (and am starting to see) the difference.

But one thing is killing me: with the increase in strength training, the first five and last 10 minutes on the elliptical is hell! My legs don’t hurt, but they feel tired and I wonder if I will make it another minute, much less a whole 30 minutes. Traci and Daniel have explained it, but I can’t re-explain it. It is normal and should subside within four weeks, but until then, it really is a challenge.

And the worst thing? The scale is going down slowly. Intellectually, I understand why. I’m toning up and looking better, and there are 100 reasons to ignore the scale. But after a long week of eating well and working out on my tired legs, it’s a bit disheartening to see only a .2 lb. loss.

So, here’s hoping the movie and time with healthy friends gives me a little boost during an otherwise challenging time! Review tomorrow!

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