I’m a rebel.
Okay, that’s not true. But the more I read about what to do and what not to do in order to be as healthy as possible, the more rebellious I feel. Sometimes, the “rules” just don’t work for me. And sometimes, I really should be following the rules, but I just don’t. For example…
“Your sports bra should never have a birthday.”
I wear a sports bra at least six times a week. Sports bras are expensive. I am a teacher (i.e. not rich). These three things mean that I have some old bras. But for the most part, they’re still doing the job. Except this one.
Don’t worry. My tetanus shots are up to date. Also, I threw that one away and ordered a replacement this weekend.
“Don’t eat white foods.”
Okay, I get the point of this one. A lot of white foods are over-processed and under-nourishing. But some white foods are good for you. See?
That’s a pan of potatoes and turnips… a.k.a. a pan of low-calorie potassium and Vitamin A goodness. I ate it for dinner last night (not the whole thing, calm down). Which brings me to…
“Don’t eat carbs at night.”
Maybe if you are a bodybuilder, or your primary goal is to look saucy in a bikini, this is an okay rule to follow. If, like me, you’re a runner who trains at night, this is a terrible rule to follow. Your body needs carbs to replenish its stores. (Hence the aforementioned potato/turnip goodness). Eat them.
“Consume a 4:1 ratio of carbs to protein within 30 minutes of a workout.”
This is one that I’m really working on, especially after long runs. My usual post-LR routine goes something like this: come home, go to the bathroom, make fun of whatever show J is watching while I pretend to stretch, take a loooong shower, slowly get dressed, screw around on my phone… and suddenly realize that I’m STARVING and eat everything in sight. This is not a good nutrition strategy.
I do not. Which is why I am the most inflexible human on the planet.
But my 10k training plan has two days of stretching each week– once after speedwork and once after long runs — and I’m keeping up with that. So, I’ve stretched six times in the last three weeks. Go me.
The moral of the story here is that rules don’t always apply in every situation. Do what works for you! But don’t discount advice just because you don’t like it, either. Some rules do matter.
What “rules” do you break?