Physical Health

I have always been active.  As a child I was a gymnast, swimmer, dancer, and diver.  In high school I mostly swam and ran.  When I started college, I wanted to do a triathlon, but never really got up the courage.  I started running more and swimming less, with occasional strength training thrown in there.  I think I ran a little too much in the last few months, because things started hurting.  In December of 2009, I ran an ultramarathon.  It was an amazing experience, and I would like to do one again in a few years.  I also really want to run the NYC marathon next year!  Lately, I’ve been running a few days a week and doing some yoga classes.  I love yoga!  It’s both a stretch and a workout, and I’m naturally very flexible, so it isn’t impossible for me to at least try most poses.  I am not naturally strong or quick, but I have very good endurance and flexibility.  I want to build on those strengths this year!  Here’s a picture of me at the end of the ultramarathon in December of 2009:

In addition to structured physical activities, I also like to do random, spontaneous things, like snowball fights or canoe trips.  A few weeks ago I spent almost three hours lifting up heavy snow to help my cousin build a fort.  I love doing things like that, because it never feels like a chore.  I also like randomly dancing around my living room, climbing trees, and hiking.

I was lucky to grow up with parents who knew the importance of fruits and vegetables and noticed the overabundance of sugar in the typical American diet.  We ate things like spinach, tofu, clementines, and mushrooms regularly.  As an adult, I try to make healthy meals a few times a week.  As a busy college student with a small budget and about two feet of kitchen space, this can be  bit tricky.  I hope to do some posts with more details and tips in this area!  I eat a lot of oatmeal, stir fries, and fish.

Foods that appear most often in my diet:

vegetables: spinach, broccoli, peppers, mushrooms, eggplant, sweet potato, corn, salad greens, brussel sprouts, carrots, sugar snap peas, bok choy, and squash.

fruits: apples, grapes, bananas, oranges, mango, avocado, blueberries, raspberries, peaches, pears, grapefruits, pineapple, and pomegranate.

grains: anything kashi! (I’m a little bit obsessed), oatmeal, quinoa, and occasionally cereal.

meat: I am a big believer of eating meat, especially if done humanely.  I like almost  any kind of meat or fish.  My favorites include lean ground beef, free range chicken, wild salmon, and shrimp.  I also love tofu, tempeh, black beans, lentils, and nuts.

dairy: milk is actually one of my favorite foods.  I love yogurt (Greek or stoneyfield, usually), local skim milk from Ronneybrook farms, chocolate milk, good cheese, and the occasional ice cream.

My food philosophy involves eating mostly whole foods from a variety of food groups, especially fruits and veggies.

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