Monday, February 10, 2020

Pescatarian Runner

Welcome to my new blog! My name is Pam (in case you haven't already figured that out!) I am a 60(ish) year old woman who is out to prove the old adage about never being too old to achieve new goals! I totally believe that there shouldn't be an age limit on living life to the fullest!

CH..CH..CH..CHANGES

Unfortunately, there are some changes to our bodies that occur as we age that aren't very pleasant. In fact, some of them totally suck! 

Fortunately, there are some steps we can take to counterbalance some of the unpleasant effects of aging.

A healthy diet, a regular exercise program, maintaining a healthy weight, and a positive attitude can actually help slow the progression of many of the age-related changes we all struggle with. 

In October of 2016, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I underwent chemotherapy, a modified radical mastectomy, and radiation treatments. I am pleased to say that although I am at high risk for recurrence, as of this moment, I have no evidence of disease. I do, however, have a lot of residual issues from my treatments. 



One of the issues I am dealing with is my weight. I have always struggled with my weight, but it has really been a problem since going through chemo. I have tried various diets, have lost a few pounds here and there, but I am still overweight.

I have decided that for the sake of my health, it is now time to make the changes necessary to get those pounds off!

After doing a lot of research on healthy living, diet, and weight loss, I have decided that a Pescatarian diet might be the healthiest way for me to go.




WHY A PESCATARIAN DIET?

Pescatarians have a lot in common with vegetarians. Pescatarians eat fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, whole grains, beans, eggs, and dairy, and stay away from meat and poultry. But there's one way a Pescatarian differs: Pescatarians eat fish and other seafood.
A diet that puts an emphasis on plant-based foods, fish, and seafood can provide many health benefits. Fish, like meat, is a good source of protein. Unlike red meat, it's low in saturated fat and often rich in healthy omega-3 fatty acids.
Studies show that eating less red meat, or none at all, lowers our chances of getting heart disease and high blood pressure. Eating just two servings of fish a week may help in keeping our hearts healthy.
The omega-3 acids in fatty fish like salmon and mackerel, help lessen the plaque that builds up our arteries, which can lower the odds of getting an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia). Omega-3s also reduce triglyceride levels in our blood, another bonus for heart health. Since I am on Letrozole, a medication that is meant to help prevent a recurrence of cancer, but is also known to raise cholesterol and triglyceride levels, getting in my omega-3 acids is essential. 
Did you know that limiting red meat or cutting it out completely could help prevent certain cancers from occurring?

There have also been some studies that suggest limiting our intake of meat could help prevent a recurrence of several types of cancer.



Shrimp and Grits

I am also trying to eliminate or at least cut WAY back on dairy products, but I will talk more about that in another blog post. THAT is going to present a REAL challenge for me. I'm not a milk drinker, but I love sour cream, ice cream, and cheese! Oh, how I love cheese!!


STILL A RUNNER

I have been a runner for most of my adult life. I have even run 12 marathons over the years. However, I am walking more than running right now. And yet, I still consider myself a runner!

Walking is an excellent form of exercise, but I'm not ready to give up running just yet! For me personally, giving up on running would feel like giving up on life!

On this blog, I will be sharing a lot more info and personal stories about my diet, lifestyle, running, aging, my battle with breast cancer, and more in future posts. Please join me on this new journey!



                 


Pescatarian Runner

Welcome to my new blog! My name is Pam (in case you haven't already figured that out!) I am a 60(ish) year old woman who is out to prove...