Each week that I did not move purposefully meant a massive setback when my body was ready to return to running. I decided to approach my fitness from the ground up – Create a fitness challenge that would both promote recovery, and preserve the cardiovascular advances I had built over the year.
Periodically, a member of the Finding My Psych team engages in a wellness challenge. If we can't put it to the test, why would we ask you, right? In the following articles, we put ourselves through a variety of challenges, including testing the impact of running using the Maximum Aerobic Function (MAF) method, eating a High Carb Low Fat (HCLF) diet, and going alcohol free for 90 days.
The goal is to eat low fat. On a vegan diet, this means that you must focus on consuming starchy vegetables, non-starchy vegetables, legumes, and grains. It is important to look for the hidden fats in your favourite foods. It is also important to avoid popular highly processed vegan foods.
At Finding My Psych, we believe in creating an environment that fosters sustainable behavioural change. While some require absolute abstinence to save their life, most alcohol consumption falls into the category of long standing habit with no functional rhyme or reason.
The MAF (Maximal Aerobic Functioning) method, developed by Dr. Phil Maffetone, is an approach to training focused on building endurance through fat adaptation. Running efforts with high exertion (tempo runs, hill repeats, etc.) are fuelled primarily by glycogen.
The act of fasting between meals (not eating food for a dedicated amount of time), has been widely practice around the world for centuries for both health and spiritual reasons. In popular culture, it is widely seen as a practice for weight loss.