Welcome to Corey's Health and Fitness Diary! On this blog, you might find interesting commentaries on health and fitness from my many diary entries on the subjects. It should be noted, however, that I'm not an expert on health and fitness, just an average Joe trying to live a healthy life. If expert advice is your goal, please consult your physician, nutritionist, weight trainer, or appropriate expert.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Beginnings of a new plan

It's been awhile since I've contributed to my health blog. Mostly it's because I haven't been away from fitness and eating too much sugar! Now that it's spring, I'll be gearing up for fitness and health. The plan is to follow a modified South Beach Diet (cut way back on sugar, focus on vegetables and real whole grain), daily workouts (gym or disc golf), and meditation.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Disc golfing for exercise

Over a year ago I discovered disc golfing at a local park here in Bloomington and have been impressed by the sport. It's much more physical than golf, getting one out and walking in a park or down hiking trails, and it's much more eco-friendly in that the playing course does not need watering and much extra care. In comparison to the golf, it is much more of a working-class sport - the very opposite of uppity. The only cost is that of the discs; most of the courses, around 87% says Wikipedia, are free. Even better, the courses use the natural environment for obstacles and don't look so aesthetically false like in golf.

Here are some related links to the sport:
Wikipedia Entry

The picture above is a course I found difficult in Eureka, Illinois, which on many fairways was like throwing down a forested hiking trail. The courses here Bloomington, while having trees, are more open.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Safety of rain water collection systems

For a few weeks now, ever since we installed a rain water collection system, I've been concerned that heavy metals from the asphalt shingles might contaminate my ornamental plants. I follow what our local Ecology Action Center says, which is not to use the water for drinking (Of course! It smells terrible) or on our vegetable garden, but I also didn't want to contaminate our flower beds unnecessarily. Most people say that this water ends up in the beds anyway, flowing from the gutters, but I don't want to add it directly if it is toxic. This website compiles quotes from experts on the issue. It looks like people don't know for sure, but based on this information, it seems that using rain water off asphalt shingles might not be a big deal for ornamental plants.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Sugar is the main culprit

A recent study, published in our local paper the Pantagraph, supports Gary Taubes' contention that sugar is a major culprit for hypertension. It focuses on this link only, not purporting to support Taubes' other claims that sugar is the cause of higher cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes, possibly Alzheimer's, or as Taubes puts it, practically all the major diseases of modern civilization.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Nutrition websites

Every time I want to look up information on the nutritional value of a food, a quick search results in a website that provides such information on every food imaginable. Recently, because I have to justify adding radishes to my salad (being not that fond of them), I found comprehensive information on this vegetable on the website NutritionData.com. I thought that a worthwhile project would be to investigate these websites, their pros and cons, and see which ones I prefer and which ones might be good to avoid. Below is a list of such sites; in the future I'll include reviews.

Nutrition Data

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Winter is over and allergies begin again

I hate winter cold, but the one benefit winter brings to my life is a long break from allergies. Yesterday, being the first nice day of March, my wife and I did some yard work, and today my allergies are back with a vengeance. Awhile back I bought masks to wear during yardwork, but I'm sceptical they actually will do some good and so have failed to wear them most times. Well, today I'm convinced that I need to do something about these allergies! In the future I'll be doing some experimenting with wearing the mask and will report on my blog what I find out. Another strategy I have, and didn't follow yesterday, is taking a shower immediately after yard work to remove dirt and pollen from your hair and body.

Friday, February 5, 2010

My research into supplements

For some time now, I wanted to systematize my daily intake of supplements, ending the guesswork, and over time review the plan. I'm a big believer that eating healthy food is the primary source of our nutrients, but I also don't deny that supplements can help with life longevity and overall health. Just to get the ball rolling on this project, I took Dr. Weill's supplement questionnaire on his website and printed most of the results here. Over time I will look into each of these recommendations and change the plan. I already made changes, however, since the recommended antioxidant contains 15,000 IU of Vitamin A, which I have heard is unnecessary and blocks the uptake of Vitamin D. Right now Vitamin D deficiency is in the news, and from a program I watched, researchers speculate that Vitamin A and Vitamin D use the pathway for absorption. I added Vitamin D, at least 2000 IU to the list.

Vitamin A (as Beta Carotene) 1,000 IU (changed from 15,000 IU, 300%)
- Alpha-Carotene 1 mg **
- Beta-Carotene 9 mg **
- Gamma Carotene 132 mcg **
Vitamin E (as d-alpha tocopherol and mixed tocopherols) 100 IU 333%
Selenium 200 mcg 286%
Tocotrienols 17 mg **
- d-gamma tocotrienol 9 mg **
- d-alpha tocotrienol 5 mg **
- d-delta tocotrienol 2 mg **
- d-beta tocotrienol 600 mcg **
CoQ10 (Ubiquinone) 30 mg **
Lycopene 10 mg **
Lutein 5 mg **
Phytoene 800 mcg **
Phytofluene 800 mcg **
Astaxanthin 750 mcg **
Zeaxanthin 300 mcg **

Vitamin C (as calcium ascorbate and Ester-C) 125 mg 208%
Vitamin D-3 (as cholecalciferol) 1000 IU 250%
Thiamine (as thiamine mononitrate, B1) 25 mg 1666%
Riboflavin (B2) 25 mg 1471%
Niacinamide (B3) 25 mg 125%
Vitamin B6 (as Pyridoxine HCl) 25 mg 1250%
Folic Acid 200 mcg 50%
Vitamin B12 (as cyanocobalamin) 50 mcg 833%
Biotin 50 mcg 17%
Pantothenic acid (as calcium pantothenate, B5) 25 mg 250%
Calcium (from calcium ascorbate, citrate and Ester-C) 35 mg 3.5%
Iodine (from kelp) 75 mcg 50%
Magnesium (from magnesium citrate) 15 mg 4%
Zinc (from zinc chelate) 7.5 mg 50%
Copper (from copper chelate) 0.75 mg 37%
Manganese (from manganese chelate) 0.5 mg 25%
Chromium (from chromium chelate) 100 mcg 83%
Molybdenum (from molybdenum chelate) 37.5 mcg 50%
Potassium (from potassium chloride) 0.5 mg < style="font-weight: bold;">

Mood Enhancer
St. John's Wort 300 mg

Folic Acid

Folic Acid 800 mcg 200%

Omega 3
EPA Omega-3 335 mg **
DHA Omega-3 167.5 mg
(2 pills daily)

Vitamin D
2000 IU (in addition to the 1000 IU above - Some researchers say that 4000 IU is safe and advisable; others give 2000 IU as the upper limit.)

Dr. Weill's Vitamin Advisor