Food Intolerance - Follow Up

After my recent painful encounter with bananas, I did some research, to see how common the condition was, and maybe learn a little about it. I googled and came across a forum discussing the same topic.

I was surprised how widespread the condition is and how many people seem to suffer with it. I reproduced excerpts of peoples experiences, below.



Has Anyone Experienced Sudden Banana Intolerance?

by MF (1204)
Is there such a thing as developing sudden intolerance to bananas? My wife loves bananas, but has been unable to eat them for a few months without severe gut cramping. The other latex fruits like kiwis and avocados don't have any negative effects. Also the symptoms of fructose malabsorption don't fit either. Is this some kind of intolerance that can build up over time after cutting out major problems like gluten?

Food Intolerance - Foods I Can't Eat

Today I woke with stomach cramps, and discovered another food I cannot eat. In truth, I can eat it, but my body doesn't like it. In effect, I can't eat it.

Yesterday, I ate banana, then a couple of hours before bed, I had stomach cramps. This morning I wake with the same stomach pain. A dull pain in my lower abdomen. Gut swollen, distended, turbid, painful. Its been years since I ate banana. No wonder.

Its the same with many other foodstuffs. They taste great on the way down, but once inside, the problems start. So many foods give me stomach cramps, bloating, and pain to remember them by. My body reacts to them adversely or cannot to handle them at all. I'm sure I'll be adding other foods to the list, given time.

Low Carb Chocolate Topped Cheesecake

Blueberry & Chocolate

Ingredients

200g almonds
50g butter
50g honey
100g Mascarpone
100g Creme fraiche
Blueberries
Vanilla

100g 70% chocolate
100ml cream
25g butter

Method

Chop nuts in a blender, add 50g butter, 25g honey and mix well. Form base in a dish and add a layer of blueberries.

Low Carb Zucchini Pancakes

Zucchini Pancakes

Easy to make with this simple recipe!

Ingredients

1 medium onion
1 medium zucchini
1 large egg
2 tbsp butter
pepper
salt

Directions

Fry the onion in butter until translucent, not brown. Grate unpeeled zucchini. Whisk egg, add onion, zucchini, salt, pepper, and mix well. Heat butter on medium heat and scoop mixture into pan. Fry until golden browned, flip over to brown other side.

Serve with sour cream.

Source: Inspiredfitstrong

Adjust Space Between Header And Page In Blogger

The date is not appearing at the top of blog posts.

Its not a major issue, but adds additional space between title and blog post title.

To reduce space, do:

Blog Overview > Template > Customize > Advanced > Add CSS

'Add custom CSS' panel, add the following:

.blog-posts {
margin-top: -20px;
}

This reduces the space by 20 pixels.

To reduce gap further, try -50px or -80px.

Adjust till gap appears correct.

Click 'Apply to Blog' > 'Back to Blogger'

This will save settings and exit.

Done!

Seba High Lite Carbon & Igor Pro Inline Skates

In Search of New Skates

Though I'm a relative newbie to skating, the wet inclement British weather doesn't stop me, I skate a lot and frequently.

My first foray into skate purchase, saw me buy K2 FIT 84s. A recreational skate, but after a time, they were not for me. They lasted 6 months, before I moved to my second inline skate, the reliable, trusty Bauer X60R.

I've used the Bauers for the last 16 months, and they are great in their limited capacity. Though designed for hockey, they make a good street skate, as they're light, firm and strong. They flex too much for the kind of skating I do, but I like them. They served me well.

Casey Viator HIT Workout - Muscles Used

Casey Viator HIT Workout Muscles Used

Leg Extensions

Primary
Rectus femoris of the quadriceps
Vastus intermedius of the quadriceps
Vastus lateralis of the quadriceps
Vastus medialis of the quadriceps






Leg Press

Primary
Biceps femoris of the hamstrings
Rectus femoris of the quadriceps
Semimembranosus of the hamstrings
Semitendinosus of the hamstrings
Vastus intermedius of the quadriceps
Vastus lateralis of the quadriceps
Vastus medialis of the quadriceps

Secondary
Gluteus maximus
Lateral head of the gastrocnemius
Medial head of the gastrocnemius
Soleus
Erector spinae
Rectus abdominis



Smith machine

Primary
Biceps femoris of the hamstrings
Rectus femoris of the quadriceps
Semimembranosus of the hamstrings
Semitendinosus of the hamstrings
Vastus intermedius of the quadriceps
Vastus lateralis of the quadriceps
Vastus medialis of the quadriceps

Secondary
Gluteus maximus
Lateral head of the gastrocnemius
Medial head of the gastrocnemius
Soleus
Erector spinae
Rectus abdominis



Leg curl

Primary
Biceps femoris of the hamstrings
Semimembranosus of the hamstrings
Semitendinosus of the hamstrings







Pullover Machine

Primary
Rectus abdominis

Secondary
External oblique
Internal oblique





Lat cable pulldown underhand grip

Primary
Latissimus dorsi

Secondary
Rear deltoid head
Middle trapezius
Lower trapezius
Rhomboids
Teres major
Brachialis
Brachioradialis
Long head of the biceps
Short head of the biceps



Pecs fly

Primary
Clavicular head of the pectoralis major
Sternal head of the pectoralis major

Secondary
Front deltoid head





Triceps Press

Primary
Clavicular head of the pectoralis major
Sternal head of the pectoralis major

Secondary
Front deltoid head
Latissimus dorsi
Pectoralis minor
Lateral head of the triceps
Long head of the triceps
Medial head of the triceps




Triceps dips (negative only)

Primary
Clavicular head of the pectoralis major
Sternal head of the pectoralis major

Secondary
Front deltoid head
Latissimus dorsi
Pectoralis minor
Lateral head of the triceps
Long head of the triceps
Medial head of the triceps



Biceps curl

Primary
Long head of the biceps
Short head of the biceps

Secondary
Brachialis
Brachioradialis

Casey Viator HIT Workout - Video

Casey Viator HIT Workout - Video

Hardcore H.I.T. workout supervised by Casey Viator.

The poor volunteer has no chance. Doesn't know what he's in for!

Exercise Cadence
4 sec up, 2 sec pause, 4 sec down, 2 sec pause

Time Under Load
80 seconds per exercise approx.

Legs
Leg extensions - 15 reps
Leg press - 15 reps
Smith machine - 12 reps
Leg curl - 12 reps

Shoulders /Abs
Pullover Machine - 10 reps
Lat cable pulldown underhand grip - 10 reps

Chest
Pecs fly - 8 reps

Arms
Triceps press - 8 reps
Triceps dips negative only - 6 reps
Biceps curl - 10 reps

Toolzone Digital Vernier Caliper

No More Guessing

I bought a Toolzone 150mm Electronic Digital Vernier Caliper from Amazon, to measure skate wheel sizes.

As skate wheels wear, its sometimes hard to guess which size fits.

I tend to check my skates, after every usage. I check frame for damage, and wheels for wear and rotation.

Before I bought the caliper, I would eye it up and guess the sizes, also taking into consideration the sometimes uneven wear. Using the caliper, I've accurately graded and sized all wheels ready for usage.

Its a nice tool with a digital readout, so no more guessing. At £10, its not expensive.

It can take internal, external and depth measurements, and comes supplied with a hard plastic case for protection.

Bauer Skates Size Differences

Same Make Same Size Different Fit

Shortly after I bought my first skate, the K2 FIT 84s, I bought a pair of Bauer X40 mid-range ice skates. I thought it would be good to supplement inline skating with some ice work, particularly when we have bad weather or lots of rain.

I bought the Bauer X40 online from a supplier in Scotland. The skates were end-of-line and slightly discounted. I didn't wanna spend too much on ice skates, as my interest was inline.

The Bauer X40 ice skates were size 8R. You can see that in the photo top right.

Six months later, I decided the K2 84 inline skates were not what I needed for the type of skating I was doing / I wanted to do. After minimal research I decided to buy Bauer X60R inline skates. Once again, I bought size 8R skates, online from a supplier somewhere in north England.

The Bauer X40 and the X60R essentially use the same skate boot, though they may have different fitting to the sole plate. The X40 has a single steel ice blade fitted, the X60R has an inline wheel frame attached.

Excitedly, I used the new Bauer X60R every week for months, till the skate was fully broken-in. Once broken-in, I realised the X60R was too big. About one full size too big. That's odd. The Bauer X40 ice skate, fits perfectly, both width and length.

The Bauer X60R inline skate is too big in length and width. I wear thick heavy sports socks to pad out and ensure I get a tight snug fit, when skating. I can't wear thin socks or my feet slop around in the skate.

Not being a professional with many years experience under my belt with lots of skates from various manufacturers, I erroneously assumed, same make, same manufacturer, same skate, same size. Wrong!

Disappointed I did some reading online after, and discovered that many skating professionals wear a size smaller than shoe size and spend weeks breaking in quality new skates to the shape of their feet. The skate boot must fit like a second skin, with no movement or slip in the skate at any time.

Some skaters don't wear socks, to ensure a snug fit with zero movement in the skate. (I'll dig out the article and post the URL later).

The photos on the right are Bauer X40 and X60R insoles. You can see from the tape there's approx 8mm difference in size. The slim narrow insole is from the ice skate. The wide long insole from my X60R inlines.

I still like the Bauer X60Rs, they're currently my daily work skate, and I use them 3 - 5 times a week, if it doesn't rain too much.

I know the Bauer's are almost out of time. I already lined up replacement skates, once I locate a UK supplier with my size.

In one of the next posts, I'll talk again about size variation and associated problems. I'll also post on quality differences between Seba and Bauer skates.

MTN DVSN Aggressive Skate Backpack

A Disappointment


Two weeks after usage, the seam split open 2 inches. I bought it from a US supplier, and cost of return postage was prohibitive.

Aside from the tear, the other problem with the backpack? Its too heavy. Its made from heavy woven cotton type fabric, not plastic. It weighs. Even empty, you feel it on your back.

It has main space with a slot for laptop computer, books, notepad, pens and small inner pockets for coins or other small items. It also sports an outside pocket with keyring hook. Another external pocket is located in the top flap.

Though its nice looking, I would not recommend this backpack.

http://www.mtndvsn.com/products/rucksack-black-tan



Speed on Skates

Faster

An excellent read for any skater looking to improve their sport. Chock full of useful information, mainly aimed at speed skaters, both ice and road. The book is in three parts; technique, training, racing.

Chapters cover following topics: team racing, tactics, drills, race preparation, plyometrics, weight training, stretching, off-season training, interval training, endurance, drafting and aerodynamics, and some more.

If you get a used copy cheap, its worth a read. Mainly useful for racers.


Seba High Light Carbon Skate

Stiff And Light

Here's the next skate I buy. Its a cross between Seba Igor and the classic Seba High, using carbon fibre for the shell construction instead of mixed composites. Carbon fibre provides strength and stiffness to the skate, but adds very little weight.

I can't see carbon fibre making much difference to the overall weight of the skate, but the pay-off is stiffness, to prevent energy loss through boot flex in turns, pivots, spins and direction change. I noticed a big difference when using Seba Igors, those skates are super stiff, it takes weeks to break them in. And no heat process to speed the break-in.

Carbon fibre skates are expensive, it shows in the price tag. At £375, compared to the standard Seba High Light which costs a mere £249.

The frame, the wheels, bearings, spacers, buckles, clips, padding are the same on both skates. Only difference is the boot shell construction material. Again, it makes little difference to the weight, but a major difference to the stiffness of the skate boot.