My name is Niki. I have Crohn’s disease. I was officially diagnosed in March of 2012, but I had been dealing with debilitating symptoms since the fall of 2009. It takes courage to admit when something is wrong, it takes strength to seek a diagnosis, and it takes tenacity to treat an incurable disease. I’ve been there. I’ve done that. Fortunately, I had help. Having help makes the process bearable. Which is why I am going to do everything in my power to help as many people as possible, through whatever means I have available. Those means are running. Running saved me. Now I will use running to help others.
This June I will run across Washington State. My trek will take me from the Washington/Idaho border to the Pacific Ocean. My goal is to cover these 403 miles in ten days. My objective is to raise funds and awareness for the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA). To follow my journey please like Sole Powered on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/SolePowered) and check out the Sole Powered blog (http://www.solepowered.blogspot.com/).
Here’s what you can do to help –
Donate to the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America. Eighty cents of every dollar raised goes directly toward research and education. Unfortunately, there is currently no cure for this autoimmune disease. Your donation could fund the research that leads to a breakthrough; creating improved treatments or possibly even discovering a cure.
Share my fundraising page so that others will be encouraged to share their story. Approximately 1.4 million American adults and children suffer from Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. Most suffer in silence. For some reason, embarrassment and secrecy are often tied to these diseases. Let’s change that.
If you’d like to learn more about Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis, please visit the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America website (http://www.ccfa.org/).
To donate please visit my fundraising website (https://secure3.convio.net/ccfa/site/Donation2?df_id=11620&11620.donation=landing&JServSessionIdr004=p7lxv9bwr2.app305a).
"What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other." -George Eliot Photos
Authored by: Susan Lupackino, MHS, RD, LDN of food is good
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Ahh, nothing I love more than a nice long run. Running is a great way to stay active. I’ve participated in a number of races, ranging from marathons to 5K’s. I don’t run races to win – I simply run to finish. There’s nothing like crossing the finish line race after race. The rush of adrenaline pumping through my body feels pretty amazing. But as a Dietician I know how important it is to snack on the right foods pre and post-race. Choosing the right foods will keep your blood sugar levels intact, which also reduce cravings. It’s a good idea to snack every couple of hours to keep your metabolism high and to control your appetite throughout the day.
Aim to keep your snacks around 200-300 calories. Avoid cookies, chips and candy. Choose fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy snacks to get the most amounts of nutrients. Choosing nutrient-dense snacks is very important to keep you nice and energized and prevent you from crashing at mile five. Snacking on the right stuff will also help you to recover post-run.
30 to 60 minutes before a run. Choose a high-carb snack filled with good fats and low fiber to help you stay full and provide you with fast energy. High fiber snacks can cause an upset stomach and cramping during your run.
A banana with one tablespoon of peanut butter makes a delicious combination. Bananas are easy to digest and very rich in potassium, which helps prevent muscle cramps.
Make your own trail mix. Throw in dried fruit, sunflower seeds, almonds, low-sugar cereals, and even the occasional piece of candy for something sweet.
Rice cakes also make a wonderful little treat. I usually spread one tablespoon of peanut butter or Nutella on top for extra protein. Two rice cakes have 70 calories and almost two grams of fiber.
Choose a food with a good source of carbohydrate and protein to help improve your recovery so you can get back on the road again. Here are some good recovery snacks.
Chocolate milk provides a nice blend of protein, carbohydrates and B vitamins. This tasty drink is a perfect post-run workout treat.
Yogurt makes for another excellent snack. Avoid the yogurt with the fruit and syrup already added—they tend to have more sugar. Instead, jazz up your yogurt with a handful of fresh blueberries, strawberries or bananas. Yogurt is a good source of protein, Vitamin B12, potassium and zinc.
Cereal with skimmed milk is quick. It’s also easily digestible and a healthy way to satisfy your sweet tooth. Choose cereals that have at least 5 grams of fiber or more per serving. Raisin bran and shredded wheat are good options.
Running is fun and can be a great way to stay active. Eating the right foods will help you to stay energized during your race, prevent you from crashing, and helping you to recover.
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