Archive for March, 2010

These are numbers commonly seen on the bottom of plastic containers. They are important because the codes tell us what type of plastic is used and I guess tells the recycling agencies how to sort them. The key to understanding them is to know the impact they have on the environment and on our health.

Briefly, Number one is Polyethylene Terephthalate. You find this on most single use drinking bottles. The concern is the buildup of bacteria due to insufficient cleaning or reuse. They are the most viable for recycling. They also litter our streets and go out to the ocean and become floating waste.

Number 2 is High Density Polyethylene used in sport bottles, cloudy colored milk jugs, cereal box liners, shampoo bottles, and many other containers. Very recyclable and not harmful.

Number 3 is bad. Polyvinyl Chloride is a controversial plastic. They should be non-food storage only. Number 3 has been named “toxic plastic” due to softeners (DHEA) that may cause cancers and other health issues.

Number 4 is OK. Low Density Polyethylene used in making bread bags, frozen food bags, and squeezable bottles. It doesn’t transmit any known chemicals into food and can be recycled.

Number 5 is fine as well. It is made of Polypropylene and not as recyclable as numbers 1 and 2 but is safe and found in yogurt containers, syrup bottles, straws and medicine bottles. Lately, many of the newer bike bottles I’m seeing are made from this plastic.

Number 6 is bad news. Polystyrene is used in making styrofoam, plastic tableware, and take-out containers. This product may leach styrene compounds- a possible carcinogen- and disrupt hormonal functioning.

Number 7 is not good at all. A clear, hard, shatterproof plastic made with Polycarbonate, specifically Bisphenol-A or BPA. It may pose serious health risks. The popular and colorful Nalgene water bottles were made of this and recently underwent a change where they are now BPA-free. Your Sparkletts and Arrowhead 5 gallon water bottles are made from this and continue to be manufactured with Bisphenol-A. When warm these bottles can leach BPA into water or food. Bisphenol-A is a synthetic hormone and may be linked to cancers, obesity, diabetes, and premature developmental problems.

I hope this is a helpful guide. Personally, I wish to not use these and prefer glass and stainless steel for water and use only plastics that are safe and recyclable for food storage when necessary.


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Post ride

Today I got home about 1pm from our Sunday group ride where several of us added the Casitas Pass option. Total, maybe 70 miles, enough for good post-ride nutrition!

On the menu:

  • Scrambled eggs with a little bit of potatoes
  • Oatmeal with flax seed and almonds
  • Apple
  • 2 biscuits with olive oil and oregano
  • Oolong tea

I know it looks like breakfast in the afternoon but that’s a good thing once in a while.

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The Kettlebell


Not to worry, I’ve been eating my green foods and drinking only good water and tea lately and otherwise been keeping with some kettlebell routines.

Pictured above are some of my kettlebells ranging in weight from 35 lbs to 70 lbs. They are unique in that they are the ultimate free weight. It takes a combination of technique, some yoga principles and olympic style explosive movements to do many of the exercises.

If you want to build core, these will do it for you. If you’re looking to create sprint power or build up your V02 max you can swing the kettlebells. Pure strength? Then grind out some reps.

I really enjoy practicing with the bells. Just to give you an idea, a strong man of average abilities would most likely do well with one or two 54 lbs kettlebells while a fit and strong woman would want to practice with 26 lbs or 35 lbs KB’s.

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Simple Green

Very easy and quick lunch. Can of chunk light tuna in water with steamed vegetables. There’s cabbage, spinach, and broccoli steamed in micro, and then as it is cooling I add oregano, basil. ground black pepper, seasoned salt, and a bit of dill slathered with olive oil and a bit of hemp oil as well.

It’ll make you feel good!

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Here’s the Green Monster made with Almond Milk, Hemp protein, Hemp oil, Agave sweetener, and a bit of cinnamon.

And the oatmeal with pistachios, flax seed, dried cranberries, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

Finally, the Morning Thunder tea containing black tea and roasted mate that gives you a bit of caffeine.

Your basic little breakfast with a good amount of protein from the smoothie and the oats. Last week I spent in yoga immersion by attending 7 sessions of Bikram Yoga and simultaneously taking a week off the bike. The yoga helped define weaknesses to address in flexibility, mobility, and strength.

I can’t wait to get some more sessions. For now I can work on some of the difficult yoga stuff at home and get ready for a couple hours on the bike later.

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Vitamins and Minerals

This is what I’ve begun using for a daily supplement. It makes much more sense, I believe, to seek a high quality all in one vitamin/mineral nutrient pak that you can buy monthly for convenience rather than a shelf full of bottles that were bought either on impluse or as a response to symptoms that came and went. In fact, I bought several different supplements recently that were for an immune system boost when actually I could have saved time and money by getting a single broad spectrum antioxidant formula.

The five tablets shown are:

1. Multivitamin and Mineral

2. Complete Calcium + magnesium, phosphorus, and vitamin D (2 tablets)

3. Antioxidant formula

4. Probiotic formula

In the past most multivitamins I’ve used have shown how little they are absorbed by causing urine to become bright yellow. That must mean your just peeing them away. With these, I don’t see that at all. So far I’m impressed.

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Week at Bikram Yoga

Well, I signed up for a week of Bikram Yoga in Ventura. They have a special that can’t be passed up, $25 for a week of yoga.

So far I’ve gone twice and I enjoy it immensely. The heat is what makes it so good. I find it to be so much easier to relax in between poses compared to a cold room. Also, sweating is good and you’ll do a lot of it there. The temperature is set at about 110 degrees and you’ll need a good towel on top of your yoga mat. Bikram has 26 postures or poses each repeated twice along with breathing exercises at the beginning and end.

Bring your mat, a towel and plenty of water to drink before and after your session. You’ll definitely get your money’s worth.

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