Hello, and welcome to Nutritious Appetite. I am Dr. Angela Barnes, and I want to help you rediscover the basic nutritional principles that seem to have been forgotten in a world of quick-fix-this and instant-diet-that. I want you to step away from the fads, and discover a realm of genuinely healthy living - one in which you lose weight (reasonably fast, I might add) and then keep it off. Allow me to introduce you to my ebooks - including the famed Nutrituous Appetite guide - that will help you achieve your goals. Whilst you are around, please scroll down to see my latest blog post, or click on the Books section to see some of my available publications.
These are some of the books I have to assist you:
The Nutritious Appetite Guide is about your appetite, and how your appetite is tightly linked to your ability (or inability) to lose weight. An essential read if you're new here!
How to Drop Pounds if You're a Lazy Man - written by my loving husband, Eric, who is the epitome of laziness most days!
Healthy Eating for a Week - five different books filled with seven unique, highly formulated health recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, and snacking. Take them individually or as a pack.
Latest Blog Post:
The Five Most Common Running Mistakes
Posted: Sunday, September 16th, 2012
If you are someone that loves running, I bet you didn't know that there are at least 5 common running mistakes that most people make without knowing. It's pretty easy to make mistakes while running unless you are watching yourself in a mirror making sure everything looks right. If you have noticed that maybe your back has been hurting and you aren't quite sure why, it's because of your posture.
Like I mentioned, unless you're constantly running alongside a full length mirror to check your posture, it's almost impossible to recognise your posture is off. So what are these mistakes exactly?
One mistake is the inward knee collapse. This basically means that while you're running, your knees are collapsing inward which can be caused by weak muscles. While running, your knees are supposed to stay aligned with your hips. If your muscles are weak, they won't be able to support you and your body weight. To correct this, performing exercises to build up your gluteus muscles will end up helping you support your body weight preventing any injury. Another common mistake is the asymmetrical running pattern. This is when you land harder on one side of your body.
If you come down hard enough on a foot, your body can signal pain. By simply paying attention to the sound your feet make when you hit the ground, you will be able to tell which side you're coming down harder on, and try and start to even out your landings.
A third mistake is how you run. If you have been running on the fore-front of your foot when you are actually a rear-foot runner and the same goes for rear-foot runners running on their fore-foot. This could severely affect your running posture! Now picture yourself running. When you run, do you put most of the pressure on your heels, or the front of your feet? This is a test for you to see what running style you have. You don't have to switch up your running style, just make sure that whichever running style you have, you aren't feeling any pain when you strike down. If you are, simply just try and rearrange some of the impact on your feet.
The fourth mistake is over-swinging and over-striding. Are you someone that swings their arms when you run or simply has an extra long running stride? These two can actually lead to back pain. When you over-stride, you are taking steps that are too long for your body size. The extra rotation that you have can actually harm your spine because it has to work overtime to compensate for you long strides. It's natural to move your arms a little when you're running, but swinging them too much actually affects the alignment of your spine. To correct this, simply become aware of your strides and how your arms are swinging. Just by altering your stride a little bit and by keeping your arms a little bit closer to your body while running can reduce your back pain tremendously.
The final mistake made by runners is being aware of your own foot type. Every person's foot is different. Some have higher arches, wider feet, flatter feet etc. In the running world, those with higher arches actually run better. You may not notice that your feet are flatter than you thought. It's all about finding a shoe that supports your specific foot type. If you can find a shoe that supports your feet and ankles, you will realise your back, hips and knees are no longer in pain while running. If you are someone that is dedicated to running, it's best to spend the extra money to find a pair of shoes that are specifically designed for running that fit you like a glove. In the long run, you will feel the benefits. By becoming more aware of your running style, you will be able to fix any mistakes you may have to save you from a visit to your physical therapist. If you find yourself making any of these mistakes, you can fix it and get rid of that pain you may be feeling forever.