Tina Muir is a Team BodyHealth member and the host of the No. 1 rated running podcast, Run to the Top. A leader in the running world, Tina is re-launching her website, tinamuir.com. We recently had the chance to catch up with Tina for the very first installment of BodyHealth’s new article series, “In Pace With …”, and here’s what she had to say:
Tina Muir: I am very excited about what is coming with my blog. As a perfectionist, it has bothered me having it “under construction” for the last few weeks, but I know it will be worth it as my web designer, Jen Rosario is already doing a fantastic job, and we are working with a photographer (Peter Chiapperino aka “Photocyclone”) to get some new photos, too. I just hope the readers like it as much as I do!
Tina Muir: My website will mostly be focusing on helping my community with not only running but balancing in the rest of their lives. I don’t want to just offer running advice, but show my readers, my friends, that there is more to each of us than what we are able to achieve running. Of course, it is important, but I would like my website and community to be a place where people celebrate their successes and get stronger mentally and physically, but also learn to relax and have fun with it. After all, that is what it should be about!
Tina Muir: We live in a world where we are addicted to social media, yet only willing to share the positive experiences with the world. Not really surprising, as why would you want to document a moment that doesn’t make you feel good, but either way, it leaves us feeling more insecure as we see the highlights of other peoples lives, and it makes us question our own. I like to share that not only do I have struggles and days where I wonder what I am doing with my life, but that you can get through those days, and enjoy the high moments even more if you accept those lows as part of your journey. I want to encourage my tribe to be vulnerable and to admit that we are only human, and that is okay!
Tina Muir: Other than the old “running is bad for your knees” lecture? ;) I would honestly say that 90% of people come up to me and begin with “I’m not fast like you, but……” and every time, they put down their own running accomplishments and explain to me why running is still important to them, even though they are not an elite. I always turn this right around as I know just how much time, energy, and heart every runner puts into their training, and it doesn’t matter if you run 1 mile or 100 miles, if you are out there doing it, you are a runner. I wish more people would not play down their own accomplishments because they feel they are not fast enough. I always tell them immediately that you ARE a runner, and you should be proud of yourself for committing to this and doing it. Running isn’t ever easy, so I give respect to everyone who puts themselves out there to do it.
Tina Muir: Absolutely! This is something I have a really hard time not getting on my soapbox about :) I realize that fuel is important for my training, and for the most part, I spend a lot of time making sure I am putting the right fuel into my body for my training, but I still believe that every single day you should enjoy something you love to eat that isn’t great for you. For me, I love my sweets, and so I have a dessert every single day. Even if I have a marathon the next morning, I will still have a serving of chocolate or something sweet, because I think it is healthy to have that balance and to not become so obsessed with clean eating that all the fun is sucked out of eating. I practice this every day, and I don’t intend on giving up my favorite foods any time soon!
Tina Muir: Oh, such a good question, and yes, without a doubt. This is something I feel very strongly about, and I am on a mission to show my readers, and as many people as possible, that they do have a true beauty inside that is far more important than a running accomplishment or looking like a runner. Each and every person has so much to offer this world, and it is only once they learn to appreciate themselves and what they have to offer, that they will be able to shine and show the world that beauty. I love to help people feel better about themselves, and although running can be a part of you, it should not define you, no action or activity should. What defines us is what is in our hearts and what we do to help others and become our very best selves.
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The following is adapted from The Search for the Perfect Protein.
If you watch much TV, you’ve undoubtedly seen a heartburn medication commercial at some point. The makers of Pepcid and Zantac confidently tell us we can eat a hoagie with sausage and peppers and not feel any heartburn. How wonderful!
Except these commercials send the wrong message. They indoctrinate the public to believe the answer to their problem is another drug: “I’ll take this, and I’ll be fine.”
This mindset ignores the root causes of heartburn and indigestion and sends us down the wrong treatment pathway. In my experience, when people understand how stomach acid aids our digestion, they’re less likely to turn to a medication that blocks the production of stomach acid. They want their body to functional normally.
Trying to get enough protein into your body to increase lean muscle mass, recovery and endurance?
It’s not a matter of how much protein you're consuming — but how much your body is able to use.
And depending on what protein sources you're using... that may not be very much.
But what's even worse? What the unused protein gets turned into. (Hint: It starts with an S and ends with UGAR.)
... Yeah, it gets turned into carbs (glucose) or stored as fat.
But let's back up. Because to understand the above you need to understand what protein actually is, and more importantly, what happens when it enters your body.
The following is adapted from The Search for the Perfect Protein.
What’s the common link between menopause and beauty concerns (sagging skin, hair loss) in women who are aging? It might surprise you to learn it’s a lack of protein.
One study showed that over a month’s period of time, adding an essential amino acid blend (amino acids are critical for making protein in the body) to a 2,000 calorie diet of mainly vegetables and some fruits plus walking for an hour a day resulted in significant weight loss without sagging skin under the chin or in other areas of the body.
Amino acids also help women mitigate the effects of menopause. During menopause, falling levels of hormones cause lean body tissue to begin to break down. Loss of bone, skin collagen, muscle mass, brain cells, and neurotransmitters all lead to more rapid aging, and the feeling that one is getting old. Wrinkles, weakness, osteoporosis, sagging skin, and a loss of energy occurs—all things women want to avoid.