As someone who is supposed to have an exemplary heathy lifestyle, my love of cake is something that surprises and sometimes infuriates people. When I am seen eating cake some think that I can eat as much as I like, willy-nilly, and still end up as thin as a rake. This is not true. A work colleague of mine regards refined sugar as an addictive toxin and he’s probably right but I take the line that what really counts is a diet that consists of a range of different foods in balance (this is not rocket science, my grandmother told me that).
Running 10K every day does use a lot of energy though and so I need to make sure I eat enough. I think I am allowed some cake but I need to eat lots of healthy stuff as well. According to Buddy the Elf, the main essential food groups are “candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup” but we humans have to take a more balanced approach and eat at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables each day.
Why talk about cake though? Well, yesterday I was serving cake, including an amazing home made chocolate cake at Rothwell Baptist Church’s Cafe Friday (some of which I ate). This morning, after parkrun we went to a charity coffee morning and I ate more cake. I still have two pieces of coffee cake that I brought home from Church so, I know it’s tough, but I am going to have to eat some more cake tomorrow!
I have heard that some people run because they like cake but does running really give you licence to eat cake with a clear conscience? Who knows because the world of diet seems to be beset with faddy new theories all the time. I rely on the fundamental laws of physics which means that to stay the same weight, energy in must equal energy out.
As for me, when I stop running 10K every day I will have to be careful to stop eating as if it’s the last food on earth all the time. In the meantime I AM running 10K every day so I shall eat cake.
“Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for God has already approved what you do.” Ecclesiastes 9:7 NIVUK
Richard is running 10K every day during June, to raise money for a public access defibrillator to be situated at Rothwell Baptist Church. To sponsor him and make a donation, please visit his Just Giving Page.