What’s in Your Diet?

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So, I recently posted a photo on Facebook of my empty fridge. Well, I shouldn’t say it was totally empty; but it got me thinking about what I should and shouldn’t be eating to adequately train for a marathon.

Hear the full story and how you can help in the video clip below.

PS – No boxes of Mac & Cheese were injured during the filming of this blog entry.

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. Deb King says:

    I’m not a runner, but I try to generally eat healthy and this has been a good guide for me. A few general rule that I follow:
    -When going to the grocery store, try to buy as much from the outer edges (fresh and perishable) vs. the inner aisles (canned, shelf stable stuff). The outer edges more often (not always) have less salt, sugar and preservatives. The inside aisles have loads of stuff that preserves the food so that it can be shelf stable, i.e. salt, sugar, preservatives, chemicals, etc.
    -I also try to buy as much food that is as close to its natural state as possible. I’m not super strict on this, but I find that when I follow this, I feel better. The body can process food closer to its natural state much easier than stuff that is loaded with chemicals, etc.
    -Make sure your plate has a variety of colors. Be careful of eating too much white food (= white flour ).
    -Butter, never margarine.
    -If you are going to drink soda, just drink regular, don’t do the diet stuff. Just don’t drink a lot of it if you are going to drink soda. Or, try flavored seltzers or add a little juice (the POM juices are great for this) to plain seltzer.
    Good luck!

    1. Ray says:

      Thanks, Deb. These are grrrrrreat tips! (I’ll avoid the Frosted Flakes…).

  2. Julie says:

    It’s so great that you’re thinking about the entire experience of running, a lot of people overlook their diet. Have you checked out sparkpeople.com? It’s a free website that a lot of people use for weight loss, but the tools they offer are helpful for any kind of goal, really. You put in all your measurements and what your goal is (lose, gain, maintain) and it builds a plan for you. They even have a free app that makes it really easy to keep up with on the go.

    You can track everything you eat and it will run a report for you at the end of the day that shows where the calories are coming from (ie % carbs vs. fat vs. protein). If you want, it can even suggest menus for you.

    You can also track all your exercise, and it will give you a heads up if you’re not eating enough calories to keep up with the exercise you’re doing (good for someone who runs a lot!).

    Hope that helps!! 🙂

    ps. Love the mac and cheese shoutout. I remember my high school swim team days where I would practice for 2 and a half hours, then go home and eat an entire box by myself. Those were the days, huh? 🙂

    1. Ray says:

      Thanks so much, Julie. This is such a wealth of great info!

      Yes, nothing but love for the Mac & Cheese!!!

      Sent from my iPhone

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