22 Mar 2012, 9:33am
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  • Running: What do you eat??

    I’m getting serious over here, all this running stuff.  ;)

    It’s not going to take over my life, but it’s going to play a VERY significant part and although I may not be able to clock as many miles as the next runner, I can still make my body healthy and strong for all my runs and workout sessions.

    Last night I kicked it in high gear.  It’s always fun to have a workout partner and on Monday’s and Wednesday’s Tam is my fellow sweater partner in Body Pump.  She’s a runner.  Ran the Boston Marathon (something I can only dream of doing at this point) and is crazy about running.  As a challenge for myself, I upped my biceps, triceps, chest and legs weight.  Boy was I feeling it.  I’m doing good today, a little sore, but not too bad as I made sure to have a very productive stretch session afterward.  (stretching is GOLDEN)

    But on the flip side of challenging myself and pushing myself to do better — because I believe the best competition is myself, no one else — I need to make sure my body can handle the added weights, distances in my runs or speed workouts.  What am I putting into my body to fuel or RE-fuel my energy?
    Our diet, well, if you just type in RECIPES in the search bar you can get a glimpse into our diet, it’s well rounded, not perfect but for the most part, healthy.

    Recently I became really curious if there were certain foods I should make sure were part of my diet as a runner and fitness freak.

    The internet is a gold mine and trash heap all at the same time, so be careful what you read.  Find sources you trust and who are trustworthy.  I love reading FitSugar, Runner’s World, Another Mother Runner, Averie Cooks (GREAT for Vegans and Vegetarian fitness freaks) and Carrots ‘N’ Cake.  These are just a few of the sites I frequent and respect their advice.

    So after reading through my fav sites and gathering info, here is the list of foods I think EVERY aspiring runner, fitness freak or athlete should have in their diet:

    Eggs: Their type of protein is easier for your body to absorb.  It’s good for your bones, protects your heart, fights inflammation.  Our family goes through an embarrassing amount each week.  For the full article go HERE.

    Quinoa (keen-wa):  It’s a complex carb, along with oats, that your body slowly absorbs giving it a steady flow of energy to pull from.

    Bananas:  A no-brainer!  It’s everyone’s after workout go to (or even before).  A wonderful supply of potassium and replenishing properties.  It’s full of manganese, amino acids, sugar and carbohydrates.

    Beans:  We all know they serve us and the world in many ways, but for health’s sake let’s stick to their benefits :)   They are fiber and protein!  They help build up your muscle, too.

    Low-Starch Veggies:  Carrots, celery, cabbage, broccoli, onions (we eat all of these faithfully)

    Pasta/Rice: Carbs, much needed but only within your carb-burning bracket.

    There are more foods to add to this list, but these are the basics, check your fridge and cupboards, if you don’t have any of these wonderful yummies, get to the store — stat!

    Please, make sure you’re eating what you need, don’t over do it, most of us are NOT elite runners so we don’t need to eat like they do. (count your calories and carbs)

    Check this out:  “It takes only 100 extra calories a day to gain 10 pounds in a year.”  — Runner’s World

    22 Mar 2012, 11:58am
    by Carissa Jackson


    Oh, the love of food! Here are the usual items in my diet–

    Breakfast: Eggs or Nuts (almonds and cashews in particular) and a Fruit

    Snacks: I only snack on Fruits/Veggies (Apples, Pears, Carrots, grapes, etc). Ok so I eat more fruits than veggies :( *Keep in mind I snack at least 3 times a day but ONLY fruits/Veggies. This is a BIG change from a couple of months ago (TONS of unhealthy items like cookies, cheese its, etc)

    Lunch/Dinner: I eat quite a bit of chicken and shrimp. Ground beef only once a week.

    My splurge: a SMALL/TINY bowl of Rocky Road every now and then.

    My weakness: DIET DR. PEPPER!!!! I’m trying SO badly to get rid of these. I now only drink 1/2 can during my lunch. I’ve upped my water intake/crystal light drinks but this has been a REAL work in progress.

    For example, last night’s dinner included: Lemon grilled chicken, steamed red potatoes and green beans sauteed on the grill.

    I do try to count calories. I know my ballpark amount and definitely know when I’ve had too many “carby” foods without burning them off.

    Don’t get me wrong. We still eat out on “date night” during the weekends but I make a conscious effort to pick healthier items. Everything is in moderation. I’m happy to say we cook at least 5 days a week in our home. I definitely wish to do more research on what I lack in my diet and how I can improve it!

    Thanks Misha for the advice/help!

    22 Mar 2012, 1:25pm
    by Mommy Hobbies


    Hey, don’t beat yourself up over the diet Dr Pepper. Trust me. Soon, your body will tell you that you don’t want it anymore. I was addicted to chicken strips for years, YEARS, it was the only thing I would order whenever we went to a place they were served. now, I couldn’t bear to order them because I know what they do to my body. I’m not saying I don’t crave them or wouldn’t sneak a bite if I could, but my body has turned itself off to it. But I wasn’t making like a HUGE effort to stop, it came naturally. So, take your time. And it looks like your diet is taking a turn for the better! Your body thanks you :)


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