Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Being better about nutrition & changing it up!

Hello! Hope your week is going well.

Things here are going well. We're getting excited for thanksgiving and I'm getting excited for my first 10k race next week!

I will get to my nutrition tips but first I wanted to discuss what I'm changing up.
I don't think I will continue to do weekly recaps, I am not good about remembering to do them and I think it would be best if I just made posts about key runs/workouts as they happen instead of stuffing them all into one big post and forgetting certain details.

Anywho, the nutrition thing.

I fell off the healthy eating wagon. hard. I love to snack and I'm a bit of a grazer and eat just about what I want when I want and I've noticed it affecting my running.

You get out what you put in and I've been putting in a lot of crap and getting out a lot of...well, you get the point.

But, I am back on the wagon and excited to stick to it. So, here are some tips to getting back on track.

-Figure out where you are lacking the most and focus finding fixes there first.
For me this is eating fruit, I just don't eat it. I don't know why but I never crave fruit so I don't buy it. Over the past 2 weeks I've been figuring out which fruits I really really like and I've been introducing them to my daily snacks. This week has included pineapple and papaya!

-Plan some meals ahead of time and stick to it!
For me, if I'm running late and don't have something planned its pizza. So, I've been trying to plan ahead, not meal-prepping(I'm not that organized) but I will think about it the day before or in the morning and that way I'll be ready when I get home. This means big yummy salads, pheasant noodle soup, and enough leftovers to have lunches for the next day.

-Indulge a little, but don't go overboard.
If I don't have something I love like, gummy worms or heath bars, every once in awhile I will go crazy and eat them every day. So go ahead have a treat, but remember it's just a treat and once you're done, get right back to the good, healthy stuff!

-Eat protein
Protein help keep you fuller longer and it helps your body get stronger so don't leave it out. For me I struggle sometimes with this so I try to find some good alternative to just eating meat(although I love meat). I like Greek yogurt as a protein filled snack, or add some granola and honey and I'll have it as my breakfast!

I hope these tips help, they have helped me get back on track and my runs have been feeling a lot better because of it. I feel like I am more properly fueled for my runs and that my recovery is a bit quicker.

Also, here's a picture of Jetty, just cause.

What helps you stay on track?

What's your favorite fruit?

How has your running been lately?


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