Posted by: Susan Loken | June 6, 2010

Nutrition Pointers

As you know, runners who train smart, eat clean and rest properly are the ones who perform at their best. The right kinds of food and nutrients fuel your body for a better workout.

One trick that can help you to eat better is to write everything down. Anyone who wants to improve how they feel for sports or just everyday life should be keeping a food log. This Web site (click here) is free and will help you keep track of everything. The thing is, you can’t cheat. You have to write everything down. If you slip a food in your mouth while you’re cooking dinner, write it down! Doing this will help you understand what and how we eat, and how we can improve our eating habits.

I’m not a nutritionist, but I do understand the importance of a clean diet – one full of proper nutrients. The foods you eat should consist primarily of lean proteins, unprocessed and high-fiber carbohydrates, as well as unsaturated fats.

Carbohydrates. You should aim for carbs that are high in fiber, have a low glycemic index (less sugar) and that are minimally processed. In other words … fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are better than white bread, bagels and candy.

Protein. Try eating a lot of lean sources of protein like skinless chicken breast, fish, fat free milk, and protein powders.

Fats. Some fats are good. You should try to eat fats that are unsaturated. Fish fat is the best source of fa, and nuts and legumes are also good.

By writing everything down, you’ll become a more mindful eater. You’ll begin to think about everything you put in your mouth and ask yourself, “What is this doing for me?” Is it going straight to my hips? Is it going to repair my muscles? Is it going to give me energy for the day? Is it going to give me a sugar high, just so I come crashing down later?

Remember, just because you run doesn’t mean you can eat what you want. Being a runner means living a balanced, active and healthy lifestyle. Feed your body how it is craving to be fed!

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