I've been eating clean for quite some time. My son started getting migraines when he was 5 years old - I started reading and researching and we started by throwing out anything with food dyes. This gradually led to eliminating anything with preservatives added and finally to only buying food with 5 (pronouncable) ingredients or less. (He is now 20 and migraine free for 10 years! unless related to flourescent lighting). I think the hardest part in getting started is realizing that more planning is required, it so easy to rely on packaged convenience foods. I''ve also had to learn that just because something is made from whole grains doesn't give me license to ignore the portion size/calories. Grains are hardest for me to limit. I stick mostly with air-popped corn, sprouted muffins and oatmeal. I've found that if I eat enough protein throughout the day (really hard for me) then I don't miss the grains as much. I love the tracker and use it faithfully, what an eye-opener!
“Let your food be your medicine, and your medicine be your food.” Hippocrates
It is easier than we think, the hard part is breaking the old habits. I just love that tracker, I add my own things in there, everyone has their faves. If I find somethng that I think has inaccurate nutritional data, I look it up, and add a new version if neccesary.
The 'servings' recommended for the average Joe, are really small...LOL 1/3 cup of brown rice is a serving, so yepper it adds up quick. Even for Jenn's needs, being a runner, it is totally doable. Oh, how I miss my grains! I cannot control my weight if I eat grains/starches daily...wahhh. I have them once in a while, mostly in the form of air popped popcorn.
Joyfull711 - you bring up a very good point. I just checked my nutritional balance for yesterday - which was a totally clean eating day :) I had 52% carb intake and 25% protein intake. I ate muesli for breakfast, oatmeal as snack, 1/2 sweet potato at lunch, a one slice of whole wheat bread with my salad and lentil soup. It can be done :)
Try using the nutrition tracker, yesterday I had 40% carbs and I did not eat any grains or starches at all, (no sugar either) if I threw in a cup of brown rice, it would have been over 50%. I have been amazed by the things that I learned using that thing!
It should be quite easy to meet your nutritional needs, and BTW whole wheat pasta is clean, they even have one that has nothing but whole wheat, no salt, not 'enriched', I found it at Walmart of all places, go figure. Reading labels is like treasure hunting...LOL
You will have much more energy and a clearer head if you even partially clean up your nutrition.
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Hey, thanks! I'd appreciate that. I was just reading a little tid-bit on it at Runner's World and it says we're supposed to eat 50% carb, 25% protein and 25% fat. Carbs are easy to come by, even good carbs, but 50% is still a lot of carbs without venturing into the processed food category.
Hey Jenn! I ran into the same problem last year as well. I ran my fourth marathon while trying to keep to a clean diet. In all of my years of distance sports - the experts always recommend that you consume simple carbs to give you quick energy. With the exception of fresh fruit - I believe Clean Eating tells us to stay away from simple carbs. What did I do? Well - I gave myself some room for exceptions without going overboard. For my energy gel- I used Cliff Shots (I believe this is the name) they are all natural - use rice syrup for the sugar instead of corn syrup- and they sat better in my stomach. I allowed a spagetti dinner the night before my long run and pancakes after a long run ( though I did not add the bacon and sausage to go along with this). There is an endurance athlete out there that is vegan and he wrote a book on his nutrition and experience as a vegan - "Thrive: The Vegan Nutrition Guide to Optimal Performance in Sports and Life" Brendan Brazier. I have the running diet book you mentioned, but I have not read it yet. Let me look it over and drop you a note tomorrow.
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Crawling is the best way Jenn!! I dove in way too fast when I started. So happy to see you on this thread. Seriously it's what makes me feel amazing!!!! When I slip back into my life all the processed food, I have no energy, don't enjoy life like I should be!!!
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Hi. I'm Jenn. I'm a 31 year old wife, mother of two, and runner. My children are 4 years and 10 months. My husband and I have been married for almost 6 years. I am tired of my life on junk food and sugary snacks. I'm tired of feeling tired all the time, and not having the focus I need to complete the things I want to complete. I'm tired of not feeling like my body can keep up with my ambitions. I have a HUGE list of races I want to run this year (8 half marathons and 3 marathons) and I know I won't be able to do them with any strength and determination if I don't fuel my body properly.
I am considering looking into the book "The Runner's Diet" offered by Runner's World to see if it's an Eating Clean type of lifestyle. The thing I worry about is being able to properly adopt a clean eating lifestyle while being a long distance runner. I thrive on pasta! I use whole wheat pasta 99% of the time b/c I think it tastes better, but I don't know yet if pasta is an allowed food. There are so many things I don't know.
Any pointers you can give me would be greatly appreciated! I'm kind of starting today... I'm going to force myself to eat my fruits and other "real foods" before I eat anything else in hopes that I'll fill up enough to not eat all the processed garbage. I think my biggest hurdle will be the sugar addiction.
thanks for having this team. I think I'll really need it.
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