If you are like me you might have foods that you absolutely love, and unfortunately those foods are rarely the healthy ones. I have a list of foods that are terrible for you that I love: Ice Cream, French Fries, Fried Chicken, Pizza, Cheeseburgers, and COOKIES. When I was a student at South Dakota State University often times the foods I loved won out over the foods I should be eating. Combined with really poor lifestyle choices the results were pretty dangerous. When I left school I weighed 305 pounds and seriously needed to get control of my bad habits.
Working at a specialty running outfitter it should be obvious that I strongly believe in healthy activity. Unfortunately, to lead a healthy lifestyle I needed to gain control of my eating habits in conjunction with participating in the healthy activities I now promote. For me when I combined both healthy activity and healthy eating my body began to change and I found myself with more energy than I previously thought possible. That is the driving force behind my weight loss story.
I want everyone to understand that I’m not just a guy that was unhealthy and then lost a bunch of weight. I continue to go up and down in weight, from year-to-year. I didn’t lose all of my weight in a short amount of time, and as I’ve added a few pounds on again it also didn’t happen overnight. Making healthy choices and leading an active life style is a life long endeavor, not just a passing moment.
Here are some healthy eating tips that changed the way I look and feel.
· Embrace the joy of fresh fruits and vegetables (I like apples, bananas, sweet peppers, snap peas, and broccoli)
· Avoid fried food as much as possible
· Don’t drink soda
· Water is amazing, odds are you need to drink more than you think
· Eat sweets in extreme moderation
· Lean proteins like chicken, fish, and turkey are wonderful
· Stick to whole grain breads if at all possible
What are some things that work for you as a runner? Do you change your eating habits in preparation for a race? Share your thoughts with the community in the comments section of the blog.