Over the past few weeks, my eating has really not been good. A few weeks ago was my birthday weekend with lots of eating out and cake. After that was the Forth of July with all the picnic foods and desserts. Then there was my daughter's hospitalization. It is so easy for me to fall of the clean eating wagon. When I allow my husband to do the food shopping, he brings home donuts and chips. These things are very hard for me to resist!
Since I fell off my clean eating plan, my running has greatly suffered. I was averaging about 12 minute miles for my shorter run and 13 minute miles for my longer run. During the past few weeks my short runs have been around 14 minute miles and my long runs have been 16 minute miles. Now I know the heat played some roll in this, but the slow down really disturbed me. When we got home from the hospital with my daughter this weekend, I recommitted to my clean eating plan.
Clean eating is when you eat mostly whole foods--foods straight from the earth. These foods have not been processed. This includes whole grains, lean proteins, fresh fruits and veggies. I went to the grocery store yesterday and picked up some much needed clean food. I got cherries, apples, watermelon, carrots, green beans, chicken breast, tea bags, Chobani greek yogurt, eggs, brown rice, some olive oil, and some almonds. I restarted my Shakeology lunches. Shakeology is a clean food, plus I love all the new flavors it comes in. One "non-clean" meal a week is allowed. I am happy as long as 80% of what I eat is clean.
I am now a firm believer that what you eat directly reflects in your performance. Have you ever tried clean eating? Do you think it affected how you run?
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