My Epiphany

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I’ve had an epiphany. I should eat better. Okay – I know that’s nothing new, I’m sure I read articles almost daily everywhere I go on eating healthy. But the other day, I read an article on the blog Run to the Finish called Get lean, get fast and stay strong.  It was an article about fueling your body and eating right as a runner. Again, I know that’s nothing new, but there was a sentence in the post that finally hit home with me. She said “You’d never buy cheap running shoes; why put fake, low cost food into your body.” And then I thought about how silly I’ve been all this time. I’ve been telling myself (and frankly anyone who comments on my eating habits) that I like eating and that’s why I run. That it’s no big deal for me to eat cupcakes and burgers and poutine (fries, cheese curds, gravy – enough said). However, I will only wear Mizuno running shoes ($150), I favor Lululemon tights ($100) to run in and I can’t go anywhere without my Garmin GPS watch, but I’ll fuel my body with sugary treats, fatty foods and often skip the fruits and vegetables. Where is the sense in that?

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It reminds me of when I started running. Up until I started running, I didn’t work out. I didn’t enjoy working out and I teased my friends who did work out. However, when I got to around 36 or 37, I noticed a few pounds creeping on and I figured that it was now or never. Either I got into shape before I hit forty or I might never do it. I chose running. Of course, I hated it at first, but I stuck it with it and slowly, very slowly, I started to like it. Then I wished I had started sooner – all those years of running I’d missed out on. Now my running shoes go almost everywhere I do – you never know when an opportunity to run will arise.

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That’s a lot of gear!

So what if it’s the same with eating healthy? What if I start to enjoy healthy foods as much as I enjoy a burger and poutine? What if I’ve been missing out all these years because I’m content with what I’ve been doing? I had been making some baby steps (little, itty bitty, tiny baby steps) towards healthiness and I bought a Vitamix (I needed a blender that would make kale perfectly smooth in a smoothie). It was a surprise to me that I found that I like a banana strawberry smoothie as much, if not better than a Blizzard.

Well, Run to the Finish’s article may have just given me the push that I need to make a change.

Please (please, please) comment with your favourite, tried and true recipes for healthy entrees. (Oh, and keep in mind that I’m a newbie to this and it needs to resemble real food – heehee). I know as an over 40 runner, that this will be a benefit to me and I know that my fellow blogger and new mom, Amanda, would also appreciate some new recipes to kick start her trek back into running. Can’t wait to see what you’ve got for us!

Jackie

Jackie

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6 thoughts on “My Epiphany

  1. I just love yummy salads with some sort of protein. I also enjoy baked salmon with roasted veggies!!! I’ve started listing my recipes on my blog, maybe take a peak and see if you like any of them!!! Thanks!!!

  2. I had to give up gluten so this meant I needed to start cooking a whole lot more than I ever did before. When I’m lazy and want easy, I go for an egg and baked potato (sweet potato when I could eat those), I put extra veggies in everything I make – from chili to spaghetti sauce. I “pin” recipes all the time but only if the ingredient list or directions don’t look too intimidating. One of my absolute favorites was some cottage pie I made. It had a butternut squash topping as opposed to mashed potatoes and also had bacon – yum!

  3. I eat LCHF (low carb high fat). My favourite recipe that could be used as an entre is the humble egg muffin. Grease a muffin tray. Line with a piece of ham. Put a few finely chopped spring onion into each muffin cup, a sprinkle of chilli flakes or anything else that takes your fancy. Crack an egg in each cup, sprinkle with grated cheese. Back in a moderate over for 12 to 15 minutes. Simple, hardly any cleaning up and yummy. I take one for my work lunches with salad.

  4. My favourite health recipe that doesn’t taste healthy is Rigatoni with Turkey Sausage and Kale. You remove the Turkey Sausage(8 oz) from the casing and cook in frypan. Add in 4 cups uncooked kale, chopped into bite sized pieces. Cook the kale 3-5 min. Add chicken broth to pan, cover and cook until kale is tender. Mix with cooked rigatoni. Sprinkle each serving lightly with Parmesan Cheese. 1 1/2 cups pasta: 314 cal 9g fat 36 g total carbs 2 g fibre 23 g protein

  5. You had me at poutine… potatoes are my downfall and add cheese curds, gravy, bacon, green onions… sorry. I’ll stop. Ha! FoodGawker.com is great for recipes and you can tailor your search. I know my fitness is tied to what I put in my mouth so this round I’m being conscious and making an effort. Great post, happy running!

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