Marathon Training 101: Cleaning Up Your Diet

Marathon Training 101: Cleaning Up Your Diet

Remember the old saying, keep it simple? Well, it's absolutely true!

When it comes to diet, there one simple mantra you should follow:

Avoid fried foods, chips, candy, soft drinks and include vegetables, fruits, whole grains and lean protein.

It's marathon season and, for those of you in training, it's time to start preparing your body and your kitchen for the changes that will take place over the next five months. The most important step is clean-up! Removing all junk foods from your house will ensure you do not mindlessly snack or default to certain foods because you think you're hungry.

1. Clean up

  • Put all of your healthiest foods at eye level, making sure the less healthy foods are harder to reach and out of sight.
  • Remove foods that contain trans fat, artificial sweeteners, high fructose corn syrup, MSG (monosodium glutamate), and which list sugar as the first or second ingredient.
  • Throw out all foods that are expired.
  • Place foods that are not sealed into sealable containers or bags.
  • If you have not eaten it in the past several months, toss it out!

2. Refocus

Now that you have cleaned up, you may be thinking, "Well, now what?"

Here are some staples of a healthy kitchen that you can use in place of your old snacks.

3. Restock

In addition to the foods outlined, using your NutriBullet will require you to have fresh fruits and vegetables on hand. Make sure you stock up on dark leafy greens, frozen bananas, berries, hemp seeds, ginger, chia seeds, cherries, broccoli and your favorite produce. The best part about all of these ingredients is you can prep them and freeze them. Freezing helps preserve nutrient content and allows you to keep produce for a longer time without worrying about it going bad. It's a win-win situation!

Curious about how to prep your food so it's NutriBullet ready? Click here for our Prep Chart!

Making these changes now will give your body a chance to adjust to the new, clean eating and training regimen. Listening to your body and understanding what it needs is crucial for a comfortable run. It's important that you do not change your eating habits a week before the race. Now is the time to make changes, train and pay attention to what your body needs; try new foods now!

4. Get excited

It's easy to fear change and the unknown, but keep in mind this plan will help you feel your best. Even though you'll be running a lot, you may find you are feeling better than you have felt in years! By maintaining a positive outlook and recognizing your accomplishments, your journey to some serious transformation will be nothing short of amazing! Think about the person you'll become by marathon day!

Looking for a recipe? Try this Clean Green Blast that'll help you get on your way toward clean eating!

Registered Dietitian, Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics

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