I hate the word diet. A lot. In the actual, true meaning of the word, diet means the foods that an organism typically eats. That definition doesn’t bother me. It’s the meaning that has morphed after years of science, experts, and industry have told us what to eat. I’m not cool with that. I’ve shared that I’ve completed a Whole 30, and I fully admit that some may consider that a diet. I don’t. I consider that deliberate, clean, mindful eating with a set time frame and a set purpose. Often the purpose has nothing to do with weight loss, although weight loss can happen as a natural byproduct. I think we as a society have so greatly screwed up our eating habits, and intuitive eating patterns, in order to lose weight that we no longer recognize real food and are scared to actually eat real food (the curious case of margin vs. butter, anyone?). When people are afraid to eat avocados, grassfed butter, or watermelon, but will pay through the nose to nosh on packaged protein bars, or fat-free, sugar-free, low-calorie yogurt, that’s a society messed up about their eating habits.
Eat REAL FOOD. It’s that simple. Not food that was created by a factory, or full of chemicals to help it last longer on a shelf. REAL FOOD. I think the prospect of replacing convenient foods with real foods can be scaring for many people, often because they are uncomfortable in the kitchen. They don’t know where to begin, what to buy, or how to cook all the real food they bring home from the grocery store. That’s why I love cookbooks. I have quite the collection of healthy cookbooks and I love reading them and gathering ideas and information, not to mention practicing some recipes in the kitchen.
One of my favorites is Run Fast. Eat Slow. by Shalane Flanagan and Elyse Kopecky. Shalane (If you don’t know) is an Olympic athlete, winner of the 2017 New York City marathon, and an American record holder. She and her former teammate Elyse joined together to create nourishing recipes for athletes and active people alike. Run Fast Eat Slow demonstrates my same ideas of eating real, nourshing, healthy food, that tastes amazing, but fuels your body. I love that they don’t eliminate a macronutrient (read more about macronutrients here) and don’t count calories, points or fat grams. The recipes are REAL FOOD. And they’re delicious. In fact, the the theme the authors promote is “indulgent nourishment,” which is exactly how we should be eating. So grab Run Fast. Eat Slow. and try one of my favorite recipes!
Can’t Beet Me Smoothie
I love this recipe! It’s super simple, and full of fantastic nutrition to help with running performance and recovery. Don’t let the beets throw you, you cannot taste the beets at all! In fact, if you hate beets, this is a great recipe to get the nutritional benefits of beets!
Sweet Potato Breakfast Cookies
Like the name implies, these cookies are great for breakfast, or a pre-run snack. Made with sweet potatoes and oats, they’re a great source of complex carbohydrates. My kids love them too!
Recovery Quinoa Salad
I eat this salad at least once a week, and to be honest, I’d probably try and eat this salad everyday if I could. I sub out the kale and use a combo of romain, spinach, and arugula. This salad, true to its name, is full of so many delicious nutritious foods, it’s the perfect meal after a hard workout or a long run!
Ginger Molasses Granola
If you’re not making your own granola yet, this recipe will make you a convert. I love the deep, rich flavors that the molasses gives; beats the store-bought, sugary stuff any day! It’s fantastic on top of whole milk yogurt with fresh berries.
Flu-Fighter Chicken and Rice Stew
Chicken soup is a wintertime staple at my house, and this is a perfect comfort food. The nutrients from the broth and hefty load of veggies are a superhero, whether your fighting a cold or recovery from a cold, winter’s run, this soup hits the spot! Stop dieting and start fueling your body with yummy, nutritious food!
Grab a copy of Run Fast. Eat Slow. and start cooking!