“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” – Jim Rohn
I love food. I’m always hungry (“rungry” more like it). And I’m okay with it. I’ve been a lot better about my nutrition the last couple years than I had been in the past, but lately I’ve really realized how important nutrition is in everything. (Especially running).
I love to grocery shop. Yes, it’s expensive, but taking care of my body is really important to me and I know that starts with food. I’m okay with spending more money on healthy food. And honestly it isn’t that hard to eat healthy on a budget.
I’m a big Trader Joe’s fan and the prices are reasonable. I can spend $35-40 on Sunday and my boyfriend and I will be set for lunches and most of our dinners for the whole week.
- Wheat bread
- Peanut butter
- Brown rice
- Greek yogurt
- Sweet potatoes
- Black beans
- Almond milk
I try to have these items stocked at all times. I can do a lot with it! My typical day starts with either a Greek yogurt with fruit and granola, a green smoothie (almond milk, ice, peanut butter, banana, & spinach), or a piece of peanut butter banana toast. I’ll bring grapes or some sort of fruit and a Lara bar as a mid-morning snack. Lunch varies from salad, to quinoa with veggies, or a veggie burrito bowl (when I leave time to pack my lunch before work). And dinner is veggie stir fry, pasta, etc.
I cook like a vegetarian. Early last summer I tried cutting meat out of my diet at least a couple days a week because I believe it’s better for the planet and better for my body. And it really wasn’t difficult. I’m not a huge meat person in general. Plus I HATE cooking raw meat. It grosses me out. So, when I cook for myself I eat vegetarian at least 5 days a week. I find that when I eat vegetarian I eat a lot more vegetables and I love that. I don’t know if I’ll ever completely cut out meat because I enjoy bacon or a good burger every now and then, but I really feel better without it.
My boyfriend and I like to grocery shop and meal prep together. It takes a lot of time, but we enjoy it. And our bodies thank us for it. Fail to plan, plan to fail. Right?
I eat a lot, but I try to make the best choices I can. I have a big sweet tooth, so I don’t deny myself of that. I think pizza is always a good idea. And I drink wine whenever I want to drink wine. I don’t count calories. It really just comes down to living a balanced life and fueling my body the best way I can.
My best advice? Eat your veggies. Run your miles. And enjoy that damn piece of pizza.