I feel like everywhere I turn recently I’m hearing about different diets or “eating lifestyles”.
I have to admit before I started running food was…well, just food. I ate what I liked and I didn’t think too much about it other than that. Now I find myself thinking things like: “what’s going to give me the most energy for my long run?”, “what will give me some good post-workout protein?” and “what snack might help avoid muscle soreness and inflammation?”
Now, food is fuel. Food is medicine. And while I am only beginning to understand all there is to learn about nutrition, I find myself really only paying attention to it on a part-time basis and I want to do better than that.
I think I’ve always been a naturally pretty healthy eater, I’ve loved vegetables since I was a kid and never really had much of a sweet tooth. By definition I would be called a “pescetarian” – basically a vegetarian, but I eat seafood.
Recently I’ve been reading a lot about “clean eating” and eating vegan. If you’re not familiar with either of these I’ve provided short explanations below:
Clean Eating: While there’s no hard and fast definition, clean eating is all about consuming only whole foods (think: fruits, vegetables, and whole grains), while avoiding processed and fast foods at all costs. The idea is to promote health and encourage individuals to become aware of what they are eating (not to mention the benefits of lowering sugar, sodium, and artificial ingredient intake). (This explanation was taken from an article on Greatist.com, you can view the article in it’s entirety HERE.)
Vegan: A vegan is someone who, for various reasons, chooses to avoid using or consuming animal products. While vegetarians choose not to use flesh foods, vegans also avoid dairy and eggs. (This definition is from Vegan.org)
While I’m interested in experimenting with both of these, I also know myself well enough to know that I am NOT the type of person that can stick to a strict diet…
…but that doesn’t mean that I can’t start to make small changes and eliminate certain things that aren’t good for me and start working towards a cleaner healthier way of eating.
What I’ve decided to do it keep a food journal. For the next week I am going to be eating as I normally would and writing everything down I eat, noting whether it does or doesn’t fall into the clean eating or vegan category so I can assess where I am starting from.
Example: Coffee – ok, sugar – not clean eating, half & half – not vegan, not clean eating
In 1 week after reviewing where I am now I’ll decide what my next step is and sharing some of the resources that I’ve found helpful so far.
A couple of quick questions:
Do you follow an eating lifestyle? And do you see benefits from it?
Anyone interested in joining me in the food journaling experiment?
Let me know and I’d be happy to link to your posts as well!