As a runner, it’s very easy to fuel up with processed gels, sugary electrolyte replacements, and carb-heavy snacks. Unfortunately, these types of fuel can be loaded with sugar, additives and hydrogenated fats.
Here are 4 ways to clean up your running diet:
Make Your Own
Reduce the amount of pre-packed foods you eat and start to make your own snacks. It’s extremely simple and can be a fun thing for the whole family!
Watch the Salt
While it’s true that you sweat during your run, adding back in too much salt can cause bloating, inflammation and spike your sodium levels. Packaged foods & deli meats are known culprits for sodium overload.
Know the Dirty Dozen
The dirty dozen, or the 12 fruits/veggies listed below test positive to 47 different chemicals when grown non-organic. When possible, it’s ideal to buy these dirty dozen in organic form, since they carry fewer contaminants and less pesticide residue. Buying organic helps you crowd out potentially harmful or less desirable ingredients.
The Dirty Dozen (Buy these organic):
- Domestic Blueberries
- Sweet Bell Peppers
- Spinach, Kale, Collard Greens
- Imported Grapes