One of my main goals to improve my running is by eating more healthy. I am not into junk food at all, but even then I do see a lot of room for improvement with my diet. I know I sometimes over-eat when my most favorite foods are on the table or when I am starving and it is time to eat in general. I am a fast eater and by the time my stomach signals my brain that it is full I already loaded up too much. I am also a big fan of bread. Not that stupid, fad tasting bread from the supermarket, but more the high quality bread you get from a good bakery (in my case: Wholefoods Supermarket). All these things kind of sabotage my running performance a little bit and I want to change it. Having the right tools definitely makes this approach easier.
No, this is not one of those new year’s resolution type of things. It is actually something that I have been working on for a long time – sometimes more, sometimes less, but I now want to increase my effort on that side.
In 2013 I started juicing and to increase the amount of veggies I was eating. This worked out Ok, but I am not persistent enough with it. I am definitely eating more vegetables than before I have a lot of room for improvement. This year I have been cutting back on the amount of coffee that I have been drinking. For one coffee is a drink that contains a lot of acid and the acidity levels in body have reached a level where I could feel it affecting my overall well-being. In addition, when I drank coffee I used Splenda to sweeten the coffee and I think it simply became too much. So, but cutting out coffee from my diet I also completely eliminated artificial sweeteners from my diet. Believe it or not, but there is a life without coffee and it feels good. Occasionally I get a cup of Starbucks coffee (Vanilla Latte is my drink of choice), but I can easily go 4-5 weeks or longer without a single cup of coffee. And if I really need a caffeine fix I switch to Green Tea. Green tea is really good for you as it contains antioxidants that fight the bad stuff in your body – especially helpful for runners actually. I use real honey to sweeten my tea when I have some and honey has quite a few health benefits as well.
This Christmas my wife and my son gave me a present that I always wanted to have. They got me the “Magic Bullet NutriBullet Deluxe” from Costco. I mentioned before that I started juicing in 2013, but I always used a juicer and that thing is just a pain to clean. You need a lot of time and water to get everything prepared and then cleaned up. This really has been an obstacle in my quest to live more healthy. Now with the NutriBullet it becomes so much easier because there are so many less parts to clean. The container you make the juice in is also your drinking cup and so you have to clean only the cup and the blade unit. It cuts down the preparation of a good and healthy juice drink to maybe two to three minutes – including cleanup. I just fixed my first juice using the NutriBullet and man – that was so easy to do – almost unbelievably easy. The Costco Edition of the NutriBullet Deluxe came with some extra cups and a detailed book containing helpful recipes and health tips. So, now I really just need to adjust my shopping list and include more veggies to make good on my effort to live more healthy.
The drink you see on the picture was made from the following ingredients:
– Butter Lettuce
– Apple (with skin)
I had to adjust the recipe a tiny little bit because I have not been to the grocery store just yet since getting the NutriBullet. The apple substituted a pear and I did not have any Ginger in the house which would have been part of this drink. I will test out the different recipes from the recipe book, but also create some of my own recipes (and share them with you as I go).
Juicing is often used to detox the body which is probably a good thing after Christmas. All those holiday treats and feasts leave your body in a less than perfect state and a detox is a good way of cleaning your body from the inside. But what many people forget is that drinking healthy juices should be something you can do all year long. Sure, a detox in itself is good, but most people go back to “normal” afterwards and eat and drink as if nothing ever happened. By adding a healthy drink ones or twice a day you can make your body more healthy, lose weight, and increase your chances of not getting sick (or not sick as often). I am currently training for another marathon and I want to work harder to have a healthy diet to support my physical efforts. So, I am really happy to finally have the Magic Bullet “NutriBullet” Deluxe.
Disclaimer: This article is not medical advice. I did a lot of research for myself and found that juicing on a more regular basis helped me to feel better and to perform better. I am also not sick very often. While this works for me, your own mileage might vary. Please consult with a doctor as needed.