It’s funny, when most people meet me, they think I am a super health freak because of how much I love running. It’s true, I do love running. But I also love pizza, I love rum, I love diet coke, I love all the carbs. So, yes, I have my vices.
But I recognize that you — and I — can’t outrun a bad diet. I’m far from perfect, but I try to achieve a balance that let’s me live life, but also enjoy some of my favorites. Here are my top “health hacks” that get me there:
1. Prioritize packing your lunch for work.
I never, ever eat out for lunch, unless it’s a special work occasion. It’s a waste of calories and money. I always pack a few snacks (almonds, string cheese, baby carrots and apples are my current go-tos!) to keep me out of the candy jar and the “leftovers” table. I pack my lunch the night before, and just grab it from the fridge on the way out the door.
2. Start your day off right.
I know my weekends tend to be a little bit more unhealthy than weekdays. I am more inclined to go meet friends for drinks, dinner and/or parties. I always have a green smoothie (huge handful of spinach, one cup of unsweetened almond milk, a handful of berries, half a frozen banana and a scoop of protein powder) for breakfast after my run. Even if I don’t eat all that healthy for the rest of the day, I know I at least got some fruit, veggies and protein in first thing.
3. Shop at farmers markets.
I know Saturdays are reserved for running, but I try to make it to the farmers market afterwards. When I see where my food came from, and I pay in cash, I am so much more inclined to eat it then if I just buy a bag of apples at the grocery store.