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A Balanced Diet Is A Cookie In Each Hand

Posted Jul 21 2008 10:18am

Last week when Tom threw out the idea of food, nutrition, and recipes forTake It and Run Thursday, I have to admit that I hesitated a bit about choosing it as the topic.   It's not that I don't believe in food - and even nutritious food - I do! I love to cook and love to eat!  But, I really didn't feel like I was a good person to blog about tips on this topic.

In the spirit of full disclosure, here is one of the signs hanging in my kitchen.   


And it's not just there for decoration, there is a piece of me deep down that really believes it to be true.  Or at least wishes it was true.  Life feels just right when there are many cookies in my life.   I wish the little fat fairy agreed.   She seems to think that a balanced diet doesn't have quite so many cookies in the mix.

But nonetheless, this is a good topic, because it was kick in the pants to take a few minutes to remind myself of what I need to keep working on and go out and collect some good information.   Here are some great articles if you are looking for reminders about nutrition for runners:

And if you are recipe starved and need great sites, here are a few I use on a regular basis. 

And if you are looking for tips and ideas on being a vegetarian or vegan, don't forget to check out the"Vegetarian Runners" Lounge Group.   This is a topic I debate in my head often and didn't know where to start.   When I posed the question to the Group,Christieprovided awonderful list of resources.   Check out thediscussion!

And as for portion control, I have to agree with Tom's post - it still is my biggest challenge after cookies.  I found a good article on on7 ways to control portion size.  I think education of what a portion size actually is helping me the most.

And last but not least, I know the best way for me to remember to give my body the right fuel to keep me running best is to keep the issue in front of me.   I like these widgets as a way to spruce up the Bulletin Board onmy profilebut also remind me every time I visit.

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