What I Eat to stay healthy and fuel my running


Tuesday- 7 miles, mile repeats on treadmill

Yesterday’s workout definitely made up for Monday’s failed attempt.

2 miles w/u

3x 1 mile @ 8:34 pace(7mph)

.5 mile cool down in between each mile

1 mile cool down

I was definitely tired at the end and was really red faced. I can tell a lot about how hard a run was or how much effort I put forth but how red my face is. This picture is before my run to show my new Nike dri-fit tee I got from Easter, love it!

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The rest of the week is supposed to be kind of crummy weather, so J and I headed to the duck pond to feed some ducks. We invited my friend Vanessa along too. The kids had fun chasing after the poor ducks ha

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Tips to Eating Healthy w/o starving yourself

A lot of people ask me what I eat on a regular basis or what some of my favorite healthy snacks are. I wanted to share with you what I eat on a typical day. I don’t usually like posting a lot about this because I think everyone is different and you’ve gotta find what works for you and your body. Again, this is a typical day, I do have splurge or off days(weeks) ha but this is what I try and stick to on a regular basis.

I do not believe in restricting any food category. I think it’s important to have a well-balanced diet that you can maintain as a lifestyle.

For breakfast I try and eat a protein with a fruit. Eggs and oranges was yesterday, but you can have Geek yogurt with fruit, boiled eggs with strawberries, oatmeal with bananas, banana and peanut butter on whole wheat toast are a few options. I try and stay clear of cereal since it doesn’t really fill me up(I do love cereal so I’ll eat it as snack after dinner sometimes=))

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2-3 hours after breakfast I’ll have a snack. Yesterday was a spinach, yogurt, orange, banana smoothie because I knew I was going to want something cool and refreshing after my run. Often it’s a Lara bar with a water bottle because I’m rushing to get out the door and get our errands done before nap time.  Other options: string cheese and pretzels, yogurt, or an apple with peanut butter.

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Lunch is often leftovers 3 hours from having my snack. I hate wasting money, so I tend to eat a lot of leftovers. If we don’t have any, I’ll have a turkey  sandwich with avocados(they make everything better). Having a plan for lunch is best for me, if I don’t I just snack on junk. Have a plan!

Leftover enchiladas with fresh tomatoes and honey dew

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I’ll eat another snack around 3pm. Ever tried these? They are soo good.

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Dinner is at 5:30 and I try and make healthy dinners and I always have a salad and/or fruit as an optional side. I try and have large portions of those and a smaller main course. Last night was fish fillet burgers, sweet potato fries, and honey dew.

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I always have a sweet treat after dinner and then I close the kitchen after 8pm. I don’t always abide by that rule, but Josh and I both feel better if we stop eating at about 8pm.

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Times above handful by 3=)

Obviously some days are better than others, but I try really hard to live by the 80/20 rule where I eat really good 80% of the time and whatever I want the other 20% of the time. I think it’s important to be true to yourself about how much or often you eat certain foods. Try writing down what you eat in a journal for a week to see really what you’re putting into your body.

Another tip that I didn’t mention, drink water with every meal. I’m not awesome at this, but I do drink water throughout the day and with every meal. I rarely have juice and can’t remember the last time I had soda.

If you have any questions feel free to comment or email under my ‘contact’ page.

what are some healthy tips you live by?


About Sugar Plum Runner

Welcome to the Sugar Plum Runner! I grew up in WA state, but currently reside in UT with my husband Josh, son Jackson, and 2 daughters Lily and Claire. I love running, but I have never been so inspired to run, race, and blog about it since 4 years ago after I had Jackson. I grew up playing soccer and cheered in high school. My favorite part of both sports(and yes I consider cheer leading a sport) was the conditioning. I found myself running after practice was over on my own. That's when I realized that running may be the sport I really loved.
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7 Responses to What I Eat to stay healthy and fuel my running

  1. absgoldberg says:

    I like to make a majority if not all the liquid I drink in a day water, coffee is usually my only exception. Personally I would rather have something like chocolate then drink my treat calories. I get so red in the face after my workouts especially after speed work workouts, people probably think I’m about to pass out but I just get red really easily.

  2. jumpeatrun says:

    I love those eggs 🙂 Lots of healthy things going on there and I like the variety. Leftovers are the best, right?!

  3. Yes!! I drink lots and lots of water. I keep a huge jug at my desk.

    WAY TO GO on that run!!!!

  4. Great tips! I try to have a source of protein, a carb, a veggie, a healthy fat, and usually a fruit at every meal. I found this works for me and gives my body the nutrients it needs.

  5. Yum! Sounds great to me. We have very similar eating habits. I have slowed down a ton on snacking between meals since I am not in training right now. But if I am then I’m eating every 2-3 hours for sure.

  6. Yes! Huge water drinker! Sometimes at work I forget though (because I work in a lab and no food or drink is allowed). When I notice I’m forgetting a lot, I put a check mark on my whiteoff board every time I finish a glass and tell myself I need to have x check marks by the end of the day haha.

  7. Runner Girl Eats says:

    My favorite health tips are make more food than you buy, never deprive yourself of something (you will just want to eat more of it), and dont drink your calories. Those are the biggest tips that I offer people when they ask how to clean up their diets.

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