Now you’re on the path for running fitness, it’s time to get your nutrition plan. This starts before you even go to the store. For the purposes of this blog, I will provide you a quick guide to the paleo diet. This diet consists of fruits, vegetables, lean meats, seafood and healthy oils/fats. The paleo diet does not allow any rice, potatoes, pasta, bread, sodas, chips, crackers or desserts.
Before going to the store, I recommend scheduling out your meals for a week’s time. Here is a sample paleo meal plan. Next, clean out your pantry and refrigerator. You can’t eat healthy if you still have a supply of the bad stuff in your house. Once you’ve completed that, eat before you go to the grocery store. If you are hungry when you go, the chances are high that you will impulse shop for the bad, quick and easy stuff.
Grocery stores are a successful business because they engineer the store for you to buy certain things. But now that you’re a committed runner and nutrition aficionado, you won’t fall into their trap. Shopping paleo is quite simple, just stick to the perimeter of the grocery store. Most stores start out with the produce section, and that’s where you will spend the bulk of your time. Next, move on to the meat and seafood counter. Finally, finish up with the dairy section. Notice how I skipped all the aisles in the middle of the store? It’s full of processed, boxed foods. None of those foods exist within nature. You don’t need any of them to sufficiently fuel your body. There are some exceptions: almond butter, coconut oil, avocado oil, chicken/beef broth, dried herbs/spices and raw honey.
I realize that this is probably far from the way you used to shop, but it will be so worth it. If this is too much of a shock for you, try eliminating those bad foods one at a time. While you’re doing that, try introducing one new vegetable into your diet each week. Remember, we are in the business of continuous progress!