The last week has not been a stellar one for me as far as healthy eating is concerned. A late discovery of never-given-away Christmas chocolate and cookies at work meant I was on an all time sugar high. And sugar, along with caffeine, is my drug. Chocolate, in particular. However, something I have been working on for the past six months, and something I really have vowed to redouble my efforts on for the new year, is healthy eating. In general, though we splurge, we eat fairly healthy, but I really want to go beyond that. I want to eat foods that are natural or contain very few ingredients, I want to put more fruits and vegetables into my body and less processed stuff. Hence fantasies of somehow getting an East Coast Trader Joe's.
And to my first point, I want to reduce my sugar intake. Not just the candy and whatnot ( I don't generally eat that much of it) but also in foods that I generally thought were healthy. I say this because I have a deep and abiding love for Special K Almond Vanilla cereal, which I thought was good for me. Until I realized the third ingredient was sugar. Really, Special K? I knew at 14 grams of sugar, it was fairly high, but seeing that it was the third ingredient really drove it home. So this past weekend, I looked for a new cereal and bought a new steamer basket. When I manage to not give in to the processed stuff for several days, I do feel so much better. I feel lighter and leaner and I have more energy. In addition to that, I also enjoy several cups of green tea throughout the day, which is a nice break from water. I'm also trying to make healthier meals with more natural ingredients and more variety.
Anyways, enough of the bandwagon, I'm trying. Last week though, I didn't try so hard. I had a lot of salt, a lot of sugar and I didn't drink much water. This all seemed to culminate during yesterday's 12-miler when my right hamstring started to cramp. This isn't a problem I normally have, but it hit with a vengeance. Throughout marathon training, I've struggled with tight and sore hamstrings (something that has never affected my running before) but yesterday was awful. I just couldn't stretch it out. Deciding not to be stubborn, and heed E's advice, I called it a day at 10 miles. I think I need a good yoga class to work out these kinks, stat.