Question and Answer Time!

I want to answer questions that you ladies and gents have about running and healthy eating.  I posted this question on Facebook and these are the questions I received with my answers!  Thank you for those that participated!


Question: Heather Maynard Cox What exactly is clean eating?

Answer: Clean foods are natural, free of added sugars, hydrogenated fats, trans-fats and anything else that is unnatural.  Basically, if it doesn’t have ingredients I can pronounce or that I can physically add to something myself.  Also the only sugars I eat are agave nectar, Stevia, real honey, and pure maple syrup.  I find a lot of my recipes from The Gracious Pantry and Clean Eating Magazine.


Question: Angie Lugo Any suggestions for newbies and especially suggestions for quick meals/ snacks for those of us who are cooking challenged?


Answer: I love the Energizing Trail Mix recipe I posted in the past, it’s easy, requires no cooking, you can put it into snack size bags and they will be ready to go.  It makes about 24 to 30 bags if you use 1/4 to 1/3 cup in each bag.  I also love to make quesadillas, I posted a recipe for those a while back as well.  If you look back through my posts, every Tuesday I try to come up with a quick and easy recipe.  I know a lot of people just don’t have the time to cook and that’s why I try to post easy recipes.  It just depends on your level of cooking experience.  Most of the recipes from clean eating sites are fairly easy as long as you can read directions.  What kind of foods do you like to eat?


Question: Carolyn Jordan Barber what is your running schedule. How many days a week do you run and how far?


Answer: I run 3 days per week.  On Mondays I run about 4 to 6 miles with 1 minute increase in speed and 2 min of recovery.  On Wednesdays I run about 4 to 6 miles with some hills, preferably large ones.  On Saturdays, I do my long slow distances, anywhere between 7 and 11 miles.  A lot of my running depends on if I am training for a race or not.  I spend about 18 weeks preparing for a race.  I absolutely love my training schedule and I have a friend/running coach who creates my running plans for me to reduce the risk of injury.  I wouldn’t recommend running anymore than 4 days per week.  Your body needs time to rest.  You can cross train (bike, swim, take group classes, lift weights) on the days you don’t run, that’s what I do!

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