Couch potato to 5K: week 3

The hunger games

Small portion of food on plate

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) Remember how I said in my first article how this wasn’t about losing weight? Well…

I love food. I have a terrible sweet tooth, I love me some carbs, and I drink a lot of coffee. I’m happy I’m adding exercise to the mix for a healthy lifestyle, but I really need to get my eating back on track and not scarf down everything in my path like a bear coming out of hibernation.

It seems to me that one won’t work without the other. If I don’t fuel my body the right way, I’m not properly prepared to run. And I’m not taking full advantage of the exercise if I sabotage it with a poor diet. And frankly, the more I weigh, the more I have to haul onto the treadmill, youknowwhatImean?

It all comes back to being healthy and feeling good. I want to focus on making good food choices, fueling my body with the right stuff, and watching portion control.

Green smoothie
I swear it’s yummy!

One thing I know I do right is my morning smoothie. It’s like a bright beacon of nutrition shining on my day, no matter what else I eat. Here’s the recipe:

  • 1-2 cups spinach
  • 1 cup frozen fruit
  • ½ cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • ½ banana

Blend it all together and enjoy! It really does taste good. I’ve used spinach and kale and I mix up the frozen fruit depending on what’s available in the store. Add more greens as you get used to the taste and it’s like a salad in a cup! I also like to add a splash of apple cider vinegar for an immunity boost. Little touches like a squeeze of lime or even a few cucumber slices give it a nice, fresh taste.

So there you go, nutrition advice from a sugar-loving foodie wannabe. Bottoms up!


Elissa is the Special Projects and Web Coordinator for Maranda Where You Live and eightWest. She lives in West Michigan with her husband and two children, ages two and four.

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