The problem with just about anything is that we all take it to extremes. And we're all in such a hurry that we don't fix food properly.
We all need to look at the labels of any packaged product we consume. They are loaded with all sorts of stuff that's not good.
Our body was intended to eat whole, natural foods with no added chemicals. Period.
In today's "busy" society, people are killing themselves with their diets. All the running in the world won't save you if you feed your body with garbage.
Sorry for the preachy tone here but if you're on this site, you are serious about your running & health so nutrition is extremely important.
If you have blood sugar problems, too many carbs will be your nemesis. 60% simple carbs is horrible. But good luck finding wholesome complex carbs in the aisles of the grocery store. You have to go to the produce section - vegetables are complex carbs.
True whole grains are complex carbs but have you ever seen a whole grain? Try Ezekiel bread. "Whole Wheat" bread is not whole grain.
99% of pasta is not whole grain. It's dried refined white flour sticks.
Basically, any type of refined grain product is not very good for you. The refining destroys all the good parts of the whole grain.
My wife lost 50 lbs and I've lost 20 lbs by cutting out refined carbs (except for our sweet tooth habit!)
We don't drink enough water during the day, especially early in the day when we need it desperately. Coffee doesn't count. You need a low-sugar water-based drink early in the day. A small glass of processed orange juice isn't that good, either. We like diet V8 Splash.
Also, portion size these days is disgusting. You have to eat the correct amount of total calories your body needs. This web site has great calorie calculators.
Finally, the time of day you eat is also very important. If you eat a full meal and go to bed within a few hours, your metabolism will not fully process the food and it will likely be stored in places you don't like.
We try to eat at least 5 hours prior to bedtime.
Take a look at anything resembling a Mediterranean-style diet and you'll be on a good track. Hampton's diet book is pretty good, too.
Nancy Clark is mostly good but she doesn't address blood sugar issues very well.
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