Nutrition Tips

By Bob Crook
Remember the days of eating nothing but chips, packaged ramen noodles and doughnuts with an occasional vegetable for good measure? Maybe it was in college. As we get older, many people consider adjusting their eating habits. 
Now many people talk in terms of low carb, whole foods, Mediterranean, Paleo, Vegan and plant-based. Then there are others who eat gluten or dairy free because of food allergies or sensitivities.With so many different regimes to choose from here are some things that successful diets from around the world have in common. On top of all this, it’s important to stay hydrated. 
There’s a lot to consider when it comes to nutrition when training and completing a fitness event. As I prepare for the Jack’s Abby United Way 5k and the Reindeer Run, these are just some of the things I’m thinking about. 
At the end of the day, there are many philosophies about nutrition as part of a balanced program for exercise and overall wellbeing. Everyone needs to find a plan that works best for them. Talk with your doctor or nutritionist (through your health plan if available) about what’s best for you. Stick with your plan, but also be forgiving with yourself. Best of luck and remember to treat your food like medicine.