Clean Eating – The Dirty Secrets

Having had my running Instagram account for almost 18 months, at this time of year i do see a lot of people jumping onto the latest fads and crazes for health and fitness.

I like to call it Faduary. The month of fads.

So many have had the new year resolutions, of which so many have now gone. They feel like failures and will wait for the next years resolutions to start over again.

Some will persist and have great success.

What’s the difference? In my opinion, attitude and determination to succeed.

One of the fads that has been sweeping Social Media for a while now, is Clean Eating. There was a documentary on BBC2 this week, called Clean eating – the Dirty secrets. The quote for the program was:

If you’ve ever longed to see a dollop of strong science ladled over food fads, this is for you. Cambridge biologist Dr Giles Yeo looks at the idea – spread via cookbooks and social media – that we can eat ourselves well; that if we give up gluten or dairy or processed foods (or all the above) we can purify ourselves, avoid disease and run a spiffing Instagram account.

Well, being curious, i had to watch the program, which is a rarity for me as i watch so little TV.

Having seen the program, there is very much a dark side, as with many fads that some people want to exploit.

According to the show, i am clearly a “Dirty” eater. I eat all the wrong foods. maybe that would explain that up to now, my Instagram account has not taken off as much as other runners like me? The presenter of the show was running an Instagram account for the show about clean eating and when he posted a picture of a meat sandwich he lost about 20% of his followers!

My weekly food intake is mainly Porridge, Pizza and Pasta. With the odd Chinese takeaway, Macdonalds and Subway.

Does that make me a bad boy? Well according to the advocates of clean eating, i must be a VERY bad boy!

When it comes to eating, i believe if you have a good balanced diet, eat moderately and more importantly, enjoy what we eat, that is all we need to do.

If you also want to read more about the show, there is a review here in The Telegraph.

Speaking of fads. Anyone remember step aerobics classes from the 80’s? Well, the latest fad is called Barre. This is one used for Ballet classes and getting lots of social media exposure now in that it can help build your core and is apparently excellent for marathon training.

Anyone reading this tried a Barre class for marathon training?

Would love to hear from anyone on your views about Clean eating, Barre or any other innovation that can help us all.

Spreading some festive cheer

For those of you who have been religiously following my blog, not just on Sundays or Bank Holidays, will know that 2016 has been my first full year of running.

I started my marathon training back in January this year for my first ever marathon which was Brighton Marathon in April and my second marathon was Frankfurt Marathon at end of October, where i achieved a qualifying time for London 2018 and I’ve been told should also qualify me for Boston Marathon 2018.

For someone who has never really ran and was utterly hopeless at sports at school, i feel it is an amazing achievement and one that can be achieved by most people, if they want to.

To help celebrate such an amazing year of running, i put together this Christmas running song below with the help of my bro and nephew. All the items listed are what i actually use for my races and training.

I hope you enjoy and share amongst your friends and i look forward to another amazing running year in 2017!