What to Skip (and Eat) to Support Your Run
If inflammation woes are affecting your runs, it's time to clean up your diet and start incorporating anti-inflammatory foods. Doing so may make that painful run a thing of a past.
When thinking of what to cut out, registered dietitian, Sports Club/LA trainer, and lifestyle coach Julie Barrett says that processed foods are often the source of inflammation. "[Avoid foods] that come in a package or have ingredients that remind you of high school chemistry," Julie says. Beyond processed foods, clinical and holistic dietitian Esther Blum explains that when carbo-loading before a long run or race, be smart about your choices by avoiding anything that is known to cause stomach or joint pain. "Steer clear of the pro-inflammatory gluten products: wheat, semolina, barley, rye, oats, spelt, and kamut," she says.
Now that you know what not to eat, the good news is there are tons of delicious foods out there to support your running routine and alleviate inflammation. Here's what these experts suggest.