Healthy Lifestyle (By Chara) Pt. 2

Yesterday Chara shared her exercise and half-marathon training plan. To see that post click here. But we all know that exercise is only part of the equation for a healthy lifestyle. So today Chara is going to sharing about her diet. I don’t mean diet as in what she refrains from eating to lost weight, but as in what she puts into her body to sustain it to do awesome stuff like this:

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What kind of ‘diet’ do you do?

A program called Whole30 outlines what I consider to be an ideal diet: (in a nutshell, you don’t eat anything processed, no added sugar, no grains, dairy, legumes, or alcohol). That being said, I have never gone more than 11 days eating strictly according to that. In a perfect world, this is how I’d eat.

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In the real world, I avoid dairy because I don’t digest it well. I rarely eat bread or pasta, and I try and have at least two veggies with each meal (it rarely happens with breakfast, but I try). I generally don’t snack between meals. I use coconut oil or ghee (clarified butter) as my cooking fat. I only drink water.

Occasionally, I eat fast food (Culver’s – YUM). We have pizza a couple of times a month. I eat dessert probably more than I should. If my husband brings home donuts, I will shamelessly eat 3 of them. Basically, my eating habits are not perfect. I am much more diligent about what I eat before I run, because stomach cramps/gas/indigestion during a run is no fun (and neither is pooping in the woods; or pooping in your pants [sadly, I speak from experience]).

I also use a supplement called Ningxia Red. From the Young Living website: “NingXia Red® combines the extraordinary wolfberry superfruit with pure Orange, Yuzu, Lemon, and Tangerine essential oils, along with blueberry, aronia, cherry, pomegranate, and plum juices to deliver a whole-body nutrient infusion. This powerful formula includes wolfberry, which is touted for its health-supporting benefits, while ongoing research continues to reveal exciting new properties on this ingredient. Enjoy NingXia Red daily to energize, fortify, and revitalize the body and support overall health and wellness, from head to toe.” I drink 2 oz every morning and after every run.

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Food (grocery shopping, prep, etc):

I do the majority of my grocery shopping at Aldi. I grocery shop once a week, and I make sure to buy veggies and fruit that are on sale/in season. I’m blessed with a husband who hunts, so we have a freezer full of venison, turkey, and duck, and I don’t have to buy a lot of meat.

At the beginning of the week I hard boil a dozen eggs. They are great to pack in lunches or just grab when you’re hungry.

I try to wash and cut up veggies as soon as coming home from the store. I’m more likely to eat veggies if they’re easily accessible and ready to eat. My favorites are carrots, cucumbers, celery, sweet bell peppers, sugar snap peas, cherry tomatoes, and cauliflower.

I always have baby spinach on hand. Throw in whatever veggies are cut up, a hard-boiled egg, and you have an easy salad.

I buy a lot of potatoes. They are inexpensive and nutritious (as long as you’re not frying them or drowning them in cheese).

Almost every night, I bake a sweet potato in my toaster oven. I LOVE baked sweet potatoes. I either eat it for breakfast or lunch the next day, topped with coconut oil and cinnamon. SO GOOD.


Is it more expensive to eat healthy?

Not really. Junk food is expensive! If you regularly buy chips, cookies, soda, etc., you’ll be amazed at the difference in your grocery bill if you cut those things out! A bag of Doritos is $4 at Walmart. I can get fresh broccoli crowns, a cabbage, a sweet potato, and a grapefruit for $4 at Aldi!


Where do you get meal inspiration and recipes?


My go to recipe is oven roasted vegetables (my favorites are broccoli, carrots, or cabbage). Preheat oven to 400. Cut up veggie of choice, place on cookie sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and seasoning of choice (I use either a combo of garlic salt/garlic powder/onion powder or just straight up seasoning salt). Bake for 20 minutes or until veggies reach desired tenderness.

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Is your husband doing the meals with you?

For the most part, my husband eats the way I do. The only difference is he eats a LOT of dairy, and still drinks soda and coffee. He is extremely supportive of me, and keeps me on track.

How do you deal with cravings?

I struggle the most with cravings after dinner. I get bored and I just like to munch on something. What I’ve found works for me is distraction. I’ll drink a glass of water, go for a walk, or make a phone call. I’ve also found that putting grapefruit essential oil on my wrists assists me in resisting cravings.



Chara, thank you SO much for sharing all this! If you have any questions for Chara, feel free to direct them to me and I will pass them along, or you can follow her on Instagram at @chararuns.

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