For this first Michigan Runner Girl episode of 2017 — click on the player above to listen — Heather welcomes wellness chef Ali Lopez and dietician nutritionist Miranda Monroe back to the show to talk about a favorite topic for runners: food.

Many of us may be looking to improve upon our eating in the coming year, so we can fuel well and feel great. Heather shares how she’s been spending more time in the kitchen lately, trying out new recipes specifically geared toward an active lifestyle, and Ali and Miranda — both training for the Boston Marathon this April — talk simple, small-step ways we all can improve upon our eating habits and enhance the experience of cooking and preparing meals that in turn help us stay strong and healthy for running.

Roasting a big batch of root veggies on Sunday night can help you be prepared for the week ahead. I recently did this and was so happy to have these veggies on hand for meals throughout the week.

You’ll learn the importance of “starting where you are” and planning ahead (Ali, Miranda and Heather talk quite a bit about the power of a well-stocked pantry, as well as practical ways to make the most of your grocery shopping trips.) They also touch on how to become a mindful eater — and how it makes a big difference in our overall health and well-being. Heather mentions the cookbook she’s enjoying — Run Fast. Eat Slow. by Olympic marathoner Shalane Flanagan and Elyse Kopecky — and some of the recipes she’s been trying out.

Whether you’re feeling on track with your food intake, or wish you could give it a boost, there’s lots to digest (pun intended) and take away in this latest episode.

Interested in connecting with Miranda to learn more about nutrition? A resource that helps people make small changes for healthy habits is her on-line coaching program, REFINE®. Details here »   Also check out her Facebook page, where she recently posted about a session starting Wednesday, January 18. “All the ingredients you need to refine yourself, your habits, and your health to start out 2017 feeling confident and strong.”

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