Sounds a bit like painting by numbers, doesn’t it?
A healthy diet needs to contain adequate amounts of vitamins and minerals, but you might need to make a study of nutrition in order to work out where to find all these good things.
It is especially true for amateur athletes, such as runners, that a healthy diet is one of the essential elements supporting a healthy immune system. When the immune system is less than 100% we are prone to infections.
A key component of a healthy diet is a visit to the ‘fruit and vegetable’ section of your supermarket. While government advice is 5 portions a day, an active sports player or exerciser should be looking at 8 portions a day. That might sound a lot but if it is spread over 3 meals and a couple of snacks, well, that’s only one or two portions each time!
Knowing which fruits and vegetables to choose is the challenge? The secret is to go for as many different colours as you can. It really is a bit like painting by numbers but this simple approach helps to ensure that you have a balance of vitamins, minerals and good plant chemicals such as antioxidants.