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Food Rules

by Meghann on May 25, 2010

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I don’t know why, but for some reason it’s in my head that yogurt is meant to be an afternoon snack. I’m not sure where I came up with that ‘rule’ of sorts, but it crosses my mind every time I’m packing my snacks for the day.

I have other random rules that I tend to follow such as

  • Only one serving of nut butter a day
  • I must eat all my fresh veggies in my fridge before I eat the frozen ones (this is why my freezer is full of year old frozen vegetables)
  • I take equal bites from every section of my plate so that the broccoli gets as much love as the sweet potatoes
  • Anything remotely perishable has to go in the fridge otherwise it’s bad (if I leave ketchup or syrup on the counter overnight then it’s bad – I know, I have problems)

I decided to break the ‘yogurt is only an afternoon snack’ rule this morning and broke into it this morning.


Sometimes ‘rules’ are meant to be broken.


Another random rule? If there are left overs in the fridge- you must eat them up!


I had left overs from Sunday’s Ricotta Cous Cous with Shrimp planned for lunch, but I really wasn’t craving it.   I’m not sure what I wanted, but the cous cous was not striking my fancy. I debated selecting another option for lunch – nut butter and carrot sandwich perhaps? – and was on the verge of grabbing anything else when laziness struck and I stuck with the original plan.

I doctored up the left overs with arugula, raisins, almonds, and a drizzle of raspberry dressing.


The raspberry dressing gave a nice touch of sweetness to the dish. I was happy I stuck with the left overs. )


You Asked… I Answered


Yes, the sports bra dried quickly! As soon as I got on my bike I honestly forgot I had just been in the water. 🙂

I’m planning on doing an olympic distance triathlon next – stay tuned for details!

It is hard to balance tri training, weights and yoga! That’s why I’ve been doing two-a-days; it’s the only way I can fit everything in. I’m not sure how much stronger yoga has made me yet (I’ve only been going three weeks), but I definitely think it has helped relax my body. Each session is like giving my muscles a mini massage. 🙂


I say if you are considering a triathlon then go for it! The biggest piece advice I can give any person would be to focus on the task at hand during the race. For instant during the swim don’t think about the bike and run you still have to do, instead focus on the swim and put all of you effort into that. Once you’re done with the swim then you can start worrying about the bike.

Also, make sure you do a couple of open water swims before hand – swimming in the pool and open water swim are two completely different animals!

I’d say the outfit you wear in general is crucial the day of the race. I did fine in just a sports bra and tri shorts, but one day I hope to get a full tri outfit.


Nope, I never posted my tri-plan. I started creating one, but never followed it! I know – bad, bad blogger! But something life gets in the way and you just do what you can, when you can. I hope to follow a more structured plan for my olympic tri. It’s just hard to come up with a plan that fits in everything that I want.

This is my running ‘off-season’ so I was lowering my mileage dramatically anyways. While training I ran between 15 and 20 miles a week, then added in a couple of cycling classes and swims. I also tried to squeeze in strength training and hot yoga where I could.


Yes, it is common practice to be kicked or shoved during the swim and it sucks. Honestly that’s what always scared me most about the swim part – being knocked out. Fortunately I was prepared and knew it might be coming. I was kicked and immediately took to plan B of waiting 30 seconds to continue on. I may not have been in the front of the pack after that, but not getting knock out was worth the extra time. 🙂

1 Evan Thomas May 25, 2010 at 2:07 pm

I don’t think I could make it through the day with only one serving of nut butter.

I definitely have my quirky rules, too, but they’re all disappearing from my mind! I hate it when all the food isn’t on the table at once, like appetizers at restaurants. And I refuse for my beef to be cooked in any added fat because I swear it changes the flavor.

2 janetha May 25, 2010 at 2:08 pm

rules are definitely made to be broken.. especially when it comes to oikos. so, my roomie is european and she leaves EVERYTHING on the counter. ketchup, half used lemons, bbq sauce, even mayo! it appalls me. reminded me of your last rule.

3 megan May 25, 2010 at 2:12 pm

i’m the same way as you about perishable food. i have a fear of unsafe food, so i’m kind of crazy about it.

4 britchickruns May 25, 2010 at 2:13 pm

Haha, I love your rules! I have some too – I ALWAYS save a ‘final mouthful’ of whatever meal I’m eating, which is always what I think is the best combo of flavours from my plate. Said mouthful gets pushed to the side and saved til last :p it makes food fun!!

5 Marina May 25, 2010 at 2:22 pm

I have so much food rules, I better not start on them, I’m trying to break one at a time.
I should really make some dish with cous cous soon…

6 hundredtenpounds May 25, 2010 at 2:26 pm

I’m the opposite–I feel like yogurt is a morning snack! I rarely eat it any other time besides in the morning.

Next year my goal is to train for a tri. Not sure yet which one!

7 Jenny May 25, 2010 at 2:26 pm

Yogurt is so good, at any time of the day! You should try freezing it and having it for dessert sometime:)

8 Kelly May 25, 2010 at 2:27 pm

I always think of yogurt as a snack food also. And I always save the best thing for last when I’m eating haha.

9 Rebecca May 25, 2010 at 2:28 pm

Hi Meghann, I’ve been reading your blog for several months and you’ve inspired me to start training for my first half marathon! I love your posts, goals, ideas, food, adventures, etc.
I’m wondering what brand of running capris you use and prefer…it’s still a little chilly up in North Carolina and I need something for early morning runs. Thanks so much!

10 Meghann May 26, 2010 at 9:24 am

The only running capris I own are the champion brand from Target and they work fine. 🙂 I’ve heard good thing about the nike brand, but I am very cheap when it comes to buying running clothes for some reason

11 Rebecca May 27, 2010 at 8:52 am

Thanks for your response! You’re right-running clothes can be VERY expensive I’ve come to find out. I’ll look into the Champion Target capris. Thanks again!

12 Katie @ LifeDiscombobulated May 25, 2010 at 2:33 pm

Hi Meghann! Thanks for answering all of those questions! I have one… You said that this is your running “off season”? How many miles do you try to get in each week during your off season? Do you find it hard to start back up once you start training again or has keeping in shape with other activities been enough to make the transition back fairly smooth? Thanks a lot!

13 Meghann May 26, 2010 at 9:26 am

I try to keep it under 20 miles in my ‘off season’ I think I’ve been averaging 15 – 18? I honestly haven’t been keeping track. I think that classifies a running season for me – when I’m not keeping track! 🙂

I still run during my off season to stay in shape and to make it easy to bounce back.

14 Katie @ LifeDiscombobulated May 26, 2010 at 9:50 am

Thanks a lot! I really enjoy how you have found so many new/different activities that you have fun doing! I love running and in my opinion, you just can’t beat it! But sometimes (as in now) I feel like I need a mental break from feeling like I “have to” run. Your mixing it up inspires me daily! 🙂

15 Hayley May 25, 2010 at 2:36 pm

Yogurt is so appealing to me in the morning during hotter weather. It seems thirst-quenching or something. If only I didn’t have lactose intolerance! But, like you, sometimes I break the “rules” and eat it anyway.

16 Bethany May 25, 2010 at 2:37 pm

I love your food rules! I try to take equal bites from everything on my plate too. Otherwise, I’d probably leave all my vegetables until the end, and I don’t want to eat a whole serving at once! And I also try to eat fresh food before the frozen food.

17 Carter May 25, 2010 at 2:47 pm

I LOVE rules:) Your nut butter one sounds so familiar, but I love to break that one. I am convinced the skinny asparagus is better than the fat stalks, so even if the flavor is the EXACT same, I have to have those darn skinny ones.

18 Amy @ Second City Randomness May 25, 2010 at 2:51 pm

I’m really weird about perishable items and leftovers, too. I refuse to let leftovers sit for over 2 days- no matter what it is. Otherwise it’s bad.

And I’m a strict follower of the expiration date on some things, but I’ll drink milk well after because I don’t think it smells bad. Yeah… it’s odd.

19 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday May 25, 2010 at 3:02 pm

I like that yoghurt doesn’t have to be an afternoon snack… or a breakfast food… or a dinner ingredient. It’s all of the above!

20 Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) May 25, 2010 at 3:10 pm

That salad looks scrumptious!

I used to have a lot of food rules, but I’ve been bending them more and more. Now, OCDs on the other hand… lol 😳


21 Melissa Cari May 25, 2010 at 3:15 pm

Thanks for answering my question!! I can’t believe how aggressive a group of girls can be. I think you definitely did the smart thing by staying towards the back. Clearly you made up for it and avoided injury 🙂 I’m still not sure I could do a tri in open water…but I’ve definitely learned to never say never.

22 runningaroundnormal May 25, 2010 at 3:28 pm

haha I guess I have rules, too. Some of mine are the same as yours too. Another one of mine is to get veggies with lunch and dinner and one other time during the day.

23 Erin May 25, 2010 at 3:31 pm

I’m totally with you on the fridge thing. My bread goes straight in there because I go through each loaf SO slowly.

24 Tracey May 25, 2010 at 3:50 pm

I’m the same way with Ketchup and Syrup. If I leave it out overnight it’s bad and I throw it out. Drives my husband crazy!!

I also HAVE to throw out the milk when it reaches the date on the carton, this also drives my husband crazy:)

25 Carolyn @ May 25, 2010 at 3:51 pm

I am SO glad the tri that I am doing has the swim portion in the pool!

26 Brooke May 25, 2010 at 4:26 pm

I love the restaurant Sepia. It was an old printing factory I believe and has now been turned into an incredible restaurant. The Obamas have even mentioned it being a favorite!

27 Erin @ A Girl & Her Mutt May 25, 2010 at 4:43 pm

I’m right there with ya on eating up the fresh goodies before using the frozen ones. I hate for things to go to waste!

28 Katherine: What About Summer? May 25, 2010 at 4:46 pm

it drives me absolutely crazy when my parents don’t eat the leftovers sitting in their fridge! I am all in support of that rule.

Ketchup out overnight? I would throw it away too… do other people not?

29 Lisa @ bakebikeblog May 25, 2010 at 5:50 pm

haha I have strange food rules – or rituals. Take nuts for example – I have to eat them all in order…ie first the peanuts, then the cashews and then the almonds…..strange?!

30 modernation May 25, 2010 at 6:06 pm

I broke your nut butter rule today! 😉

31 Nicole May 25, 2010 at 6:09 pm

I can’t really think of any food rules that I follow! When I was younger I used to eat the outsides of food first and then eat the middle (like bread chicken nuggets), but that was probably more of an OCD thing 😉

32 theprocessofhealing May 25, 2010 at 7:35 pm

Haha I have silly food rules like that too! It’s crazy where we get things sometimes!

33 Julie @ Pickley Pear May 25, 2010 at 8:05 pm

Yogurt is my afternoon snack too. I usually crave something sweet around 2pm at work – yogurt satisfies that. If I eat yogurt in the morning, it does not fill me up till lunch.

Thanks for answering some questions. I am curious about a tri, but at this point am not ready for it. I don’t bike outside yet!!

34 runnerforever May 25, 2010 at 9:11 pm

Isn’t it funny how pretty much everyone seems to come up with different “food rules”. I feel like I always have to have my fruits and veggies before I can move on to sweets.

35 jessica May 25, 2010 at 10:14 pm

Thanks for sharing your “rules”! I have to eat all the broken chips/crackers out of the bag first.

36 Emilyeatsclean May 25, 2010 at 10:54 pm

Isn’t it funny how we all establish our own little funny food rules?!?!

37 May 26, 2010 at 2:53 am

You got the rules down. Eat good, healthy, fresh food and move alot = healthy person. nice blog.
your arugala shrimp salad is crazy nice.

38 britishbride May 26, 2010 at 8:11 am

Now this sort of yummy veggie recipe was why I thought you were veggie. MUST STEAL!



39 britishbride May 26, 2010 at 8:11 am

Sory – I meant to post this under your eggplant recipe! xxx

40 Brittany May 26, 2010 at 9:04 am

Well now that we’re on the topic of Q & A…
I’ve always wondered how you trained your body to run so often! I remember reading in one of your sections at the top that you usually wake up and run somewhere around 5 miles every morning. Whenever I run two consecutive days, I feel like my body is telling me that I’m over working it! I had a lot of trouble dealing with shin splints while training for my first half, and it was horrible!
Anyway, is there any advice you can give for not injuring yourself when running? I’m open to any suggestions! (Other than new running shoes, because I already got those lol)

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