Hi!  My name is Chelsea Ochoa and I am in 8th grade at Cabrillo Middle School in Ventura, California.  I have blogged for Youth Runner one time before, and it is so fun sharing my running experiences with other fellow runners!  I am here to talk about something I am really interested in:  Nutrition!  I love eating healthy and I wanted to share some tips and benefits of eating healthy.



My first point is thinking about what the food you eat is going to do for your body.

When you eat something, think about if it’s going to help you in a good way.  If you put in great food it will help you in the long run! (No pun intended!)



My second point is feeling energized and happy. 

When I eat really healthy I don’t feel as tired or exhausted.  I feel very motivated to do my best when I know I have the right things in my body.  You also feel good about yourself which is always a big plus!



To me, eating healthy is eating lots of fruits and vegetables and healthy proteins. 


I choose natural and organic foods when I can, with minimal ingredients that I know are good for me and that I recognize.  If there are random chemicals with names you can’t pronounce, it’s probably not good for you. I avoid fried, greasy foods, also.



Eating clean can help with lots of different things like reducing risk for heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. 

Eating healthy can help you when you’re a teenager like helping with acne and breakouts.  It also helps with having strong muscles, bones, and teeth!



Some things I eat on a meet day are: 



Apples, carrots with hummus, a Clif bar (my favorite is the oatmeal raisin walnut), and my signature race day sandwich, a turkey with Havarti cheese and lettuce on Dave’s Killer bread! 



Between events I think about when to eat so I can have fuel for my races without being overly full.  I avoid sugar days before my race so that I don’t feel bad in my race, and after I’m done it is like a reward.  The nights before my meets, I like to eat some sort of pasta which can be accommodated to the weather.  For example, on hot nights I like to have pasta salad with lots of veggies and chicken.  On colder nights I like mixed sauce with alfredo and marinara with chicken and mushrooms.




I’ve always liked to eat healthy and it has really helped with my running and overall health!  I would encourage you to think about how your food affects you!