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The 80 20 Diet for Runners (80 Fresh Review + Giveaway)

I am a huge believer in the 80 20 diet for runners of all levels, and 80 Fresh is a fantastic service to help us maintain an 80:20 diet as well as our sanity!

Last day for the Enduropacks Giveaway!

Product was provided for this post by 80 Fresh. All opinions are my own. Also, though I am a Certified Running Coach and Personal Trainer, I am not a registered dietitian or nutritionist, please consult a nutrition professional before making any big changes to your diet.

Approaches to Nutrition for Runners

There are a few approaches to nutrition during marathon training (or other training for other performance goals). As a coach as well as a runner, the 3 that I see most often are:

1) The Free For All-er–Anti Meal Plan, all fun, no rules.

2) The Goody 2 Shoes–Perfect Meal Plan, all rules, no fun.

3) 80 20 Diet Follower–Plan out a few meals a week, rely on guidelines, not rules.

80 20 Diet For Runners

The 80 20 Diet for Runners: why do we recommend this healthy eating approach, how can you make it work for you, and 80 Fresh healthy meal delivery service review! @suzlyfe suzlyfe.com

Regular readers of the blog will know that I love food. I am like Oprah in the Weight Watchers commercial: I LOVE BREAD CARBS. (Fortunately) I love healthy foods, I am a veggie fiend, and my stomach keeps me from eating too much crap. I make the effort to make the majority of what I eat be as good for me as possible.

But I am not perfect. You better know that I love to go wild on chips and margaritas. Until last December, when a drastic decrease in my activity levels changed my appetite, I had a bowl of ice cream every night. 

Why I recommend the 80 20 Diet Approach

I am a believer in moderation in regular life, training, and nutrition. With regards to developing training plans, I often follow the 80/20 training principles. When consulting with busy clients, I know that they aren’t going to follow the plans that I give them to a t: but I recommend that they try to get in 80% of the work.

On another level: There is a reason that the 20 miler is a standard for certain marathon training plans: 20 miles is approximately 80% of the full marathon distance; if you can run 80% of the distance, you can push through the final 20% (this is, of course, assuming that you aren’t only doing long runs, etc).

With regards to nutrition, I continue to recommend (for clients) and follow (for myself) an 80 20 approach to diet and nutrition. Focusing on getting 80% of your calories from high quality, fresh, and nutrient dense food will fuel you to better runs, quicker recovery, and decreased runger. Leaving the last 20% over to less nutrient dense foods that might, in other words, feed the soul rather than the body, is just as important in helping you to maintain your sanity, enjoy the labors that you are undertaking (the run to eat idea), and get in the calories that you need. 

How about an example? (This is typical for me, but may not be right for you!)

A Day of 80 20 Diet Eating for a Runner

Breakfast: 

Egg White Protein Oatmeal with Peanut Butter and berries

Starbucks LA Live Breakfast with Clover Coffee and Oats

Carrots, random cereal pieces, a few M&Ms

Midmorning snack (after workout):

Siggi's Icelandic Skyr is the my absolute favorite protein packed snack! @suzlyfe

Plain Greek Yogurt with sweetener or cinnamon + Special K (or other carb)

Lunch:

Super delicious and healthy ham chopped salad from Subway for lunch. Suzlyfe.com

Salad with Protein, Carb, Additional Protein Source (such as yogurt or string cheese); M&Ms or a Hershey’s Kiss

Snack:

Chocolate of some sort + Snack bar with protein grams > sugar grams or yogurt with carb

Oatmega bars are delicious protein bars with Omega 3 fatty acids! @suzlyfe

Dinner:

Out to dinner? Salad with protein and a generous sampling of whatever Alex (my husband) is having. We usually get a “angel” and a “devil” dish and then share. Likely also sharing a beer. And no, we don’t leave anything behind.

Blaze Pizza signals that I have returned to running!

I’ve also been known to eat an entire pizza. Carbloading for life!

Vegan Gluten Free Savory Oatmeal Patties Recipe over Zoodles for a delicious healthy dinner! | Suzlyfe.com

At home? This can be anything, and I mean anything. When I have more time, I like to get creative and assemble composed dishes, from gluten free chicken parmesan to stuffed peppers (like this past weekend). But this has become a privilege, rather than a rule. We’ll come back to a new solution to that conundrum that in a minute.

After dinner:

Dark Chocolate Crunch Cheerios are addictive! But a great nighttime snack. @suzlyfe Greek yogurt, bowl of cereal, and string cheese (during marathon training, think more along the lines of ice cream than Greek yogurt!)

So this is the dream: eating tons of home-prepared meals, enjoying just enough of the “good” stuff as well as the “good stuff,” and somehow making it all work out while training, working, and keeping up with the rest of life. 

Again, this is the dream. I’m struggling with this life-work-training-food balance, and I’m not even training for a race. So I reached out for help to 80 Fresh.

80 Fresh Review and Giveaway

80 Fresh is a healthy meal delivery service with delicious choices! Find out more at Suzlyfe.com @suzlyfe

I also want to say that my experience with 80 Fresh is a perfect example of why a service like 80 Fresh is so great: we received our meals the weekend that my apartment building went belly up and we couldn’t go grocery shopping! You all know that I am a healthy eating field (by and large), so the fact that I was able to prepare a healthy meal for Alex and myself during the debacle was MUCH appreciated. Now, what about 80 Fresh?

80 Fresh is a new fresh food delivery company that makes possible and enjoyable the 80% healthy part of your diet, so that you have the flexibility to spend the 20% as you choose! Per the website:

80Fresh is founded on the commonly held belief that 80% of success in reaching fitness and health goals is determined by eating habits. We’ll take care of the 80, with pre-portioned, pre-prepped, chef-designed meals that deliver the nutrition you need with the taste and comfort you crave. You’ll enjoy the β€œFresh” that comes with our delicious meals – combining the contrasting demands of taste, nutrition, ease, and freshness.

80 Fresh offers both meat eating and vegetarian options made from fresh, minimally processed produce and protein sources. To contribute further to the 80% healthy part of your diet, meals provide two servings of fruits/vegetables, at least one serving of healthy protein, and one serving of a fibrous carb source per meal, portioned be satisfying but appropriate for a healthy diet. Meat and produce are sourced locally as much as possible, and the meat is hormone and antibiotic free. Meal preparation is as streamlined as the ordering process, and foods arrive fresh and ready to be prepared and eaten within the week. This is not a cooking class: 80 Fresh is a solution for those who want to get delicious, healthy, and fresh food on the table without hiring a personal chef. (and yes, nutrition information is provided).

80 Fresh Healthy Meal Delivery comes to your door ready to be cooked for a healthy fresh meal. Perfect for those pressed for time! See the review on suzlyfe.com @suzlyfe

Instructions

80 Fresh Healthy Meal Delivery comes to your door ready to be cooked for a healthy fresh meal. Perfect for those pressed for time! See the review on suzlyfe.com @suzlyfe

Packaging

I enjoyed the Apple Balsamic Meatloaf, which came with Green Beans and Almonds and Rosemary Roasted Root Vegetables.

80 Fresh Apple balsamic meatloaf is a fantastic healthy meal delivered ready to cook! Love the veggie sides! Get the review at Suzlyfe.com @Suzlyfe

I got the Chicken Enchilada Casserole for Alex, who loved the chipotle spiced sauce, chunks of chicken, melted cheese, and dollop of Greek Yogurt!

80 Fresh Chicken Enchilada Casserole is a fantastic healthy meal delivered to your door ready to cook! Get the review at Suzlyfe.com @suzlyfe

Why + how @suzlyfe maintains 80:20 diet as a #runner + @80_fresh #giveaway #runchat Click To Tweet

80 Fresh has graciously offered all Suzlyfe readers a 20% discount off of their order with code SUZ20 (good until 12:00AM Friday April 22) and are giving away a Starter Package (3 meals) to one Suzlyfe reader (giveaway open until 12:00AM Friday April 22). 80 Fresh ships to the majority of the eastern US as well as the Midwest, with rapid expansion! Enter via the Rafflecopter below!
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Tell me, how do you approach nutrition? Do you have any cheats or meal delivery services that you rely on for help?

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157 Comments

  • Reply Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    I wouldn’t call myself a “runner”, but I follow the 80/20 rule as it allows me to be healthy and reach my goals, but still enjoy the foods I love. It’s a win/win really.

    April 13, 2016 at 5:40 am
  • Reply Erica @ Erica Finds

    I try to eat as much whole food as possible and have a bunch of go to’s that I eat all of the time. I also use Hungry Root and Chefmade to have great healthy meals on hand. I think this sounds up my alley for sure!

    April 13, 2016 at 5:46 am
  • Reply Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine

    I guess you could say follow the 80/20 rule for eating. I prep breakfasts for the week but then have some choice as to what I eat each morning. Lunch has to be planned because I bring it to work, and then I plan dinner 5-6 nights out of the week. Snacks and dessert usually depend on what I’m i the mood for!

    April 13, 2016 at 6:02 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Breakfast I don’t really have much of a choice–it is pretty much a bar because I have clients. I’m using the “I need to clean out the pantry” excuse

      April 14, 2016 at 1:37 pm
  • Reply Sarah @ BucketListTummy

    I think 80/20 is a good lifestyle suggestion for people to go by – I don’t like the term “diet” or using that with my clients but giving permission to eat for your soul a little bit can definitely have positive aspects on emotional and mental aspects. Your meals look very similar to mine in a day. I need my Siggi’s daily!

    April 13, 2016 at 6:20 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I miss having it all the time! I need to make a bulk buy of it again!

      April 14, 2016 at 1:38 pm
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner

    I am all about moderation and would say I agree that what you eat is as important as what you do in the gym. I am probably and 85/15 person. Gotta have chocolate πŸ™‚ I’ve not heard of that delivery service sounds like it was perfect for you! Thanks for the link up today

    April 13, 2016 at 6:37 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It was great! And they have great vegetarian options!

      April 14, 2016 at 3:34 pm
  • Reply Carly @ Fine Fit Day

    This is such a smart approach to nutrition! And the analogy of the 20 mile run as 80% of a marathon is a genius way of looking at it!

    April 13, 2016 at 6:39 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I felt pretty smart, not going to lie lol

      April 14, 2016 at 1:35 pm
  • Reply Kimberly G

    Well…I’ve kind of fallen off the 80/20 rule this year (doing way too much of the “20”), but I’m slowly getting back into better eating habits. Meal prep really helps me stay on track, but I love pizza, so I will try to restrict that to the weekends πŸ™‚

    April 13, 2016 at 6:53 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      And sometimes, you meal prep pizza πŸ˜€

      April 14, 2016 at 1:35 pm
  • Reply Emily N

    I try and live my own life that way, it certainly helps! πŸ™‚

    April 13, 2016 at 6:53 am
  • Reply Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious

    I like your approach! Now if only I had a husband to share with. That is always my hang up when I go out.

    April 13, 2016 at 6:54 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Then you just need to order for two and have a buffet πŸ˜€

      April 14, 2016 at 1:33 pm
  • Reply lindsay Cotter

    i love how they are making it easy for us to eat healthy.. healthier. chicken enchiladas? yes, i’m with alex! gimme!

    April 13, 2016 at 6:58 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I know, right? Totally made his day!

      April 14, 2016 at 1:32 pm
  • Reply Annmarie

    You know I’m all about the 80/20 rule…the 20 mostly being wine though, haha! πŸ˜‰

    April 13, 2016 at 7:08 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Well, with 3 kids, that is valid!

      April 14, 2016 at 1:33 pm
  • Reply Renata

    Time management is essential as you have to fit a healthy eating plan in your daily routine for if you don’t you can be tempted to grab unhealthy choices when hunger hits.

    April 13, 2016 at 7:09 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      The scramble… and it isn’t made of egg whites, lol!

      April 14, 2016 at 1:32 pm
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    Yay!!! I’m so glad you got a chance to enjoy 80Fresh! I loved how their meals were already prepped and just needed to be finished. SO so so so easy!

    April 13, 2016 at 7:18 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I LOVED it! Thank you for introducing me to it!

      April 14, 2016 at 1:30 pm
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    80/20 is definitely the approach I take. I’m even trying to shift to an 80% vegetarian diet for sustainability and performance reasons. But there’s room for chocolate and beer in everyday!

    April 13, 2016 at 7:19 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      20% room for chocolate, lol

      April 14, 2016 at 1:30 pm
  • Reply Emily @ My Healthyish Life

    Love that there are companies like this that make healthy eating (and cooking) easier and more convenient. I’ve never tried a meal-delivery service but am curious how I’d like it. It seems more gourmet than I normally cook!

    April 13, 2016 at 7:21 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It was so nice to be gourmet without having to really try!

      April 14, 2016 at 1:29 pm
  • Reply Katie @HungryRunner

    I didn’t even really realize that I totally follow the 80/20 rule! My daily eats look pretty much exactly like yours (nutrient-dense meals with little bites of chocolate or other sweet treats here and there), and when I’m out to eat (usually with my boyfriend) I typically order a salad or veggie-based dish and then steal some of the fries or whatever other not-so-nutritious food is on his plate πŸ˜›

    April 13, 2016 at 7:25 am
  • Reply Linda @ Veganosity

    I think I’m an anomoly; I never really think about what I’m eating, I just listen to my body. The 80/20 rule makes perfect sense, and I actually eat like that intuitively. Thankfully I don’t have a huge sweet tooth, savory girl right here, which could get me in trouble if I ate an entire bag of chips. I’m so looking forward to stepping up my food game as I begin training for the Chicago Marathon. You just got me really excited about the idea of eating an entire pizza-haha!

    April 13, 2016 at 7:41 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Oh, it is so much fun haha!

      April 14, 2016 at 1:28 pm
  • Reply Shawna

    i try to eat as clean as possible, mostly Whole 30-based but i don’t stick to it to a T — i give myself a little grace and try not to beat myself up if i have indulgences now and then. i do have a little dark chocolate most days, but i stay away from wheat/gluten and dairy, and try to find a healthy balance. i’m fortunate in that i love fruits, veggies and eggs, so those make a daily appearance in my diet!

    April 13, 2016 at 7:50 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank goodness that we love to healthfully!

      April 14, 2016 at 1:27 pm
  • Reply Anna @ Piper's Run

    Love the coaches corner link up!
    I try to eat 80/20 as well but really love my chocolates πŸ™‚ ha ha, more dark chocolate than anything.

    April 13, 2016 at 8:01 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I just had some. Thank you for loving the link up!

      April 14, 2016 at 1:26 pm
  • Reply Amy Lauren

    My husband does meal prep on Sundays, and I try to keep healthy snacks around. I also try to plan out my meals and that helps big time taking the guesswork out of what will I eat, or just reaching for something that probably isn’t healthy.

    April 13, 2016 at 8:05 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I usually can plan them out, but prepping them out is a different thing all together!

      April 14, 2016 at 1:27 pm
  • Reply Jill @ Champagne for Everyday

    I 100% stand by this philosophy!! In life and not just running. M-F I am probably 100% clean and then weekends, 60% so I think that averages out to 80% all the time? πŸ˜› Definitely spot on with the dinner ordering, same with me and my man…except he’s on a health kick/Barry’s Bootcamp spree which is great other than the fact it results in me missing out on pizza :/ Happy Weds lady!!

    April 13, 2016 at 8:06 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Booo make sure you get that pizza!

      April 14, 2016 at 1:26 pm
  • Reply Ellie

    I love the 80-20 principle both for nutrition and for running. Doing 80% of your training at a relaxed easy pace and 20% at intensity is a really successful approach. When I am training intensely, I tune my diet in a lot more because it helps to check off every box so I feel over prepared on race day. When I’m not training for anything, just running for life, my diet is more whatever. Thanks for the giveaway and blog Suz πŸ™‚

    April 13, 2016 at 8:13 am
  • Reply Bri

    I’m a firm believer in the 80/20 rule as well (my 20 comes from chocolate most days), and I love how you applied it to running as well!!

    April 13, 2016 at 8:15 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You know I love a metaphor!

      April 14, 2016 at 1:43 pm
  • Reply Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate

    I couldn’t agree more with the 80/20 lifestyle. I was never one to crave carbs but since I started Ironman training THAT IS ALL I WANT. Its so weird but I guess it makes sense haha.

    April 13, 2016 at 8:19 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      SO MANY CARBS I don’t doubt!

      April 14, 2016 at 1:42 pm
  • Reply Sarah N

    I love the 80/20 approach. I little indulgence makes an otherwise healthy diet sustainable.

    April 13, 2016 at 8:37 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Totally agree with you.

      April 14, 2016 at 1:40 pm
  • Reply Lindsey @livinglovingrunner

    I always meal prep over the weekend or early week (if we are out of town). This helps me have ready meals for those busy mornings and something healthy on hand when I need to stay on track. I love the 80/20 lifestyle!

    April 13, 2016 at 8:41 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I am trying to get my act back together with meal prepping. I used to be pretty good at it!

      April 14, 2016 at 1:23 pm
  • Reply Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment

    I think of food as fuel and try to keep it all as simple and streamlined as possible. Love Siggi’s yogurt and the Oatmega bars.

    April 13, 2016 at 8:53 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I just ate my last one and I am SO SAD

      April 14, 2016 at 1:22 pm
  • Reply Tamieka

    I am forever trying to figure out my fueling.

    My workouts are so varied, I am not sure if one way of eating/fueling is right or wrong.

    I am transitioning to more weight training than running and wonder if I should change what and how I eat. As I transition to tri training in a few month, will I need to change my fueling again?

    So much to think about and to consider. Thanks for the info on 80/20…I will look into that.

    April 13, 2016 at 9:08 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      And definitely try out 80Fresh! Use my code for 20% off! Let me know if I can help.

      April 14, 2016 at 1:22 pm
  • Reply barbg

    I just walk for health instead but do try to eat healthier, lean meats, lots of fruits, few veggies.

    April 13, 2016 at 9:09 am
  • Reply Ivanna

    This is also the approach that I swear by. I don’t believe in deprivation because I know where it leads to. All of these items look delicious I’ve been wanting to try a meal service like this.

    April 13, 2016 at 9:18 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I hope you do! Use my discount code!

      April 14, 2016 at 1:21 pm
  • Reply Suzy

    I’ve been more intentional about my veggies lately, and the baby carrots in the morning are really helping me! I notice that if I eat them first thing after my coffee then I’ve got that feeling like today is going to be a good fucking day and I am a nutritional QUEEN, so I keep it up throughout the day with salads and broccoli and stuff whereas if I eat my regular chocolate chip cookies and 4 slices of PB toast, I feel crappy and then just act like the day is a wash and give up. Baby carrots FTW.

    April 13, 2016 at 9:46 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Yay! I love that you have decided to attack baby carrots. I claim that victory πŸ˜€

      April 14, 2016 at 1:20 pm
  • Reply LaTanya

    I try to meal plan and carry veggies/fruits with me while on the go.

    April 13, 2016 at 10:22 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That is a great plan!

      April 14, 2016 at 1:20 pm
  • Reply Ange @ Cowgirl Runs

    You KNOW I’m all about the 80/20 lifestyle!
    Life without chocolate or wine just isn’t worth living!

    April 13, 2016 at 10:23 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Cheers to that! Lol

      April 14, 2016 at 1:19 pm
  • Reply Alaina @ The Simple Peach

    I am all 80/20. A life of absolute restriction is no life at all. We do really good during the weekdays then indulge a little more on the weekends. I’ve also gotten better about baking sweet treats and freezing them so we can pull one out at a time. It’s much better than the crap at the store and the portion control is way easy.

    April 13, 2016 at 10:45 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I totally agree. Until I eat all the batter.

      April 14, 2016 at 1:19 pm
  • Reply Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    I could totally do this if someone prepared it all for me!

    April 13, 2016 at 11:04 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Then you must try!

      April 14, 2016 at 1:19 pm
  • Reply katie

    I’m all about the meal planning. Shop once for the week, cook in batches, making good choices quick & easy.

    April 13, 2016 at 11:29 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      My problem is that I eat everything while meal prepping, haha

      April 14, 2016 at 1:18 pm
  • Reply Nicole @ Fitful Focus

    Totally on board with the 80/20 rule when it comes to healthy living. If we’re so strict all the time, we’re bound to fail and if we’re slacking all the time we’ll obviously fail. Eat well most of the time, and you won’t feel guilty about indulging every now and then.

    April 13, 2016 at 11:32 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Just like running–you can’t go balls to the walls all the time!

      April 14, 2016 at 1:18 pm
  • Reply Erin @ Erin's Inside Job

    MMM food. I feel like the weekends are more like 50/50 for me hahaha

    April 13, 2016 at 11:40 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      LOL I would agree with that.

      April 14, 2016 at 1:17 pm
  • Reply Jenn

    These delivery services are becoming more and more popular. It’s such a great thing, especially for people who don’t enjoy cooking, don’t have time to cook or don’t understand how to cook healthy meals. I work part time, and Mr PugRunner and I are both decent-to-good cooks, so we are able to split the responsibility (he’ll put something together when I’m with little man at karate a couple nights a week, and I’ll take the rest of the nights). Glad you found something that works for your family!

    April 13, 2016 at 11:42 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      This might be something great for you and you family being so busy–so easy to follow and quick to the table!

      April 14, 2016 at 1:17 pm
  • Reply Chrissy @ Snacking in Sneakers

    I love to cook, so I typically feel pretty comfortable with balancing training and nutrition – but it’s always nice to have services like these available for busy weeks (or months!)! I love the concept of the company to take care of the 80% healthy stuff while leaving you the flexibility for the 20% other stuff & treats. πŸ™‚

    April 13, 2016 at 11:48 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Because we all know the 20% is easy, it is the 80% that can be difficult!

      April 14, 2016 at 1:16 pm
  • Reply Jen@bubblyrunner.com

    I totally believe in the 80:20 approach–I’d go insane if I tried to follow a strict diet/lifestyle and couldn’t eat sweets, pizza, drink beer, etc. No thank you. I usually make sure I start my day off healthy and on the right foot, with protein oatmeal, then usually a salad for lunch (with chicken and sweet potatoes) or a sandwich and piece of fruit, some sort of low sugar bar for an afternoon snack, then a dinner with protein and veggies. I like to snack, especially on chocolate, and I refuse to give that up. I also refuse to give up booze!

    April 13, 2016 at 12:06 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Cheers to that! lol

      April 14, 2016 at 1:16 pm
  • Reply Cora

    My daily routine has, for a long time, been to focus on ample veggies and whole foods for all my meals, and then to have my sweets for afternoon and evening snack. I’d say that’s pretty 80/20. Or at least its working for me.
    Great company idea – especially for busy times when cooking is the LAST thing on your mind.

    April 13, 2016 at 1:01 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I think we are of the same mind!

      April 14, 2016 at 1:15 pm
  • Reply Heather@hungryforbalance

    I 100% agree with you about the 80/20 split for nutrition. Our bodies CRAVE healthy foods, but sometimes our souls crave dessert or pizza.
    This company sounds like a great option for busy seasons of life!

    April 13, 2016 at 1:01 pm
  • Reply Rachel

    No meal delivery service for us, but we’re out in the ‘burbs and I’m a SAHM so it’s completely unnecessary. I wish I had a chef, though… Hahaha

    April 13, 2016 at 1:07 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That would be bitchin lol

      April 14, 2016 at 1:14 pm
  • Reply judith

    i’d love to try this

    April 13, 2016 at 1:16 pm
  • Reply tara pittman

    I buy lots of produce seeds and grains

    April 13, 2016 at 1:17 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      The best way to go about it!

      April 14, 2016 at 1:12 pm
  • Reply Kimberly Hatting

    What a great concept!! I should keep a food journal for a week, just to see where my diet fits in to this….pretty sure it would be closer to 60-40 (??).

    April 13, 2016 at 1:28 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Try it! You might be surprised!

      April 14, 2016 at 1:11 pm
  • Reply Jill

    I LOVE that Oprah commercial!! I would say I’m more like 60/40. I tend to eat pretty healthy during the day but I eat a lot of sweets and vegan treats in the evening! Need to find a way to cut down on my sugar consumption.

    April 13, 2016 at 1:37 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It can be really hard–especially once you get used to or in the habit of expecting sugar.

      April 14, 2016 at 1:11 pm
  • Reply Morgan S

    Eating healthy during busy times in college can be difficult! I try to buy foods that I know I can throw together quickly (frozen veggies, sweet potatoes, salad, etc.) and try to use making dinner as a break in my day. Otherwise, I pack snacks to make sure I don’t head to the vending machine for chips and chocolate everyday

    April 13, 2016 at 1:43 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I remember it well! We were lucky to have a great dining hall, but I know the struggle!

      April 14, 2016 at 1:10 pm
  • Reply Jen @ Pretty Little Grub

    I definitely live by the 80-20 rule. I’ve tried in the past to do the 100% perfect diet and its definitely no fun. I will never go that road again.

    April 13, 2016 at 2:58 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That isn’t healthy for your brain!

      April 14, 2016 at 1:10 pm
  • Reply Michelle

    Love this approach. I never understood the hard core strict runners that never have a cheat meal or a glass of wine/beer. Come on people, live a little!

    April 13, 2016 at 3:37 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Cheers to that lol

      April 14, 2016 at 1:09 pm
  • Reply Nikki

    This looks awesome! I try to balance but it’s so hard!

    April 13, 2016 at 3:45 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It definitely can be hard!

      April 14, 2016 at 1:09 pm
  • Reply paige c

    i make sure to meal prep and plan so that i don’t just go looking for the easiest thing when i am super hungry

    April 13, 2016 at 3:51 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Because we all know what happens then!

      April 14, 2016 at 1:09 pm
  • Reply Debbie @ Coach Debbie Runs

    I think I actually follow the 80/20 guidelines but without really thinking about it. Mostly healthy, whole food, a treat or convenience food every now and then.

    April 13, 2016 at 5:04 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      And what I like is that 80/20 can apply to all diets!

      April 14, 2016 at 1:08 pm
  • Reply Angela

    I do all of my meal prep on sundays

    April 13, 2016 at 9:27 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Want to come and do mine!

      April 14, 2016 at 1:08 pm
  • Reply liz l

    I give myself 30 mins a day N-F for down.me time and an hour or 2 over the weekend

    April 13, 2016 at 10:03 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That is a great idea!

      April 14, 2016 at 1:07 pm
  • Reply Sandra Laflamme

    I definitely do a lot of my eating following the 80/20 rule. It has always kind of happened that way naturally. 80Fresh sounds great and the meals looked delish!

    April 13, 2016 at 10:04 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I am definitely with you in that it happens rather naturally for me, too! But many people struggle with it!

      April 14, 2016 at 1:07 pm
  • Reply neil@neilshealthymeals.com

    This is great. Perfectly encompasses the whole 80/20 rule showing how it fits in when you’re a runner / athlete. 80/20 rule rules! (I’ve pinned this as it’ll be something I most likely link to closer to my Glasgow 10k run, when I write a post about that). Nice one my friend! πŸ˜€

    April 14, 2016 at 2:20 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I know you are my 80/20 soulbrother!

      April 14, 2016 at 1:06 pm
  • Reply EB @ Running on E

    I am one with Oprah during those commercials. Bread is where it’s at.

    We try to make dinner together every night. We both like to eat and cook, so it’s a good time to chat about our day and make sure we are getting something healthy to eat. Bryan is much conscious of constructing a healthy meal than I sometimes, so he helps balance my carb loving nature.

    April 14, 2016 at 7:23 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Alex is more one to create an entire meal, I more create…. courses, as it were!

      April 14, 2016 at 1:06 pm
  • Reply Eric Nette

    Ok, I am obsessive, and this has been bugging me since yesterday, and for the longest time I have been trying to figure out why it’s 20 miles for your last long run, this made so much sense, but the math!
    (20/26.2)*100= 76.3%
    Otherwise I fully believe in the 80/20, if you don’t live a little your diet will become like a cage, and you will break that cage, making it all or nothing.

    April 14, 2016 at 8:03 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Lol. You are hilarious.

      April 14, 2016 at 1:05 pm
  • Reply Brittney

    I typically try to eat pretty clean six days during the week with Sundays being my day off where I can just eat whatever sounds good. My long runs are usually on Sundays so that aligns pretty well because I need to refuel my body. I also tend to have Hershey’s kisses around for my dessert after dinner every night. Have to satisfy they sweet tooth!

    April 14, 2016 at 8:03 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’ve had several Hershey’s kisses already today! It doesn’t help that we have them out at the gym!

      April 14, 2016 at 1:04 pm
  • Reply Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday

    I eat what I want πŸ˜› Fortunately, my body is good at reminding me that I usually want healthy foods. When I get busiest, meals get more and more basic, but still pretty healthy. I’d say in the end it naturally shakes out to 80-20 with some periods of 90-10 to balance out all the 60-40.

    April 14, 2016 at 9:04 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I totally am the same way!

      April 14, 2016 at 1:03 pm
  • Reply Rosa

    I’m motivated by eating well to run faster

    April 14, 2016 at 12:30 pm
  • Reply Amanda C.

    I love the healthy choices 80% of the time philosophy. This usually means adding chocolate chips to random things and occasionally sitting down with donuts in each hand πŸ™‚ I was all set for Boston with new meal prep and Sunday cook-day ideas but alas, I never needed to put those into motion. Next training cycle! Thanks for the review!

    April 14, 2016 at 4:33 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I have been known to put sprinkles on anything and everything. I highly recommend sprinkles on egg white oats.

      April 15, 2016 at 12:24 pm
  • Reply Kristy @ Southern In Law

    I’m a big believer in balance! I eat chocolate and/or dessert every single day but I also eat heaps of veggies and nutrient dense foods. You’ve got to nourish your soul too πŸ˜›

    April 14, 2016 at 7:47 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Absolutely πŸ˜€

      April 15, 2016 at 12:25 pm
  • Reply Hannah

    I have (mostly) healthy meal planning on automatic most weeks, but when things get really crazy I resort to whatever I can convince myself to cook/eat. I’ve been looking into meal delivery services for those times, but most of them don’t ship here!

    April 14, 2016 at 9:57 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Then you just need to move, lol.

      April 15, 2016 at 12:26 pm
  • Reply Natalie

    Love the 80/20 rule!! It’s all about balance and moderation. The chicken enchilada casserole looks awesome!! Such a great concept to have an angel and devil dish!!

    April 14, 2016 at 10:09 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It definitely works for us!

      April 15, 2016 at 12:23 pm
  • Reply Jen

    I totally agree With 80/20 lifestyle. But some days your body just craves more of the good stuff! Thanks for a great giveaway today! Sounds like delicious food!

    April 15, 2016 at 6:34 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It is fantastic! I have loved all of the dishes I have gotten from them!

      April 15, 2016 at 12:23 pm
  • Reply Heather Hare

    I strive for 80/20 as well. I have to plan and prepare my meals ahead of time. Otherwise I end up 20/80 (whoops).

    April 15, 2016 at 12:06 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      haha At least you are consistent with the ratio, right?

      April 15, 2016 at 12:27 pm
  • Reply Farrah

    That salad and pizza both look so good! (I’m really glad I already ate lunch…)

    I’m usually out all day for manymany hours, so I tend to pack a world of food with me to save money/eat healthy and all the works! :] It’s been working out pretty well thus far? :O

    April 15, 2016 at 6:17 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You somehow get by on basically negative money, so I would say you are doing great!

      April 16, 2016 at 2:07 pm
  • Reply Lara

    I eat everything in moderation. Like right now I’m following a vegan diet for 30 days, I still eat everything in moderation on the vegan diet, because there are a lot of unhealthy foods that are vegan too like oreos for instant. Even though there vegan, my performance would suck it that’s all I ate lol

    April 16, 2016 at 9:34 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      There are SO many unhealthy vegan foods! But if you follow a vegan whole foods diet, it can be one of the healthiest.

      April 16, 2016 at 2:08 pm
  • Reply Shay @ Whine Less, Breathe More

    I’ve really been trying to avoid processed foods lately.

    April 20, 2016 at 6:38 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That is fantastic! I need to do more of that!

      April 20, 2016 at 4:20 pm
  • Reply Georgia

    I plan healthy food menus and pre-pack in advance for the week to make sure my diet stays nutritious and on the right track!

    April 20, 2016 at 8:00 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Please come and take control of my life πŸ˜€

      April 20, 2016 at 4:21 pm
  • Reply barbg

    I just Walk not Run but I do try to eat good.

    April 20, 2016 at 9:34 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That is a great approach!

      April 20, 2016 at 4:21 pm
  • Reply Jessica Pearson

    I honestly suck at eating well… Single mom of 3 little girls, and by the time I’ve gotten them all taken care of, I’ve lost all my gusto and give up on myself.

    April 20, 2016 at 12:59 pm
  • Reply Wehaf

    I have migraines when I eat poorly, so I have a pretty big incentive to eat well. Motivation to exercise is trickier for me, so I find that signing up for races keeps me on track – I hate wasting money so if I pay for a race I want to do well.

    April 20, 2016 at 9:11 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I hear you there! No one like to waste money!

      April 24, 2016 at 8:28 am
  • Reply Gabrielle Tietz

    I do meal prep once a week just so I have everything prepared for my busy week!!

    April 20, 2016 at 9:20 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That is a great strategy!

      April 24, 2016 at 8:28 am
  • Reply Starla B

    This is so awesome.. so far I basically stink at eating healthy. I am trying to get better but while working one full time job, 1 part time job and being in school full time it does get hard. I would totally love this!

    April 21, 2016 at 8:57 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I totally understand that struggle. It is hard when you are exhausted and busy all the time!

      April 24, 2016 at 8:03 am
  • Reply June 2016 Goals Check In and Yearly Goals Update

    […] course and I don’t obsess about calories when I track at all. My friend Susie described her 80/20 approach to healthy eating, and that’s exactly where I fall – eat real food, mostly plants, not too much – […]

    June 29, 2016 at 10:56 pm
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