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Pass the salsa, please.

I used to hate Mexican food. Couldn’t stand it. Now, I eat it just about once a week. I love it. I’m usually fairly good about it by ordering off the a la carte portion so I don’t overeat. Two items (one with chicken) and some chips are enough. And salsa is one of the best health foods out there. Sometimes though, no matter how good Mexican food is going down, it isn’t always the same later on. I once again learned this morning that a run longer than 3 miles 12 hours after a Mexican dinner isn’t always a good thing, if you know what I mean. To say I won’t eat Mexican food the night before any kind of run again is an understatement. I’ll be saving it the day before a rest day. As Forrest Gump says, that’s all I have to say about that.

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  1. Emily
    July 25, 2007 at 12:03 am

    I once learned that lesson the hard way, too…If you’re craving Mexican, though, it doesn’t have to be that way. I’ve got a slow-cooker taco beef recipe that’s never given me problems, and baked quesadillas are a very healthy and VERY easy way to curb a craving without hitting up the restaurant. sprinkle cheese and chop whatever veggies you have in the fridge (canned black beans are a good addition and add protein) and put it all on a flour tortilla(whole wheat if you want to be really healthy), put another tortilla on top, stick it on a pan and then into a 400-degree oven for 10 minutes or so, and you’ve got your meal. I cut mine in quarters and dip in a mix of low-fat sour cream, salsa and cumin.

  2. Jason
    July 25, 2007 at 3:09 pm

    You know my weakness is chinese food. Every Sunday my wife and I order delivery and every monday I wish I hadn’t 🙂

  3. Amy
    July 25, 2007 at 7:48 pm

    Amen! Love the mexican and it doesn’t love me. My biggest problem isn’t the food it’s that I can’t stop. Oh that and beer a required condiment with my meal – it just isn’t the same without one.

  4. mbusse
    July 26, 2007 at 1:41 am

    For me, Mexican food just makes me really sleepy. Maybe it’s because I eat it from restaurants instead of making it myself, and so I guess they add a lot of salt or something, but an hour after a couple of enchiladas and my brain is a Slurpee. I would think that would affect running, too.

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