“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”
Food plays an important part in ours lives, and especially as runners. What we eat fuels our workouts and helps us repair and rebuild afterwards. It impacts how we feel and look. I’ve heard some good and some bad suggestions around food, and I wanted to share some of my thoughts on nutrition. I’m not a dietician or nutritionist, but I can offer some common sense guidelines around what you eat.
Both what you eat and how much you eat is important to your training. You need to increase the volume of the food to match the volume and intensity of your training. If you’re training hard and not eating enough you aren’t going to have the energy to complete your workouts. You also run the risk of burn out or an injury as your body depletes its own resources to keep you going.
That being said, you need to make sure the foods you are eating are nutritionally sound. The best and perhaps simplest nutrition advice I’ve heard is: eat real food, not too much, mostly plants. The closer your food is to its original state the better. Processed foods tend to be high in calories and low in nutritional value.
This is not to say either that perfection is the goal. A piece of cake or an order of french fries isn’t going to blow your nutrition or fitness. However, the bulk of your food should be healthy and whole with the allowance for some exceptions.
As a runner, food is your friend. Give your body the right food, and the right amount, to keep it running strong.