What Do Runners Eat?

Reader Contribution by Liberty V Justice
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I just got to this part about what we runners should eat in one of these books. I disagree with a lot of what is being said. Although I agree we runners need to replenish more water, I disagree on eating bagels, because they’re garbage. Want more carbs? Make your own potatoes like I do. Eat them with organic himalayan salt or organic non gmo ketchup — without the sugar in it. You could even use superfood avocado and nutritional yeast as mayo, like in my recipe. I love oatmeal, it’s not only a great source of protein but also carbs and fiber. Its warmth and water content after cooking it help heat you up on cold days before you run. There are very little calories in oatmeal. Also, quinoa is another gluten free source of carbs and protein. Don’t forget your green veggies, like broccoli and yummy kale. Kale has tons of protein, but it’s a green veggie, so make sure to get plenty of those. Make sure to eat some fruits to help with sugar cravings. Just keep a balanced diet and try to stick to mostly water. Stay away from coffee, and sugary drinks like soda.

They say that 80% of people who eat breakfast every day keep the weight off. This is true. After I lost 200 pounds, I started to see where I started going wrong and why I started gaining weight and had to constantly see what I was doing wrong. Skipping breakfast was one of my biggest mistakes. Even if you don’t feel hungry, you should eat a little something so you don’t pig out later or make bad choices.

Eat tiny meals throughout the day that way you’ll always be satisfied, you’ll always have something to eat, and you’ll have a variety, in addition to staying well fueled, not just for running, but for thinking, and for life. It helps to keep stress and irritability away. When I wait too long to eat, I always pig out when I do sit down to eat. That leads to not only bad habits and often sickness, but also being overweight. You have to make good choices, and you have to make them ahead of time and then stick to them. I always try to plan what I will eat the day before and have stuff prepared for the next morning and possibly afternoon, as well as having healthy things on hand that don’t need to be cooked, such as nuts, fruits like bananas and pears, peanut butter and sometimes gluten free rice crackers and hummus. I noticed when I get too emotional, the first thing I want to do is eat. So, I ask myself, “Am I hungry or angry, or sad or anxious etc?” Then if I am being emotional, I sing a song, or go for a short run, or do a dance or watch a funny video or pray.

I would not trade my “disease” (celiacs) for the world. I am so thankful to be able to finally be on the healthier side — physically, mentally, spiritually, and financially. I thank God for all of this, because my triumphs wouldn’t be as phenomenal without the tragedies. When this is all over with, I will have come out a woman I only dreamed I could be. I’m not the woman people thought I was. But thank God I started (and continue to) to go out of my comfort zone every day, because I’m not the woman I thought I was either. I still surprise myself and for that, I am grateful. Thanks so much for making me better. I hope I inspire everyone reading to be a better version of themselves too. I’m thankful to God that I am so much wiser, stronger, spiritually connected to Him and connected to other humans. I feel so free and it’s an amazing place to be. Come run with me!

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