It’s the third week of my 5K training and I’m realizing how important food is to fuel my workout. I’ve read so much about what to eat before working out, after working out, “good” and “bad” foods and what the latest health craze is (I’m looking at you kale) and while I buy into this stuff and enjoy reading it, enough is enough.
I’m noticing more and more how I feel after eating certain foods and how that impacts the rest of my day. In the morning I like to start my day by eating either oatmeal and blueberries (with a sprinkle of cinnamon) or eggs and avocado. Both give me the energy I need to get through the day. I’m not much of a shake or smoothie person, I love my carbs in the morning. 🙂
To me, the most important (and fun) part of working out is eating after. I usually eat some kind of lean protein like chicken, fish, or eggs – all with salad. Love my greens. After eating this I feel light, happy and energized. I’m starting to think of food as fuel and when I eat well, I have a great workout the next day. When I don’t eat well or intuitively, I feel slow and sluggish, and that is no way to live.
Running is more than a workout! It is a lifestyle. We can’t run on 0 cals, we need the energy from healthy food to keep going. Nothing groundbreaking here. I simply can’t run well when I am tired, too hungry or too full, knowing this will remind me to keep eating what feels right for my body and makes it work at its best. Running isn’t just about getting in shape, it is about making mindful choices like getting enough food and sleep to recover from a long day and a tough workout.