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3 Nutrional Tips for Runners [And Humans in General]

Reynold Krieg
Reynold Krieg

Sep 26, 2014

It seems like every day there's a new new article or study that promises you the secrets of how to eat right and still look like a super model.  On top of that it seems everywhere you look there's a "qualified" person posting to social media telling you how and what to eat.  I'm not here to tell profess the holy grail, nor should you believe anyone that does, however as Competitor.com explains, there are 3 easy nutritional tips that everyone to follow. 

3. Snack On Snacks

Snacking can be the death of most of us...we eat great all day, we workout properly, drink plenty of water...by the end of the day we're feeling good about ourselves.  And then we get a little hungry...we get hungry for some chocolate.  Now once in a while, eat whatever you want - it's all about balance.  In the long run though, when you're in need of a snack to hold you over between meals, make sure it's nothing that's going to negate the rest of your nutritional lifestyle.  To hold you over grab some dried unsweetened fruits, some veggies with hummus, and/or trail-mix with seeds and fruit.  My personal favorite is a cheap, simple one from Trader Joes...for $3 you can get a bag of edamame, throw it in the microwave, and within a minute or so you're good to go.

2. Eat What You Love

Like I mentioned above, your diet is all about balance. If you starve yourself or force an unrealistic diet on yourself you might see short term results.  However, life's a long term game and it's all about what is sustainable.  You know your own lifestyle..choose a diet that is appropriate for what you are doing.  At the end of the day as long as your diet is balanced well, eat what you love.  Just make sure to stay away from too much sugar and preservatives.   

1. Listen To Your Body

Your brain is great when it comes to keeping you from eating In-and-Out burgers day-in-day-out.  On the other hand, sometimes your stomach and your body will talk to you.  Listen to it.  If you starve your body or neglect what it's telling you the effects can be dangerous.  As Competitor.com explains, it can be as easy as grabbing a protein and carb snack for after your workout.  

Esther Erb of The New York Athletic Club has had a steady marathon career thus far and recently ran 2:33.15 at the Boston Marathon. “I just listen to my body and give it what it wants,” she says of her key nutrition advice. “Post-workout, I do always try to get in some kind of calories within 20-30 minutes of finishing.”

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