Powering Up Your Run

farmers marketLast week I did a nutrition clinic for Team in Training and had the most fun.  I love doing these clinics and helping people figure out what foods and beverages are going to power them up for their new training programs.  It’s also fun to see someone mentally reset what they believe about food and nutrition as well.

I identify with them because I was not a runner until around the time I turned 40 and then I also joined Team in Training.  As I started training for a half-marathon I was hungry all of the time and my diet plan that I had been on no longer served me.  Truly, it’s not fun to be chomping on carrots as you leave work because you’re hungry and they’re a free food.  I enjoy carrots but they were not filling me up!

Truth be told you need a certain amount of fats and carbohydrates in your daily diet. Fats and carbs are what powers a runner.  Quality carbs are not the enemy, vegetables, whole grains, and fruits are carbohydrates.  Fat is a necessity, your brain is made up of fat and cholesterol.  It also helps you absorb vitamins from foods and move calcium to your bones.

I definitely do not believe in a fat-free diet, there’s no skim milk or fat-free yogurt in my fridge. That’s still shocking for a lot of people.  But I’ve lost and kept off 60 pounds, whether I’m running or not.  And I’m not constantly hungry either.

Are you interested in learning what foods will work best for you? Email me, janinemchale@empoweredplate.com,  for a complimentary 30 minute consultation.  Together we can come up with a plan that empowers and supports you and your lifestyle.