As a nutritionist, trainer, coach, and Mom, I can tell you that food is one of the biggest hurdles people have.
- What to eat?
- How to prepare it?
- When do I eat?
- Do I need to eat after my run?
- What do I eat after my run?
The “healthy food” world is confusing. What works for one person doesn’t always work for you. Add into the mix allergies, reactions, discomfort, sensitivities…it can be tough to know what foods help and what foods might hurt your performance and your general well-being.
Runners are a unique group of athletes. Runners are dedicated to their training schedule. We will drag ourselves out of bed at 4am to get our run in. We will show up early on a Saturday morning to get our long run of the week completed, without excuses! But many of us will skimp on proper fuel.
Long gone are the days of carb loading and just refueling with wasteful carbs with little or no nutrient value.
Today’s runner needs to be smart when it comes to nutrition. If you are investing your time, effort and money into the sport of running, food/nutrition needs to be high on your list.
Fuel well / Feel well!!
I guarantee if you start eating better, you will be a better runner. Your body is craving real food, real fuel. It’s the same analogy of putting sugar in the gas tank of a car…it is going to die.
I was able to get a copy of Runner’s World, “Meals on the Run” new cookbook. It’s a 30 minutes or less cookbook designed by runners for runners–they understand #TheStruggleIsReal.
Meals on the Run separates recipes into categories so you dont have to over think the how, what, when, where and why. Pre-run nutrition, mid run fuel and post run recovery. It goes one step further, it breaks down recipes to show if they are gluten-free, vegetarian, good for hydration, etc.
Even something as simple as stocking your pantry is included in this book!! There are incredible ideas just from knowing what to have on hand.
Every part of your day is covered with a fast and healthy recipe. Breakfast, snacks, smoothies, lunch/dinner, salad dressings <- (which I am always on the hunt for!)
There is even a “kitchen sink” pizza recipe!! Who doesn’t LOVE PIZZA!?!?!?
I’m a visual girl, so all of the recipe photos spoke directly to me! It gives me a better idea of what I’m making is supposed to look like.
Real food recipes are broken down in an easy step-by-step way to make it easy for every runner to prepare healthy meals.
As a mom of 3, I can very easily get into a “What to make tonight” rut. We have the same rotation of meals so this was great to have easy and fast recipes to turn to mix up the routine and keep everyone happy. Cooking is like weight loss, if it is too complicated people tend to give up or just not try.
If your body is well nourished you will have better runs, reduce the risk of injuries and disease, have a better feeling of wellness and energy and who doesn’t want that????
Meals on the Run is my new go to recipe book. I’m looking forward to cooking my way through this book (see what I did there). I’ll be posting recipes and pics of what I make.
I will leave you with this final thought… you cannot out train a bad diet.
If you want to be a better runner/athlete you need to do your work in the kitchen as well! If you take that part of your work out seriously, it make the rest of your workout seriously better!
You can pick up a copy of the book on Amazon
Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of Meals on The Run to review but I was not asked to write a public review. I’m writing this review because it is a fantastic recipe/cook book that I’m recommending that runners get a copy of. It is designed by runners, for runners.