I was wondering what I should write about today and was looking for inspiration, when at lunch time I looked at my food. So that is what I’m going to talk about, as it’s a fairly major component of any athlete’s performance. I think I’ll do in 2 parts. This first part will be on my day to day nutrition and the second part will be on what I try and eat during my longer runs and races.
|For breakfast in winter, nothing is better than a hearty bowl of oats|
Food, an integral part of life and most Instagrammers feeds. It’s also what allows sports nutritionists to stay employed. I know because at the beginning of the year I used a sport nutritionist to try and sort out my eating habits. I’m exercising more now than I ever have before in my life, which means I need to try and get all the nutrients and energy I need to remain healthy and improve my performance. Hence the Sports Nutritionist.
|Throughout the day snacks start with a tub of yoghurt.|
|Then some fruit|
It turned out I was no-where near eating healthy enough last year, not enough fruits and vegetables and I was eating too much of saturated fats and sugar, but not enough complex carbs. The reason why I didn’t gain weight was because I still was highly active (and maybe genetics, who knows about that one). Improving on these baseline nutrition factors, according to the nutritionist, can help improve my overall sporting performance.
|And a muesli bar|
|And some more fruit|
So improve I did, I’m now eating a lot healthier and do genuinely feel better. I usually have more energy throughout the day and tend to bounce back from training a lot faster than I did last year. I guess the hope is to continue on with my good habits and; fingers crossed, will allow me to continue to perform and race better and better.
|And some not so healthy snacks, gotta treat yourself right? And besides, it's balanced out with everything else|
|I also usually have a roll which has ham, cheese, tomato and salad mix; along with Salada's with cheese and tomato.|
|For dinner is usually something delicious that is pasta or rice based that my mum makes. Tonight's dinner is pasta, chicken, pumpkin, mushroom and spinach.|
|Followed with some steamed veggies that I usually eat while learning Deutsche!|