Food is Fuel. Food is Good.

fruitRunning season is not over yet! Whether you’re a serious athlete or not, training for any labour intensive event isn’t easy. That’s why you need to keep your body fuelled so your immune system stays strong and your body can keep up with the fitness goals you are setting!

Energise

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! And that’s no word of a lie, as breakfast not only breaks your overnight fast and improves your energy levels, it also kick starts your metabolism and concentration. So make sure you are feeding your body with goodness before you start exercising! Nutrition Australia Lists some great facts about breakfast here.

Why not start your day with some bran flakes and lemon water! The bran helps to prevent dehydration while training, therefore allowing you to train harder for longer. Hot lemon water is known as liquid gold. Body+Soul explain that the vitamin C in lemons helps your body absorb minerals while also aiding in digestion. A perfect choice before your mid morning training sesh!

Refuel

You’ll be happy to know that refuelling is all about Carbs! The Australian Institute of Sport suggest:

  • Refueling the muscle and liver glycogen (carbohydrate) stores
  • Replacing the fluid and electrolytes lost in sweat
  • Manufacturing new muscle protein, red blood cells and other cellular components as part of  the repair and adaptation process
  • Allowing the immune system to handle the damage and challenges caused by the exercise bout

The carbs you eat after your workout help to heal, strengthen and prepare you for your next fitness session. Stay away from white flour. Try whole-wheat pasta, Lentils or Quinoa. These will not only fill you up and help you recover, but they are also delish and easy to prepare. Pritikin explains the difference between good and bad carbs.

Make sure you are eating enough protein. As the predominant component of muscle tissue, protein helps build new muscle fibers and repairs tissues damaged during your workout.

Fill up on lean meats such as chicken and fish.

Say yes to fresh

Make sure you are filling your grocery basket up with lots of fresh fruit and veg. We all know how important greens are to our daily diet. They provide our bodies with vitamins and minerals that are not only crucial for a healthy body, but also a healthy mind. A couple of our favourites are:

  • Avocado
  • Red cap
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Spinach

Keep it simple! Eating while you are training doesn’t need to be complicated. Fill your shopping basket with fresh produce and you can’t go wrong. For some great recipes head toh ealthyfoodguide.com

And there you have it. A whistle-stop tour to healthy eating and getting your body in the best shape possible!

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