Whether you are an ultrarunner, athlete, or someone who wants to focus on living a healthy life, combining a simple, clean, healthy diet with regular exercise will make sure your body gets all the proper fuelling.
Fuelling is a healthy way of life that should be practiced everyday, whether you run or not. A healthy diet full of nutrients will maintain the body’s stamina, strength and brain power. Healthy runners maintain a consistent daily diet that is well-balanced.
Daily Healthy Diet
Eat fruits and/or vegetables at each meal.
Have a breakfast full of protein and fibre.
Focus on whole grains for extra fibre.
Consume lean protein.
Divide your plate in four sections- 1/2 dedicated to vegetables, 1/4 protein and the last 1/4 on whole grains or healthy carbohydrates.
Include some dairy and heart-healthy fats.
Avoid processed foods and sugar.
Eating well is part of training, for ultrarunners it will help to support a healthy immune system, reduce acute and chronic inflammation from heavy training. Make sure you include some quinoa, lots of leafy greens (kale, spinach), eggs, salmon, red peppers, blueberries, flax seeds, Chia seeds, hemp seeds, avocado, coconut oil, almond milk. Drink some nice smoothies, eat good salads. Eating more raw foods will provide your body with more micro-nutrients.
Before you eat, ask yourself these questions:
Why am I eating?
Do I really need to eat? I am hungry?
What is my body craving? Protein, carbohydrates, healthy fats?
Answering these questions will help you stay mindful, intentional, and make the right eating decisions.
The recipe for the “Ultra” daily diet success is to eat a healthy breakfast, focus on fruits and vegetables, protein and heart-healthy fats. Try to avoid processed sugar. Have one or two snacks, stay mindful and present when you eat. Consume a variety of foods so you can get all the benefits of multiple vitamins, nutrients and minerals.
Train Hard, Eat Right, Feel Great!