I’m not an expert in nutrition. I’m not an expert in running, either. And it’ll be a lonnnnnng time before I can call myself a “specialist” in anything. (I’m taking my certified strength and conditioning specialist exam in May, but in my opinion, that designation won’t mean much until I have years of experience behind me.)
That said, I generally know what I should and shouldn’t be eating to fuel my endurance and strength training, and what I should and shouldn’t be eating to fuel my body so it can function on a day-to-day basis. Of course, this all fits under the umbrella of preference–I’m not going to eat anything I don’t like. Luckily, there are a lot of healthy and nutrient-dense foods I DO like (and that other people probably think taste like grass clippings).
Rather than me going on about the best foods and meal plans for runners (or for people who just generally want to eat healthy), here’s a peek inside my pantry and a look at what I eat pretty much every day (because that’s way more fun, right?)
I know that I crave carbohydrates, and that I could go without foods that are high in salt and fat content. Based on this, my daily macronutrient ratios are about 60 percent carbs, 25 percent protein, and 15 percent fat. I’ve been playing around with macronutrient ratios for a little while, and have discovered that this ratio keeps me feeling satiated and energized. So here’s a look at a typical day of meals for me:
Chocolate, because it is it’s own food group
According to MyFitnessPal, I eat between 1,850 – 2,100 calories a day, which is just slightly under maintenance right now for my based on training (6 days a week right now, about 45-60 minutes a day). I don’t feel deprived at all, and have had a ton of energy lately for training (hence the 6 days a week – 3 days of strength and 3 days of cardio).
The more I get into the nutrition component of my studies, the more I’ll probably experiment on myself in regards to nutrition and training. I usually just fit my workouts in around my meals, and other than BCAAs and upping my protein intake quite a bit (aiming for about 120 grams per day), I don’t do anything fancy to eat for performance.
Question time! What are your favourite healthy meals right now? Do you pay attention to macronutrient ratios? What does a typical day of food look like for you?